Obama takes a break from the campaign trail in Iowa.
(CNN) – Are this week’s campaign trail skirmishes a precursor of the fireworks to come at Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic presidential forum?
Senator Barack Obama has shown no signs of letting up in new attacks on frontrunner Hillary Clinton during his most recent stops in Iowa. At an appearance Monday in Le Mars, Obama escalated his criticism of Clinton at Saturday’s Yearly Kos forum.
Referencing the candidates’ dispute over accepting money from lobbyists, Obama told a crowd in a barn, “I think that if you don't think lobbyists have too much influence in Washington, then I believe you've probably been in Washington too long”.
John Edwards also indirectly went after Clinton on the subject of lobbyists and special interests in a speech on trade at a Cedar Rapids union hall Monday.
He also criticized President Clinton — without directly naming him — for agreeing to the North American Free Trade Agreement. The former senator from North Carolina said, “Globalization is a major reason why income inequality is the worst it’s been since the Great Depression. It just shouldn't be that way. When I am president, we're going to tell the lobbyists and the big corporations they work for that their time is over, this game is over. We’re going to stop the rigging of this system. We're going to put an end to this.”
– CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk