Clinton campaign seeks to undermine Obama's credibility

Associated Press - February 18, 2008 9:13 PM ET

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) - Hillary Clinton's campaign is posting video clips on YouTube to illustrate similarities in Barack Obama's speeches with those by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on the theme of "Don't tell me words don't matter."

Obama's campaign says Clinton herself has borrowed words of others. It pointed reporters to video on the same site with Clinton saying "we are fired up and we are ready to go." That's an Obama chant.

Obama speaking in Youngstown, Ohio, today turned Clinton's criticism of his speeches into a biting jab of her past support for trade deals." Obama said Clinton says "speeches don't put food on the table." Then he added: "You know what? NAFTA didn't put food on the table, either."

Clinton and Obama face off tomorrow in the Wisconsin primary.

Meanwhile a new CNN-Opinion Research poll finds Barack Obama moving into a virtual tie with Clinton in Texas ahead of the state's March 4th primary.

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