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Obama defends foreign policy credentials

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Associated Press - March 2, 2008 5:33 PM ET

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Barack Obama is defending his foreign policy credentials against suggestions by Hillary Clinton that she would be better prepared in a crisis.

Campaigning today in Ohio, Obama referred to a Clinton TV ad portraying an emergency call in the middle of the night. He asked, "What precise foreign-policy experience is she claiming that makes her qualified to answer that telephone call at 3 a.m. in the morning?"

Obama says he's the one with judgment since he was against war with Iraq in the beginning, while Clinton voted to authorize the war.

And defending against suggestions he's really a closet Muslim, Obama said he's a devout Christian who's been a member of the same church for 20 years.

Obama had only two events in the state today and is spending the night in his hometown of Chicago. He heads to Texas tomorrow.

His aides say privately they feel Obama has a good shot at a win in Texas, but are less certain about Ohio.

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