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. Bob, Roxboro, MC

    Hillary's remark that Dems need to decide what they are for proves that even a blind pig gets an acorn once in a while. I find myself in agreement with that statement.
    Sadly, Hillary if for the same big money interests as she has always been for. We who do not make large contributions to politicians will be ignored yet again just as Bush has ignored us.

    November 11, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Linda, Chandler AZ

    I can't believe you have written a whole article on this lame, un-authentic, contrived speech! There was only ONE candidate there who fired up that crowd...who had the MOST support in that arena...and that person was Barack Obama. CNN, you're backing the wrong horse.

    November 11, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Glenn,Birmingham,Al


    November 11, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Larry, Tolland CT

    Democrats suck. They hate our troops. A democrat is no different from a terroist. Democrats have deserted our troops. And Hitler Clinton, you and you sicko husband already ran the country, and you both sucked at that.

    November 11, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Maria, Houston

    Tom from Albuquerque:

    " Hillary is The Tiger Woods of politics?" Huh???

    Obviously, you are the most devoted fan of HRC on this blog, but for the love of God, how did you came up with THIS comparison? LOL!!!! 🙂

    November 11, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. sf, ca

    Hillary's remark that Dems need to decide what they are for proves that even a blind pig gets an acorn once in a while. I find myself in agreement with that statement.
    Sadly, Hillary if for the same big money interests as she has always been for. We who do not make large contributions to politicians will be ignored yet again just as Bush has ignored us.

    Posted By Bob, Roxboro, MC : November 11, 2007 12:42 pm


    Hillary has only 0.5% of her money from business contributions. Most of her money comes from people like you and me. Check out the facts from the numbers with EC.

    Who told you that she only takes money from big business? Edwards? Obama?

    Check the facts yourself on the websites and then make the right judgement. Dont fall for people like Edwards & Obama, who only talk about half-truth and then make a fool out of you.

    November 11, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Mike, Panama City , FL

    This means that Hillary is confident that she no longer sees the democratic contenders as a challenge , SO now she shifting her focus to the republicans .


    November 11, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. ano to

    Hillary your not even close to even be in the running for president, and you want to attack the Republic parties.
    Attack I quess you have Iran on your mind!

    November 11, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Michael, Houston TX

    Good to hear this Hillary!

    Moreover, don't just focus on the Republicrites, in addition offer some centrist solutions that will appeal to the moderates you need to win.

    Good luck!

    November 11, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. dg,houston tx


    November 11, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    "Hillary has only 0.5% of her money from business contributions."

    That is complete and total BS! Where are you getting that from? Haven't you been paying attention? Hillary's money comes from very questionable sources, including the Chinese Government and Convicted Felons among others. Do your own research before posting this garbage. It is you who are ignorant and making a fool of yourself by posting such total BS. If you believe that only .5% of Hillary's money comes from business, I have prime waterfront real estate for sale in New Orleans for you – and I'll make you a great deal.

    November 11, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Matt, Canoga Park CA

    Please, Please Please Democrats focus on the republicans. This way you don't focus on the dog and pony show of my campaign and the complete stupidity of my policies. You want to "turn up the heat" then turn it up on her. Where are your files? Why give illegal aliens the same rights as Americans (drivers licenses)? 5000 bucks for babies? Who has funded your Campaign? Why all the staged questions?

    There is a word for any Democrat that will spend time focusing on Republicans before Hillary has left the race.


    Her tactic is now to bait and switch as she continues to lose ground at a fast rate. The idea to win the presidency is to race against your current opponent right up to the convention. Then if you get the nomination you have plenty of time to focus on the opposition.

    November 11, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Traci Robbins Jacksonville Fl

    CLINTON Healthcare,Refreash my memory did she not attempt and FAIL when her husband was president. Oh Please. She is a joke. Does everyone know that on June 6th she and other liberal dems voted against english being the official language of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If Hiliary wants to help the healthcare get rid of the illigals that are in our ERS for free healthcare. While we who work pay for this by higher healther cost. Also I get a 3% raise every year. THat is the most the company gives unless you are a ceo. My raise is lost due to higher insurance preminums. GO Hiliary YUCK

    November 11, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Fred Seattle

    Move...get out the way..She has ARRIVED!

    Hillary Clinton 2008-2016!

    November 11, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Theresa LV NV

    Since the other democratic candidates and the public are now demanding answers, Hillary now switches to the old standby of "fighting the republicans". This is the primary, we the voters are choosing a democratic nominee among a group of democrats not the republicans – that comes later in the general election.

    Yes, Hillary I agree you have battled the republicans endlessly, but to what end. Bill lost the congress to the republicans, your health care was a disgrace. Your battles consist of personal battles – never anything for the well being of the citizens of this country. Nothing of significance was ever accomplished by your battles – nothing ever is.

