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Sweet Dem debate special: Obama aims punch at Clinton. Report 9.

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WASHINGTON—The thought going in the debate was that everyone would go after front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) But the only strong punch to Clinton came from Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and it was, once again, over her vote to authorize the Iraq war.

That Obama opposed the war from the start is a central calling card of his candidacy. He used the question of whether soldiers died in vain (a question he botched in the first press conference of his campaign) to lob this at Clinton:

“But what I also know is that the time for us to ask how we were going to get out of Iraq was before we went in. And that is something that too many of us failed to do,” Obama said.

But let’s go back to the question about dying in vain. It’s a potential landmine, hidden under the road. But it is one Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) drove over once before and he knew where not to go.

CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked Obama, “are the soldiers dying in Iraq in vain?
“ Our soldiers have done everything that's been asked of them. They deposed Saddam Hussein,” and then he went on to hit Clinton over her vote (the whole passage will be below.)

Cooper pressed Obama for a yes or no (Obama just is not wired that way) and Obama said, “ I never think that troops, like those who are coming out of The Citadel, who do their mission for their country, are dying in vain.’’

Compare that to what Obama said on the day he launched his White House run back in February, where he made his first stumble:

During his first press conference as a presidential candidate at Iowa State University, Obama, discussing his opposition to the Iraq war, said the war "should have never been authorized, and should have never been waged, and on which we've now spent $400 billion, and have seen over 3,000 lives of the bravest young Americans wasted.'' He later clarified his views.

CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked Obama, “are the soldiers dying in Iraq in vain?

Here’s the whole passage… “ Our soldiers have done everything that's been asked of
them. They deposed Saddam Hussein. They have carried out extraordinarily difficult missions
with great courage and great bravery. But, you know, one thing I have to say about Senator Clinton's comments a couple of moments ago. I think it's terrific that she's
asking for plans from the Pentagon, and I think the Pentagon response was ridiculous. But what I also know is that the time for us to ask how we were going to get out of Iraq was before we went in. And that is something that too many of us failed to do. We failed to do it. And I do think that that is something that both Republicans and Democrats have to take responsibility for.’’
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one site has a picture of her face when Obama slammed her.
Obama was smooth in how he did that and it was beautiful.
You just do not see it coming when Obama sets out to take you down.
Did you notice the snub Hillary did to Obama at the end. They were suppose to compliment the person to the left and she triangulated around it. what class.....not.

Obama will win this thing at the end of the day and we will laugh in your face Lynn Sweet when the Clinton camp cuts you from their pay roll.

Obama will win this thing at the end of the day and we will laugh in your face Lynn Sweet when the Clinton camp cuts you from their pay roll.

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