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A campaign surrogate, former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, meanwhile, took aim at Bill Clinton's failure to disclose contributors to his presidential library. "Are there favors attached to $500,000 or $1 million contributions?" he said on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" Wednesday. "And what do I mean by favors? I mean, pardons that are granted, investigations that are squelched, contracts that are awarded, regulations that are delayed."

Obama has promised voters a "different kind of politics," and before the results were in last Tuesday he insisted his campaign would not change course. "I have said consistently that we do things differently," he told reporters. "It's worked for us so far. And I'm not going to do things that I'm not comfortable in doing."

That night, however, his chief strategist, David Axelrod, told reporters that the campaign would not leave Clinton's salvos unanswered. "If she wants to make issues like ethics and disclosure and law firms and real estate deals and all that stuff issues, as I've said before, I don't know why they'd want to go there, but I guess that's where they'll take the race," Mr. Axelrod said. "If Senator Clinton wants to take the debate to various places, we'll join that debate."

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