October 13th, 2007
08:23 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama: Clinton doesn't know where she stands

Watch Obama go after Clinton Friday in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama attacked New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on Friday for saying earlier in the week that she would negotiate with Iran "with no conditions."

"A couple of months ago, Sen. Clinton called me naive and irresponsible for taking this position," said Obama. "[She] said that we could lose propaganda battles if we met with leaders we didn't like."

Obama was referring to Clinton's criticism of him after he said in a July debate that he would meet with controversial world leaders without preconditions.

"Just yesterday, though," Obama continued, "she called for diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. So I'm not sure if any of us knows exactly where she stands on this."

That wasn't the only shot Obama took at Clinton in a speech marking the fifth anniversary of congressional authorization of the war in Iraq. (Related: Obama: It's time to show where I differ from Clinton)

He also went after Clinton for being the only Democratic candidate for president currently supporting an amendment that contains strong language against Iran.

The Kyl-Lieberman amendment, according to Obama, provides another blank check to the current administration. The Illinois senator claims it could give President Bush an excuse to keep troops in Iraq "as long as they can point to a threat from Iran."

Responding to the criticisms, top Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said, "When Sen. Clinton used the term "no conditions," she was referring to meetings between the United States government and Iran, not personal meetings with the President. She was striking a contrast with President Bush who has refused to allow the U.S. government to talk to Iran about its nuclear weapons program. Senator Clinton has repeatedly said throughout this campaign that she would re-engage the world diplomatically and end the cowboy approach to diplomacy that has been used by the Bush administration."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Pall Forloney, Riomaggiore, Italy

    Flip flop, twister, and has all the bases covered, she has already won. Just listen to her when she speaks "when I am president." Please people end all of this vote for someone else, I am.

    October 15, 2007 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  2. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Dawn Gaithersburg, MD

    The facts are already posted on here why Obama missed the vote on The Kyl-Lieberman amendment. But he did take a stance against it before the vote occurred. The fact is that Hillary DID vote for it.

    HISTORY LESSON:
    The power and importance of Polls.

    SEPT – DEC 2003 IOWA Poll:

    Dean polls 38%
    Kerry 17%.
    Edwards 12%

    Kerry WINS IOWA 38%
    Dean Iowa 18%

    SEPT – DEC 2003 NEW HAMPSHIRE poll:

    Dean Poll 45%
    Kerry 20%.
    Edwards 2%

    Kerry WINS NH 39%
    Howard Dean 12%
    Edwards 32%

    This is not comparing any Candidate with Dean. But one must ask WHOM are they polling to be this far off the results?
    NO Campaign should be celebrating yet.

    October 15, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  3. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    DAVE, CHEVERLY, MD:

    Invading Iran is potentially an even more disastrous mistake than initiating the Iraq War. And Sen. Obama says that Kyl-Lieberman handed Bush a "blank check" to do it. But he couldn't wait around Washington for a little while to do everything possible to talk the Senate out of the writing the check because he had more important things to do. And that makes perfect sense to you. It doesn't make you question his judgment, priorities, or sincerity at all.

    So I can only assume that if Obama had missed the Iraq War Vote to go campaigning, this would have been similarly okay - as long as he had a really good excuse. Like campaigning again in a state where he's already campaigned dozens of times and will campaign again ... DOZENS OF TIMES.

    What it comes down to: the dog only ate Sen. Obama's homework. I don't buy it.

    October 15, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. C, Sacramento, CA

    "Obama knew he could never become Prez. He doesn't stand a chance – with a name like Hussein."

    Ok folks, enough with the name slamming. For those who continue to do this, you need constant prayer for your ignorance.

    October 15, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. andrea

    i love you borack obama I hope you win!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'll be voting for u!!!!!!!!!

    January 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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