October 23rd, 2007
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Is it time for Obama to attack?

Perhaps it's time for Obama to say "No more Mr. Nice Guy" when it comes to Clinton. Watch Bill Schneider's report.

(CNN) - From the beginning, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, promised to run a different kind of campaign. But, he continues to trail rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, in national polls. Is it time for Obama's gloves to come off? Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider has this report.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    Is it time for Obama to attack?? When is it a better time... AFTER the election???

    Obama has been soft-balling his approach to Hillary and if he continues he will lose – big time. The ONLY reason I can think he doesn't attack is because the fix is in – it's already been decided by the DNC and "the powers in the democrat organization" : Hillary/Obama. The inside thinking is – Obama will have a "lock" on the Presidency in 8 years after Hillary/Obama win and then get re-elected in 2013.

    Obama – either lead or get out of the way! If you concede 2nd place now – you will NEVER walk through the doors of the White House because Hillary is a paper tigress. She will be cut to pieces by the RNC, Karl Rove, and the ABH crowd (anyone but hillary).

    October 23, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Arshad, Newburgh, New York

    Obama is not a boxer or wrestler or another politician that he needs to attack someone to make his points across and provide entertainment to 24/7 news channel.

    He will explain what he stands for, what his policies are and where he wants to take this country in future, domestically and internationally. Since this is a contest for nomination from Democratic party, in addition to outling his standing on issues or policies, he will also identify what differentiate him from the rest of the candidates and why he should be a better choice for the nomination. Drawing distinction with other contestants on issues or policies or leadership capabilities should be done by all candidates and as long as it's done in a respectful way, why it should be considered as "attack".

    Presidential candidates or any person can agree or disagree with another person's policy and can talk about the merits or demerits if those policies have implication on people's lives and country's future. Drawing distinction is legitimate, Obama has a right to do so but personal attack is something different.

    October 23, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. nelson Colorado springs co

    Why should Mr. Barack Obama attack Mrs clinton. Most have made up they mine who they are going to vote for any way. Just stick to his plan

    October 23, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Chip Celina OH

    He can just lat back. Given enough time, the wheels will fall off of her campaign under a cloud of scandal.

    October 23, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. don calhoun;nashville tn

    no, he should continue to run a clean and respectable campaign that focuses
    on the issues of our country. if he starts to fight dirty, then he is no different than the rest and that is why people distrust many politicians today..they can't stay focused on what they need to do.

    October 23, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Yes, it is time for Obama to go on the offense. It is not being negative to point out fundamental flaws in your opponent that you do not share. Voters simply must know the dramatic and key differences between Obama and Hillary if Obama is to win. If I was Obama, I'd be going on a talk show somewhere every night, getting the word out on what makes him so unique and so qualified to lead this nation.

    I'd also be asking voters if they really want another eight years of dynastic politics in America. Haven't we had enough of that yet? Lets get real people. It's time for a fresh face. It's time for Barack Obama.

    Check out this youtube video and then tell me that dynasties in America are a good thing. It's funny and it's incredibly telling. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c0eLVYbnI4

    October 23, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Lioness, Washington DC

    Yes, it is indeed time for Obama to attack. He can do so without calling Hillary names.

    Please, Barack, we need you in the White House, but remember that this is a RACE. Be your usual pragmatic self.

    October 23, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. John Adkisson, Sacramento, california

    In that clip - did everone catch the Hillary Clinton remark about how ugly politics has been in America "in the last 20 years?" Hmmmm... isn't that just about when the Clintons entered the scene? Within a few years, it was scandal, attack, and divisiveness. Of course, the republicans were worse, but it takes two sides to stage a mindless, useless battle that does not result in social change.

    Obama does not need to get dirty. But he needs to intensify his case of differentiation - because there really is a difference.

    October 23, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Obama should attack, not in a negative sense, but pointing out the blatant and obvious differences between he and Hillary. First off all, he should be asking how American it is to have a political dynasty in the White House for twenty eight years.

    Watch this clip on youtube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c0eLVYbnI4 and then tell me a dynasty is a good idea.

    October 23, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. A Voter, Florida

    How has he run a different kind of campaign? He seems pretty hypocritical to me, talking about hope and faith on one hand while aggressively smearing his fellow party members on the other. I'd say it's about the same as what every other politician is doing, except that his message has little to do with concrete solutions to important issues.

