October 30th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton could face fire at tonight's debate

Clinton is likely to be in the center of fire at tonight's debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic presidential hopefuls all face off tonight in Philadelphia, but the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns are already taking shots at each other.

While the senator from New York is far ahead of her rivals in all the national polls, there are expectations that Obama, D-Illinois, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will step up their attacks on Clinton in tonight’s debate.

“Obama has raised the expectations for the debate, and that may not altogether be a good thing,” says CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger, adding that “he has signaled very strongly that he intends to be sharper in his criticism of Hillary Clinton, so all eyes will be on him."

The question is whether he can execute it well enough to keep Clinton from complaining that he’s "gone negative"—a notion, she says, that would "undermine the ‘hopeful’ politics of his campaign.”

But in what’s known as a pre-buttal, Clinton Campaign chief strategist Mark Penn said in an e-mail to reporters that “considering that both Sens. Obama and Edwards made their names by pledging to be positive, the last thing one would have expected was for either of them to go out and announce with pride that they were now going to go negative on a fellow Democrat.”

The Obama campaign quickly responded, with chief strategist David Axelrod telling Borger that “it’s the height of disingenuousness, for these people, who a run hardened political machine, to turn around and profess that any legitimate exchange is out of bounds.”

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Sean, Central Florida

    PSSSH cry more hil? imagin what she'd be saying if she was in bush shoes after 8 years of "everyone"(yet is elected twice) hating him and being negitive in the news. shes not ready for president.

    October 30, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. YEAH

    They did not knock her out or bring her down to knee level not at all, she is a strong lady,all the guys were weak except Biden lotts better performance from him.she had the little thing on drivers license,thats a state thing.she is right they are on our roads,and wonder if we get into an accident with one that is illegal,they have no Id.So what is that governor of NYC suppose to do.no immigration reformed passed at all.from bush.hes ignore it.why dont they give chairs for these canidates to sit down,2 hours standing with hardly any movement .like there in the army.
    Hurray for Hillary!!!

    October 31, 2007 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  3. Mark

    Clinton will face fire tonight but she will fight back with FIRE. You can count on that. You don't push this lady into a wall and expect her to stay there, she will come back fighting and fighting harder than then men.

    I am a man and I love all our candidates on the democratic side. Quite an impressive field I will have to say but this tiger in a pant suit called 'Hillary Clinton' is not to be misjudged. She can fight with the best of them. You need that kind of strength and courage if you are going to run for president. You need it even more if you are a woman.

    Posted By Maurice, Washington, DC : October 30, 2007 4:40 pm
    maurice you are so right:: this lady is tough, I am man also,i have watched her for the last month or so,this lady will fight back ,we need that In washington,i dont think the other guys running can stand up to fight,and she is fighting bush over and over,I am really considering voting for her,she doesn't back down at all what she says goes.That leadership is what America needs,I hate to admit but I will cast that vote for her I seen the debate tonight,she's unstoppable at this point ,I hope Obama supporters will think about there money and who there supporting,he was nothing at all tonight.he stumbles on every question,and everything is I think,you do not go on that Judegement ,she comes right out with her answers forward and straight.

    October 31, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  4. SB

    Hillary went down in flames. Finally.

    Maybe now we can really end the war.

    October 31, 2007 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  5. PollM, Dallas Tx

    With Clinton holding a huge lead among Democrats in national opinion polls ahead of the November 2008 election, rivals Barack Obama, John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and Joseph Biden all took turns aiming shots at the New York senator in hopes of bringing her back to the pack.

    Who do you think won the Philadelphia NBC – MSNBC News Democratic Presidential Debate?
    --> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=842

    October 31, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  6. Jim Bremer

    Jim, How about they play with Hillarys name and call her Hitlar.
    Would that be fair and just good spirited fun?

    Posted By pam Eugene, OR : October 30, 2007 6:47 pm
    Please do try, Pam. See if it sticks. Somehow it wont work as good as Obama/Osama 🙂

    October 31, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. anon, ottawa, ON

    The more I look at him, the more he looks like Borat Hussey Osama.

    October 31, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Donna Seattle WA : October 30, 2007 8:13 pm

    Great posting Donna, this is just like how the Clintons squashed an anti-Hillary story last month as long as Bil did an interview.

    Anyone 2008, but crooked Lord and Lady D****bag.

    October 31, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. John Vega

    This explains it all.

    A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet::

    had heard about this but a picture is definitely worth 1000 words! God save us!!!

    Senator Barack Obama, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Hillary Clinton and Ruth Harkin stand during the national anthem.
    Barack Hussein Obama's photo (that's his real name)......the article said he REFUSED TO NOT ONLY PUT HIS HAND ON HIS HEART DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, BUT REFUSED TO SAY THE PLEDGE.....how in the hell can a man like this expect to be our next Commander-in-Chief????

    January 4, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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