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
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  1. EE

    That was extraordinarily smart from Mr Obama. This will stop anyone from trying even to smear.

    This goes along way to help even Edwards against whom people have received Push poll calls in Iowa.

    I wont accuse Hilary in person but her campaign is such an empire with anyone doing his/her own thing.

    We all want decency in our politics

    November 20, 2007 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  2. mark wilkes barre pa

    As much as we all hate slime ball politics,, get used to it people,, at least one more time, We are at the end of an era in politics. If the clintons do not win, the baby boomers vs 60's anti war culture era is over. thats the dirty little secret we have not heard about yet. A new age in politics is on the horizon and it scares the crap out of the power mongers on all sides of politics, dems ,republicans, libs, everyone. You have not even begun to see ugly yet, wait till the parties have there candidate for president. If there was ever a time in our history not to buy what your candidate is selling without doing your homework ,now is that time. politicians want us wasting our time throwing hate bombs at each other so we are not looking closely at them. The way our country looks at the world and looks at ourselves is on the line here,,, Isn't that worth putting party differences aside for one election and start asking each other then debate the issues to come up with a viable president. We should elect our presidents not big money !!!

    November 20, 2007 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  3. Terri Pennsylvania

    ya obama is definately gonna beat Hillary...she cant keep a story straight and she cant stay on topic. Do we really need a president like that?

    November 20, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  4. Jimenez - Texas

    Obama why don't you say anything interesting. All we hear from you whaa whaa whaa. Obama should fear Clinton cause what's his face last night couldn't have been more correct. We will come out in the millions to support Clinton. NObama 08. And, I thought it was very funny that he states he has experience in foreign affairs due to living in a foreign country as a toddler. America is not ready for Obama. Plain and simple.

    November 20, 2007 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  5. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Oh please. Slime politics is at the top of this dudes playbook. He has nothing to say so he "slimes" others. Why cant he just go back under the rock from wence he came!

    November 20, 2007 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  6. K.M Waynesville MO

    is it true that Barack Obama is a muslim and wont say the pledge of alligenance?

    November 20, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Clinton is completely obvious with what her agenda is....try to eliminate anyone that gets close to her in polls. We all hated the Karl Rove corruption and Hillary is no different than him. She is all about power, greed, corruption and I for one (and I am seeing I am not alone) am so sick of politicians that do this. Obama has a much favorable rating when it comes to honesty and integrity and I want someone I know can be trusted running the show. Bush did much to damage our country's credibility this way and Clinton would just bury us in corporate greed and lobbyist interests. Go OBAMA, you are what we need!

    A note to Jiminee Cricket in AZ, Obama's foreign experience can be paralleled to Clinton's assumed presidential experience. She has no more experience than Obama. The Clinton slime machine would like you to believe otherwise. Being a first lady does not qualify a person for presidency.

    November 20, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    What is really interesting is that so many assume that Senator Clinton's campaign. She doesn't need to.

    I would check out the REPUBLICAN book of dirty tricks ... the GOP is full of slimy critters under their gold-sprayed rocks.

    Nothing was nastier than what Bush did to McCain- including the ol' "black child" chestnut that the red-necks in SC swallowed whole ... nothing was more vicious than the chicken-hawk attacks by kool-aide drinking veterans against those who fought in Vietnam for those who got deferments.

    GOPers, since Karl isn't dead yet, wouldn't even pause to stir up controversy by pretending to be Democrats....

    As for the push-polling, I suspect rich evangelicals have hired the companies ... their hatred of anything Morman is that strong ...

    Looking for slime: check for Karl's finger prints... he knows nothing else ...

    November 20, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    What I find interesting is that Obama believes Novak, a conservative Republican who talks against Democrats every chance he gets. I feel that Obama is only using Robert Novak's column for polictical advantage and this also states that Obama will believe anything without first checking it out. He wants to win SO BADLY that he will do anything to make it so. I have lost all respect for him. He has taken steps into the gutter and he is a big disappointment.

    Hillary will still win the nomination.

    November 20, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. Anonymous, VA

    See how bad it gets if Hillary senses she is slipping...her goons on the attack.

    November 20, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  11. BK, Alexandria, VA

    "According to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama has surged to a 4 point lead over Hillary Clinton..."

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  12. Jon, Toledo, OH

    I seem to be in the minority here. Personally, I like Obama and Clinton. I think either one would make a good President. The big question is: Which one is more electable vs the Republicans. The bottom line is that we cannot afford another Republican at the helm. It will kill the middle class and we will be left with two classes: The rich and the poor.

