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. Terri, Plantation, FL

    The Kyl-Lieberman bill specifically removed a clause that specified it did not give the president authorization for military action. Read the language of the bill.

    Hillary didn't try to re-write history by then going for the Webb amendment to add the language back in until after she caught such political heat for her vote.

    Her campaign has tried to smear Obama on this by saying he co-sponsored S970 which said the same thing. But this is an out and out lie. S970 spoke of economic sanctions only and specifically reads:

    "(8) Nothing in this Act should be construed as giving the President the authority to use military force against Iran."

    Kyl-Lieberman's language gives the president all the wiggle-room he needs to attack Iran..the same way she gave him the wiggle room in Iraq. This woman lies and triangulates and most people are too lazy to check out the language of the bills and trace her many positions and maneuverings.

    Edwards is right to call her out for what she is. He may have voted for the IWR but he's publicly stated he was wrong. That's called integrity. Hillary has dodged and weaved and never given the same reasoning twice for her vote then and refuses to admit she was wrong. In fact, she parroted the president's 'stay the course' line years into the war.

    Her vote on Iraq is NOT old news..it is relevent because she's doing the same exact thing now with Iran. She can try to re-write history all she likes, but some of us are paying attention.

    Good for you, John.

    October 28, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. Bob Chicago IL

    Neither Edwards or Hillary are related to Dick Cheney. So both are wasting their time. Obama already has the nomination locked up ! Go Obama !! We need another President like Cheney !

    October 28, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. VJ1976 Atlanta GA

    Its surprising to read how stupid some of the remarks here are. Even if the US wanted to open another front with Iran, it couldn't do it. Our military might is over-stretched in Iraq and Afghanistan. Diplomacy is the way forward for Iran. Remember, even a termite is good enough to bring down the house.

    October 28, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. pauline

    yes good ole edwards,he does not understand america,and obama there more like little kids yeah if we get attacked these 2 babys,distort in what they say.hillary wa right in voting for it that tell she is smart,its assumptions as a terroist organization the rev garud,not to go to war,Edawrds and obama man they will be dangerous i dont want to be laying in the ground somewhere..and scrro ron paul hes a nut of a doctor,he doesnt know politics whatsoever.obambi and edwards yeah you go ahead bash Hillary i hope people wake up how edwards and Obambi distort and mess your head all twisted up.they dont understand the bill Kyle/l act...the best palce of where that vote is explain is from mark penn its on hillary site 1st page
    scroll down go more and it should be there it explains,read before you make assumptions friend of mine is in politics it does explain it very well,he told me to go read it before i went on edwards twisted facts,and Obamas.he told me people were messed up on it.those are the facts the real facts he told me, and someone in iowa should be smart enough to contradict both of them on it...that they are not right.

    October 28, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    I'm sorry, did Edwards say something new? Seems that he is simply "lip-syncing" his rallys.

    Let's not go negative Edwards, it only makes you look bad and gives the democratic nominee a tougher time in the general election.

    It's time to give specifics on what "you" will do different than others would do. Not to complain about the positions of others over and over again. It's counterproductive.

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 28, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  6. Cara West Des Moines, Iowa

    I was a precint captain for Edwards in 2004 and will be so again in 2008. I was at the rally last night in Des Moines and I honestly believe that John Edwards is the best man for the White House. When you see him and hear him in person, and you look into his eyes, you can see the conviction he has, his intelligence to lead the country back to dignity, and the passion to make this county work again for everyone (not just the wealthy). He was correct in calling Hillary out and I applaud him for it. I am a woman but I won't vote for just any woman because it's "time for a woman in the White House." Although Bill Clinton is my hero, I cannot and will not vote for Hillary. And I think if she gets the nomination, we can all resign ourselves to yet another Republican in the White House. Let's not give every illiterate nut in the country the opportunity to come out and vote against Hillary, thereby handing the White House to the Republicans. Go, John Edwards! Obama for VP!

    October 28, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Corey, Manchester, NH

    The Democratic Party began with the philosophy that even the little guy should have the same oppurtunities as the biggest guy.
    Instead of calling each other names and constant criticisms of party members we should remember that the common goal is regaining the White House and bringing America back to what it can potentially be – the lighthouse to the rest of the world. I am an Edwards supporter but think that every candidate this time has great potential as our leader. It's about American people and the future of this country.

    October 28, 2007 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Brian

    Why are liberals such cowards? They mask it as best they can but the only fight they ever seem to feel up for is against their own!

    October 28, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. blacksforhillary

    Isnt Obama on a gay hashing tour tonight or a gospel event,its all over the news.talk about contradiction OF
    H O P E.Looser he cant stand gays,you don't belong in America Either.Land of the F R E E.he goes against that.John you havent told us anything new you dont like gays either,it makes you uncomfortable,think if we have a war again or disaster again he will be uncomfortable.

    October 28, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    "It really doesn't matter.

    Hillary will be the next President of the United States.


    The media.

    There is no democracy in this country. There is only the illusion of democracy. As long as corporations dictate the politics in this country, the people will continue to be dragged along by whomever the corporations choose to be the next president."
    Posted By Sam, Lutz, FL : October 28, 2007 4:14 pm

    Exactly Sam, and the sheep that cheer for Clinton like a bunch of dumbfounded preteen girls will be the first ones wringing their hands when she further sends our county into the abyss.

    October 28, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. deroy w, palm , FL

    very dangerous people.

    constant harping about lealthcare and education.

    the issues are terrorism, security and size of military.

    th eed & health won't mean anything without security.

