Friday, February 29, 2008
Clinton, Obama Spar Over Dental Plans
Nomination Fight Shifts To Voters’ Mouths
By ANDY BOROWITZ
In an unprecedented bid to garner support before the crucial Texas and Ohio primaries, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama today both unveiled universal dental plans.
With both candidates in agreement on a broad range of issues, the two rivals appear to be hoping that late-deciding voters will support the candidate who offers the best dental.
Speaking to 400 supporters in a high school cafeteria in Cleveland, Ohio today, Sen. Clinton made an emotional appeal to voters, saying that she has been “working to keep Americans’ teeth healthy and shiny” for the past 35 years.
“When I was campaigning in Cincinnati yesterday, I met a mother of two who had a horrible overbite,” she said. “I told her, I will be ready to get braces on those choppers on Day One.”
Sen. Clinton was harshly critical of Sen. Obama’s dental plan, which she said “would leave 15 million people without bridgework or root canals.”
For his part, Sen. Obama blasted Sen. Clinton’s proposal at a stadium in Beaumont, Texas, where he spoke to a capacity crowd of over 90,000 people.
“Sen. Clinton’s plan only offers five dollars for every tooth extracted,” he said. “The tooth fairy gives you more than that.”
But in a possible preview of the fall general election campaign, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) blasted both Democratic rivals in a speech at an El Paso retirement home: “My friends, neither of their plans says anything about dentures.”
Elsewhere, President Bush expressed support for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, telling reporters, “Just because somebody didn’t get the most votes doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be president.”
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