From NBC/NJ's Aswini Anburajan
CONCORD, N.H. -- Sen. Barack Obama may still shy away from directly attacking Sen. Hillary Clinton by name, but in Concord today, he referenced her husband to distinguish his experience from those who have spent too many years in Washington.
"I remember what was said years ago by a candidate running for President." He said, "The same old experience is not relevant. You can have the right kind of experience and the wrong kind of experience."
"Well that candidate was Bill Clinton. And I think he was absolutely right."
Obama toughened his lines on why "playing the game in Washington" was detrimental, tying those who taut their beltway credentials to the deaths of thousands of American troops in Iraq.
"There are those who say we they can play the game in washington. Well we shouldn't be playing a game when young men and women are dying in the battlefields of iraq," Obama told the crowd. "We don't need the kind of experience that leads people into war."
His speech stressed his years as a consensus builder in the Illinois state senate and his role in helping pass ethics reform in Washington. Once again he would not refer to Sen. Clinton by name, but positioned himself as someone who was free of the special interest influence that could impede the passage of major legislative reforms.