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. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    JB-you really need to watch real news and stop the the fictional viewing such as FOX. You're becoming a laughing stock. Fox news has absolutely no credibility and neither do you.

    November 11, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. B, Cleveland, OH

    "... I would've used that $9 trillion on healthcare, education and funding social security forever. Jeez."

    Of course you would, you're from Socialist Canada.

    November 11, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Jenny Miami Fl

    Of course she says that cause she has been EXPOSED...sorry Hillary you are finished...GAME OVER

    November 11, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Jim, Columbus, GA

    Happy Veterans Day ... take a couple of minutes to Honor their sacrifice so some of you have the Freedom to complain about how sorry America is...

    I could care less about Hitlery or Osama

    Go Huckabee!! and pick Liberman as VP!

    From a retired Army Command Sergeant Major

    November 11, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Yeah. Give them heck and bring home the nomination and presidency.

    Go Hillary Go! Hillary 08!

    November 11, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Silverspoon, lilburn, GA

    What is CNN agenda to ignore all the candidates including Obama's great call to lead all Americans?

    Like Bush with his red enclave, Clinton cannot think beyond blue states
    Looks like thats what CNN thrives, a divided, hawkish America

    The voters are watching and know better than this

    November 11, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. donna Seattle

    Slogan wars - now its "Turn up the Heat" vs. Obama's "Fire It Up."

    Hillary keeps pulling this same stunt co-opting Obama's rhetoric but revealing a basic difference between the two candidates. Obama urges the individual to light the fire in themselves - he is moving people to action. Hillary message is that she will demogogue it for you - turn up the heat for you. Obama invites you join him to change things. Hillary asks you to trust her to do it. Hmmm. TRUST. CLINTON. ?

    November 11, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. BK, Alexandria, VA

    "...They deserve all the heat we can give them."

    And Hillary's not going to further polarize America? Yeah, right. Ask yourselves, do we need more of this rhetoric?

    November 11, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Nick, Eden Praire MN

    I'm with Alan from St. Louis. It's one thing to talk and sound or look like a leader, it's quite another to be one. Hillary followed along with all these Republican policies. Her judgment is embarrassingly bad. And she's already sold her soul to the lobbyists. But even if you're willing to ignore all this just answer this question for me hillary supporters . If she's elected president, do you really believe she'll be able to get bi-partisan support for any of her policies through congress, or will the fight her at ever turn and we'll get more of the same of what we have right now where it's congress vs the president and neither can get any real changes through.

    November 11, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. bud, San Diego, CA

    Wasn't it just a couple days ago that Bill and Hillary were whinning about the other candidates "turning the heat up" on her at the debates? Why does she think she's "special?" Don't give the the gender reason, it doesn't count! This is a "candidate" race, not a race of women and men!

    Does everyone get to "turn up the heat" on Hillary, too? She wanted into this fight and then started crying "gender" when she got smacked.

    This election, no one will be able to claim that they voted for the "lesser of two evils." There is NO "lesser" in this offering.

    And a message to ALL candidates. Please take note: YOU CANNOT BUY MY VOTE! Your "history" is all I'm interested in at this point.

    November 11, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Murray, NY

    Early 2008 Bumper Stickers:

    Life's a b*itch, don't vote for one.

    Hillary doesn't have the balls to be president.

    November 11, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. BCNU purple state, usa

    Talk about lemmings! She makes a statement, they chant in return, and all the progressives call Republicans "blind followers."

    Of course she wants to "Turn up the heat" on the Republicans, it's been a little hot in her kitchen lately, so much for co-opting Truman's line.

    Repunlicans haven't attacked her, most of their criticisms have been responses to her shooting her trap off first. Be honest with yourselves and look back at this campaign season so far. She has bad-mouthed Bush at every turn and when it comes back at her somehow it's an attack by the vast right wing conspiracy or by the other candidates picking on the girl. The 'politics of piling on', give me a break. If you're gonna dish it out you better be able to take it!

    Not one vote cast yet and she's already 'disenfranchised' the other side of the aisle if the tragic happens and she gets elected.

    Do you honestly think the Republicans in Congress are gonna work with her after all of the smack she's been talking?

    One thing she did have right, "Democrats need to decide what [they] are for." Start with yourself sister. I think the other guys have been fairly clear to this point.

    "They see a nine trillion dollar debt and say lets spend trillions more. " I think Ron Paul has a slightly different take on it, so do some of the others. She's the one that wants to spend spend spend.

    Healthcare, baby bonds, driver's licenses, keep the war going, vote for Kyl-Lieberman, earmarks out the wazoooooooo!

    Give me a break!

