November 11th, 2007
12:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton sets crosshairs on Republicans

Clinton says it's time to "turn up the heat" on Republicans.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she's "turning up the heat" on the Republicans, taking aim at the party numerous times in her speech at the Iowa Democratic Party's Jefferson Jackson Dinner Saturday.

With what appears to be the beginning of a new campaign slogan for the New York senator, Clinton used the phrase "turn up the heat" to emphasize that Democrats should be launching their attacks on Republicans instead of spending their time looking at "who's up and who's down and who says what about whom."

"We have to ask ourselves, 'what is this election going to be focused on?' Clinton said. "I'll tell you what I want to do. I'm not interested in attacking my opponents. I'm interested in attacking the problems of America, and I believe we should be turning up the heat on the Republicans. They deserve all the heat we can give them."

"You listen to the Republicans who are running this year," Clinton continued. "They see eight more years of George Bush. They see a nine trillion dollar debt and say lets spend trillions more. They see that we had one rush to war, and they say wait why not have one more?"

Clinton said that Americans are "done with Republicans and their failed policies" and added that "Democrats need to decide what [they] are for."

Clinton listed a number of things that she says Republicans are unwilling to "fix," like No Child Left Behind, the growing concern over healthcare, and the environment. After each bullet point, Clinton asked the audience of about 9,000 Iowa Democrats, "What are we going to do?" and each time the throng of Clinton supporters shot back, "Turn up the heat!"

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. JV, Seattle, WA

    "...Wake up ! Thanks to socialism i live in the country with the best health care programm in the world (Belgium), for every social problem we have a programm, not becaus of the conservative, but thanks to liberalism, socialism !"


    And is that why Europe is starting to lean right? Looks like Ireland told you socialists where to go...after leaning right their economy is doing pretty well.

    November 13, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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