Clinton, Obama Continue Sparring Over Who's Best With the Ohio and Texas primaries right around the corner, the candidates haven't lost any steam in their race for the Republican and Democratic nominations. NPR's Ina Jaffe has been keeping tabs on them as they prepare for Tuesday's contests.
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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

With primaries Tuesday in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island, Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continued to spar over who is best suited to be the next commander-in-chief. In a moment, we'll speak to longtime Democratic strategist Susan Estrich about Hillary Clinton's campaign.

But we begin with a brief look at the candidates' appearances on the campaign trail yesterday with NPR's Ina Jaffe.

INA JAFFE: On the subject of national security, Hillary Clinton touts her experience while Barack Obama claims superior judgment is an opponent of the war in Iraq. But speaking to reporters, Clinton said Obama's opposition to the war mainly amounted to a speech she gave in 2002. Reaching for a well-worn Texas metaphor, she called him all hat and no cattle.

At a rally in Dallas she said that Obama was quote, "unhappy" when she brought up national security.

Senator HILLARY CLINTON (Democrat, New York, Presidential Candidate): If Senator Obama doesn't want to debate me about national security, how's he going to debate Senator McCain about national security?

(Soundbite of cheering)

JAFFE: But Obama did want to debate Clinton, albeit long distance. Speaking in Providence, Rhode Island, he argued that Clinton's not the one to change American foreign policy.

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois, Presidential Candidate): Real change isn't voting for George Bush's war in Iraq and then telling the American people it was actually voting for more diplomacy.

JAFFE: As for the Republican candidates, Mike Huckabee visited the border town of Laredo, Texas, where he talked about illegal immigration. John McCain is spending the weekend at his ranch in Arizona. He could win enough delegates Tuesday to wrap up the nomination.

Ina Jaffe, NPR News.

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