Both the campaigns of US Democratic hopefuls and frontrunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have been preparing for the upcoming Wisconsin primary. To Hillary Clinton, Wisconsin is considered one of the “must win” states asides from Ohio and Texas. To counteract Clinton’s comeback, Obama’s campaign had spent more time and money in Wisconsin.
But it is easier said than done due to the harsh weather in Wisconsin right now. Obama had to cancel one event in Kaukauna, Wisconsin earlier today because of the brutal weather. However, that does not mean that Obama is not going to postpone campaigning. While he cannot campaign physically today because of the harsh weather in Wisconsin, it is possible that he will continue to campaign through a series of television interviews statewide.
Despite aggressive campaigning in Wisconsin, Obama only has a slight lead over Clinton. In a recent poll that has been conducted by WISC-TV, Obama only has a 5 point lead over Clinton.
Both candidates weren’t the only ones heated up. David Axelrod and Howard Wolfson, strategists for the Obama and Clinton campaigns respectively were on CBS’ Face the Nation. Their discussion was tense as it revolved around a call for debate by Hillary Clinton.
Bob Schieffer who hosts Face the Nation asked Axelrod if he believed that Obama deemed himself to be the national Democratic frontrunner because which is not he did not accept any further requests for debates.
“If you’re ahead, you don’t debate; if you’re not ahead, you say ‘let’s debate.’ Isn’t that really what you’re doing here?” Schieffer said.
Hillary’s former campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle had sent numerous requests to Obama’s campaign for debates. That was when Obama was leading in the polls and primaries. Each one of them had been dismissed by Obama.
Axelrod insisted that two debates added in the next five days are enough. But, he was accused of not debating in the state of Wisconsin. Despite the marginal lead, Obama is still ahead in Wisconsin regardless.
“The Obama strategy here is essentially to debate in states where they’re behind, but not debate in states where they’re ahead,” Wolfson fired at Axelrod.
“Eight million people watched the debate from California, and I guarantee you they weren’t all Californians. Most of them were in other parts of the country. So that’s an empty argument as far as I’m concerned,” Axelrod fired back.
Axelrod added: “We’re going to have two national debates. I think they’re going to be well watched all across this country because people understand the importance of this campaign.”
Governor Jim Doyle, D-Wisconsin, and Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts who support Senator Barack Obama of Illinois have launched accusations against Hillary Clinton of launching a negative ad campaign against him.
“She only arrived in the state yesterday and we have more of this stuff going on,” Doyle explained.
They argued that Clinton launched a pamphlet throughout Wisconsin that said that Obama’s plan for health care was not universal.
While Kennedy and Doyle argued against Clinton, the non-partisan website known as “FactCheck.org” had supports her claims. The websites recent report did in fact reveal that Obama’s plan was not really universal.