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Oh-eight (D): Channeling Howard Dean?

CLINTON: Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's critique of Iowa's role in the nominating process didn't go over well with some Iowans. "In an interview with The Dispatch last week, Strickland said the Iowa caucuses make 'no sense.' He called the GOP and Democratic caucuses 'hugely undemocratic,' because the process 'excludes so many people.' Anyone who happens to be working or is sick or too old to get out for a few hours Thursday night won't be able to participate, Strickland said. 'I'd like to see both parties say, "We're going to bring this to an end,"' Strickland said, adding that he has no problem with the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8, because 'at least it's an election.'"

"Since endorsing Clinton in September, Strickland has campaigned for her three times in Iowa, including what was to be a quick trip Dec. 9 that turned into 'the trip to hell and back,' Strickland said. He expected to return to Columbus via Chicago early that Sunday night but was waylaid by bad weather, getting home at 6 a.m. Monday -- via Las Vegas. 'Iowa is not an attractive place to be in the wintertime,' Strickland said, adding that Iowa 'is not a representative state and the caucus is not a fair way to register public opinion, in my judgment.'"

"The Clinton campaign yesterday sought some distance from the governor's comments. 'Sen. Clinton believes that Iowa and New Hampshire play a unique and special role in the nominating process, and that process should be protected,' spokesman Isaac Baker said. 'We're proud to have Gov. Strickland's support, but on this issue they disagree.'"   

The AP writes about Chelsea, and it leads with her turning down an interview request with a 9-year-old reporter. "Sydney Rieckhoff, a Cedar Rapids fourth grader and 'kid reporter' for Scholastic News, has posed questions to seven Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls as they've campaigned across Iowa this year. But when she approached the 27-year-old Chelsea after a campaign event Sunday, she got a different response. 'Do you think your dad would be a good 'first man' in the White House?' Sydney asked, but Chelsea brushed her question aside."

"'I'm sorry, I don't talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you're cute,' Chelsea told the pint-sized journalist."

EDWARDS: Edwards said if he wins Iowa, he can erase the money gap between himself, Obama and Clinton. "'It's just reality that if you win the Iowa caucuses, the money pours in,' Edwards said in an Associated Press interview Sunday. 'It's almost like you cannot process it because it comes in so fast. There will be plenty of money to run the campaign.' After months of being seemingly stuck in third place in most polls, Edwards has climbed into a virtual tie in recent surveys and has drawn large, enthusiastic crowds on a well-trod route through the state since his second-place finish here in 2004."

The New York Times front-pages how the death of their son Wade helped spur the Edwardses into politics. When Edwards decided to keep running after Elizabeth's cancer returned, that decision "showed a sense of purpose and a lesson learned a decade ago from crushing pain: If you can't control life, you can at least embrace it more urgently. 'We've been through the worst a couple can go through,' Mr. Edwards said in an interview. 'So long as there's something you can do that's positive, there's a chance. As long as there's a chance, there's something to hold on to.'"

The Obama folks are making hay out of this… "Edwards Spokesman Said That Edwards Would Only Ban Lobbyists Whose Lobbying Work Goes Back Five Years." "Campaigning in Washington, Iowa, Edwards announced that he would bar anyone who has done lobbying work for a corporation or a foreign government from working in his White House. Edwards spokesman Eric Schultz said the ban would apply for lobbying work going back up to five years."

OBAMA: Bloomberg News tracked former Indonesian classmates of Obama. "In interviews, those who knew him then remember a tall, laid-back, curly-haired and athletic kid named Barry whose darker skin and broken Indonesian didn't prevent him from being a leader."