‘Meet Me in Ohio’

By MichaelJames

Feb 27, 2008 11:39pm

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Eloise Harper report: Has Sen. Hillary Clinton found another new slogan?

Wrapping up a late night event in Belpre, a town in southern Ohio that’s closer to West Virginia than Lake Erie, Clinton rattled off a rapid-fire list of reasons voters should “partner” with her and support her presidential bid.

Then she capped it off with a new flourish: “So meet me in Ohio!”

It’s a line she first used last weekend, when admonishing Sen. Barack Obama over mailers on NAFTA and health care his campaign is sending to Ohio voters.

“Shame on you Barack Obama,” she said on Saturday.  “It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That is what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio. Let’s have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign.”

That debate happened Tuesday night in Cleveland.

But the Clinton campaign likes the phrase so much they’ve made up signs with the new slogan — “meet me in Ohio.”

In Belpre, Clinton went after Obama for something he said in that debate as what she called a perfect example of the difference between talk and action.

She pointed to Obama’s chairmanship of a Senate subcommittee on European affairs and his acknowledgment in the debate that he had not held any substantive hearings as chair of that subcommittee.

In the debate Obama said, “I became chairman of this committee at the beginning of this campaign, at the beginning of 2007. So, it is true that we haven’t had oversight hearings on Afghanistan.”

“My opponent, when he talks about his foreign policy experience, he includes his chairmanship of this subcommittee,” Clinton said Wednesday.  “What you learned last night is that he has never held a substantive hearing or meeting to look at what is going on in NATO, to take a hard look at what’s happening in Europe. And in fact the reason he hasn’t, as he said, is because he got the assignment when he started running for president. Well, I don’t think that’s an adequate excuse.

“There is a difference between talk and action," Clinton added. "When it comes to experience, we need to make the decisions required by the next president."

Though it was nearly 11 p.m., Clinton did not appear tired and struck a defiant tone on national security.

"We have a war against al Qaeda and the Taliban who attacked us. And the masterminds of that attack are still at large, and we’re not winning,” Clinton told the packed auditorium in Belpre.

“We have to put our best resources in against those who attack the United States. No one can attack us with impunity. They have to be brought to justice.  And that means wiping them out. Because until we do, we will remain at risk."

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