Hillary Campaigns in Florida for Obama, but Will She Take On Palin?

By Nitya

Sep 8, 2008 8:22am

This morning in Kissimmee, Fla., Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will discuss the economy at a town hall meeting, after which she will visit a convention of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Lake Buena Vista. Her day ends in Tampa with a rally.

How strongly will she take on Sen. John McCain’s new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin?

"She’s going to continue to do what she’s been doing, as recently as yesterday," a Clinton aide told me Sunday, forwarding a Saturday story with the headline, "Clinton Brushes Aside Questions About  Palin."

At New York City’s annual Labor Day parade and in Staten Island, Saturday, Clinton was asked about Palin. She demurred.

"This election is about issues, and that’s what’s going to matter to people at the end of the day," Clinton said. The Associated Press reported that Clinton "only mentioned Palin by name once during the day, at the labor breakfast, when she uttered a modified version of a line from her speech at the Democratic National Convention. ‘No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin,’ she said."

There are Obama supporters who feel Clinton needs to make a strong case against Palin. And they are intrigued — and troubled — by the fact that she won’t.

- jpt

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