Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign this morning has given indications of the weeks to come as they work to beat Sen. Barack Obama in Texas and Ohio.

It’s been a busy morning for the campaign after Mr. Obama of Illinois won his ninth and tenth straight victories in Wisconsin and Hawaii.

Point one — Mr. Obama is inexperienced and even his supporters can’t name his accomplishments. The Clinton team is circulating a video they have labeled “Must See TV” of Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson failing to name any accomplishments boasting the Obama name, in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC.

“I’m not going to be able to name you specific items of legislative accomplishment … I’m not going to be able to do that tonight,” Mr. Watson said. “One of the things that Senator Obama does is he inspires.”

As for point two — Team Clinton also has created “Delegate Hub” — a spin off its campaign creations of “Hillary Hub” and “Fact Hub” — to outline the facts as the candidates try to win the delegates necessary to clinch the nomination.

“FACT: Neither candidate can secure the nomination without automatic delegates,” or what the campaign used to call superdelegates — members of Congress and local and state party activists whose votes are needed at the convention to win the nomination, reads an entry on Delegate Hub.

“The Obama campaign is trying to shut down the Democratic race before the rest of the country votes. There are still many states and territories that have not voted with over 1,000 delegates at stake,” the campaign notes on the site.

The Clinton site also is pushing for Florida and Michigan delegates to be seated at the convention, even though the Democratic National Committee has voted that those delegates are nonbinding since the states broke the rules and held elections too early.

Mrs. Clinton won in both states, though in Michigan she was the only viable candidate on the ballot, after all the candidates agreed they would not campaign in either state.

Mr. Obama’s team, meanwhile, is brushing off criticism from both Mrs. Clinton and probably Republican nominee Sen. John McCain that Mr. Obama does not offer specifics.

In a new Web video, the campaign outlines an Obama “Blueprint for Change,” a 64-page book filled with policy plans similar to what former Sen. John Edwards mailed to households of Iowa Democrats last year.

“Some people say Barack Obama doesn’t provide any details. They say he speaks about change and hope but doesn’t offer specifics,” a narrator says in the video, pointing viewers to the Obama campaign Web site where they can download the “blueprint.”

The Obama campaign has scheduled a morning conference call with reporters to lay out the state of the race.

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