ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: Iâ€™m a woman: â€œWhy Should I vote for you and not Hillary?â€?
The simple yet definitive question came in Tipton, Iowa from a 65 year old woman, who commented that sheâ€™s seen a revolution in womenâ€™s rights, and for the first time the nation is finally faced with a serious female candidate for president.
Then she asked Senator Obama outright, very directly, â€œWhy should I vote for you and not Hillary?â€?
After the increase of jabs between the top candidates for the Democratic nomination over the last couple of weeks, the question perked the ears of many.
â€œIt involves a little more risk with me,â€? Senator Obama admitted, and said thereâ€™s more safety with Clinton.
Calling her a â€œknown commodityâ€?, Obama explained â€œ(sheâ€™s) been around for a long time. Billâ€™s there, you know we kinda know what weâ€™re gonna get.â€?
Senator Obama said this is exactly the problem with a vote for Clinton, that there would be no significant change, and offered himself up as a better choice to bring big change.
â€œIf every move youâ€™re making is based on a static politics, or youâ€™re looking backwards and youâ€™re saying â€˜okay this is what the polls tell me, this is how much we have to maneuver, and this is how I donâ€™t open myself to too much criticism from the republicansâ€™. If thatâ€™s your strategyâ€¦..you are not going to deliver on the big challenges,â€? Obama continued.
But the shots at his Democratic opponent didnâ€™t come without any flattery.
â€œHillary Clinton is a very capable person. Sheâ€™s smart. Sheâ€™s tough.â€?