In Lead, Obama Campaign Feels Heat, Snubs

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The growing animosity between the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton escalated further Monday, as the Obama camp accused their Clinton counterparts of "divisive tactics" for distributing a photograph of Obama from a 2006 Africa trip wearing traditional Somali clothing.

The photo surfaced on the Drudge Report Web site, which said it came from "Clinton staffers." The Clinton campaign called the episode an attempt to distract from the real issues voters care about.

As Mara Liasson tells Melissa Block, the episode is the latest flare-up before Tuesday's debate in Ohio, coming just over a week before crucial primaries in that state and Texas. But the story also comes on the heels of an anonymous e-mail campaign, which sought to suggest Obama is a disloyal American and a Muslim.

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