PAOLI, Penn.—Barack Obama offered an especially sharp criticism of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Paoli this afternoon as part of his train tour through Pennsylvania:
“Senator Clinton’s essential argument in this campaign is that you can’t change how the game is played in Washington. Her basic argument is that the slash-and-burn, say-anything, do-anything, special-interest-driven politics is how it works. And so she has taken more money than any other candidate, Democrat or Republican combined. She also believes that the nature of politics is that you say what the people want to hear.
“So maybe you say something about trade when you are campaigning with your husband eight, ten, 12 years ago and you say something different now that you are out campaigning in Ohio, Pennsylvania. Maybe you say one thing about the war when it looks like the war is popular and maybe you say something else about the war when it gets to be unpopular. That’s how business is done in Washington. That’s become typical. The idea of running negative campaigns. Well, her staff called it the kitchen sink strategy. We’re going to throw whatever we want at Barack, whether it’s true, whether it’s false, whether it’s exaggerated, whether it’s relevant. Because that’s, according to Senator Clinton, what the Republicans will do to Barack anyway, so I might as well do it too.
“So what’s happened is, Senator Clinton has internalized a lot of the strategies and tactics that have made Washington such a miserable place, where all we do is bicker and all we do is fight.”