    It takes logic and good judgement, neither of which you have.

    November 11, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Edward, Crawford, TX

    Rudy Guiliani is a heartless neocon worse than George Bush. Guiliani is more hawkish than Bush and have hired a bunch of war loving neoconservatives to shape his foreign policy. Guiliani will send America into another expensive and bloody war against Iran!

    November 11, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. John New York, NY

    The Clinton News Network did not bother to mention that Obama supporters made up a majority of the 9000 attendees at the dinner-

    USA Today's website reports that Obama got the best reviews from the MSM and blogosphere.

    November 11, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Ty Web - Bushwick, NE

    My view point is that Senator Clinton does not want us to question what she is promoting. She does not want us to accept what she is telling is right.

    I am sorry but this seems like a bait and swtich manuever to me. Don't question me, but let's focus on the Republicans.

    This is a classic manuever ,to take the magnifying glass of of her and put it on her competition.

    We need to question her but all the candidates. Not just Democrats but Republicans as well.

    If we as voters do as she says, you may be voting for someone or their policies that you don't understand, and can hurt you in the end.

    Don't be fooled by this.

    November 11, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Russell NC

    If Hillary doesn't stand for something, she will fall for anything.

    November 11, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. NO OBAMA, LA


    November 11, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Mike, VA

    I didn't have a chance to listen to Hillary's speech but I trust she was pointing to the issues in a thoughtful and realistic way. I listened to Obama's speech that, honestly, is well delivered and forceful. Though you can notice his civil rights vocabulary .. 'principles', 'hope', words that please the masses, kind of socialist orientation. Unfortunately, the world is more complex, and this civil rights talk can cover just a bit.

    I believe Hillary has a better understanding of how to improve the current situation, she has what it takes to be a good leader. I don't trust Obama's ability to act in the real world. All his experience is about 'fighting' the authority not being one.

    Plus, if nominated, he would be an easy target for Republicans – you can anticipate how they will remind voters Obama's Muslim background. Don't underestimate Republicans' ability to play this card and Americans' naivety to believe them.

    November 11, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Hillary supporters....maybe we are missing something....

    (let me know if I misstate anything)

    Hillary voted for the war (with the same intelligence) – correct?

    Hillary voted for funding for the war each and every times (except the last time) – correct?

    Hillary wants to provide licenses to illegals..or maybe she doesn't – if you can make sense out of her are doing better than 95% of Americans. – correct? still back her statements like "They see eight more years of George Bush. They see a nine trillion dollar debt and say lets spend trillions more" – huh?? now you dummies really don't buy you?? I mean...omg....if our education system has failed us this badly....baffling cult the DNC is....they can make you see what they want you to see....

    November 11, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    For eight years we "KNOW" what the Republicans want for us. They have had their chance and have messed it all up. Do I hear any rebuttal to this? Not a chance...

    The Republicans have had control of Congress for six years while this president run us up to this useless war with Iraq. The Republican Congress has rubberstamped everything this president has asked and where are we now? Nowhere...

    It's time to ask yourself. Do you want eight more years of this Bush-league politics? None of the Republican candidates have said they will end this administration's mistakes. And they all beat the war drums when asked about Iran. It's a "slamdunk" that we are facing another term of war if we let the Republicans control the White House or Congress.

    It's time we said with a single voice, "NO MORE!!". It's time for change and it's time a Democratic President as the Republicans haven't learned their lesson after eight disgraceful years.

    Telling it like I see it,

    November 11, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. Lourdes, Miami FL

    Clinton is as right on the money like one responder said just as Bush is right on everything he's done while in office. They are birds of a feather. I don't want Bush and I don't want Clinton. Over 20 years of the Bush-Clinton dynasty is enough in the White House! It is time to move forward!

    November 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Mark Ivens Antwerp Belgium

    being from Europe most of you will see me as an outsider,not able to understand American politics maybe i am, nevertheless i would like to share may comments !For nearly eight years you've had arepublican white house, the gap between the poor and the rich has never been larger, taxes have gone down only for the rich, some have gone down but compansated with others rising for the poor ! America has a debt that is still growing due to its warfare in Iraq, but rep. don't seem to find that important ! You have some of the best hospitals and trained medical staff in the world, but people in need are pressed with face on the window, looking in, but not getting in !! And sinds when is socialism such an ugly word ? are you still taking socialism for communism ? 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 !
    One last thing, the only way for America to be fully acepted again, politically in Europe and the rest of the world is to put a democrat in the Oval ! Iff whe could vote for Mrs Clinton we would !!

    November 11, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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