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Obama's camp piles nuance on nuance to fuzz the edge of 'no preconditions'

May 21, 2008 |  3:40 pm

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign has been working overtime to finesse the nettlesome (for him) answer during one of the 5 million presidential debates in recent  months that, if elected president, he would meet with the leaders of U.S. enemies without preconditions during his first year in office.

The answer has proved hugely problematic for Obama because it first gave Sen. Hillary Clinton and now Sen. John McCain openings to attack him as a foreign-policy naif.

So Obama and his surrogates are doing what one does in Congress: They are revising and extending his remarks to willing media ears, trying to fuzz the edges, as Frank James explains on the Swamp.

-- Andrew Malcolm