    October 28, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. DEE, Nashville, TN

    I'm not for booing anyone, but I honestly can't believe that people really want another Clinton in the White House.
    People, they have had their turn. Both of them! It is time to move on! I for one am so tired of the bickering, fighting and the spliting between parties and Americans. And if Hillary gets in, things will continue to be splintered.
    We need a new beginning. Who can lead us to give us as a nation a fresh start? I have my own opinion, however, I just ask that people consider this – We have to move our country beyond the Bush, Clinton, Bush years! It is time for a change, OUR country's future depends on it!

    October 28, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Jesse, Burnsville, MN


    Instead of wasting our time by telling us how you see it, why don't you do some research first. Edwards has released many position papers. Maybe you should read some of them. Also, learn the difference from "going negative" and explaining to people what your differences are with another candidate.

    October 28, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. Willy, Chesapeake,VA

    Edwards & Clinton are turds floating in a punch bowel.

    October 28, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Sean, West Des Moines, Iowa

    Just because Hillary is a woman, and Obama is black; does not mean that they need to be the next person making serious decisions for this great country.

    It is good Edwards called out Hillary. Is there anything holding her back from saying negative things about Edwards? Mmm...No. She just can't think of anything negative to say about him.

    Edwards rules, republicans are tools.

    October 28, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. danny

    Edwards esta un idiota... meee meee I share your opinion, mee mee meew ...what a load of bull hockey...

    Why can't the candidates keep this on an intelegent level? These juvinile stances are so elementary. Where are the complete thoughts, the identity establishing speaches like we use to get from real presidential material. It's like the "reality show" two brain cell mentality of nothingness. Why don't the public demand more from their candidates than this juvinile squabling over pointless differences.

    October 28, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  17. Biggdawg, Chicago, Illinois

    "Clinton booed at Edwards rally". Give me a break.

    Hillary, bring in a bunch of plants like Edwards did so that you can get the same headline. What a load of bull&@%#!

    October 28, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. oneamerica Columbus, OH

    "Now, everybody talks about John Edwards' energy and intellect and charisma. You know, I kind of resent him.

    But the important thing is not what talents he has, but how he has used them. He chose - he chose to use his talents to improve the lives of people like him who had to work for everything they've got and to help people too often left out and left behind. And that's what he'll do as our vice president."

    -Bill Clinton at the 2004 Democratic convention

    October 28, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Not only Edwards but Hillary has NOT increased her lead Nationally. The Media, who is Campaigning for her, keeps reporting bogus polls of 300-999 LIKELY voters who do not have cell phones or computers to vote. Just old fashion home phone. Even with that, if you look at 2004. What ever the National poll numbers are around April of 2003 are what they stay at all until people vote. The media just plays numbers games I guess to make it interesting for them. Look it up and you will see that in 2003 Feb –April poll numbers were what the final numbers were for the winners in the Democratic Primary. Clinton is up in April Nationally about 15% and still is at 15%. The 30% 50% 100% NOSENCE reported by the media is just that NONSENCE.

    Obama has been Rallying 24,000 to 2,000 folks at his Rallies across the US. With thousands of volunteers on the ground though out the US. Obama has just has raised 2.1 Million in 2 days. He has raised the most primary money than all candidates. Including Hillary. Obama does not need to go negative. When the time is right which is NOW. He will highlight the differences between them. The Media just wants Obama to play by their playbook, which is outdated. As far as the notion that Hillary must make a mistake to lose. No, she has already made enough mistakes in the last 20 years to lose. Obama just has to start pointing them out.

    October 28, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. Pete, Washington

    People booing Hillary? Are you surprised? I'm not. Maybe when she starts leveling with the us, and stop voting the way George Bush wants her to, maybe then, will the crowds stop booing her. They probably still won't vote for her....but, at least, they will stop booing.

    October 28, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    Bill Clinton is stealing this election in front of your eyes and there are three reasons why. Firstly he is the only twice-elected Democrat President since Roosevelt and rich Democrats love a winning formula. Secondly, the majority of voters are too stupid to recognise the power of a slick political machine over a genuine candidacy. Thirdly, Bill wants the White House back so his ego can settle the score with the Congress who nailed him on his deceit thus depriving him of his status as a great American President (in his eyes). Wake up America, you're being screwed and this time it ain't a cigar.

    October 29, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  22. Ann ME

    Now that must have scared her almost to death. Someone has the nerve to boo her magesty?

    October 29, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  23. yep

    Oh if hillary get the nomination,she we get defeated for another republican ,how do you know that,there is no votes casted, its a bunch of horse manuer,bull crap anyone believes that crap there phoney as hell to.John Edwards could NOT EVEN WIN HIS HOME STATE
    in 2004. He DID NOT RUN for the Senate for a
    2nd term, because he could NOT WIN.
    Why Edwards is even in this again, makes him a
    3-time loser. And he is and Obama are the 2
    biggest phonies running.bill clinton on her side uh she will win against any republican,he will give her the speech to defeat.

    October 29, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  24. AP

    Hillary should be the President of the United States and her intelligence obviously shines through because of all the candidates trying to falsely criticize her all the time. God Bless Hillary and Bill and Chelsea and it will be fantastic to have Hillary as the President in 2008!

    October 29, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  25. Jake, San Diego CA

    I'd be happy with an Obama/Edwards ticket in 08. Either would be significantly better for this country than Hillary Clinton. Hopefully America wakes up and stops believing her lies.

    October 29, 2007 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
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