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In December, Mrs. Clinton said she is “ready on Day One” while voters risk “put[ting] America in the hands of someone with little national or international experience, who started running for president the day he arrived in the U.S. Senate.”

Clinton aides and the RNC most of the year were on the same page, e-mailing reporters negative articles about Mr. Obama - and in particular his ties to indicted real estate developer Tony Rezko - within moments of each other.

“I never thought I’d compliment Clinton, but she actually made some solid points in the primary about Obama’s weak judgment,” said RNC spokesman Alex Conant.