November 19th, 2007
08:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama: I won't tolerate 'slime politics'

Watch Sen. Obama explain his response to a report by a conservative columnist over the weekend.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, explained his swift response to a report by conservative columnist Robert Novak that the Clinton campaign had “scandalous” information about him.

“I think it is very important to send a clear message that whether it is coming from our party, the other party, third parties, 527’s, that our campaign will not tolerate this kind of slime politics,” Obama said Sunday at a campaign appearance in Iowa.

“In the era of the blogosphere, we have seen what happened with John McCain in 2000, we’re seen what happened with John Kerry in 2004, if you don’t get on this stuff quick, it starts drifting around,” he said.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Adam, Plano, TX

    as usual, he's absolutely correct.

    November 19, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Ditto, you are the man. American needs you. That chick is a slime ball.

    November 19, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Laura - Tulsa OK

    It doesn't matter if he gets tough or if he gets touchy-feely with the people. Obama doesn't have experience to backup his grand promises.

    November 19, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. aj huntington ny

    is this another "Mom, they're picking on me " complaint. Didn't his main opponent last week complain about the boys getting tough with her?

    November 19, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    This from the biggest mudslinger and slime generator, next to John Edwards?

    After making a complete fool of himself over Novak's column he announces "he just won't tolerate slime politics". Okay enough Mr. "I just won't tolerate" (sounds like George Bush's "I'm the decider").

    We have had enough of you, and your lightweight solutions.

    Your time is up, go home. What a joke you turned out to be.

    November 19, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. Sarah

    This no nonsense approach is so refreshing in American politics. Let's stop the games and take care of the many problems that we face.

    November 19, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Pepe Le Pue

    Tell em why you mad, son.And you won't take it anymore

    November 19, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Anyone who can rid of us of Hillary is great in my book. I am a conservative Republican, and Obama is a good man. I likely will not vote for him, but I won't stay up late on general election night worrying about the eventual winner either if he is the Democratic nominee.

    November 19, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. proudamericancitizen, florida

    I'm sure the Clinton campaign follows the news. I wonder why they didn't come out and deny this claim? It makes me wonder because she was so quick to caution her fellow democratic presidential candidates against attacking each other, but wouldn't speak out against this rumor. Very interesting...

    By the way, what's going on with Mike Gravel?

    November 19, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Timmy Omaha, NE

    That's funny coming from someone who is bought and paid for already.

    November 19, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Jim Bremer

    Whatever he is, Barack Hussein Osama is not too bright :)

    In his panic to prevent Hillary from damaging his comical bid, he has highlighted the fact that there MAY BE something deeply scandalous about himslef.

    An experienced politician would do nothing. But Osama is an experienced nobody. Oh well – he may be an experienced madrassa jehadi sympathiser.

    November 19, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. Frank Honolulu HI

    Address the War. Why aren't you doing something about the most draining and murderous event that is happening under your nose? Tell us how you'll solve that instead of fighting with a woman.

    November 19, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. mountain man

    Obama is such a fake. He is just exploting a made up story. If Novak was telling the truth then hillary has dirt but she is choosing NOT to use it. Obama is the one who keeps egging things on.

    November 19, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Bill , Covington,LA

    You can't stop it. If you are a part of the denocrap potty you invented slime polotics.

    November 19, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. john, NY,NY

    please Obama stop justifying for lack of judgement on this one. You remind me of Bush who thought Iraq had waepon of mass destrution. Same way you don't beleive in rumors. Just go home we don't need another airhead in white house.

    November 19, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  16. Nancy,nashua,nh

    wow, what a character. I bet Clinton were so desperate to use slime politics for the longest but now I bet they got the message they are using to the wrong person....
    Go OBama!

    November 19, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. sean,boston,ma

    I think Clinton will sink like kelly( the former governor of massachuesetts) when she used the kind of things to Deval but at the end it took her nowhere and she lost. Many people thought she would win because she was the assistant governor to Romney but that didn't happen. I have alot of faith to with Obama. I don't buy Karl Roves campaign tatics that left this country divided.

    November 19, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  18. suzzy,concord,NH

    wow, Novak and Clinton campaign are in trouble now. The tactic of bringing obama down is not working. They must be low in polls in Iowa today.

    November 19, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. colony14author, Mount Prospect, Illinois

    Obama was upset by "...what happened with John Kerry in 2004"? Upset by what? That people who served with him in Vietnam wanted the truth told about his record? I seem to recall Kerry saying, a LONG TIME AGO, that he would authorize the release of his military records to settle everything once and for all. Well, Kerry, where are the records?

    Obama may be worried about Republicans telling the truth, but he should also be worried about Hillary telling lies.

    November 19, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. William

    Obama has been "Swift boating" his opponents alll the time while pretending to be "politics of hope". He is the
    one who started telling lies, distorting the truth. What goes around comes around.

    He acused Hillary Clinto not straight forward with voters. During the debate two weeks later it turns out it is him not straightforward with voters.

    He is also behind "digging" the dirt in other democrats' campaigns.

    November 19, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. Wendy

    My prediction after election 08:

    President: Hillary Clinton

    VP: B. Richardson or Ted Strickland, Gov. of Ohio

    Secretary of State: Joe Biden

    Secretary of Defense: W. Clark

    November 19, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  22. james,ct

    Hillary has put herself in a bad situation. Wow, I wonder how she gonna survive with her campaign while people having doubt in their mind about her.
    This is a hard slap with facts.

    November 19, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. Mike Dallas, TX

    CNN again you are showing you are showing your inept political coverage. At 8:41 pm your breaking news should be "Obama captures lead in Iowa poll" but you are hung up on talking about "slime politics" a story which came earlier in the day and already went. Is it because you are too slow (which I doubt) or you don't like writing something nice about Obama that shows Hillary poorly?

    November 19, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  24. Christine NJ

    why Don't you tell people if someday you lost any part of your body and your accident happening must relate to Hilary, because you hear the scandale” information about that. come on, don't using this way to make statement, it is not benifit for you. Be smart, people's eyes have opened.

    November 19, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. Diane Snider--Clinton,SC

    I don't like a candidate that hides the fact that he is a muslim. Our soldiers are fighting these people every day. Why is a person who doesn't believe the BIBLE but follows the koran get to run in our country for president. This is One Nation Under GOD and not allah! He should be throw out on his head because he will not let anyone {even though some do} know he is an arrogrant muslim who we don't need running our GOD fearing nation AMERICA.

    November 19, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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