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Obama Plans to Confront Bill Clinton

Sunday, 20 Jan 2008 10:22 PM

Sen. Barack Obama says the gloves are coming off against former President Clinton.

In an interview set to air Monday on "Good Morning America," Obama says: "You know the former president, who I think all of us have a lot of regard for, has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling. He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts -- whether it's about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas.

"This has become a habit, and one of the things that we're going to have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he's making statements that are not factually accurate."

Bill Clinton has said it was a "fairy tale" that Obama has consistently opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. He also has claimed that Nevada union officials intimidated members into caucusing for Obama.

"I understand him wanting to promote his wife's candidacy," Obama says in the GMA interview. "She's got a record that she can run on. But I think it's important that we try to maintain some -- you know, level of honesty and candor during the course of the campaign. If we don't, then we feed the cynicism that has led so many Americans to be turned off to politics."

In response, Hillary Clinton's campaign suggested that Obama was sore after finishing second in Saturday's Nevada caucuses.

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