    Maybe his lack of experience has something to do with it, I don't know. I think if this guy gets elected, he'll just end up being a "Showman President" rather than anyone with any real substance.

    October 23, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Shouldn't this just be "Is it time for someone, please anyone, to tell the truth about Hillary"?

    Just tell the truth Obama, not "attack" like the MSM and Shrillary will frame it, simply tell the truth my friend.

    October 23, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Why should Obama give Hillary free media time at his expense. Hillary can afford her own media time, stay the course Obama, keep letting America know who you are.

    October 23, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Diamond. Bradenton, FL

    When Obama promised to run a different kind of campaign, I didn't understand that it meant he wasn't going to draw constrast between himself and other candidates. Nobody runs such a campaign. If you thought that's what he meant, then you're dumber than dumb.

    He's the only candidate who's ran a consistently positive campaign. Now that people are paying attention to election, he's stepping up those constrasts.

    For all it's worth, the pundits are really dumb. This is a disingenuous article, anyway.

    October 23, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Hannah Lexington, KY

    Obama doesn't stand a chance against Hillary. She has run a pretty straight forward campaign, and she wants and deserves to win. I am SO EXCITED to have the Clintons back!!!

    October 23, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Ben

    With Hillary joining the Republicans who are now engaging in aggressive rhetoric towards Iran, I suspect she will self destruct soon enough. Doesn't she get it? No more war means no more war.

    Senator Obama has good judgement. It's plain and simple.

    October 23, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Maureen, Dearborn, MI

    Is this a joke? I actually like Obama a lot, but there is no doubt that he tends to be on the attack when it comes to Sen. Clinton.

    I would be okay with Obama as president, but I have noticed that Hillary is the ONLY candidate who is not attacking her fellow Democrats. If you can show me a recent instance where she did so I would be surprised.

    Even Michelle Obama attacks Hillary. Only Sen. Clinton is campaigning on the strength of what she as a candidate would do in office – everyone else has to put the other candidates down.

    October 23, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Danielle Clarke Phila pa

    I appreciate Barack Obama not attacking others. It shows his mental ability to restrain himself in times of true need.The problem we have had in the bush dynasty is that he attacked every country who didn't agree with him and look at the place we are in now. I am scared to death of Hillary clinton getting in as she will be worse than George Bush.

    October 23, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Angela, Alexandria, VA

    No. He needs to start thinking about helping the African American community. I'm not even black, but I can see he's ignoring them.

    October 23, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. NotARacist


    interesting video: "jesus wouldn't vote for ..."

    October 23, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  20. J. McKinney SW MO

    Has no one noticed that Hillary doesn't attack anybody? She says what SHE will do for the country. All the rest spend most of their time saying what is wrong with Hillary. Why don't they ignore Hillary and say what they can do for the country? Because they don't have a plan, apparently. Hillary is the only one who has ideas of her own to talk about, so she doesn't need to attack anyone. I can't have any respect for anyone who has no plan, but spend all their time saying what is wrong with Hillary.
    I am so ready to vote for Hillary. She is so far ahead of all these other jokes that it isn't even funny.
    GO, HILLARY!!!

    October 23, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Subliminal but telling move by CNN, show Obama towering over poor, innocent Shrillary, with the "ATTACK" connotation used as the headline.

    So basically anyone that tells the truth about Hillbilly is attacking her and not really simply "telling the truth"?

    Fair and balanced for all?

    Don't think so.

    October 24, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. lol

    he thinks hes god,OH lord!Not,let him in the white house,
    people are on these attacks,I vote CLINTON with all respect for her loyal truth to the American People.you watch he will have bad people donating to his campaign more than Hills.to Hsu did give him money to.he spends like crazy ive noticed that.then asking for more on his site. so he could be with hillary.

    October 24, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Pauline

    do you really want a Person whos name is Barrack Hussein Obomba,I bet all the islamic's would being saying OMG he won.laughing at us..yes we got him in there as the President.his name is islamic no and if and doubts about it.
    we dotn know him he came out of the blue from keyna,indonesia,hawaii,and now Chicago.thats scary for me.

    October 24, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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