John McCain may have visited Iraq more often than has Barack Obama, but the Illinois senator is pretty confident that he already knows more than his opponent about the situation there.
Obama also showed off his sharp elbows at a fundraiser here, noting to the donors that he had told NBA star Bill Walton, who was in the crowd, that he would be a feisty candidate.
"I was talking to Bill Walton, he knows something about winning, and he said, 'Well, I'm worried we Democrats -- sometimes we get too soft. We're always on the defensive, and these folks are going to play mean and they're going to play nasty.' "
"Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Obama said. "We are going to be responding swiftly and forcefully but always truthfully to any attacks that are launched."