The competition intensified with Obama's surge in Iowa polls. Hillary Rodham Clinton went on the offensive, citing what she cast as gaps between his rhetoric and performance. "Now the fun part starts," she said, with a month to go before Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses. Obama retorted in a statement, "This presidential campaign isn't about attacking people for fun. It's about solving people's problems, like ending this war and creating a universal healthcare system."
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