NYT – Clinton Says Debate Was Turning Point in Her Victory

The New York Times

January 9, 2008

Clinton Says Debate Was Turning Point in Her Victory

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The candidates’ debate on Saturday night was the turning point in Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s surprising victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, Mrs. Clinton said Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Senator Barack Obama, said on Wednesday that his campaign remained upbeat and that he was impressed by the tight finish as well as high levels of Democratic participation that seemed to bode well for the party in the general election.

On the Republican side, Senator John McCain of Arizona credited his vigorous face-to-face campaigning for his Lazarus-like victory.

The success of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. McCain followed their third- and fourth-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses last week. Mrs. Clinton’s victory, riding a wave of female support, came after her advisers had lowered expectations with talk of missteps in strategy and concern about Mr. Obama’s momentum after his first-place finish in Iowa. Her team is now planning to add advisers and undertake a huge fund-raising drive to prepare for a tough and expensive fight with Mr. Obama in the Democratic nominating contests over the next four weeks.

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