ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: I’m a woman: “Why Should I vote for you and not Hillary?”
The simple yet definitive question came in Tipton, Iowa from a 65 year old woman, who commented that she’s seen a revolution in women’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, “Why should I vote for you and not Hillary?”
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.
“It involves a little more risk with me,” Senator Obama admitted, and said there’s more safety with Clinton.
Calling her a “known commodity”, Obama explained “(she’s) been around for a long time. Bill’s there, you know we kinda know what we’re gonna get.”
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.
“If every move you’re making is based on a static politics, or you’re looking backwards and you’re saying ‘okay this is what the polls tell me, this is how much we have to maneuver, and this is how I don’t open myself to too much criticism from the republicans’. If that’s your strategy…..you are not going to deliver on the big challenges,” Obama continued.
But the shots at his Democratic opponent didn’t come without any flattery.
“Hillary Clinton is a very capable person. She’s smart. She’s tough.”