November 11th, 2007
12:01 PM ET
7 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. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    I just have to add. I find it so humorous reading all these negative comments from the Neocons of the GOP. It warms my soul to see them turning red and trying to flame the democratic candidates. Mostly, because they don't have a candidate worth being president on their primary. They have had eight years to build their empire and its coming down around them as they lost both the House and Senate due to this president's screwups.

    Keep whining... Your time has come to an end.

    Telling it like I see it,
    Wynter

    November 11, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Ron Nebraska

    Here's a question I've been wondering about. When people stand up and say they are so proud to be an American and call our country the greatest on earth do they realize that Democrats controlled Congress for something like 50 years before, during and after WW11? So if you take great pride in your country shouldn't you recognize what parties policies had the longest beneficial effect?

    November 11, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Hillary Clinton said she is not interested in attacking opponent, she stands on American people and lead our Country to the right direction from the Republican's misled. Hillary is sound-minded candidate, and her leadership is far superior.

    November 11, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Dr. Washington VA

    Both parties SUCK! most candidates are only there to line their own pocket. Washington needs an enima and I guarantee you Hillary won't give it to them!

    November 11, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Betsy White Sacramento, California

    is she always going to follow Obama's lead? arrrrrrrghh copied him on the change thing now she has to copy on the fire thing. Can't she be original? ugh!

    November 11, 2007 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Henry Q. Houston, Texas

    didn't she back most of those failed policies?

    November 11, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Hilarity C. NY

    please, please, please can we please focus on "piling on" someone else this is starting to affect MY campaign.

    November 11, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Henry Jones Chicago, Illinois

    thats right the Republicans are unwilling to fix the problems, not like me. I fixed Health Care. I never stopped until it was fixed!

    November 11, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. John Williams Boise, Idaho

    straight from the Clinton play book. When in trouble attack or blame the Republicans, Democrats are way too stupid to figure it out and they have been doing it for years. Complete MORONS

    November 11, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. I'M a DORK NY

    like she would ever FIX anything. Please.
    It has been 14 years since she attempted anything with Health Care. BTW she didn't fix that either.

    November 11, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Hillary sez, "They see that we had one rush to war, and they say wait why not have one more?"

    Ah yes, that 12-year "rush" to war.

    Fact is, her husband should have been leading the charge against Saddam the first time he started playing a shell game with the UN Weapons inspectors in the early-mid 1990s.

    Then again, he also should have been leading the charge against radical Islam the FIRST time they hit the World Trade Center. But on a positive note, he'll tell you that he was "feeling their pain," which I guess, is good enough for some people.

    Reminds me of the scene in the old "Coming to America" movie, where Eric LeSalle's character said he would have helped Eddie Murphy's character take out a gun-toting thug who was robbing the restaurant, "but I was holding this cup of coffee, see..."

    November 11, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  12. Matt Foley - Madison, WI

    To Mark in Belgium,

    Please stay out of our politics. We stay out of yours.

    Your Socialized healthcare is a gift from the United States. During the Cold War, the United States subsidized NATO and other European Country's military spending. Since your Government did not have to pay to defend themselves, they were able to make healthcare a priority for you.

    We paid for your healthcare – not you. We also paid for your protection, not you. So if you don't mind, please keep your opinions to yourself.

    November 12, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    "...They see that we had one rush to war, and they say wait why not have one more?"

    The war you voted for? Or the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vote that you also supported?

    Go back to Arkansas. I bet you would do a fantastic job running a chain of Waffle Houses.

    Waffle Waffle Waffle.

    November 12, 2007 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  14. Ann ME

    Hey Dems! Did you know your hatred of Bush and Republicans was bought and paid for? Yep. Now who's the fools?

    November 12, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  15. Mike Nakagita, Green Bay, Wisconsin

    To Matt from Wisconsin – what is the current trade deficit between the US and the rest of the world? I think you will find everything you own has been paid for by the Chinese, pal. Not you.

    November 12, 2007 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  16. Anonymous, Williamsburg, VA

    "Hillary Clinton said she is not interested in attacking opponent, she stands on American people and lead our Country to the right direction from the Republican's misled. Hillary is sound-minded candidate, and her leadership is far superior."

