October 28th, 2007
06:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton booed at Edwards rally

Edwards, seen here speaking in Des Moines Saturday night, criticized Clinton once again.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - At a rally Saturday night touting the fact that he's been to every Iowa county, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards once again criticized Democratic opponent Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, on Iran. At issue: Clinton's vote in support of a recent Senate amendment. And this time Edwards' criticism stirred some clear anti-Clinton sentiment.

The amendment–sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and Jon Kyl, R-Arizona–calls for labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

The former North Carolina senator first commended senators Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, for voting against it, but he then added, "Sen. Clinton voted 'yes.'"

That statement was followed by an immediate round of booing.

"She's entitled to her opinion," Edwards said over the noise. "But I share your opinion."

Edwards claims the amendment would "pave the way for Bush to continue to march forward on Iran."

"I didn't understand it," Edwards said. "And then I saw a story in the New York Times [that] quoted some of her supporters explaining why she did it, and the explanation was–I want to get this right–that she was moving from primary mode to general election mode."

A New York Times article from October 14 claimed Clinton's backers have said privately that she is now switching to general election mode, which would imply she's running as the presumptive nominee.

That prompted one supporter to shout, "Like hell!"

"Yea. Thank you," Edwards said in response.

"Was I asleep in North Carolina when you had the Iowa Caucus? I don't think

"I think we're going to have a real election and a real campaign here in Iowa. I can tell you one thing, I will never take a single Iowa caucusgoer for granted."

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • John Edwards • Race to '08
soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Ken, San Diego, CA

    Edwards and Obama have every right to point out differences in their and Hillary's philosophies and ideas. If this, however, is now the mainstay of their campaigns then they have lost...and they know it (especially when there is so much distortion in their rhetoric).

    October 28, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Hillary Clinton is making the same mistakes in judgement today that she made in 2002. George Bush is saying exactly the same things he said in 2002 about Iraq now about Iran. they have WMDs. They are an "imminent threat." We have "sanctions" against them and "if others wont stop him, we will."

    Hillary Clinton + George Bush = WWIII.

    Vote to change the world for the better.

    Obama/Edwards in 08.

    Take these two seriously, they're the future.

    October 28, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    This man will now say anything to try and turn the tide as he sinks in the polls.

    I hope that Iowa caucus goers are smarter than he gives them credit for, and can see past his lies an empty rhetoric.

    I voted for former Senator Edwards in 2004. What was I thinking?

    What a loser.

    Hillary Clinton '08.

    October 28, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  4. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    I disagree w/ you Lance...I think the ticket should be Edwards/Obama 08 & 12, then in 8 years we would have a model president through Barack, just like Al Gore would have been. I agree Iran is a threat, but we need to try *diplomacy* first.

    October 28, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  5. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    The Iran vote was a mistake, yes, but more significantly for progressives, it demonstrated that Senator Clinton views the world in much the same way as does President Bush.

    I would not predict the same level of irresponsiblity–but no one could match Bush in that department.

    The serious and disqualifying trait that Senator Clinton displays is a stubborn view of America as the "tough guy police." Much in the mold of Senator Lieberman, she cannot imagine a new and necessary change from America's current dead-end policy to a new American policy of transformative leadership.

    The old posture is what has gotten us into the worldwide quagmire in which our leverage is zero with most nations.

    Remember Democrats–Senator Clinton not only "voted for" the Iraq war, but continues "defend" her decision, and continued to "defend the war itself" until last year!

    The recent Iran vote is merely indicative of her thirst for cross-over Republican appeal–at the expense of progressive change.

    I honestly don't think she cares about progressives because at heart she remains the Republican she was when she campaigned for Republicans in the 1960's.

    October 28, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  6. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    If Iranians insurgents are helping kill our military personnel, then the terrorist label on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard will put pressure on them to back off. Attacking their money with sanctions is smart action, not war-like action. She is trying to do SOMETHING to help our troops as they fight and die.

    October 28, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. Lorenz, Queens, New York

    Hillary is a lier. She lost all respect from me a long time ago.

    October 28, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. Ravene

    Every county in Iowa ? So what ? I have been to every country on the Planet. Does that make me qualified to be President ? No. In otherwords, that Edwards might understand. Hillary is much more qualified to be President. Perhaps Edwards should be a Surveyor or Geographer, since he knows county lines so well.

    October 28, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  9. Dallas, CA

    Attaboy John! I hope Barack has a little bit of whatever Iowa tapwater you've been drinking. We need people out there letting others know how dangerous Hillary could be to this country and how untrustworthy she is.

    October 28, 2007 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  10. Salirina

    And they aren't a terrorist organization ? What is Edwards going to do ? Have Ahmoudinejad speak at his nomination ? So what would Edwards response have been to 911 ? Milk and cookies with Bin Laden ?

    October 28, 2007 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  11. Borandi

    People boo at soccer games. Professionals run for President. I guess that is the difference between Hillary and Edwards.

    October 28, 2007 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  12. Yokoti

    You may as well as been asleep in NC, as much good as your campaigning is going to do you.