    Obama represents a departure from politics as usual and would be a refreshing change. However, I'm afraid he would get chewed up and spit out by the Republican attack machine in the general election.

    Clinton has already been through the ringer and I don't really think the Republicans can drag her down further. She is polarizing, but I think she still has the best shot at winning, especially if Guilliani gets the nomination.

    We Dems to stop the venom. We're starting to sound like the Republicans and we can't afford that. There's a lot at stake here, and no matter which Dem wins the nomination we need to get behind the candidate 100%.

    November 20, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. sean,boston,ma

    No to 'slime politics' yes to 'smile politics'
    sick and tired of old games. This is what happened in massachusets and lady kelly whow was assistant governor to Romney lost it to a descent guy who is alot like Obama(Deval patrick). Time to wake up America!

    November 20, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Ryan, New Jersey

    He's exactly right. We don't have time for most of the nonsense that gets drudged up, re-drudged up, and spammed across the modern media today! Obama is a digg.com kinda guy, up or down, does it help us or hurt us. Clinton would have to stop and consider if there was any way for her to garnish more power first.

    November 20, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. slimegreen

    What are you going to do about it??

    Talk is cheap. But political advertisement is expensive, unless your the media's darling..

    November 20, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    OK folks, Obama never said that he believed Novak. He just called on Hillary's camp to produce whatever evidence they might have or jsut state that no such evidence exists.
    Frankly, I have no reason to believe that Hillary is more trustworthy than Novak based on the flip-flops, prevarications and double-talk that constantly comes out of her fork-tongued mouth.

    November 20, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Lets see front runner in mud slinging 2007, Edwards and Obama, oh my. Who started it and now who is crying foul, if you going to sling it Obama you had best be ready to recieve it, and if you think is bad now, wait until the actual Presidential race, what is occurring now will seem like Howdy Doody Time.

    November 20, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Ryan, New York, NY

    I can't believe he called it the "Clinton Administration." Has everyone conceded this election to her? Ugh....

    November 20, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. David Columbus, OH

    Why can't we live in a time where we help each other build the country than to fight amongst each other?

    November 20, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. trent porter, tx

    Obama wants to outlaw semi-auto handguns? What a fatal flaw. I'd probably vote for him if he wasn't fatally flawed.

    November 20, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. JJ Jax, FL

    Wow, the Clinton-lovers on this ticker sure are getting mad because Obama's finally gaining momentum, and Clinton's 'inevitablity' isn't such a sure thing after all.

    November 20, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. David, Annandale, VA.

    Don't see how this is a big deal in any sense. Obama is a hypocrit though. He doesn't take "slime politics" but he's been on the attack against Hillary in all sorts of ways.

    A conservative columnist has information that if true would be negative to the front-running democratic presidential candidate... sounds... suspiciously false.

    Guy's a phony... got not credentials to be president. Not sure why anyone should like him, although granted, the field is, as usual, pretty poor.

    November 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. NOOBOMBA

    why you liar you been slime mud against Hillary your just not to be trusted you say one thing and then nothing at all...you cant leave out 15 million people on health care im glad she hit you with that,you do not know what you are doing...NO EXPIERENCE MEANS NO VOTE>>
    Hey, but just because Novak served up "shamelessly unethical" and "unconfirmed crap" doesn't mean Mr. Obama should use it, right?

    Oh, and if you're wondering why I'm targeting Mr. Obama right now it's because his latest stunts are worthy of lambasting. Any Democrat using wingnuts to attack a fellow Democrat raises my suspicions. It further convinces me that Mr. Obama and his team have no dividing line and no party or Democratic policy loyalties (see Social Security), but only want to win as well as use Republican talking points to do it. It's further evidence that he will govern like a Joe Lieberman Democrat in the White House, to put it bluntly, seeing no party delineation at all, but preferring to bring anyone to his side he can, regardless of whether they will stab him in the back at the first oppportunity, not to mention make us compromise on policies we believe in strongly.

    Obama's latest behavior is not the politics of change, or making the case on ideas, in case anyone is paying attention. It's the old school politics of Chicago, with a little Lyndon Baynes Johnson rolled into it. A friend over the weekend reminded me of an oldie but goodie (that I can't believe I forgot!).

    November 20, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. Joan

    I think he is taking advice from carl rove...Barry Barrack Hussein OBOMBA no way telling kids you smoked crack and did boooze..he starts it and has kids at his events to make look like hes got a crowd,I think he pays them..

    November 20, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. tina, NY, NY

    Practice what you preach Obama.

    November 21, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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