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Obama Calls Out Clinton on Drivers Licenses

Just as it appeared Clinton would escape the illegal immigration discussion without a mention of her support and then opposition to a plan in New York to give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, Obama brought it up.

In the "more out of sadness than anger" tone that anyone watching Obama deliver tough hits has grown accustomed to, Obama noted that "At this point she has a clear position but it took a while." OUCH.

Why did he mention that fact? Not to score political points, Obama insisted, but rather to "underscore the fact that this is a difficult political issue."

Never one to be one-upped, Clinton hit back with a sweet as pie smile on her face. "A week after I said I would try to support my governor despite my personal opposition, you were asked the same question and could not answer it," she said to Obama. Zing!

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 9:00 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama considers 75K middle class when sending a child to college costs 25-45k/a year.What a joke? Hillary considers 200k tax increase, she has pretty good sense of the economy that we are facing. Hillary is for the middle class, Obama as oftently stated in the media has the upper class and the more educated in his corner. What about those of us with a bachelor degree making $85k with children in college and ready to retire. Who will fight better for us? Obama or Hillary?
A vote for Hillary is a vote to ensure a better tomorrow for the middle class.

Posted by: YvesRValbrun | February 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

hillary is equally competent if not more poised and polished. it would be interesting to project who would win against mccain on these issues. mccain can legitimately cite his wealth of experience on all the issues including the economy and security

Posted by: k1omal | January 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

So you've decided to vote for someone because they appear to be a good one on one debater?

Posted by: dave | January 31, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to find that Sen. Obama is a very competent debater when it is one on one. I think this cements my vote for him.


Posted by: markbirdsall | January 31, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Who won the CNN Democratic Debate in California?


Posted by: PollM | January 31, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Finally a civilized debate while contrasting positions. What a watershed moment for the Democratic Party.

Posted by: diplomat111 | January 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

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