September 4th, 2007
09:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: I don't have as many 'lobbyist pals'

Sen. Barack Obama accused others of being tight with lobbyists on Tuesday in Waukee.

WAUKEE, Iowa (CNN) - At a stop near Des Moines Tuesday, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama took a shot at his rivals again, saying, "There are a lot of people in this race for the presidency who've been in Washington longer than me... They've got more lobbyist pals, they go to the right dinner parties, and they know how to talk the Washington talk."

The language could be seen primarily as another attack on Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton. Obama has vowed not to take federal lobbyist money - as has fellow Democratic candidate Sen. John Edwards– and it's become a staple in the candidate's speeches. Clinton refuses to make such a commitment, saying some lobbyists "represent real Americans."

Obama called for more transparency in the exchange of federal lobbyist cash.

"For the first time in history Washington lobbyists will have to disclose who they're raising money from and who in Congress they're funneling it to so that you have a chance to know what's going on in Washington."

Obama also said that experience is not everything, adding to the "change" versus "experience" debate that he and Clinton have been in.

"I don't know if you remember," he added, "but there were a couple of guys named Cheney and Rumsfeld who had two of the longest resumes in Washington, and they led us into the worst foreign policy disaster in a generation."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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