    November 11, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    While I'm not a fan of Hillary, I agree with her that the entire country should turn up the heat on the Republicans. Their corruption, lies, stupidity, cronyism and inept leadership have taken America down the wrong path and it's time for some Accountability!

    November 11, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Jack, Greenville, SC

    CNN, you guys are making it very hard to defend you against accusations of being solely pro-Hillary. From every other news source I come across, I glean that Obama had the speech of the night. You don't mention any other aspect of the JJ dinner. Help those of us who see you as a reputable news source by making extra effort be more even-handed.

    November 11, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. Daniel, NY

    Clinton is collapsing in the Democratic primary. Check out yesterday's New Hampshire primary poll that has her lead cut in half by Obama.

    November 11, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Alice, Seattle, WA

    "JB-you really need to watch real news and stop the the fictional viewing such as FOX. You're becoming a laughing stock. Fox news has absolutely no credibility and neither do you."

    JB, SHAMR on you for having an opposing opinion and watching a news network that isn't affliated with Rosey or Al Franken in any way!! SHAME, SHAME!!!

    BTW, I'd like to know what specific qualities and experience make Hillary the best candidate over all other Dems and Reps as well.

    November 11, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Sian, LA CA

    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.


    Those who disagree with you are not trained seals. They actually realize that it is not the government's job to cater to a gimme generation. Indeed, it is the government's job to enforce accountability. And our current system does best – people either have the buy insurance and try not to get too sick or save up money for a rainy day.

    After all, if you get cancer, but you had a spend spend lifestyle and failed to save any money or maintain any insurance, why should the taxpayer be responsible? Its YOUR problem. That's the problem with socialized medicine.

    November 11, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. John, Baltimore, MD

    300 million Americans and this is the best slate of candidates we can come up with? Pathetic, and Hillary tops the list of the pathetic!

    November 11, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    This is hilarious. Because I think it is the Republicans who are about to train their crosshairs on Hillary. She has not just a closet full, but a whole house full of skeletons. Wait til the story about Peter Paul and Stan Lee that has been buried til now comes out. This is just the beginning. She could not only not get elected president, but could actually end up in jail. How's that? Google Clinton, Peter Paul, and Stan Lee.

    November 11, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Jacque Bauer, Los Angeles, CA

    Hillary is looking hot hot hot!

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

    Hillary Clinton"s approach to this primary challenge is nonpareil. She is running a near perfect campaign. She is focused, determined, articulating with assurance and glib when necessary. Hillary is more prepared for the task at hand than any of her rivals, Democrats or Republican.
    Her ascension to the President is a fait accompli. She is currently the Tiger Woods of politics. FOCUSED!

    November 11, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Mike, NY

    I'm not sure she can safely accuse the Republicans of warmongering. Neither she nor her husband have a great record of keeping a sane foreign policy.

    November 11, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    So, I guess this does truly mean that she is in general election mode instead of primary mode. Well, Hillary, let me tell you, you will never get to the REAL general election mode!!

    Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08

    November 11, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Diamond

    MEMO TO CLINTON: This is the Primaries – not the general election. You can hide your dirty secrets now, put Republicans will uncover them.

    As a Republican, I ask fellow Republicans and Independents to caucus and vote for the candidate who wants to be President of the UNITED States of America – Barack Obama.

    Life-long Republican, Monica Green hasn’t always been a partisan voter, but she seems to have always voted for the candidate that wins- voted for Bill Clinton twice, voted George Bush twice and now she's caucusing for Barack along with hundreds of other Republicans. Read it here and be fired up:

    Also, in case you missed it, here's Barack's MOST FORCEFUL statement yet, on the ELECTABILITY factor. Read it and get fired up! even more:,sweet110907.article

    November 11, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    What's the percentage of stupid people in this country? The Hillary and Bush haters can never give credit where credit is due. How many people out there are capable of reasoning and weighing issues? How many of you losers here on the Ticker can concede a point to someone you won't necessarily vote for? Our democracy is going to hell.

    No wonder intelligent, rational people don't bother entering politics. It's nothing but serving special interests,and using cliches and buzzwords so the most feeble-brained "citizens" will vote for them. Single issues for single-minded people.

    I'm NOT a Ron Paul supporter, but he was absolutely correct with his assessment of why we were attacked on 9-11, and then he was ridiculed by Giuliani. And yet Giuliani is now the number one candidate for the Republicans? Do we want another administration based on knee-jerk reaction policy and John Wayne posturing? Hillary's not perfect, but at least she presents some semblance of a thinking person.
    What's the point? Most people don't have the faculty of reason and logic to actually debate here on the Ticker.

    November 11, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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