Former top Bush aide Karl Rove said Thursday he thinks Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama has missed key opportunities to fully combat rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with CSPAN, the top advisor behind President Bush's two successful presidential elections cited a recent debate in Philadelphia when Clinton was asked why more of her records as First Lady have not yet been made public.
"He missed the opportunity," Rove explained. "If he had stood there and said, 'Senator, with all do respect, it is entirely within the power of you and your husband to immediately order the release of those documents. And your failure to do so reveals legitimate questions in the minds of the American people about what you might be hiding and it's not going to be good for the Democratic party or for you if you allow those questions to persist,' it would have been a moment, it would have been a big moment."
"Instead it was a vague and wandering around, and weak, and insipid," Rove continued. "There have been a number of occasions like that where a sharp and clear and respectful contrast would have created a moment."
Rove also said the Republicans will lose in 2008 unless they "articulate a positive agenda and a positive vision."
"Otherwise," Rove said, "The American people will say, 'You know what? I have got my doubts I have got my concerns and you haven't given me the confidence that I will do better with you.'"
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