Ben Smith (Politico):
Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama offered an arena full of Iowans a sharp choice between her fierce partisanship and his more conciliatory vision, between "turning up the heat on the Republicans" and "a nation healed."Howie P.S.: There are those that say Ben is a closeted Hillary supporter. The New York Times story may be more to their liking. The Washington Post story gives more attention to John Edwards and the other speakers. Another WaPo story on their political blog says "Edwards Recalls Legal Victories To Reinforce Outsider Image." Here's Barack Obama's speech at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner (video, 20:49).
Speaking before Obama, and after Edwards, Clinton tried to answer her citics:
"There are some who will say they don't know where I stand…I stand where I have stood for 35 years – I stand with you and with your children and with every American who needs a fighter in their corner for a better life."