November 27th, 2007
04:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, Obama exchanges get nasty

The war of words between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has intensified in recent days.

(CNN) - Just a couple of weeks ago, Sen. Hillary Clinton said she wasn't interested in attacking her opponents - she was interested in "tackling the problems of America."

But with her lead slipping, things have changed, and the New York senator has found herself in a full out verbal war with Sen. Barack Obama.

"In politics, you can afford to ignore your opponents until you start to feel them breathing down your neck," said CNN's senior political analyst Bill Schneider.

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  1. manny james marietta ga

    Thank god she started defending herself. The entire media and the other canidates both Republican And dems have been beating her up.. You got my vote Hillary!!

    November 27, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Stew, Fairfax, VA

    I knew the "nasty" would come out of this woman when the going got tougher. Dee Dee Myers didn't describe her as a "Scary Woman" for nothing! Come on, Hillary let's see the real you!

    November 27, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Common Sense

    I'm Sooooooo Shocked! How could she stoop so low? Oh wait.... Hillary Clinton was Flip Flopping? I thought you said Hillary Duff. Few. My angel is safe. Who cares about what Clinton is saying, she is was and always will be a lying, flip flopping, government pawn, always trying to manipulate the situation to get her way. I want to see her pout and cry and stamp around when she loses the democratic nomination. I think America will actually spite her. I'm hoping at least, that would be hilarious. seriously though, this woman is evil, and you see how desperate she is already with her lead shrinking? wait until the ship is sinking, then the real slime will begin to oooze from behind that mask and you will see the real desperate despot she is emerge.

    November 27, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Ron. TX

    Don't be surprised if Hillary gets 3rd in Iowa. That sure would be a downer to her campaign...

    November 27, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Daniel, NY

    A new general election poll from California will at least bring good news to both Clinton and Obama, as they both run very well against All Republicans!

    November 27, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. John, Des Moines, IA

    Now, their both starting to make me mad. If they keep this up, I will not be voting for either of them. The democrats need to stop attacking each other. Just campaign on what you believe. There is no need to even mention another campaign, just tell the voters what you stand for. No need to differentiate yourself with another candidate–let the voters do that. Just stop attacking each other, or whoever wins the nomination (if it is even one of these two) will be damaged and likely lose in the general election. As if they don't already have electability issues. Sometimes I wonder why I am a Democrat and support Democratic candidates like these.

    November 27, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. John VA


    November 27, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Let the chips fall where they will. If she's going to be President she must show she can dish it out as good as she gets–and we can all be sure, she will definitely need that attribute when she goes up against the GOP Presidential candidate. Might as well start training now.

    November 27, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Karen, NYC

    This witch acts like she's brand new. She's far from brand new! Her lies are old and so is her healthcare plan.

    November 27, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    When you're "top dog" everyone's going to try and take a kick at you.

    I knew Hillary had big enough cajones to take off her dainty white gloves and whip out her boxing gloves to go a few rounds with "the guys".

    Welcome to the harsh reality we call "Politics". This is going to be a really long year...

    November 27, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. JT, Denver

    Edwards did a good job. He has been working for this all along. Get Obama and Clinton at each other and sit back and watch. Anyone notice his criticisms have lessened recently?

    November 27, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Jose

    And yet people out there still support the flip flop – stand for nothing – woman riding on the coat tails of her husband ex president. Gotta love this country! Of course there is either that or the 3 ring circus brought to you by Oprah and Friends!

    November 27, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Psbro

    Before you Obamaites get to screaming about you saviour, you need to read His elitest side REALLY comes out. Iowans inbred????? He was surprised to find Iowan farmers wanting to discuss Burma????? You guys have on blinders where this guy is concerned

    November 27, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Independent in IA

    Politics as usual from both camps.

    November 27, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Mike, IL

    Clinton campaign is doing the right thing. Tolerance has limits. Obama is misleading the voters with empty promises and cheap talk. It is incredible that some can listen to him.

