November 11th, 2007
12:01 PM ET
10 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

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. alan St Louis MO

    I wounder how shes going to do that?

    she votes for all the major republican issues.

    YES for Iraq war
    YES for next BUSH IRAN WAR
    YES for BUSHES policies

    But she denies it all.
    How she votes in the senate. Is not whats she says to the people. But yet Clinton followers just stick their heads in the ground and go I love Clinton she is the best to fix the country. I dont know what to say besides the spins and smoke screen she tells us to say. Clinton can you tell me a question you want me to ask you? LOL I love you CLINTON I dont want to ask you a hard question that will expose your true colors.

    She bashes Democrats on there global politics. Then claims them as her own.

    Obama Naive for suggesting he will open diplomatic talks with Iran. Several mnths latter. I will open Diplomatic talks with Iran. lol

    VOTE for CLINTON==STAUS QUO of the last 16years.

    VOTE for CLINTON==A new REPUBLICAN congress in 2010 and NEW republican whitehouse in 2012 IS that why CAROL ROVE and RNC want a CLINTON to run in the race. WHO WAS PRESIDENT WHEN THE REPUBLICANS SMASHED THE ELECTIONS IN 1994??? AND WHY???? The Clinton PI**ed off the country. WHY REPEAT the mistake again.


    November 11, 2007 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  2. Sam, IA

    I can't wait to see the Hillary haters post thier diatribes as they react like trained seals to the latest post.
    Maybe some off the wall reference to her supposed socialist healthcare proposal of the 90s. You know, the one where 3 insurance companies had to compete for your coverage every year. No whining and dining the CEO or posting inflated insurance rates to the employees to increase thier share of the costs. The last thing the insurance giants and the medicorp conglomerates want is competition. A catered lunch to the doctors office every week is so much more american. Go for it my deluded hate radio minnions.

    November 11, 2007 06:02 am at 6:02 am |


    November 11, 2007 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  4. Ruth Bethinger, NYC

    David Yepsen, who is the most respected Iowa political journalist, has weighed in on the speeches tonight: read what he has to say here.

    November 11, 2007 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  5. Steve, Portland, OR

    Yes we are upset with the Republicans. Guess what we are also upset with the Democrats. Neither of you are listening to the drowning American citizens while you argue who's right.

    Sorry Hillary but the front runner in either party is open season for the others.Why should we take our eye off the front runner? Why are you trying to run the same old BS about the Republicans past us when more than likely the front leading Democrat will be the next President. Guess what? Many of us are wanting to hear what the other Dems are saying about you. Cause your tied into many things Americans do not want and don't seem capable of explaining your postions in common English that many of your constituents seem capable of understanding. Maybe in a couple months when you slip more in the polls you will be more comfortable about telling the nasties on the other candidates.I'll be voting for someone else.

    November 11, 2007 06:25 am at 6:25 am |


    November 11, 2007 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  7. marc from indiana

    Good strategy. Turn the attention away from yourself. Your pathetic performance definitely needs a diversion.

    November 11, 2007 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. mark wilkes barre pa

    What is hillary for ? I have not heard her say exactly ?? Turn up the heat ? I would rather see her just get out of the kichen before she burns us all !!!!! I would much rather see my countries leaders fail TRYING to do somthing positive like No child left behind, or not have the success in areas of national importance that leader would like, the war in Iraq ( " history will have to show how that one will turn out ") Or not pushinging through a health care package that is mirrored on canada's already failed system and is sure to create staggeringly large government agencies bleeding our taxpayers dry. If hillary wants to focas on fixing the problems, than JUST SAY WHAT YOUR GOING TO DO LADY !! dont turn up the heat on the republicans,, turn up your game and stand for SOMTHING GEEESE Americans are not as gullible as we used to be ,,,

    November 11, 2007 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  9. Richard, Des Moines Iowa

    What an inspiring speech she gave last night! I was there, and this sealed the deal for me! I'm caucusing for Hillary!

    November 11, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. Mac, Severn, Md

    Yes, she would like the Democrat party candidates to focus on the Republicans so they don't focus on HER!!

    This is funny.

    November 11, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  11. Janet, Fairfax, VA

    ...And EXACTLY what problems did your Hubby's administration "fix" other than passing spending bills presented from a Republican Congress that led to a balanced budget? I ask only because you like to cite his terms in office on your resume and pass is off a YOUR experience.

    I don't recall health care reform amounting to anything, there was social security reform, but it too was a Republican bill Hubby signed. Hubby did not fix immigration and ignored the recommendations of the Jordan Commission. There was no Energy Bill to brag about during Hubby's terms. sO, AGAIN, EXACTLY WHAT WAS ACCOMPLISHED? Al Qaeda terrorist training camps flourished in Afghanistan without response from hubby. The intelligence community was decimated. Hubby made a terrific "deal" with North Korea...we see where that led. We never did find out what the definition of "is" is, according to Hubby. BUT, to give credit where credit is due...Hubby did resolve, kinda, the issue of gays in the military. Why that was a top priority escaped me at the time, but perhaps we are starting to understand why.

    So, I have ask, please voters "turn up the heat" in questioning her claims of "EXPERIENCE".

    November 11, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  12. Adam, Plano, TX

    anything to take the focus off her question planting!

    November 11, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  13. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    There's no question about Hillary's great leadership, brilliant abilities, handling the situation and caring children and women. I think she is the most qualified candidate among 16 male candidates.
    The 44th President, Madam President of United States of America,
    Hillary Clinton!

    November 11, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  14. Enoch, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Who is going to show the Democrats "what they are for" when Hillary has no idea what she's for? She has a position to placate anyone; that is her position. I think that's it, no maybe it's different, oh well, she'll change again tomorrow.

