— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
CHICAGO -- We have our headline: Obama hits Clinton for defending her taking of lobbying money. Clinton said no one can really believe she would be influenced by lobbyists. She then said Washington lobbyists represent real people. And she will continue to take money from those groups.
Obama pounced and deflected criticism from Dodd. He said, paraphrasing, You can't really say you weren't influenced by taking that lobbying money.
Edwards then surveyed the crowd to see how many have Washington lobbyists. A spattering of hand arose and he noted how few, telling the majority. "You are not represented by Washington lobbyists."
Kucinich then hit Edwards, saying, "Would Senator Edwards be willing to include Wall Street hedge funds?"