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Obama Praises McCain, Clinton Responds

04/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Barack Obama gave rare praise to the idea of a John McCain president during a town hall event in Pennsylvania Sunday:

"You have a real choice in this election. Either Democrat would be better than John McCain. And all three of us would be better than George Bush," Obama said.

"But what you have to ask yourself is, who has the chance to actually, really change things in a fundamental way?" Obama asked as he wrapped up a town-hall style event at Reading High School in central Pennsylvania.

Sen. Hillary Clinton fired back at her opponent over the comment, while tying it in to her general critique that Obama cannot fight hard enough to win the election. Ben Smith reports:

"We need a nominee who will take on John McCain, not cheer on John McCain, and I will be that nominee," she said.

Of course, Clinton had a similar moment of praise for John McCain's experience earlier this campaign season:

"I have a lifetime of experience I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain [the presumptive Republican nominee] has a lifetime of experience he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he made in 2002."

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