DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - It’s been a mostly sedate debate so far, focused mainly on economic and fiscal issues, thanks to a format that doesn’t allow for much interaction between the candidates.
That didn’t stop New York Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York from getting a shot in against her main rivals.
"Well, everybody on this stage has an idea about how to get change,” said Clinton. “Some believe you get change by demanding it, some believe you get it by hoping for it. I believe you get it by working hard for change. That's what I've done my entire life.
That's what I will do as president."
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina have both characterized Clinton as a Washington insider incapable of bringing about change. Meanwhile, Clinton – who has spent more time in Washington than either man - has stumped on the theme is that you can only bring about change by knowing how the system works.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser