(CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to turn the tables on his chief party rivals Wednesday when questioned about his experience.
At a backyard event in Sac City, Iowa, Obama claimed he had more relevant experience than his main opponents. Responding to a question from a voter, he said, "I find it amusing, the whole experience argument, because I've been in public service for over two decades now. I've been in elective office longer than John Edwards or Hillary Clinton. I've passed more bills, I'm sure, than either of them."
Continuing the theme he's hit hard on the trail, the Illinois Democrat told the crowd, "What people seem to mean when they say that I don't have enough experience is I haven't been in Washington as long as they have. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't think that's necessarily a criteria for gauging experience."
–CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk