February 27, 2008, 1:33 pm
Obama and McCain Spar Over Iraq
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senator Barack Obama tangled from afar with Senator John McCain on Wednesday, delivering a spirited retort to Mr. McCain’s mocking suggestion that Mr. Obama was not familiar with the presence of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
“I have some news for John McCain,” Mr. Obama said. “There was no such thing as Al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq.”
One day after a Democratic debate in Ohio, Mr. Obama presented his economic agenda to voters at a rally at Ohio State University. He challenged Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, with far more aggression than his own rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.