    November 27, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Mike

    Shame on Hillary for going negative. She's been running her campaign on nothing – no platform.

    Obama is offering a new way of doing things and has marked some clear distinctions between him and the former first lady. I trust him and believe he can get things done in Washington, not Hillary who is way too divisive.

    Hilary called it mudslinging when she was being criticized by her Democratic peers.

    OBAMA 08

    November 27, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. EE

    I have to be honest here. Im feeling frightened that Senator Clinton is going to lose this election to Mr Obama.

    She has gone completely negative while the "Obama" we doubted very strongly has proven beyond measure that he can lead America. I cant wait to see history in the making.

    Almost evetone wants to identify himself with his campaign in Iowa and NH. Whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians americans,women,young, old, wow! unbelieavable Obama.

    And news from the so called South seems to show they want to vote for his guy.Some say he isnt black, some say his mother was white so he's one of them, all kinds of reasons why they are changing their deep seated bias.

    Lets watch history here!


    November 27, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Joshua, Hammond, Louisiana

    It's funny how Clinton has backed out on her word multiple times,yet some Americans still consider her as "our" next President. Politics are like sports, in the sense that, you play how you practice, and the way Clinton "pracices" is not how I want her to lead our country.

    November 27, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    Hill is getting scared! She thought no one would challenge her claimed "experience". She definately doesn't have the longest resume of the contenders, so it's stupid to focus on this so called "experience". It's an insult to the intelligence of Americans! Even Obama will admit to not having the longest resume on the stage! And he's been an elected official longer than Hill! His background has better prepared him for this moment in history! What's more important than time spent in Washington is judgement and character. Most people will admit that Hillary seems to lack honesty, so I don't understand how anyone can consider her as President! She has right to fear Obama, he is change! She fears change!

    November 27, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    When Edwards points out his differences with Hill, doesn't she call that mudslinging? Or, was she just conveniently labeling it as mudslinging because she wasn't expecting anyone to challenge her? Pointing out your difference with another candidate is not mudslinging. I just want to know when Hillary changed her mind on this!

    November 27, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. Tyler, Cincinnati, OH

    The good people at CNN need to get a life. There is nothing nasty about these interactions between the two campaigns. They are just marking there differences. Citizens of the U.S. don't let the media jackals fool you into this so called nasty fight. Its not nasty, it is called disagreeing. Stop focusing on how things are being said and start focusing on content of what is being said.

    And I don't understand the whole love affair this Nation has with the Bushes and Clintons. Has it proved good for us, ever?

    November 27, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. Shirley Fisher

    I think it is time Clinton and
    Obama stop this nonsense and work
    on what is important for the American
    people like getting Congress to get something done. I also think this campaigning for president is much too
    long. It should be just a few months
    not a year. I'm starting to put my TV on MUTE when the news comes on or just
    turn to another channel.

    November 27, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  23. Hanna,andover,ma

    Lady, I don't this these are attacks. All what he has doing is asking to tell American your outline of your plans and stop being vague and dodging truth. If you want to flash around expecting voters to come around and vote for you, personally can not comprehend that. It is just funny to think how much truth you need to tell us about your previous work and how little you are telling us. You are putting things so general and basically telling Americans to go figure. Not the current generation. I think Americans are more educated today to do that. If not,wise up people....

    November 27, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Mary, des moines, iowa

    It is about time that Hillary should punch back Obama, to stop his rumours, to identify his wishy washy policies, and to expose his political naviety & inexperience.

    Hillary shall show her political experience and strength is this fight, and she shalll win.

    November 27, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Rick, Santa Fe, New Mexico

    ...I'm moving to Australia if Hillary becomes president. Wait until the news about the law firm she worked for and it's ties to the Communnist Party and the Black Panther movement in the 70's. Of course that's nothing compared to the documented fact that Hillary was in charge of all "spying" activities of other candidates for Bill when he ran for office.

    November 27, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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