As soon as we flipped the calendar to December, it sure feels different here in Iowa. And I don't mean the weather. Ever since Hillary Clinton slipped into second place in some polls in this state, she has really turned up the heat (that's for all of you who sat through the Jefferson Jackson Dinner--Almost Breakfast).
Here are day's quotables:
"You decide which makes more sense: to entrust our country to someone who is ready on day one to make the decisions and the changes we need, or to put America in the hands of someone with little national or international experience who started running for president as soon as he arrived in the United States Senate." --Hillary Clinton.
"How did running for president become a qualification to be president? Well, this is not a job you can learn about from a book. It's a job that starts on day one with split-second decision making that can affect the lives of millions of people." --Hillary Clinton
Now here's what Barack Obama told me in response:
"You're going to have to ask Senator Clinton, because we're her to talk about credit cards. My sense is people start getting stressed closer to the caucus and start feeling their support isn't where they want it to be. Rather than providing an affirmative message, they start going after the candidates. I don't think that's what the Iowa caucusgoers are looking for." --Barack Obama
"Over the last couple of days, she (Hillary Clinton) has cited the supposed memories of my kindergarten teacher about my Presidential ambitions. That's the level of silliness we've been hearing from out of Senator Clinton and her campaign. And I don't think that's what the people of Iowa are looking for right now." --Barack Obama