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Whew...talk about the effectiveness of brainwashing. Say, how about some land in Florida? Besides the obvious deadlock she would bring to America, I'll bet Hillary's brothers are foaming at the mouth for another round of PARDON PEDDLING. Wake up folks, we don't need this anymore.

    November 12, 2007 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  17. AZ Soldier, Scottsdale, AZ

    Funny how everyone is clamoring for change, yet we have had 16 Years of the Bushes in the White House and 8 years of the Clintons. Now we want to add another 4 – 8 years for the Clintons? 32 years with 2 families in office does not strike me as change!!

    November 12, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Not a Fool Los Angeles California

    Leadership? please cite an example! there was no co-presidency, was she involved in every meeting? was she involved more then the vice president? how can she possibly claim ANY leadership during the Clinton Administration (what was her position?) I haven't seen her in any pictures from the Clinton Administration, I 'll bet it is a right wing conspiricy and they photo-shopped her right out. Does she really think that anybody believes her?

    November 12, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Louis, New York

    Oh yeah, the last Clinton in office left us with a weakened military, less human intelligence on the ground, and a terrorist mastermind that had attacked us 8 times that he wouldn't even take when offered to him by the Sudan.
    Hillary is just what we need, if we want more scandals, more terrorist attacks, more money laundering, more sex in the white house, more wag the dog and more questions like what is *is*.
    Our country deserves better than this political dribble.
    Obama seems genuine and concerned about making changes that are real and positive. He hasn't had time to become corrupt as the Clintons are. lastly I think Obama can work with a mixed Senate and Congress.
    Thanks to Hillary to make the choice very clear, Obama has the vote.

    November 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Phil Chicago, Ill

    HILLARY SAYS,

    ""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."

    Awww poor Hillary doesn't like all the attention since everyone notices her waffling, dodging, dancing, planting questions, crying swiftboat, etc. No, let's point fingers over there – at the Republicans. Yeah... over there... not here... there.

    Ba-Bye Hillary. Conservatives don't want you, intelligent democrats (Obama, Edward supporters) don't want you, Kathleen Willey (woman sexually assualted by your husband) doesn't want you.

    It's time you quietly go into retirement with your loving husband Bill. Although current Vegas odds has you divorcing Bill 6 months from the moment your political career is over.

    November 12, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. AJ, IL

    Here comes Hillary again! First there was the primary mode campaign, let's win the Democratic nomination by "bashing bush". Now, the best way for me to win the 2008 Presidency, "BASH other Republicans besides BUSH"! Yes Hillary we get the Republicans are responsible for alot of mess we are in, but Democrats share blame also. If you want to turn of the heat, then be forthright with the American people and tell us what you will do specifically to address the nation's critical problems.

    OBAMA in '08!

    November 12, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Alex Chicago

    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 !!

    Posted By Mark Ivens Antwerp Belgium : November 11, 2007 6:45 pm

    Your right you have no clue what you are talking about and sorry buddy but your health programs are not better than the us. Also how long does it take you to see a doctor, a week, a month, 6 months?Sorry but we dont your socialism and we dont Hillary.

    November 12, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Bob, Alexandria, VA

    "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 !!"

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    European brand Govt and socialism? NO THANKS!!! I guess you Europeans didn't mind us accumulating a war debt during WWII to get your asses out of the sling, huh? Good grief!!

    November 12, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. bprossersme

    CNN, what are all the Republican comments deleted?

    November 12, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. mark wilkes barre pa

    to ron from nebraska,,,,,,,,, Times were different back then my mis-guided friend, there were no internet freaks ,there was only one point of view news to read , if you were seeking the truth in news you had to go to underground sources,, and then take the chance of being called a comunist. see how history repeats itself,,, doesn't that sound familar to what you see now !!! Every day people had a stronger bond back then people trusted people. You didn't hear about each and every person of importance being drug thru the mud like you do now. It had NOTHING to do with the PARTY running America,, It had everything to do with AMERICANS !!! PROUD AMERICANS ! who live in the GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH

    November 13, 2007 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
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