    November 11, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  15. Wade Calgary Canada

    Hillary is aging fast now. Bill Clinton comes to Canada and bashes the states all the time.

    November 11, 2007 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. Ron, TX

    Typical Hill, blame the Republicans for everything, offer NO WAY TO FIX it.

    Blame the Republicans for everything, vote with the war hawks.

    Blame the Republicans for everything, except hundreds of thousands of dollars of health care lobbyists dollars and allow them to destroy your attempts at health care reform.

    Blame the Republicans for everything, then follow Republican policy of not directly talking to foreign leaders.

    Blame the Republicans for everything, then claim you can get Republicans to vote for you.

    We need ANSWERS. We need ACTION. We need CHANGE IN WASHINGTON. We DON'T NEED more partisan politics. THINGS MUST GET DONE!


    “I am running for president because I am sick and tired of Democrats thinking the only way to look tough on national security it talking and acting and voting like George Bush Republicans...
    “When I am the nominee of this party, the Republican nominee will not be able to say I voted for the war in Iraq, or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, or that I support Bush-Cheney policies of not talking to leaders that we don’t like...
    “I don’t want to spend the next year or the next four years refighting the same fights that we had in the 1990s ... I don’t want to pit red America against blue America.”- Barack Obama at the JJ Dinner last night.

    November 11, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  17. Linda Carpenter, Phoenix, Arizona

    I would hope that all of the Dems stop bashing eachother and go after Guliani, who is a true slimebag.
    He takes credit for some made up heroism at 9/11, when he was really the problem. Putting his hdqtrs in the one place that every terrorist wanted to attack, the World Trade Center, for which he receioved a $100,000 donation from the owner the day after he put it there.
    He was in charge of getting radios that police and firefighters could communicate with- those did not work. Hundreds of firefighters could have been saved if someone who REALLY cared about their welfare, rather than his own greed, had been mayor of NYC that day. He is a disgusting war profiteer, dare I say even worse than Bush, and a big war monger. Dangerous and corrupt. Stop bashing each other and go after the evil people who would continue the coup against our great government and Constitution

    November 11, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  18. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Notice how she took two positions in one sentence. She doesn't want to attack anyone, but she wants to attack Republicans. At least in the debate it took her a couple sentences to flip-flop on licenses for illegals.

    The, she takes positions to go against the positions that she has already taken. She said she wants to keep the troops in Iraq until at least 2013. She said that she wants to spend billions more dollars on things like baby bonds, universal health care, and 401K bonds. She took a hard line against Iran. Is she trying to convince people she's more like a leader or more like a patient in the hospital for amnesia?

    November 11, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  19. JB Boston MA


    "There's no question about Hillary's great leadership, brilliant abilities, handling the situation and caring children and women"

    If you can actually explain to me what gives you the idea that she has these qualities, I will listen. As will many others. I haven't seen it. Also, are you saying the other candidates DON'T care about women and children. The statement is absurd!

    And by the way, Fox is now reporting that she planted more questions. And I'll save all you "progressives" the trouble.

    November 11, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  20. Sara, Ames, IA

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

    What are Dems for? Socialism, entitlements, Govt regulation, higher taxes. All elements of European society and look at their economies (with the exception of Ireland)...stagnated with high unemployment.

    The point is we do have problems that require addressing, but NOT using the European template.

    November 11, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  21. Gene L.A. Ca

    Bush is by far the best poster boy Hillary could ever hope for. Ironically enough, the same can be said for Bin Laden. Best recruiting tool Al Queda ever had was Bush. Bush is his and his parties own worst enemy. I know a larger number of Republicans know that now and that's why so many rats have jumped ship and distanced themselves from him. I can't help but love the bitter irony in all of this while watching the hapless right-wing reactionaries getting their Karmic justice. Them and their partisan allies on the high court stopped at nothing to get Bush in and successfully forced this buffoon on us despite the fact Al Gore won the popular vote by a million votes (give or take 537 ha ha!) and lo and behold Bush turns out to be the one biggest thing that would be responsible for bringing back what most foaming-at-the-mouth Republicans hate most in the world- The Clintons back in the White House! Go Hillary!

    November 11, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  22. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    These are the Primaries folks–let the candidates say what they want. Until we (the Dems) have selected a leader we can expect nothing but attacks from the RNC. But remember, no matter what–we need a candidate that will not: ignore corporate welfare; continue to raise taxes on middle class; shed American blood for shallow purpose; ignore important social concerns of the nation like childcare, social security, healthcare; marginalize the interests or ignore our important allies; thumb their nose at the U.N; skirt the constitution and laws of the nation to pursue their own agenda. We do not need this kind of person as President ever again!!

    November 11, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. Sam, IA

    Ruth, nyc. David Yepsen is quoted nationally because he is the Republican darling at the Des Moines register, all true Iowans know he is just the shill of the republican party here. Enough said.

    November 11, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. Ron, Salem, MA

    " poster boy Hillary could ever hope for. Ironically enough, the same can be said for Bin Laden"

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!! How convenient to forget that Al Qaeda's training camps went unchecked during Clinton's entire administration. Clinton's utter LACK OF LEADERSHIP and UNWILLINGNESS to risk political capital to quell Al Qaeda in its infancy mushroomed to devastating consequences. Unfortunately, Clinton only acted when polls supported him. My God, get real and stop drinking the cool aid.

    November 11, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  25. jw, canadian,ok

    People, look at the issues, the Republicans are on the wrong side on all. The national debt today is over $9 trillion, I would've used that $9 trillion on healthcare, education and funding social security forever. Jeez.

    November 11, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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