Presidential Race is a Matter of Momentum

February 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
In the Presidential race, it's now a matter of momentum. Both Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have it with their campaigns. Barack Obama was touring an assembly line in Janesville, Wisconsin on Thursday. Times are tough here; 400 workers are expected to lose their jobs.

Obama abandoned his usual speech, outlining a $210-billion dollar plan to invest in the economy, giving them hope, and answering Hillary Clinton's statement that his campaign provides promises, hers offers solutions.

"I believe strongly that I have a better set of solutions for America," said Clinton. Hoping voters will see that difference, Clinton is pushing Obama for more debates. "They're generating enormous eyeballs. It generates a lot of coverage that comes out of them, and it's just a potential way to create a more even playing field," said Democratic Strategist Chris Lehane.

Just leveling the field may be difficult, since even the Republican frontrunner smells blood in the water. John McCain, who swept the Potomac primaries, is now looking past Mike Huckabee to focus on his next presumed opponent: Barack Obama. "I respect him and the campaign that he has run, but there's going to come a time when we have to get into specifics. They are singularly lacking in specifics and that's when as the campaign moves forward, we will be portraying very stark differences," said McCain.

Obama's reaction? He's flattered. "It's clear he knows who his opponent is going to be and I'm looking forward to a great debate," said Obama.

But the question of delegates remains unsettled for Democrats, with neither candidate expected to have enough to win the nomination outright. The contest may go all the way to the August convention, with a battle to what could be a very bitter end.


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