November 30th, 2007
02:21 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama defends healthcare plan in DNC speech

Obama addressed the DNC Friday.

VIENNA, Virginia (CNN) – Without citing her by name, Barack Obama continued the sharp campaign trail give and take with Hillary Clinton as he addressed the core faithful Friday at the Democratic Party’s fall meeting.

“The same old Washington textbook campaign just won’t do in this election … the electoral strategy that starts out leaving half the country behind just won’t do it,” said the Illinois senator. “Triangulating poll driven positions because we’re worried about what Mitt or Rudy will say just won’t do it. We can’t live in fear of losing.”

Obama, reprising familiar campaign trail remarks and themes aimed at drawing contrasts with the New York senator, said that if he were the Democratic nominee his Republican opponent would not “be able to say I voted for the war” in Iraq “or gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran.” Clinton voted for the Iraq war resolution in 2002, and this year voted for an amendment that would classify the Iran National Guard a terrorist organization.

On a day when both the Obama and Clinton camps were again trading fire over the issue of health care, Obama said he had “put forth a universal health care plan that will do more to cut the cost of health care than any other proposal in this race.

“Here’s the truth – if you can’t afford health insurance right now, you will when I’m president,” said Obama. “Anyone who tells you otherwise is more interested in scoring points than solving problems. And I’m in it because we’ve had enough of that.”

– CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Mia, Stafford, VA

    Barack gave a fantastic speech and his supporters were fired up and ready to go. There was a huge turnout for most candidates.

    Barack has to make sure people understand the differences between him and the other candidates.

    November 30, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Jerry, Austin, TX

    Everyone has a right to run for President. However, it would be a waste if Senator Obama was to win the Presidency when Senator Clinton is obviously the best candidate for the job. Kudos to her campaign for calling out Obama on his mis-statements. America has a chance to be great again as it was during the former Clinton Administration. Let's not blow it by electing an unexperienced, electrifying speaker with an extremely……….short resume. Senator Clinton needs our votes and support!

    November 30, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Eric, NY, NY

    But the GOP nominee could say that when Obama had the opportunity to name the Iranian National Guard a terror group he chose to run and hide as opposed to vote one way or another. They will have a field day with this.

    November 30, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. rigo, Somerville MA

    your plan doesn't provide UHC,Obama, just admit it. This is what we need in this country and in this regard you are lacking.

    November 30, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Bri LA CA

    Regarding the hostage situation in NH, there is no proof that the person actually has any weapon of destruction, thus, the police and everyone should hold back until fact-finding is completed in about 15 years.

    November 30, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Julie, Albuquerque, NM

    Can Obama or any other presidential candidate provide a brief outline of how their individual proposed health plans will work? Doing so would probably give more substance to any of their claims and in return allow voters the chance to make a more informed decision come election day.

    November 30, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Jimmy Sanborn

    Obama's last statement fits real well for himself. He will say anything and make up anything because he thinks all of us Babyboomers are out dated. Shows how smart he is. The Babyboomer is classified as anyone born between 1945 and 1966. I am a Baby Boomer and my mined is still fully in tact. So much that I know Obama is not Right for the job he is seeking.

    November 30, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. stan pitts pa

    way to go obama at least you will not be ordering the arrest of anyone who doesnt sign up for health care, making it very affordable is the way to go....

    November 30, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Markie Bee, Sacramento, Calif.

    Jerry, I'll issue you the same challenge as I have to Monte Brown and other Hillary supporters: Please list for me how Hillary is more experienced than Obama. Please list the substantive legislation that she has AUTHORED and passed as a N.Y. senator. I'm still waiting for someone to take me up on my challenge – to prove to me that seven years of a pretty indistinguishable senate career trumps 12 years as an elected legislator with many important pieces of legislation AUTHORED and passed. Legislation such as the lobbyist and ethics reform act that Obama has Bush – of all people – sign last year. Through this bill we learned that Hillary has been taking a lot of plane rides aboard Vinod Gupta personal jet. Sure, she paid him back according to Obama's rules. But I don't think flying in the personal jet of someone who paid their spouse $3 million for "consulting" fees looks that good. Plus, CNN continues to buy his biased and tarnished polls from SurveyUSA when it's obvious he is a tool for Hillary. Please accept my challenge. I'll be waiting (lurking actually) right here.

    November 30, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. xtina chicago IL

    Does it really matter what a politician's plan is , since in general politicians don't do what they promise once they are elected? Instead, what has Obama done that shows leadership? All I've seen him do in Illinois is vote for tax hikes to expand government. Is that what we want?

    November 30, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Laura - Tulsa OK

    Th idea of pooling our money together is not a bad thing, but the notion that we are GIVING it and trusting it to Washington DC to administer the health plan is not acceptable. Name a federal agency or dept. that works efficiently and maximizes the amt. budgeted to them better than a for-profit business that is competitive.

