Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred Monday over who has the right experience to run the country. But another, lesser-known rival declared himself more experienced in the ways of Washington than Clinton, Obama or John Edwards.
Chris Dodd was first elected to congress in 1974 — meaning Dodd has been in Washington for 32 years. "If you take the so-called top three candidates, their collective years in public service at a level dealing with national politics are) 13 years," Dodd says. "People want change in this country, but they want to know you know how to do it."
Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. Hillary Clinton was re-elected to a second term in the Senate in 2006 and John Edwards served one term in the Senate, a term that ended in January, 2005.