Eloise Harper, Sunlen Miller and Tahman Bradley report: Answering a follow up question about Sen. Barack Obama's PAC, Hopefund, Clinton was asked if she thinks this "is an issue of character when it comes to Sen. Obama."
Clinton responded that she thinks it is starting to look that way.
"I'm going to let voters make that decision," she said, "but it's beginning to look a lot like that, it really is ... where you can't get a straight answer on health care, where somebody who runs on ethics and not taking money from certain people has found out you have at least skirted if not violated FEC rules and used lobbyists and PAC money to do so."
This debate over the PAC between the campaigns was sparked today when Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," asked Obama strategist David Axelrod to close the political action committee.
"There's a lot that voters don't know about Barack Obama. And one thing they don't know -– we found out this week –- is that he has been using and operating a so-called leadership PAC, in apparent contravention of campaign finance laws, taking in money from lobbyists despite the fact he said he doesn't take money from lobbyists, taking in money from lobbyists and giving money out to candidates in New Hampshire and Iowa to support his presidential campaign."
Obama responded, on camera, at a Des Moines press avail today, connecting his good poll numbers to the influx of attacks from other campaigns:. "Folks from some of the other campaigns are reading the polls and starting to get stressed and issuing whole bunch of rash allegations. Everything we've done has been in accordance to the law. They should focus on getting their supporters to caucus in Iowa."