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Obama pitches undecided voters in Iowa; seeks converts for his cause

Obama pitches undecided voters in Iowa; seeks converts for his cause

Barack Obama spent much of Saturday courting undecided Iowa voters with an argument that he has the political skills to win the presidential election but none of the baggage carried by Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards.
"We are less likely to win an election that starts off with half the country not wanting to vote for that candidate," he told about 300 people at a high school. "We are less likely, also, to win an election with somebody who had one set of positions four years ago and has almost entirely different positions four years later."
Obama argued that his message of inclusion and consensus amounts to "a politics of addition" that will attract independents and even some Republicans in November.
Obama said a recent poll shows he could beat any of the Republican candidates, something that was not true for Clinton and Edwards.
Actually, national polls show both Obama and Clinton beating some Republicans but not others.
The Illinois senator also rejected arguments that he is too nice or too inexperienced to fight special interests in Washington. Obama said listening to other views and looking for common ground is not a sign of weakness.
People who say he needs more seasoning in Washington just want to "boil all the hope out of him" so he sounds just like everybody else, Obama said.


Updated : 2021-04-17 05:24 GMT+08:00