    November 30, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. xtina chicago IL

    Reply to Sacramento Bee:

    And I challenge anyone to show that either Hillary or Obama has actually worked on a difficult financial situation that turned out successfully as Gov. Romney did with Salt Lake Olympics or took an "ungovernable" municipality and reduced the crime in it the way Mayor Giuliani did. Giuliani also reduced the welfare roles by something like 600,000 people in NY. Isn't that the kind of leadership that we want, not just the Democratic brand that promises to solve our problems through more taxes and expanded social programs?

    November 30, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Hillarylover - SA

    Markie Bee I don't need to compile a list. Who cares what you hillary haters write. WE ARE STILL GOING TO VOTE FOR HER – DON'T YOU GET IT. I love you Monte! I love Hillary.

    November 30, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Jimmy Sanborn

    Eric N.Y. My settaments exactly

    November 30, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    your plan doesn't provide UHC,Obama, just admit it. This is what we need in this country and in this regard you are lacking.

    Posted By rigo, Somerville MA : November 30, 2007 5:11 pm

    It's pretty obvious you haven't even READ his UHC proposal.....otherwise you wouldn't post something that sounds this ignorant.

    November 30, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. mountain man

    “Robert Blendon, director of the Harvard Program on Public Opinion and Health and Social Policy, estimates Obama’s plan would end up covering 5 percent to 10 percent fewer individuals than Clinton’s.”

    This quote came from factcheck.org.

    If Obama wants to be known as an honest guy then maybe he should start by being honest.

    November 30, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Th idea of pooling our money together is not a bad thing, but the notion that we are GIVING it and trusting it to Washington DC to administer the health plan is not acceptable. Name a federal agency or dept. that works efficiently and maximizes the amt. budgeted to them better than a for-profit business that is competitive.

    Posted By Laura – Tulsa OK : November 30, 2007 6:35 pm

    READ HIS PLAN BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE!!! Obama is talking about making the same health insurace that is avaiable for U.S. Senators available for those that can't afford it and by paying for it by cutting OBVIOUS waste within the health care system.!!!

    Spouting YOUR idea of what you think UHC is and attributing it to Obama's plan JUST WON'T WORK!!!!

    November 30, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Vince Los Angles, CA

    Can Obama or any other presidential candidate provide a brief outline of how their individual proposed health plans will work? Doing so would probably give more substance to any of their claims and in return allow voters the chance to make a more informed decision come election day.

    Posted By Julie, Albuquerque, NM : November 30, 2007 5:39 pm

    Why don't you people READ before critizing???

    http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/

    Quality Affordable Health Care for All
    by the End of Barack Obama's First Term in Office

    November 30, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    It is really amazing how all these Clinton supporters are willing to accept MANDATED HEALTH INSURANCE in order to sweep Hillary Clinton into office....I would LOVE to see your faces if you are in the position of having to pay the FINE when you are caught without Hillary's mandated health insurance plan...

    SHEEP!!!!

    November 30, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Henry San Jose CA

    To: Vince Los Angeles;
    Do you read the other article from NY Times,or Whaington POst?
    If not, please read b4 write some thing LOL.

    November 30, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. Lyon Abear, East St. Lois Il.

    This country has been ran by experienced corruption for years and this is were we are as a country, I say give the new comers a shot he cant screw it up any worst than the wrest of these so called expericend dictators.

    November 30, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Fred, Reston VA

    Why does Vince from LA get to post THREE comments of pro-Obama nonsense. My pro-Hillary comments on other stories were not posted even though there was no cursing or disrespect. I know CNN has to moderate and so everyone cannot have their comments posted, but that flies smack in the face of an Obama lemming getting to post 3 times in a row. He even had the nerve to put up a link to Obama's website; he clearly is a campaign operative.

    November 30, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    To: Vince Los Angeles;
    Do you read the other article from NY Times,or Whaington POst?
    If not, please read b4 write some thing LOL.

    Posted By Henry San Jose CA : November 30, 2007 7:48 pm

    ..I've never heard of the "Whaington POst"....please learn to spell b4 engaging in debate with me...thanks!

    November 30, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    Why does Vince from LA get to post THREE comments of pro-Obama nonsense. My pro-Hillary comments on other stories were not posted even though there was no cursing or disrespect. He even had the nerve to put up a link to Obama's website; he clearly is a campaign operative.

    Posted By Fred, Reston VA : November 30, 2007 8:00 pm

    "cursing"??...."disrespect"?? Please point out where in my post I did either of those things......I am not an Obama operative....you just can't handle the truth....

    LOL

    November 30, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. ronnie knoxville tn.

    Buying your own health care should be a law, just as car insurance is a law. If you don't have car insurance you cause others to absorb the cost if you have a wreck and you cause other peoples' insurance premiums to go up. The same with health care. People who simply refuse to buy insurance cannot be turned down in an emergency room, thus causing us honest peoples' health care costs to go up. If you can afford cable tv, computer, cell phone, vacations (things not essential to life) you can afford health care.

    November 30, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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