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Reuters: Obama Is Under Attack Before NH

From a very sensitive Reuters:

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) winks at a supporter as she greets people at a campaign rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, January 4, 2008.

Obama under attack ahead of New Hampshire debates

By Mark Egan

NASHUA, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Barack Obama’s bid to be America’s first black president is under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike before political debates on Saturday to help voters pick who to vote for in New Hampshire’s primary.

A day after his unexpected victory as Iowa’s choice for the Democratic nomination to run in the November election, Obama’s message of hope and change was derided by both Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney — the leaders of the Democratic and Republican fields here.

“Did you listen to Barack Obama?” Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts seeking to become America’s first Mormon president, said at a late Friday rally.

“He is a new face, but gosh when you listen to what comes out of his mouth. It’s like, ‘We’re going to just get our troops out of Iraq,” Romney said. “Have you thought about the consequences?”

Romney, who unexpectedly lost in Iowa to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, was referring to Obama’s promise to get U.S. troops out of Iraq.

And Clinton, a New York senator, said: “I know that the next president will embody the hopes and dreams of all of us, but I also know that they cannot be false hopes.”

Clinton’s lead over Obama in New Hampshire shrunk slightly to 4 points, 32 percent to 28 percent, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Saturday. John Edwards, a former North Carolina senator who finished second in Iowa, was in third place with 20 percent.

Among Republicans, Arizona Sen. John McCain’s lead over Romney fell by 2 points to 32 percent against 30 percent. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, gained 2 points to 12 percent.

Most of the polling in the four-day tracking survey was done before the Iowa caucuses on Thursday.

Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries will help decide who runs in November’s election to succeed U.S. President George W. Bush.

“We have to pick a president who is ready on Day One to do the job, the tough and difficult job,” said Clinton, seeking to become America’s first female president…

This is what Reuters considers “attacks”?

“He is a new face, but gosh when you listen to what comes out of his mouth. It’s like, ‘We’re going to just get our troops out of Iraq,” Romney said. “Have you thought about the consequences?”

And Clinton, a New York senator, said: “I know that the next president will embody the hopes and dreams of all of us, but I also know that they cannot be false hopes.”

Wait until Mrs. Clinton feels really threatened by Mr. Obama’s campaign. Then you will see some attacks.

But of course they won’t seem to be coming from her.

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