Going negative

As polls report what appears to be an Iowa race too close to call for the Democrats, fighting continues among the Obama-Clinton camps, with Clinton staffers reportedly raising questions about Obama's past personal life.

As polls report what appears to be an Iowa race too close to call for the Democrats, fighting continues among the Obama-Clinton camps, with Clinton staffers reportedly raising questions about Obama's past personal life.

The Edwards camp, meanwhile, is calculating that media stories on the race “going negative” will turn Iowans off Obama and Clinton, though Edwards himself has not been entirely uncritical when speaking of his rivals.

On the Republican side, Huckabee is starting to get closer scrutiny as he boosts his standing in the polls, with questions being raised about contradictions in his stated policy on US relations with Cuba and Romney airing ads hitting at his immigration policy. Of course, as any candidate subject to criticism likes to argue, such criticism naturally accompany success.

Elsewhere on the trail:

Candidates' childhood nicknames detailed.

“Passion of the Christ” publicity list key to Huckabee's rise?

Paul blimp generates new buzz.

Sean Penn endorses Kucinich, sort of.

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