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. Lauren, Washington, DC

    Is is that difficult for Americans to fathom having a black president?

    November 27, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. JR, des moines, iowa

    Latest polls:

    – Strategic Vision poll – Hillary ties with Obama at 29 points each in the Iowa state poll.

    – Rasmussen poll – Hillary beats Obama by 24 points in the national poll.

    November 27, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Jake, seatttle, wa

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Obama will pay dearly for his loud mouth & political inexperience.

    November 27, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. Laura - Tulsa OK

    Tevin in Raleigh NC typifies the liberal bent. Sorry to single you out but your post is full of vague claims and calls for "change". Doesn't experience matter then?

    Name two things Clinton or Obama have done other than spend more taxpayer money for "entitlement" programs. Just name two things that show leadership – NOT just spending Congressional money...

    November 27, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    Senator Clinton is not being honest.

    Release your financial records like Obama has done. Again getting Vilsack's endorsement in Iowa and then paying him $400,000 is much, much worse than anything she is acusing him of. Her goal is to bring Obama's negatives up to hers. That's not going to happen. The truth actually matters, that is what Obama is trying to teach us.

    November 27, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. amy d, westfield oh

    Both of these candidates just want to tax the he#&* out of the American people . Oh THAT's a good plan.

    November 27, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. tina, NY, NY

    It is really sad to see that Obama started this very nasty tactic in hunger to win the nomination and will never be a president in the case he wins nomination. Now Hillary has started to anser back. I makes whole democrat look like buck kids. Do we really need this.

    November 27, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. sk, houston, tx

    Although, Hilary Clinton sounds and looks good, and one can think of Bill Clinton's back for her. I don't think she will be able to lead the country and world in many issues. Because, I have the fear, She might be like Nancy Pelocy, although backed by majority unable to do anything important jobs. (administrating the issues or passing the resolutions)

    November 27, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  9. Justin, Kansas City MO

    This is politics, and getting confrontational with your opponent is as natural as George Bush ignoring our nation's laws. Hillary and Obama will slug it out until there's a clear winner; nothing wrong or unusual about that.

    November 27, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. Jose Card

    Why can't Bill release the White House documents now? Exchange of nasty words won't get Hillary elected, but hard evidence of her claimed experience will.

    What is Bill waiting for? This is her last chance. After this, it will be downhill fast.

    November 27, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. xtina - chicago IL

    This should be a contest of ideas and ideals. It doesn't surprise me that Hill and Obama not having any executive experience, fall back on clawing at each other about -- what is it they're discussing?

    November 27, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  12. joan niantic, ct.

    England has as saying " God save the Queen" I say " God SAVE US FROM HILLARY'

    November 27, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  13. AJ, Chicago IL

    Hillary finds herself in a real battle for the democratic nomination and starts no only attacking Obama on some issues but mostly personal. When Obama said about 5 months ago that he would meet with leaders such as the Iranian President without pre-conditions in his first year as President, Clinton called him "naive" and then latter tried to imply she would do this as well.

    Obama has never attacked Hillary. Obama only defends himself against Hillary. Obama draws distinctions between his beliefs and policies versus Hillary's. Obama's claim about his strongest foreign relations experience comes from living abroad should have been left alone. But Hillary went on the attack, chastising Obama childhood experience as irrelevant, and at the same time touting her visits to other countries as first lady as foreign relations experience. Hillary please! Hillary's problem is not Obama it is her own vagueness, poor judgement and "flip-flopping" on the issues. The Clinton Campaign see Obama as a problem, not in terms of personal attacks but because all the negatives that Hillary has Obama has the opposite. For example, Hillary is too polarizing, Obama is not. Hillary is not seen as trustworthy, Obama is.
    You get the point!

    Obama in '08!

    November 28, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  14. truth seeker DC

    So much for all her talk about no personal attacks. If she is going to be a hypocrite it would be nice if she could wait a little longer so that I could forget what she said and not realize what a huge hypocrite she really is.

    November 28, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. john halverson DC

    How come I haven't seen her in any of the significant pictures from the Clinton Administration? I mean if she had such a huge roll in it, would she be in some of them?

    November 28, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  16. shannon NY

    wasn't she the one that was complaining about mudslinging during the last "debate"? I guess it is okay for her to do it?

    November 28, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  17. Chuck B Illinois

    I can't wait for the next few weeks, it is going to get ugly! yea for mud!

    November 28, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    Due to having to raise millions of cash
    to run for office, until we have Public
    financing and free media exposure we
    are subject to bush-clinton-bush-clinton.

    Could Americans be so sheepish to allow
    two families rule for 25yrs. Well Hill
    didn't read the NIE 2002 report and
    still voted for king dummy to go into
    Iraq. Not to mention the fox noise
    guru murdock hosted a Fundraiser for
    her too boot.

