US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has made her fiercest denunciation so far of Barack Obama, her rival for the Democratic Party nomination.

Mrs Clinton accused the Illinois senator of producing a misleading leaflet on her health care policy. “Shame on you, Barack Obama!” the New York senator said at a rally in Ohio, which holds its primary in 10 days. But Mr Obama said he stood by the leaflet, saying he was puzzled by what he called his rival’s change in tone.

“Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics that are right out of Karl Rove’s playbook,” said the former first lady ahead of Ohio’s crucial primary early next month.mBoth the Ohio and the Texas primaries, both being held on 4 March, are being seen as must-wins for Mrs Clinton.

‘Sharper elbows’
Mr Obama, who has won 11 consecutive primaries and caucuses in recent weeks, is now seen as the Democratic front-runner. But Mrs Clinton’s campaign has struggled to find an effective way to cope with her rival’s extraordinary momentum and has decided to “go negative”, says the BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Washington. (Continue Reading…)

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