July 26th, 2007
01:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama calls Clinton 'Bush-Cheney Light'

Obama campaigned in New Hampshire Thursday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama left little question as to his position on diplomacy with enemy states Thursday, days after his response to a question during Monday’s CNN/YouTube debate drew sharp criticism from opponent Hillary Clinton.

“I’m not afraid to lose the P.R. war to dictators,” Obama said in a speech in Concord, New Hampshire Thursday, where he picked up an early Granite State endorsement from first-term Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes. “I’m happy to look them in the eyes and say what needs to be said... I don't want Bush-Cheney Light.”

In a later conference call with the press, Obama continued on the topic: “Part of the Bush doctrine has been to say ‘no.’ You'll have to ask Senator Clinton what differentiates her position from theirs.”

The day following the CNN/YouTube debate, Senator Clinton called Obama’s willingness to meet, without precondition, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba “irresponsible” and “naïve.” Clinton, responding to the same question Monday, said “a vigorous diplomatic effort” with such nations is necessary, but said “you don’t promise a meeting until you know the intentions. I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes and don’t want to make a situation worse.”

- CNN’s Lauren Kornreich and Mark Norman

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  1. Don, Iowa

    Hillarys Top 5 Reasons For President

    – The New York times, Mitt Romney and CNN have endorsed me with their glowing coverage.

    – Fox news finally loves me, proof, Rupert Murdoch held a fundraiser for me.

    -The Clinton years were soo prosperous, when we left office, we gave up the house, the senate and the alot of governorships to republicans.

    -I like making people feel good by telling them what they want to hear.I’m told its good for their health. Remember the twang i put on infront of black people.

    -I’m the only one who can end the war in Iraq. I should know because i voted for it. And after finally taking 4 years to read the intelligence report,my experience tells me that what we need now is an exit strategy.

    July 27, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  2. Banjo, Atlanta Ga.

    It’s time for change. The politics of yester years are no more,gone with the wind it has, Mrs clinton wake up its 2008 and its Obama time…we love this GUY..he is just so BILL CLINTON like, dont you get it!!!
    OBAMA 08′

    July 27, 2007 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  3. Heather, Ft. Myers, Florida

    This topic is definitely a non-issue.

    I've read many comments from people wanting change and believing that Obama will be the one to bring it home. Others feel that experience will turn the tide.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, big ships turn slowly. No matter who becomes the next president, rainbows and roses are not going to spring from the ground overnight. There is a long hard road ahead of our candidates let’s not get hung up on political posturing.

    July 27, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Clarence, New York NY

    Hillary is not "flexible". She only voted against the funding because the majority of the country and all the Democrats had turned against the war by that point, so she had to. And she STILL refuses to admit she made a mistake in voting for the war in Iraq.
    That argument on experience is absurd, I am so sick of hearing about that. Who cares how long Hillary has been married to Bill (let's face it, the so called "experience" she claims to have is as Bill's wife) – look over Obama's resume and he has just as much political and leadership experience in different roles. What does Hillary have, 4 more years in the Senate? Big deal.
    So even if Hillary was married to Bill for years and you consider that "experience", obviously she didn't learn anything from all that "experience" – she voted for the war.
    Obama knew from day one it was a mistake. He is a true leader that has consitently shown sound judgement.
    Now go back to work for the Clinton camp.

    July 27, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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