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Clinton Hits Hard in Ohio, Compares Obama to Bush

The kid gloves are definitely off, and this should dispel the persistent MSM meme that Clinton's valedictorian-esque closing to the recent Texas debate was her 'swan song'. She's still a fighter:

Hillary Rodham Clinton this morning drew parallels between Sen. Barack Obama’s change-driven message and that of President George Bush, saying Bush campaigned on change in 2000 “and the American people got shafted.”

“"He promised change, didn't he?"” Clinton told a crow of cheering Democrats inside a community college gymnasium here. “"Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me."”

The Obamatrons will no doubt attack Clinton by pulling up YouTube videos of other politicians who have used the "Fool me twice" saying in a speech.

Without mentioning him by name Clinton also attacked Obama on health care, saying his optional plan that she says will leave 15 million Americans uninsured. “Why would we give up on what has been one of the most important goals which I believe is a moral imperative,” she said. “It is a right to have access to health care, not a privilege. Why would we have a democrat undercutting that.”

More here.

Clinton_mailer.jpgUpdate: Clinton slams Obama again, earlier today in Cincinnati:

Hillary Clinton slammed rival Barack Obama on Saturday for campaign leaflets on her health-care plan that she called "blatantly false" and accused him of using Republican tactics in their contest for the Democratic U.S. presidential nomination.

In a bitter exchange, the Obama campaign defended the leaflet as accurate, and decried Clinton's "negative campaign."

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton said, speaking to reporters after a rally in this state that is key to her struggling campaign.

Brandishing a leaflet, Clinton said the Obama campaign was spreading "false, misleading, discredited information" about her health-care plan.

"Senator Obama knows it is not true that my plan forces people to buy insurance even if they can't afford it," Clinton said. "It is blatantly false and yet he continues to spend millions of dollars perpetuating falsehoods. It is not hopeful. It is destructive, particularly for a Democrat to be discrediting universal health care."

Now watch how the artful Prince of Parse, Barack Obama, tries to delfect the heat by parsing the claim ever so slightly (emphasis mine):

On the health care mailer, [Obama] said it was indisputable that Clinton's plan required people to buy health insurance even if they did not think they could afford it.

Someone making $100,000 a year could think they can't afford health insurance premiums, just as they might think they can't afford to pay income taxes or medicaire taxes. There's a big difference.

Update II: "It'll Take a Knockout

Obama appears to understand that Clinton isn't going to leave this fight easily:

In a news conference at an Ohio State University hospital, Obama was asked whether he thought he would be facing more pressure from senior Democrats to concede the race than Clinton now is, had he lost 11 straight contests, as she has. "Yes," he said bluntly. "But look, I'm the challenger, I'm the upstart, I'm the insurgent. She's the champ, she's part of the Democratic network in Washington, and if you're the title holder then you don't lose it on points. You've got t be knocked out."

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