WESTERVILLE, OHIO -- Hillary Clinton's campaign message at this morning's rally here could be summed up with the lyrics of the song that opened her event: Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation."
"A little less conversation, a little more action please / All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me / A little more bite and a little less bark," sang Elvis in his classic ditty, although he was singing about his love life and not about the Democratic primary. Regardless, it was a clever twist by the Clinton campaign to use it as she walked on stage to a cheering crowd in the Westerville North High School gymnasium.
As Clinton began delivering her remarks she railed against Barack Obama without naming him.
"You know, for some people this election is about how you feel, it's about speeches," she said, continuing a theme she's used for weeks now. "Well, that's not what its about for me, its about solutions, its about rolling up your sleeves having a fighter back in the White House who is going to solve America's problems," Clinton said.
Over the past few weeks, Clinton has been mocking Obama's "feel good" message, trying to tie it into her campaign argument that Obama lacks the experience to be the next president.
"That's why I have been very specific in this election. You know, I've given a lot of speeches in my life, probably I don't know, hundreds of thousands. Sometimes I finish a speech and people come up to me and say 'oh, that was so inspiring. That was so wonderful. It made me feel so good.' I say 'well, that's great but that's just words.' Our job is to make a difference," she said.
"You know change has been talked a lot about in this election. You know change is going to happen whether we do anything or not. Change is part of life. The question is, are we going to make progress together? Are we going to make a real positive difference together?"
Clinton continued hammering away the point, "I don't want you leaving my events and saying, 'that was wonderful, but what was said? What was it about? And what are going to do?' Because we need, once again, a fighter and a doer and a champion for the American people in the White House!"
Clinton's closing argument is all about experience and reliability. Her campaign hopes the message to take hold in the Buckeye State, and it may very well be as Clinton continues to hang on to a lead in the polls here.
As she wound down her remarks, Clinton told the crowd "You can count on me. You know when I will tell you I will try to do something for you, I will move heaven and earth to get it done."