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Polls, Debates, and Biden

Nov 21, 2007

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The last time we heard from Hillary Clinton, she was saying that her Democratic rivals were attacking her not because she was a woman but because she was the front runner, and adding that the attacks were "right out of the Republican play book." Yesterday she went after Barack Obama on the issue of experience, saying, "Voters will have to judge if living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face." Maybe her attack on Obama is based on the fact that he is the front runner? At least in Iowa. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll has Obama leading in the crucial first caucus state with 30% of likely Democratic caucus-goers, compared to 26% for Clinton and 22% for John Edwards, who finished a close second in Iowa in 2004. Obama, responding to Clinton's jab about experience, said, "I was wondering which world leader told her that we needed to invade Iraq."

Speaking of Iowa, we're going to hear from Sen. Joe Biden, who is trailing in the polls there, but who seems to be quoted approvingly by his Democratic rivals in many of the debates. Also joining us is Paul Kirk, the co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which released its 2008 general election debate schedule this week.

Also on the super-sized Junkie show (as opposed to the Junkie column): the Virginia Senate race gets a new candidate ... Scott McClellan spills the beans on the Administration's role in the Valerie Plame outing ... and a new political trivia question.

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