October 28th, 2007
06:12 PM ET
11 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. Dennis, Anchorage, Alaska

    To all those who criticize Clinton's vote: do you not want to sanction Iran for allowing a terrorist organization in its country. THe Iranian Revolutionary Guard has killed innocent Iraqi's and strived to kill American soldiers. I think Hillary's vote was the right one, and it's a shame that John Edwards and Barack Obama are trying to appease their liberal backers by saying no to all war. They'd lose horribly in the general election.

    October 28, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  2. Brian L, Shelby NC

    I think the main point everyone needs to remember is that throughout her "career", up to and including the present, Hillary has waffled on most major issues. Her goal isn't defined by resolution of any of today's issues. Her goal is to be President, no more and no less. Hill and Bill are a team dedicated to power, and nothing stands in their way.

    This country will never be the same if Hillary sits in the big house. Prepare for toilet-paper lines.

    October 28, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. Chris, Middletown, CT

    but.....when she wins the Democrats nomination...they will line up like sheep and defend all of the crap that surrounds her....(excellent principles...)

    October 28, 2007 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. CppThis

    Edwards seems like a pretty charming guy, but with statements like this it's easy to see why reasonable voters can't take him seriously. We've tried diplomacy with Iran, repeatedly, but all they understand is the sword. Heck, the whole reason they're in a position to pose a threat to global security in the first place is because we tried to play nice after the radical fundies took over. Unfortunately, Reagan's America–which they rightfully feared–was too wrapped up in the one-war-one-enemy mentality to nip it in the bud, which brings us to the present situation.

    Foreign policy is mostly handled by the White House, and serious contenders to the presidency have got to make clear how they intend to handle the Iran situation. Ignoring the problem won't cut it, too many voters remember 1979.

    October 28, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. Steve, Lyons, CO

    I want to hear Bush, Cheney, McCain and Lieberman booed at Edwards' rallies.

    It's the Republicans, stupid.

    October 28, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Edwards should try to compliment his $400. hair cut with his wardrobe!
    Any man that would show up for a Rally even in Iowa, as a Presidential Candidate in this outfit is an insult to the Presidential Office of the USA.

    Check out the Belt! Was he planning on helping the Farmers in Des Moines after insulting his two lead Candidates?

    Or was this just maybe his attempt at pretending to be a regular John to appeal to Des Moines folk?

    He should remember that George Dubyah is a cowboy and it hasn't won him any favour among Americans.

    And he definietly should read the book on how to dress casually in denim with class. He looks like Uncle Clem from the 50's! The only thing missing is his straw hat. I guess that woulda messed up his hair do so he decided against it. What a Bonifide Joke!

    Howz the Corn and Tatters doin Johnny?

    October 28, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Ron, TX

    I'm so glad people are finally starting to notice Hillary's absurdities! The media loves quick tagline politics which is why the Kyl-Lieberman bill keeps being wrongly referred to as "the Iran-terrorist bill". It's not JUST about calling the Revolutionary Guard terrorists. It also links troop levels in Iraq to Iran! See for yourself below and READ the bill's text for yourself!

    Obama and Edwards's issue is not calling the Iran Revolutionary Gaurd terrorists, an idea both agree with. THe bill Obama voted for last April EXPLICITLY said that the bill was NOT justification to attack Iran. Obama and Edwards's issue is linking TROOP LEVELS in Iraq to Iran. And, there is NO explicit statement baring an attack, in fact, there are explicit statements that support military actions. THAT is what the Kyl-Lieberman bill very clearly does. It also VERY CLEARLY says that the US may use "military instruments" against Iran. Hillary is a spin-master. Read the key text from the actual resolution for yourself:

    (3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and roll back the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, its foreign facilitators such as Lebanese Hezbollah, and its indigenous Iraqi proxies;
    (4) to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy described in paragraph (3) with respect to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies;

    October 28, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. LOYDA, DC

    " At a rally Saturday night touting the fact that he's been to every Iowa county..."



    October 28, 2007 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Tammy, KC, MO

    Another one so busy criticizing everyone else he doesn't bother to tell us his solution to all the problems Bush will leave us with. Not voting for him either.

    October 28, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Ebbs, Newport News, VA

    Hey Matt from Port Hueneme, CA., EXACTLY what executive experience does Hillary have?

    October 28, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    We're going to have a real election all right, and you're gonna come in 3rd or 4th in Iowa. Face it, John, you're not gonna be the nominee. Bashing your own party isn't doing anubody any good.

    October 28, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Rosie, Crestview, Florida

    I think the title of this article change. It looks like JRE was booed, when in reality Hillary was booed. The artivle should read Hillary Clinton booed at Edwards rally.

