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Clinton: My Foreign Policy Experience More Than Just Drinking Tea

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From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:

DUBUQUE, IOWA -- Perhaps in reaction to a perceived slight from her rival Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton spent time laying out her foreign policy experience at a Dubuque campaign event tonight.

While discussing a visit to Bosnia during the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords as First Lady, Clinton took a swipe at Obama saying, "We landed in one of those corkscrew landings and ran out because they said their might be snipers. I don't remember anybody offering me tea on the tarmac when that was happening." She was referring to remarks Obama made yesterday that some - including the Clinton camp - perceived to be a jab at her foreign policy experience.

The comment drew fire from the Clinton folks who quickly released a statement from former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. "Senator Clinton has been in refugee camps, clinics, orphanages, and villages all around the world, including places where tea is not the usual drink. In addition to these experiences she has met with world leaders and has known many of them for years. I have been with her on many of these occasions, and it is this combination of experience and understanding that sets her apart from the field, and why I am supporting her for President."

Clinton continued to push her foreign policy expereince before a crowd of nearly 700 supporters tonight saying, "I was so honored to be able to travel around the world representing our country. You know going to places that often times were not necessarily a place a president could go. We used to say in the White House that if a place was too dangerous, too small or too poor send the First Lady. I had the time of my life," Clinton said drawing laughter from the crowd.