November 27th, 2007
04:55 PM ET
11 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. Alan, Laconia, NH

    Before voting in the primaries, I challenge everyone to think about the answers to these two questions:
    1. "Who can you trust to tell you what's wrong in Washington?"
    2. "And who can you trust to fight like hell to make it right?"

    Obama '08

    November 27, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Yeah, takes the gloves off Shrill. Let everyone see that you were just a facade anyway. Now do the Howard Dean shuffle into oblivion. The White House Travel office can book you the ticket, btw. You know about the speed at which the door closes behind you too ... walk quickly .... not a problem .... great.

    November 27, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Lee Columbus Ohio

    GO HILLARY!!!!
    This is normal because when she in The White House, She will be fighting every day for us, Hillary you are doing a good job, Hang in there

    November 27, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Nita - SA

    Was Oprah holding Obama hand as attempts to get brave? Obama is no competition for Clinton. Its like she's the cat and he's the mouse – you know the rest.

    November 27, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Harry,Iowa

    Stop piling on him!

    November 27, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. T, Newark

    Arguing over experience makes no sense. Biden has the most experience and is has gotten the most done!!! Ditch both of these candidates and vote for someone who can actually get things done not just make big speeches.

    November 27, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. tired of corruption LV

    There is nothing wrong with opponents in this race pointing out their differences on policy issues. After all, they are competing against one another and not against Bush or any other repub at this time.

    What's happening now is that the media and Hillary's camp did not expect anyone strong enough to question her capabilities, judgement, and experience rhetoric. They all, including Hillary, thought she would just waltz into the whitehouse unopposed. And then along came Barack.

    But it seems as though the Clintons, instead of focusing on issues which Hillary has a difficult time with, have stooped to the typical slime tactics with which they are so familiar. The Novak debacle is a good example.

    November 27, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Karen, NYC

    I just read something that made me stop and think....

    Hillary said she voted in support of the Iraq war because she was fooled twice by 'lying' Bush. Do I really want to vote in such a fool....?

    November 27, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Nita - SA

    Hillary isn't running scared. She just saying it the way it is. Plain and simple. Not difficult people? Obama has many many areas that he needs improvement on. No big deal. He's just too green and he just doesn't have a strong enough support team.

    November 27, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Sharon, houston, texas

    Hillary will win the nomination even without shutting up Obama. However, Obama's unfounded rumours against her may hurt Hillary in her next general election in particular, and hurt the democrat party in general. Obama deserves to be ridiculed in public as he probably gets used to it by now by disclosing his past indiscretions.

    November 27, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. Hawk, Texas

    Obama started this. he said he would run a clean campaign.then he finds himself behind the eight ball and starts trashing his own party.expecially the front runner. if the front person would have been edwards he would have trashed talked him instead.obama is just out for his own glory. wake up people.

    November 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. VoiceForTheUniter

    You knew it was coming.
    Godspeed Barack.

    November 27, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |

    Clinton is the one on the attack, Obama is just defending himself...this is the only game she knows how to play, with Clinton, it's politics as usual, and Obama knows the only way to fight this foul woman is to hit back twice as hard.

    November 27, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. JD, Des Moines, Iowa

    Hillary Clinton will make Hussein Osama an ignorant litle kid.

    November 27, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Walt, Belton, TX

    Go Billary!!! I'm just glad ole slick willie is working the back rooms for her so she doesn't have to get her own hands dirty...........

    November 27, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. utah

    Obama started this and Hillary better finish it.

    My vote is for Hillary.

    November 27, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Christian, Tampa FL

    Hillary is a capable woman and a strong candidate, and would have a decent presidency.

    That being said, she is as much of a Washington insider as one can be. Barack Obama may not have her experience, but he has been an elected official longer than she has, and his ideas are profoundly good. At a recent foreign policy forum, he showed a great and thorough understanding of world issues and gave solid solutions to our most extreme international problems. I am resolute in my belief that he is ready for the presidency and will usher in a new era in American politics.

    November 27, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Ed Nc

    Hillary is a divider. If you don't believe it, just read all these comments.

    November 27, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  19. Steve Larson, San Antonio, TX

    Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Obama and all the rest should should stick to stating their own positions and allow the others to do the same. We'll see in the staged debates where they disagree and the ignorant masses can decide for themselves which is the most favorable liar to vote for.

    November 27, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. jj,newton,Iowa

    I think Hillary is getting desperate. This race will turn like Kenneday, Carter race. Just wait and see the outcome. Kenneday must have been convinced people will vote him due to his brother presidency. I can not wait to see Hillary holding Obama's hand high asking us to join her to back Obama as our candidate! He is not perfect but people like him than Hill and her Bill.

    November 27, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. J. McKinney SW MO

    I can't believe the people who are criticizing Hillary for "going negative". She was attacked for literally WEEKS by Obama and Edwards (a lot of it untrue, but people believing it) while she ran a clean campaign of what she wants to accomplish. But there comes a time when she had to return some of the fire, and let people know that some of the stuff being said about her wasn't true. She finally had to defend herself, in spite of the fact she (and she alone) was trying to run a good campaign. Hang in there, Hillary. We are behind you!!

    November 27, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. ronnie - knoxville tn

    doesn't surprise me that "nasty" and Hillary Clinton are in the same sentence...

    November 27, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. Glenn,Birmingham,Al

    No one expects a clean fight if Hillary & Bill or in it. I'm from Alabama, they are George Wallace clones, he was the master at politics. Say any thing to anybody at anytime, enough will not look at your record to get elected. If any one mentions your record, call it a attack
    and turn it into a dogfight. Hey folks it works!!

    November 27, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. binny, westchester ny

    you SHOULD all be worried that Barack Obama is going to beat Hillary. He's not as nasty as her and a lot of people just don't care for her. You have to at least like your leader right? Sorry Hillary supporters.

    November 27, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Patrick, Las Vegas NV

    This really needs to stop. The dems essentially have this election WON ("President Romney"? "President Huckabee"? I don't think so) and all they can do is snipe at each other?

    November 27, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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