    October 28, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. John, Euless, TX

    What executive experience did GW have? He was govenor of Texas but as a Texan, I can tell you he didn't do anything here to gain experience.

    October 28, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Louis, St. Louis, MO

    This man has lost this election. Now he is losing his character.

    October 28, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. TheInsider

    As a Hillary supporter, I truly enjoy the extent to which her detractors tend to imbue her and her campaign with super-powers...

    Former senator Edwards has a single state strategy that has now been eclipsed by Stephen Colbert. What else is there to say?

    To Lance-Your hero is running 30 points behind...

    October 28, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. TheInsider

    Posted By Ron, TX : October 28, 2007 9:36 am

    Can you tell me the difference between a "non-binding resolution", and a "joint resolution?"

    Looks like you can't.

    This is only a big issue to those with reading comprehension problems, those who failed social studies and or civics, and of course, Edwards and Obama supporters.

    October 28, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Byron, Madison, WI

    Edwards is right on the money. Hillary's vote is really dumb considering her support for Bush's war on Iraq.
    Hasn't she learned her lesson?

    And, naming an army terrorist is ridiculous. The U.S., by illegally occupying Iraq has no legitimate claim to call any other group opposing it there, terrorist.

    Hillary operates from the mindset that the U.S. has the right to go anywhere it wants, do anything it wants, like the whole world is our playground. Well, one of these days that attitude is going to get us all killed.

    That's if she doesn't irradiate us all first with her pro nuke support she announced in a South Carolina rally on March 29. google it.

    October 28, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Heres another sure chance that the democrats will have p***ed down the toilet again, vote for hillary and make romney prez

    vote for Bill Mair (L) for prez

    October 28, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. That's right

    Clinton is a loser, period.

    October 28, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Rodney Dallas, TX

    Ebbs, Newport News, VA :

    What executive experience do ANY of the candidates have? Hillary is the only one that has actually lived in the White House for 8 years. I quite certain she was made aware of the issues that went on. I quite certain Bill Clinton spoke to her about these situations to get advise. A man gets advise from his wife quite often. No other candidate has any experience other than being a Senator or a governor. Giuliani didn't even make it to Congress. Point of the story is.....none of them have executive experience but Hillary has atleast been there.

    October 28, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. jw, canadian,ok

    John,son – give it up. You and Barake need to start campaining for cabinet post. Don't po the Hillary.

    October 28, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Craig A. Carroll Hastings, MN

    Well all you Hillary shills. Would you care to tell me the difference between HRC and GWB. Kind of hard since it doesn't exist. No MORE dynasties folks. I will not support the Bushes and the Clintons using the White House as a time share mansion. You want four more years of Iraq and heaven knows how much more of our precious blood spilled you support HRC. Count me OUT.

    October 28, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary is winning, and edwards is whinning!

    BTW, john edwards, you should start packing because your days as a presidenital nominee will be finished in few months.

    October 28, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Buggie, San Diego, CA

    Mr. Edwards,

    It has become clear to America that you have nothing to offer other than criticism and negativity. We have understood for many months now that you don’t like anything Mrs. Clinton does and that is fine. However, you have continually displayed your inability to come up with a plan for America or even one original, viable idea that will help this country. You have become so very out of touch with the issues that are important to voters. Pointing your finger and stamping your little feet just proves to everyone that you have the intellect, comprehension and maturity of a two year old. What it does not do is tell us where you would take this country, but we can all see the writing on the wall, and you are not what this country wants or needs.

    It is no surprise that you “didn’t understand it” when Mrs. Clinton voted to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. If you truly do not understand, it is because you are a simpleton. The vote clearly is a way to avoid military action and put strong sanctions in place. It does not give Bush war powers and it is not a precursor to war. You are obviously either stupid or are misrepresenting the facts to sway your handful of supporters to continue to support your collapsing campaign. The majority of voters, however, see you for what you are; desperate.

    Fortunately for America, Americans are smarter and better informed than you think they are. What the majority of Americans understand is that you will not be the Democratic nominee and ultimately it will not matter what you say about your Democratic rivals or anyone else, because you have already been written off. You are no longer a viable candidate and you will be remembered as nothing more than a bitter, angry footnote to the 2008 Presidential race.

    October 28, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Uma, mpls, MN

    Poor Edward can't vote and when he voted in the past his votes were worse. Obama played a political game by not voting so he can run either way air blows.
    Iranian Revolutionary Guard ISSUE WHO has killed innocent Iraqi's and has killed American soldiers.

    I can't think about having Eward or Obama- as a president who don't respect national interest and care our shoulder.

    October 28, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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