HOLLYWOOD-- Barack Obama, hit with accusations he snubbed Hillary Rodham Clinton at Monday's State of the Union address, dispenses with the issue at the top of the Democratic debate on Thursday.
" I also want to note that I was friends with Hillary Clinton before we started this campaign," Obama said.
"I will be friends with Hillary Clinton after this campaign is over. She has done -- she's run a -- we're running a competitive race, but it's because we both love this country, and we believe deeply in the issues that are
at stake," he said.