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. Brian Jones, Las Cruces,NM

    The truth is that Hillary will never win the presidency. The Constitution precludes anyone from serving more than two terms as president and she has already served as our CINC from 92 – 00. It would be intersting to see "Slick Willie" in a dress though!. You liberal whiners don't get it. No matter the media hype surrounding Billary or Barack "Al Qaeda" Obama, niether one will ever be POTUS for one reason: niether one can carry a single state in the South. Oh yes, you will see, that the conservative, traditional minded people of the South will not vote for either one of these two yahoos. Democrats are so benighted! You guys would rather nominate your "gods" than actually nominate an electable candidate such as John Edwards. Trust me, I loathe all Democrat candidates equally, but this is not that hard to figure out. I say nominate your two main goons...and let the Republicans retain the white house for another term.

    Brian Jones

    October 28, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Chris, Pensacola FL

    I'm not one for the democratic side of the house as I think the majority of you are all loons (the republican side for that matter as well). However, you should reseach this chick Clinton before worshipping her.

    Most likely, she will be in jail within a year. Who are you going to route for ole president then? I suggest you either come out and say you will vote for a felon or find another candidate to support. Don't burn any bridges now.

    October 28, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Karen, Des Moines, Iowa

    I am with Edwards. I do not understand Clinton's vote either. It is bad enough she will not admit it was a mistake to give Bush the authority to invade Iraq, but now she is willing to do the same thing with Iran! We do not need a President who tells people different things in different "modes". We need someone who tells the truth no matter who does not like it. A leader persuades others to their point of view, and listens to other points of view as well. It is messy and takes longer, but the country benefits from the work it takes to deal with the truth instead of perceptions. It is sad that Clinton has to worry so much about the perception of being weak because she is a woman, but lying to people about her motives and/or casting votes she does not believe in are not the answer. That is why this woman will be standing up for John Edwards at my Iowa caucus.

    October 28, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Louiset Boston MA

    Yea, great campaign slogan for Hillary !

    "HILLARY WINNING" "losers whining"

    Go Hillary.

    October 28, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Mathy Geographic City MD

    Take it easy John. Maybe Rudy will find a place for you in his Cabinet. Like "Secretary of Geography" or Secretary of County Lines" or "Secretary of Math". You got that 99 counties thing down good.

    October 28, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Barti Malone IL

    Hey John, how come Ahmoudinejad isn't speaking at any of your rallies ? You losers sound like you want the iranian president as your VIP ? You ain't making no sense. Do you appreciate your American Freedom ? If so, then why are you trying to give it away ?

    October 28, 2007 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Elvise Nashville TN

    Hey John, how many counties does Texas, South Carolina, and New Hampshire have total ?

    October 28, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Karen, Des Moines, Iowa

    It is clear that the people posting comments from Texas, Alaska, California, D.C., etc. do not understand a thing about a caucus. Every single precinct and, more importantly, EVERY single township in the sparsely populated counties, gets at least one delegate, usually more. So visiting all of the 99 counties in Iowa to get a face to face committment from people to go to their caucus and stand up for you is a very good strategy. If the supporters of the other candidates do not have a "viable group", that is a certain percentage of the total of attendees, then they are out of the delegate race and their supporters must choose to join another candidate's caucus, or try to form a viable group of "non-committeds". I once chaired a caucus for a township in one of the most conservative Congressional Districts in the country. Only two people showed up and they were for Jesse Jackson. Guess who got the two delegates from Washington Township! You can have all the rock star rallies and fawning national press that you want. This is not a national primary. It does not matter what people answer in polls unless those people are likely caucus attendees in Iowa, every single one of the 99 counties in Iowa!

    October 28, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Bluset Greenvile SC

    Mr. Edwards, have you ever thought about running for Governor of Iowa. Knowing all 99 counties is pretty impressive. That is what I teach my kindergarten class. If you are planning to run for president of the USA, then please inform your voters of what you plan to do as President of USA, not the county surveyor of Iowa.

    October 28, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Betsy Sacramento CA

    Really, why doesn't Michelle Obama just run.

    October 28, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Unstan Boston MA

    Good point Jean Douglass. We think Edwards better get on his bus, and hit every county of the Nation. Then he could be Rudy's Secretary of Counties. Good position for Mr. Edwards.

    October 28, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Horace San Bernadino CA

    How come all these campaigners expound on their great qualities that would make them a good President of the USA. But none of them say what their response to 911 would have been ? Armchair Politics, or Real Politics ?

    October 28, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Damone Kansas City KS

    As Voters for the next American President – can we have a Democrat and Republican Debate – to see which Candidates know how many counties are in Iowa and the other states ? Like maybe name it the all important "County Line Debate".

    October 28, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Zach

    GO JOHN EDWARDS!! if there was anyone else better for the job as president other than Obama and John!! They are both going to do good while one of them are in office. Clinton need's to go jump off a bridge there's always a going to be a candidate that is 100% going to lose and this year that could be Clinton thank god@

    October 28, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. linda, bella vista, ar

    Love the comments from those who have never been to IA and feel free to discuss how IA dresses. Also, I love the discussion of how IA and NH are too small to be 'first'. If sheeple wish to be lead by IA/NH instead of making up their own minds, so be it. The coasties will get their share of the $3B in 'campaign-527 ads' shortly along with more of the MSM mush.

