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Clinton pushes her electability argument

From NBC's Christina Jamison
MAQUOKETA, IA -- Clinton continued her electability argument here in the home stretch of the Iowa campaign. 

The message was clear: She is a known quantity, and Iowans shouldn't risk someone who can't stand up to the election scrutiny. When Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland introduced Clinton, he warned "she has remained standing while many of her detractors are no longer around...  We know what they did to Senator John Kerry, don't we?  And they will do it again."

Clinton then took the stage, asserting again she has the strength and experience to bring change to Americans. "I know that change is hard. Change is hard in our own lives. Change is hard, you know, in any activity you're a part of. But we have to have a president who knows how important it is and can deliver on change for our country."

Perhaps taking a veiled swipe at Obama, she emphasized that she's a known quantity in this election. "Why do I tell you some of these things that I've done over the course of my 35 years of work on behalf of other people?"

"I'm not asking you to take a leap of faith on me. I'm asking you to examine and to consider and to evaluate what I have done and the kind of positive change I have already made."