The smiles are out – and the gloves are off!
The campaign to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for next year’s US presidential election is becoming increasingly combative.
Hillary Clinton has sharpened her attacks on her chief rival Barack Obama, accusing him of ducking the Senate’s recent vote on a resolution to get tough on Iran.
“When it comes to Iran, I took a stand for aggressive diplomacy and one of my opponents made a different choice. He did not show up for the vote,” she told supporters in Iowa.
Less than a month before the state hosts the first primary, Obama is giving as good as he gets. He has been boosted, no doubt, by a newspaper poll showing him moving narrowly ahead of the former first lady in the state.
“When I am the Democratic Party nominee, my opponent won’t be able to say I voted for the war in Iraq because I did not,” he told a rally. “Won’t be able to say that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, because I have not.”
Iowa however is a three-way battle and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards is also looking strong.