    I would also gather by the comments that few have ever been to 'rallies' or done the grass roots thing like caucuses, committees, platforms, and conventions.

    Gotta say that I haven't picked a candidate yet, but Hil is not on my fav list. The latest 'how phoney' was, "I got it from a survey of focus groups, lobbyists and bundlers, let me hop on the fence and triangulate again" was her statement to 'sorta support Dodd's filibuster' of immunity for all those who broke federal law with 'warrantless wiretapping'. Yes, the 'Iran' vote did matter as did the Iran sanctions and missles in the Warsaw Pact countries.

    As a strong supporter of the Military and Defense, I see Hil as a total 'nothing' on the AS Comm. and on the floor. Just more on the cheap. Since she declared for Pres., she does make herself noticed but seems to have no efficacy.

    Her Birthday Bash really gave me the creepy crawlies. Miss Goldwater Girl playing the 'Happy B-day Mrs. Pres.' card was so wrong in so many ways. First, as Thompson is no Reagan she is no JFK. And she obviously didn't relate to him 'back in the days', either. Also, the Marilyn Monroe thing relates to 'not the best of the Kennedy meme'. Personally, I found that a little bit more than tasteless.

    I didn't support the invasion of Iraq and I want out of there yesterday. But I am also a realist. No one can promise us that they will be out by a date certain, but Hil does promise us 'permanent bases' there. NOT

    I will say this about Edwards, he has been ahead of the 'gang' in statements of policy throughout the campaign. Others have followed. Obama sits on the Veteran's Affairs Comm. and has been very disappointingly lax on that committee. However, on the plus side after some consideration he has decided to support Dodd's promise to filibuster.

    I will definitely be watching the 'confirmation' of Mukasey.

    October 28, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Justin, Kansas City MO

    The amazing thing was that John Edwards could reprimand Hillary for her recent Iran vote with a straight face. As if he had himself never cast a vote (not that he casted many during his six years in the Senate) for political reasons. Good stuff.

    October 28, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. John Ross, Chattanooga, TN

    The cesspool is beginning to grow. Be it the Billary, Obama Yomama, or the Breck girl. They are dangerous people. Give diplomacy a chance ? If my neighbor has raped my wife and set fire to my house I don't negotiate. These Dems are a pack of fools and many Americans are following them don't a Stalinist path.

    October 28, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Dan, TX

    The fact is, that if people took the time to review Clinton, Edwards, and Obama's positions and speeches by going to their web pages and actually educating themselves we wouldn't have to do all this arguing. If you went to the campaign sites and asked questions on the campaign blog sites, or looked at the issues being discussed on those campaign blogs you'd get a better feel for what the candidate views are.

    Having done this, it is quite clear that Clinton would be last candidate on the democrat side worthy of support.

    October 28, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. Chad, Durham, NC

    The Clinton campaign says she voted yes because she is going from primary mode to general election mode? So she's giving Bush another blank check for her own political gain? She doesn't represent the people of NY or this country – only herself. When are people going to pay attention? Why aren't the candidates pointing this out?

    October 28, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. jack jett

    I love John Edwards, but he might as well hang it up while he still has a bit of mojo.

    Chaotic Modulation

    October 28, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Keith, Glendale, AZ

    Vote RON PAUL...Edwards voted for the war in OCT 2002.

    Voted NO on Iraq War
    Voted NO on Patriot Act
    Voted NO on regulating the Internet
    Voted NO on NAFTA and CAFTA
    Voted NO on Real ID Act

    Has NEVER voted to raise taxes
    Has NEVER voted for an unbalanced budget
    Has NEVER voted for federal gun restriction
    Has NEVER voted to raise congressional pay
    Has NEVER taken a government-paid trip

    Against a military draft
    Against the UN, WTO, GATT

    Opts out of lucrative congress pension

    To preserve the Constitution
    To cut government spending
    To lower healthcare costs
    To end the war on drugs
    To secure our borders

    October 28, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Paula, Santa Monica CA

    I totally agree with John from Overland Park. Hill and Billary will be in jail within two years of returning to the White House. One for treason, the other for sexual assault. Flip a coin as to which will do which.

    October 28, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. PA

    Hillary should be booed every time she walks down the street.

    Obama '08

    October 28, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    To Fair Wash, DC
    U wrote;
    “And then what? I'll give you that…Obama can win the Democratic primary..anything can happen as we've seen in the last two elections…but after he beats Hillary in the Primary he's still got to win the general election …”

    Even the faulty poll numbers gave Obama vs. ALL Republican Candidates a win of 47% to 41% etc. That’s just polling homes with phones. That’s is without Obama adding a Vice President pick to further add to his ticket. Such as Al Gore or Barbara Boxer. If you think Obama is not aware the Republicans are going to play the Black Race card, The Muslim Hussein Card, The Fear him card. Then you most be living in a Fairytale.
    Obama is an African American who has and always knows he must work 10 times as hard to get what he want in the US. He will be ready for the “Right Wing Conspiracy”

    October 28, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    These Democratic candidates are so busy pontificating about how great they are; I wish they'd start telling voters what makes them qualified to be President. Oh wait- Edwards doesn't have any executive experience or record that relates to running any organization .

    October 28, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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