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Hillary Clinton's Last Stand?

Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | 3:33 PM ET
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Clinton faces a huge challenge over the next 10 days in trying to reverse Barack Obama's momentum enough to win Ohio and Texas on march 4 and get back into the race for the Democratic nomination. In last night's debate in Austin, Clinton worked all angles.

She tried populist rhetoric:
"The wealthy and the well-connected have had a president the last seven years, and I think it's time that the rest of America had a president."

She tried political attack:
"Lifting whole passages from someone else's speeches is not change you can believe in, it's change you can Xerox."

The debate audience booed that one. So then she tried emotional uplift reminiscent of "the moment" that helped her salvage New Hampshire:
"People often ask me, 'How do you do it?' You know, 'How do you keep going?' And I just have to shake my head in wonderment, because with all of the challenges that I've had, they are nothing compared to what I see happening in the lives of Americans every single day."

It didn't appear on first glance to be enough. She'll have one more chance in debate next Tuesday night in Cleveland, which will air on MSNBC. (Like CNBC, MSNBC is owned by General Electric.) But the polls are closing and the clock is ticking.

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