Clinton Sharpens Barbs Against Obama

ABC News' Kate Snow and Eloise Harper Report: Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., hit hard at her top rival at a GM plant  in Lordstown, OH, saying, "Speeches don't put food on the table. Speeches don't fill up your tank, or fill your prescription, or do anything about that stack of bills that keeps you up at night."

Clinton continued, "Some people may think words are change. You and I know better. Words are cheap. You can't just talk about the special interests. You have to take them on."

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Clinton hit Obama on the special interests, channeling John Edwards, "My opponent says that he'll take on the special interests. Well, he told people he stood up to the nuclear industry and passed a bill against them. But he actually let the nuclear industry water down his bill – the bill never actually passed. On top of that, the same company that watered down that bill lobbied for Dick Cheney's energy bill. And my opponent voted for the energy bill, with its billions of dollars of breaks for the oil industry. I voted against it."

Senator Clinton told Ohio voters that the Maytag plant in Obama's hometown support her, saying, "My opponent says he'll stand up for workers. He often talks about the plight of Maytag workers in his home state. But the union at that plant supports me, because when 1,600 jobs were being lost, they say he didn't do a thing to help."

Clinton also accused Senator Obama of copying her plans and ideas. "I was, however, glad to see that yesterday, my opponent adopted the goal of five million green collar jobs months after I announced I would create five million green collar jobs. I was also glad to see that he modeled his $60 billion infrastructure bank on a bill I co-sponsored last summer to create a $60 billion infrastructure bank. Now if only he would just copy my health care plan and provide coverage for every single American!"

Clinton says she doesn't measure her life by applause lines. "That's how I measure my life – not by applause or headlines, but by whether I'm helping people."

Senator Clinton's advisors tell ABC News that Clinton decided to sharpen up her rhetoric in the past days and step up her attacks against Senator Obama.

Obama's campaign responded to the attacks today with barbs of their own.

“Barack Obama doesn’t need any lectures on special interests from the candidate who’s taken more money from Washington lobbyists than any Republican running for President," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

"Hillary Clinton should tell the people of Ohio the truth -- she once bragged about helping to pass the nuclear bill she’s now criticizing Obama for, she came out with her plan for green jobs one month after Obama did, and she’s said she’d ‘go after’ people's wages if they couldn’t afford health insurance under her plan.  Senator Clinton may have said that attacks and distortions are the ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’ part of the campaign, but they’re exactly what everyone else in America is tired of,” he said. 

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