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Democrat contender counting dollars

AM - Monday, 3 March , 2008 08:06:00

Reporter: John Shovelan

PETER CAVE: Senator Barack Obama is using his huge financial advantage over Senator Hillary Clinton
to try to end her campaign in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In the two critical states of Texas and Ohio he is spending double the amount that she is on
television ads.

But the Clinton campaign has found new energy and optimism over the last few days in what is now
the do or die day for Senator Clinton.

From Washington, John Shovelan reports that unless she wins the two big states her campaign is all
but over.

JOHN SHOVELAN: The polls are now so tight in Texas and Ohio, the two delegate rich states in
Tuesday's primaries, at this stage forecasting a winner in either state is guesswork. Neither
candidate has a significant enough lead.

Senator Clinton is leading in Ohio, but she is being out-spent by the Obama campaign in television
advertising, two to one.

Once again in Ohio, as across the country, interest and enthusiasm in the Democratic race is high
and a record turnout is expected.

Hillary Clinton needs to win both Texas and Ohio to remain a viable candidate and is doing whatever
it takes to achieve victory. Even fear-mongering.

Senator Clinton has been running on national security, broadcasting a television advertisement
depicting a sleeping child and the ominous ringing telephone.

EXCERPT FROM A CLINTON TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT: It's 3am and your children are safe and asleep.
But there's a phone in the White House, and it's ringing.

Something is happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call. Whether it's
someone who already knows the world's leaders, knows the military, someone tested and ready to lead
in a dangerous world. It's 3am and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the
phone?

JOHN SHOVELAN: But no phones are left ringing in the Obama campaign. No attack left unanswered. In
record time, it had its own response on the air.

EXCERPT FROM A BARACK TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT: It's 3am and your children are safe and asleep. But
there's a phone ringing in the White House.

Something is happening in the world. When that call gets answered, shouldn't the President be the
one, the only one who had judgement and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start, who
understood the real threat to America was al Qaeda in Afghanistan, not Iraq, who led the effort to
secure loose nuclear weapons around the globe. In a dangerous world, it's judgement that matters.

BARACK OBAMA: I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message.

JOHN SHOVELAN: The Obama's speedy response focused on Senator Clinton's vote giving the authority
to go to war in Iraq. It's her well known political weakness among Democrats.

But over the past week there has been a shift in the campaign dynamics. The inquisitorial
spotlight, with all its harshness, is no longer on Senator Clinton but for the first time shining
on Barack Obama, and it's only the beginning.

Under it's glare he hasn't looked nearly as convincing. On free trade he's threatening to tear up
the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA prompting the Canadian Government to counter "go
ahead and we'll sell our oil to China instead, driving US petrol prices ever higher".

And on Iraq in strains of what sounded a lot like the Bush administration's pre-emptive strike
policy, he promised if needed after their withdrawal US troops would go back to Iraq to eliminate
al Qaeda.

So over the last few days Senator Clinton has been joined in criticism of Barack Obama by President
Bush and the presumptive Republican nominee Senator John McCain who have all ridiculed the young
Illinois Senator.

Tuesday's polls will not only determine Senator Clinton's immediate political future but if finally
Barack Obama's aura has been pierced.

John Shovelan, Washington.