    October 28, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  13. Daniel, NY

    Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is still running ahead in the latest NH primary poll released today.

    October 28, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  14. Suporiani Ft Worth TX

    Sure, have Obama / Edwards for 08, and have Ahmoudinejad speak at their nomination and assist them in their foriegn policy decisions. Sounds like you got it about right. Go Hillary !

    October 28, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  15. Dallas, CA

    Borandi - do professionals also change their beliefs when moving from "primary mode to general election mode"? Do professionals read classified FBI files of their opponents and arranged for the deaths of people who threaten to expose their real estate misdeeds? Perhaps you also think professionals ought to ignore these kinds of things when other people do them...

    October 28, 2007 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  16. Tamira San Antonio TX

    Lorenz: What exactly do you mean, in saying Hillary is a "lier" ?

    October 28, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  17. Jebano Gulfport MS

    Good Job John, by the time you get done traveling to every county in every state, Hillary will have had 4 years of Presidency, and we will be looking for 4 More Years, 4 More Years. Are you advertising for GoodYear Tires, or running for President of the USA. I hope you aren't biking to all these counties to counter Global Warming. Chelsea might be President by the time you got done. Oh, and John, you aren't related to Dick Cheney.

    October 28, 2007 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  18. Rashano Dallas TX

    99 counties is great John, can you do it twice and call it 198 counties ? Or maybe three times, and call it 297 counties ? That would really sound impresive and Presidential.

    October 28, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  19. Matt, Port Hueneme CA

    Hillary Clinton has the Strength and Experience to make real change happen. It must be really easy for Former Senator Edwards to criticize her because he doesn't have the responsibility of actually having to vote. And wait a minute, if this was such a big vote, then why wasn't both Obama and Edwards speaking out against the amendment before hand? Oh, and why didn't Obama get off the campaign trail to vote against it? I think a new kind of politics they are claiming to be practicing is just more of same Washington game playing.

    If it wasn't for the fact that Hillary in the Senate working with Senator Webb to add an amendment that says the President must go to congress to ask for approval to go to war with Iran, then this argument by Senator Obama and FORMER Senator Edwards could of had some legs. To bad for them she's actually working in the Senate to make sure the President can't take us into another misguided war.

    Hillary Clinton is ready to lead from day ONE. Edwards and Obama can keep trying to attack her because she is dominating each of them in ALL of the Polls. I can't wait till Hillary wins the Democratic nomination and both Edwards and Obama are out campaigning for her telling the voters how great she is. I love politics.

    October 28, 2007 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  20. Junior Savannah GA

    Two important questions for you John, are you related to Dick Cheney, and how many counties are their in Iran ? Also, what exactly would you do, if Iran attacked the USA, such as others have ?

    October 28, 2007 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  21. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Now that ALL the paid Hillary bloggers have stacked the front of the comments with rhetoric. The fact is that Hillary made a critical error with her vote “Yes” to Kyl-Lieberman amendment that will lead as an Authorization to give Bush the ok to attack Iran. Nothing can be done to take Hillary’s vote back. Just like Hillary’s vote “Yes” for Iraq War authorizing Bush to invade Iraq. I guess if “She knew then what she knows now”.
    That plus her and the Media Crowning her the Winner of the Primary and Hillary NOW Campaigning for the General Election and Hillary keeping her name on the Michigan ballot in a snub to Iowa and New Hampshire. All this should prompt Iowa and New Hampshire to Vote for a Candidate that does NOT take their votes for granted. Obama is the better choice as he has the Primary money to continue defeating HILLARY AFTER Iowa and New Hampshire hands Hillary a decisive DEFEAT. There by showing Hillary and any future Candidates NOT to take Iowa and New Hampshire votes for granted.

    October 28, 2007 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  22. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    To Tamira

    Hillary wants the troops home.. by 2012. Hillary said she learned her lesson from voting yes to the Iraq war, yet she voted for the kyle/lieberman bill, giving Bush the authorization to go to war under an assumption. Hillary has all these great plans that cost billions of dollars – how can she afford this if she wants to stay in the middle east and also not give the american people a clear answer on economic problems?
    Are people stupid enough not to see what is going on? She voted FOR THE PATRIOT ACT!!!! I do not want this person representing me.

    October 28, 2007 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  23. Del Boynton Beach, FL.

    How does a vote labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization equate to a vote for war? This is a prime example of politics in action. Attempting to mislead the public on the record of other candidates for personal gain.

    Leadership is about more than attacking another candidate.

    Check the voting history of candidates and ask them why they didn't vote on substantial numbers of bills or the reason they voted against bills dealing with homeland security, bridge repair, health care issues, or how they plan to make America stronger and a better place to live while protecting it from its enemies.

    October 28, 2007 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  24. Scott, Frederick, MD

    Yep...you dont understand it, and thats why you should not be in the White House.

    October 28, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  25. Mrs. America

    I do not think Sen. Clinton will be asking Mr. Edwards to be veep. Just a gut feeling.

    October 28, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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