Sen. Barack Obama
Sen. Hillary Clinton
Democrats are sharpening their election attacks for Pennsylvania voters who are used to bruising politics, deploying their camps to the Keystone State with a luxury they haven’t enjoyed since preparing for the Iowa caucus — time.\
Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign promised yesterday to dish out as much as the candidate endured in recent weeks, after it appeared Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Tuesday contest wins were fueled, in part, by the success of her negative ads.\
“The vetting of Hillary Clinton has yet to start; the hard questions haven’t been asked,” campaign strategist David Axelrod said. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”\
Mrs. Clinton claimed momentum with her victories, but the Obama campaign was quick to note he still holds a lead among delegates earned through state contests and that she faces an uphill mathematical battle to capture enough to be the party nominee.
“It is absurd that after weeks of badgering the media to ‘vet’ Senator Obama, the Clinton campaign believes that they should be held to an entirely different standard. We don’t believe that expecting candidates for the presidency to disclose their tax returns somehow constitutes Ken Starr-tactics, but the kind of transparency and accountability that Americans are looking for and that’s been missing in Washington for far too long. And if Senator Clinton doesn’t think that the Republicans will ask these very same questions, then she’s not as ready to go toe-to-toe with John McCain as she claims.”
— Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times