Hillary's Quandary on the Campaign

Clinton knows more about natonal security than any other Democrat in the 2008 presidential race. But will that matter?

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Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a fundraiser for her presidential campaign in New York on Monday, April 23, 2007.

"I was born into a middle-class family in the middle of the country in the middle of the last century," Hillary Clinton told several hundred people--a large crowd--in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the first Sunday in May. It was a lovely line, and for once her voice, a flat Midwestern twang that sometimes twinges harsh, seemed just right. The crowd, which included a disproportionate number of mothers who had brought their daughters, was very much at ease with the Senator as she managed to convey her usual A-student policy virtuosity in an informal, accessible way. "Wouldn't it be great to have...

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