Clinton in the Lions Den

When Senator Clinton strides onto the Dartmouth Green tonight for a Democratic presidential debate, she will do so with a bullseye on her back.

NECN’s veteran political reporter, Alison King, will be one of the questioners at the debate moderated by NBC’s Tim Russert. She sees presidential candidates close-up as much as any journalist in America. She says the focus will be on Senator Clinton. “I’m going to be looking to see how negative the other candidates are willing to get, how much dirt the other candidates are willing to throw out, and how nasty they’re willing to get,” Ms. King said. “The status quo isn’t working. Being nice isn’t working any more.”

She speculated on what grounds candidates might challenge her. “Are they going to going to get into her health care plan? Are they going to get into Whitewater?”

“She would prefer this to eating breakfast, to going to the movies, to getting her hair done. She loves it. She revels in that forum,” a one-time Democratic candidate for governor in New Hampshire and a morning talk show host on WCCM-AM, Arnie Arnesen, says. “She is authentically happy up there. Most human beings get nervous walking into that. That is so scary.”

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