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The snow continues to fall in northern Ohio but will it be any warmer inside on stage at Cleveland State University for the 20th Democratic debate?

Tonight's one-on-one showdown in Cleveland may be Hillary Clinton's last opportunity to change the dynamic of the Democratic race before March 4 and head into the primaries in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont with some momentum

Polls in Ohio show her with a single digit lead, polls in Texas show a dead heat and a poll from the New York Times shows Obama with a 16 point lead nationally.

Since last Thursday's debate, where her "change you can Xerox" line was met with boos, Clinton has continued to ramp up her attacks on Barack Obama, throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.

Will Clinton tone it down when they are side-by-side on stage and opt to focus on a steady, measured comparison of their positions and qualifications?

Or set the Cuyahoga River on fire (not the first time) and unleash a scathing attack, with her eye on the clock ticking down to March 4 and the 370 delegates at stake?

Clinton is likely to focus on her experience and ability to lead on Day One (sound familiar?) and steer the conversation to the economy as much as possible.

Clinton has performed well in the debates that have been heavy on policy talk and a discussion about trade, jobs, and health care would allow her to talk nuts and bolts and contrast her command of the issues with her opponent.

The keys to the debate in Ohio are largely the same as they were in Texas. Once again, Clinton is looking to…

-- land a solid punch that knocks Obama back and puts him on the defensive (unlikely it centers on plagiarism)

-- turn in a boffo performance that will have all the political reporters and pundits talking (and not speculating that an answer was the beginnings of a concession speech)

-- force Obama into making a gaffe that could stem his momentum (Can she somehow get Obama to declare himself a disciple of Bo Schemblecher?)

-- unveil a new message (or find a way to drive home the current one about experience)

The first two are probably the most attainable for Clinton. Obama has not made a game-changing mistake and it's probably too late for any new message to make an impact (if it could, we would have heard it by now).

ABC News' Rick Klein is all over the action tonight and is live blogging at HERE.

Both Clinton and Obama stay in the Buckeye State on Wednesday. Clinton rallies voters at St. Clairsville High School and Obama does the same at The Ohio State University. Tuesday Obama received the endorsement of former Ohio State basketball star Greg Oden, who led the Buckeyes to the national championship game in 2007 but is not expected to be at the event.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

On the campaign front…


--1:30 pm ET: Attends Economic Solutions Summit at Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State College in Zanesville, OH.

--6:00 pm ET: Attends Campaign Rally at St. Clairsville High School, St. Clairsville, OH.


--9:00 am ET: Attends Early Vote Event in Houston, TX.

--10:00 am ET: Attends Early Vote Event in Houston, TX.

--1:15 am ET: Attends Early Vote Event near Houston Community College, Southeast Campus in Houston, TX.

--12:45 am ET: Attends Southwest Houston Office Opening in Houston, TX.

--4:00 pm ET: Attends Early Vote Event at Austin Community College, Riverside Campus and Riverside Golf Course in Austin, TX.

-- 6:30 pm ET: Attends Early Vote Event at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX.


--10:00 am ET: Attends Campaign Rally at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

--10:15 pm ET: Attends Campaign Rally at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

As for the Republicans…


--9:45 am ET: Attends a Town Hall Meeting at the Tyler Rose Garden Center in Tyler, TX.

--11:00 am ET: Holds a Media Availability at the Tyler Rose Garden Center in Tyler, TX.

--1:15 p.m. ET: Attends a Town Hall Meeting at the USAA Campus in San Antonio, TX.

--4:15 pm ET: Holds Press Conference at the Omni Hotel at the San Antonio, TX.


--8:30 am ET: Coffee/Meet and Greet in Centerville, OH.

--12:00 pm ET: Lunch at Renick's Family Restaurant in Chillicothe, OH.

--3:00 pm ET: Meet and Greet at Adornetto's Pizzeria, Zanesville, OH.


-- No Scheduled Events.

At the White House and Beyond…


--9:55 am ET: Meets with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Oval Office.

--3:05 pm ET: Photo opportunity and makes remarks to the Boston Red Sox, South Lawn, White House.


--11:15 am ET: Meets with President Bush, White House.

--1:30 pm ET: Flower-laying ceremony at the statue of T.G. Masaryk.

--2:00 pm ET: Speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on security challenges in Central Europe, Washington, D.C.

--5:00 pm ET: Meets with the Czech Caucus in Congress, Washington, D.C.


--1:30 pm ET: House GOP leadership holds a pen and pad briefing with Reps. Adam Putnam and Roy Blunt, HC-9, Capitol.


ABC News' Jennifer Parker and Kate Snow Reports: "Clinton Campaign Takes on New York Times" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: "Obama's Selective Outrage on Third-Party Groups" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper Reports: "From the Fact Check Desk: Clinton's Out-of-Context NAFTA Mailer" LINK

ABC News' John Berman Reports: "McCain Apologizes Profusely for 'Hussein Obama'" LINK

ABC's Sunlen Miller and David Wright Report: "Obama Tempers Debate Expectations" LINK

ABC News' Kevin Chupka Reports: "Huckabee's Almost Empty Cleveland Press Conference" LINK

ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: "Dodd to Endorse Obama" LINK

ABC News' David Wright Reports: "Dodd Endorses Obama, Rules Out Veepstakes" LINK

ABC News' Gary Langer Analyzes: "+16, +12, +3, +2" LINK

ABC News' Ron Claiborne Reports: "McCain in His Comfort Zone, Finance Issues LINK


McCain Apologizes for 'Hussein Obama' McCain apologizes for radio host Bill Cunningham's introductory remarks at event

McCain Supporter Rips Obama Bill Cunningham refers to Sen. Obama three times as "Barack Hussein Obama."

Dodd Endorses Obama Sen. Chris Dodd becomes the first former '08 candidate to endorse Sen. Obama.

Hasselbeck Says McCain 'Gets It' "View" co-host thinks the senator would be the best leader in a time of war.

Ellen's Surprise Appearance at Clinton Event Ellen Degeneres appeared via satellite at Clinton fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

Pressure on Clinton's Campaign Cokie Roberts and Matthew Dowd analyze New York senator's attack strategy.

The Gloves Come Off The race for the Democratic nomination heats up with the final debate tonight.

'The Note' Rewinds the Week's Best Moments ABC News' Senior Political Reporter Rick Klein on the weekly political roundup.

Clinton's Latest Criticism of Obama Hillary Clinton challenges Barack Obama's foreign policy experience.

The Making of Obama How did Barack Obama become a political rock star?

Pardon My French: Sarkozy Slams Heckler President Nicholas Sarkozy refers to a heckler as a "total jerk."

Clinton's Latest Criticism of Obama Hillary Clinton challenges Barack Obama's foreign policy experience.

Music Rocks North Korea's Isolation The New York Philharmonic is set to perform in previously 'closed' North Korea.

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