He's been accused of being naive and inexperienced when it comes to foreign policy, but Barack Obama is firing back at his Democratic rivals today.
In a debate in Iowa this morning, he's accused them of ''political maneuvering.''
And he's insisting that he's ready to handle the demands of international diplomacy.
The candidates today renewed their criticism of Obama's recent comments on Pakistan, and on whether he'd meet with the leaders of
Cuba, North Korea and other renegade nations without preconditions.
Hillary Rodham Clinton told the Iowa audience that no president should ''give away the bargaining chip of a personal meeting with any leader'' unless it's clear what will be gained from it.
And Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut told Obama, ''You're not going to have time in January of '09 to get ready for this job.''
Obama accused his rivals of manufacturing issues ''instead of talking about the serious problems that we have.''