    Hill is totally Corporate, therefore
    we will get the same tired Washington
    out off touch crap as we get now!
    Yeah Hill would do better than king
    dummy, however so would your Pet Rock!

    Obama-Kucinich 08

    November 28, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  19. Ken, NY

    Birds of a feather flock together. The quality of one's supporters/followers is indicative of the candidate himself.
    By looking at the noting but negative
    personal attacks from Sen.Obama's supporters,I have to wonder,is that what Sen.Obama all about ?

    November 28, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  20. janel, St. Paul, MN

    I find it amusing and somewhat disconcerting that Hillary feels she is being attacked by the Obama campaign. Quite the contrary.

    A couple or more months ago, she was very condescending at a debate when she scoffed at Obama stating he would meet with our adversaries, calling him "naive." Several weeks later, she talked about how she would meet with our enemies. She didn't recognize that when Obama first suggested this theory, he was very clear that diplomatic efforts would need to be conducted before he would do so.

    I have found Ms. Clinton very patronizing when she attacks Senator Obama's experience, yet talks about all her experiences, which consists of being the wife of a president who disappointed many Americans because of his junior-high-like behavior as a man.

    Unlike Clinton, Obama will bring change - much needed change - to America. Certainly he lacks some experience, but he has a great mind, much integrity and a love for our country and he will be a tremendous ambassador to countries that have lost their admiration for our great country.

    November 28, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  21. Ken, San Diego, CA

    Don't believe all these silly newspaper headlines: "It's getting nasty...", "the gloves are off...", etc., etc.

    Obama and Clinton have (yet) to lobe "personal" attacks on one another; we've seen snipy responses to experience and agendas and policy. So far, points and counterpoints on both sides have been pretty much on point.

    In addition, Edwards WAS throwing mud at Hillary Clinton. Edwards attack did not attack Hillary's ideology or agenda, but rather her character and integrity; that is political mudslinger (to which Democrats ought not to attack Democrats in that fashion).

    However, it is perfectly legitimate for Hillary to question Obama's experience (frankly, I think the junior senator from Illinois doesn't know what he's getting himself into...3 years as a senator?? come on now...) AND it is perfectly legitimate for Obama to question Hillary's experience. It is fair for Hillary to question Obama's health care plan; it is fair for Obama to question Hillary's health care plan.

    In other words, this is a fair conversation. It will get snipping on the campaign trail (as these candidates are under tremendous pressure). For our part, we ought to just sit back and listen (and be mindful NOT to let the media distract what is really happening).

    November 28, 2007 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  22. A Voter in N.Y.

    Tevin, Raleigh, NC your right on the money. Clinton has no real experience despite what she says. Like most things she says are distortions of the truth.
    her health care plan, like the last one is nothing more than socialization.
    She apparently didn't like the fact that Obama is educating people that Hillary will fine you if you don't comply with her grand scheme.
    her last health care plan failed miserably because the penalties for not doing it her way were far to harsh. Actually talking about felonies for those who didn't follow her rules.

    Talk about big brother, she would be big sister and make no mistake, she will make you pay for that "free" health care that you MUST have.

    Hillary knows best for all of us, she has the experience, she will do what is best for you even if you don't want it.
    This woman stands for everything that is not about democracy.

    Anyone but Hillary '08

    November 28, 2007 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  23. Jake, San Diego CA

    It's not a surprise, just another lie from Hillary's campaign. Can she not stick with any of her positions.

    How long will it take for you Hillary supporters to see that she's lying to you and will say anything to get into the white house. Do you really believe she'll fulfill any of her campaign promises? I don't.

    She can't even handle the heat against a democratic rival, she would fall apart against the GOP when all the focus is on her, and she might have to actually give answers to questions.

    All you'll hear from her is it's Bush's fault, it's the GOP's fault, so it's time to vote Democrat and I'm the Democrat.

    One problem with that Hillary, you voted with the Republicans, you have voted with Bush multiple times, she is no different than the GOP, the only difference between Hillary and Bush is that Hillary is a Socialist and can speak the English language.

    November 28, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  24. Steve, Portland, OR

    Who cares who started what. We need answers of all kinds as we here in the the US are talking about playing catchup in a lot of areas. We need someone who can think outside the box as they say and I'm sorry I don't see Hillary doing this. I actually like Edwards trashing Hillary and seeing Obama move up as people actually hear who they are interested in putting in the White House. In one case, because she is related to Bill Clinton. Please no more repeats, we are sick of the same old business as usual from either party.

    November 28, 2007 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  25. Joe, Florida

    Do not forget my friends:

    Clinton/Obama will be the Democratic and winning ticket, Guilliani will be overwhelmed.

    November 28, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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