JOHNSTOWN - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama waged a furious war of negative attacks yesterday, as tensions boiled on the eve of their next crunch Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania.
On Sunday, Clinton accused Obama of cheerleadering for presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, after he said the Arizona senator would be a better president than George Bush, apparently contradicting Democratic strategy.
Obama's camp meanwhile looked past today's primary to warn time was running out for Clinton's uphill comeback bid.
Clinton charged McCain would prolong the war in Iraq as well as Bush's "failed economic policies".
"We need a nominee who will take on John McCain, not cheer on him, and I am that nominee," Clinton said.
Obama had earlier said in Reading, eastern Pennsylvania, that either Democrat would be better than McCain, and "all three of us would be better than George Bush".
Clinton also laid into Obama after he attacked her plan for universal health care, a key election issue in Pennsylvania.
"This week we had a debate, and it showed you the choice you have," Clinton said in Bethlehem.
Obama, leading Clinton in nominating wins, the popular vote and elected delegates with only 10 contests to go, pressed home his own attacks, after accusing Clinton of adopting "slash and burn" tactics.
He said Clinton was using the attacks that she suffered as in the White House between 1993 and 2001. - Sapa-AFP