Clinton Is Rapidly Shifting Gears

(Los Angeles Times) - With her White House prospects in jeopardy, Hillary Rodham Clinton has shifted from one tactic to another in trying to overtake rival Barack Obama.

She tried TV ads saying he ducked debates. She accused him of plagiarism. She disparaged his huge crowds. She called his attacks on her shameful and dishonest.

On Sunday, Clinton turned to ridicule.

"Now I can stand up here and say let's just get everybody together, let's get unified, the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing, and everyone will know we should do the right thing, and the world will be perfect," Clinton told supporters here at Rhode Island College.

"Maybe I just lived a little long. But I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be," Clinton continued. "You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear."

Clinton's string of tactical adjustments come amid Obama's 11-contest winning streak, which has given him the lead in delegates to the party's national convention.

"Most baffling is the inconsistency -- literally the three or four or five approaches we've seen, all within one week," said Roy Behr, a Democratic strategist not involved in the race. "This is commonly what happens to campaigns when things are not going well."

By contrast, Obama finds himself in the enviable position of sticking with a strategy that has worked well: giving high-minded speeches to large, adoring crowds, including more than 10,000 Sunday in Toledo, Ohio, and delivering the occasional pin-prick to Clinton.

On Sunday, his topic was the North American Free Trade Agreement. He accused the New York senator and former first lady of changing her stance on NAFTA once she started running for president. He suggested she could not have it both ways.

"Senator Clinton's premise in her candidacy throughout this campaign has been 35 years of experience, including eight years in the White House," Obama told reporters after touring a National Gypsum plant outside Cleveland.

"I mean she has essentially presented herself as co-president during the Clinton years. Every good thing that happened she says she was a part of. And so the notion that you can selectively pick what you take credit for, and then run away from what isn't politically convenient, that doesn't make sense."

Trade deals are a sensitive issue in many industrial states, including Ohio, which have lost a flood of manufacturing jobs to countries offering cheaper labor.

Aside from a New Hampshire debate line that some found demeaning -- "you're likable enough, Hillary" --Obama has largely steered clear of anything suggesting a personal swipe.

"My goal is to continue to press my case for why I should be president," Obama said when asked whether he expected a contentious debate with Clinton -- their 20th -- on Tuesday night in Cleveland. "I'm not in this to tear anybody else down. I have enormous respect for Sen. Clinton."

The debate will be the pair's last before the March 4 nominating contests in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont. Clinton losses in Texas and Ohio would likely derail her candidacy, according to many analysts -- including, not least, her husband. The former presidenthas been campaigning for his wife in Texas and Ohio.

At nearly every stop, she has taken credit for the expansion of children's health coverage during the couple's White House years. But her pledge to fix what she describes as flaws in NAFTA has fueled the attacks from Obama.

On Sunday morning, Clinton renewed her attacks on Obama aboard a flight to Rhode Island from Washington, D.C., saying she was offended by Obama mailings attacking her record on health care and NAFTA.

"Raise legitimate questions, but don't engage in this kind of false and misleading advertising," she told reporters on her campaign plane.

She also denied that her angry outburst about the mailings in Cincinnati had been a calculated move, describing it instead as her spontaneous reaction after a woman showed the mailings to her on a rope line at the rally.

"Maybe we're not as careful as you think we are," she said of her campaign team.

Finnegan reported from Providence and Boston; Barabak from Toledo and Lorain, Ohio.

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