Sen. Barack Obama, stepping up his criticism of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, directly accused her of being duplicitous in one of several testy exchanges that marked the Democratic debate here Thursday night as one of the most heated of the presidential campaign.Howie P.S.: My opinion is that they are attacking her because she is ahead, and they think calling attention to her playing of the gender card might help them.
Asked whether she is exploiting her status as a woman, Clinton said: "I'm not exploiting anything at all. I'm not playing, as some people say, the gender card here in Las Vegas. I'm just trying to play the winning card." She added: "People are not attacking me because I'm a woman. They're attacking me because I'm ahead."
Friday, November 16, 2007
"Democratic Contenders Step Up Attacks in Debate" (with video)
WaPo (page one), with video (02:31):