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The Associated Press - Obama Seeks Support Quoting Bill Clinton

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Location: Concord, NH

The Associated Press - Obama Seeks Support Quoting Bill Clinton

By Holly Ramer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barrack Obama on argued Saturday that his public service experience trumps that of rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he used her husband's words to make his point.

Obama, a first-term senator, repeated his claim that his experience as a community organizer, lawyer, professor and state senator is more valuable than Sen. Clinton's experience "working the system." In doing so, he threw Bill Clinton's words back at him, quoting comments Clinton made in a 1992 debate with President George H.W. Bush.

"The same old experience is not relevant ... And you can have the right kind of experience and the wrong kind of experience," Clinton said.

"He's exactly right," Obama said at an outdoor rally at a Concord park. "What we need to do is put an end to the wrong kind of experience."

Touting his success passing campaign finance reform as a state senator and ethics reform as a U.S. senator, Obama said the nation doesn't need "the kind of experience that tinkers around the edges instead of doing something fundamental about how lobbyists operate in Washington."

"We need the kind of experience that I think I bring to this race, of bringing people together to get things done," he said.

In a recent television interview, former President Clinton was asked to compare questions about Obama's experience to similar questions he faced in 1992.

Clinton noted that he was governor of Arkansas at the time, when the major issue of the day was not a foreign war but restoring the nation's economy. He said he was closer to Obama in experience in 1988, when he decided not to run.

"And I really didn't think I knew enough, and had served enough and done enough to run," he said on "Political Capital with Al Hunt. "That doesn't mean that he shouldn't. That's his decision."

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