December 31st, 2007
05:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton points to Obama-Edwards feud

Clinton is running neck and neck with her two main rivals.

Clinton is running neck and neck with her two main rivals.

ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON PRESS BUS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FT. MADISON AND MUSCATINE, Iowa (CNN) – Hillary Clinton entered the final Monday before the Iowa caucuses fighting the snow and playing to audiences mostly filled with voters still trying to make up their minds.

“We have to resolve that we pick a president who will be ready on day one to lead and as Democrats we have to resolve to pick someone who will win because we must take back the White House,” the New York senator told an audience in Keokuk, a town in southeastern Iowa.

“Since this is a season of resolutions where people think about the year that has just ended and the year to come there couldn’t be a more important resolution right here in Iowa to pick that president.”

Aides said Clinton will spend the remaining days before Thursday’s contest continuing to emphasize her experience and what they say is her ability to effect change.

“My two leading opponents are spending a lot of time right now kind of talking about each other. I’m going to keep talking about the people of Iowa and the people of America,” said Clinton, alluding to the recent testy back and forth between Barack Obama and John Edwards over several issues, including the influence of outside political groups spending money on Edwards’ behalf. The candidates have also sparred over who is better-equipped to take on special interests.

“I submit to you there isn’t anybody running who has taken on more special interests and gotten more done,” she said. “You don’t have to do it by yelling and screaming, save your energy, get the job done … instead of generating a lot of hate and rolling your hands and jumping up and down let’s just sit down and figure out how we’re gong to beat ‘em.”

“The only people who think this is screaming are Washington insiders who see someone coming to take their power away,” said an Edwards spokesman in response to Clinton’s comments.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. OGB

    Obama has enough whiteness in him to ask for the "White votes" and he has enough blackness in him to ask for the "Black votes" but he has chosen not to ask for these. He is asking for the votes of the United States citizens for the position of the President. He is the right guy at the right time for the job. He has my vote.

    December 31, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Fred

    Please, America, do the right thing this next year and do not vote for Hillary Clinton.

    She will bring more devision to this country at a time when we need to heal and work together to a common good.

    Hopefully, after seven years of George Bush, people will realize that there are definitely consequences to who they vote into office and not all candidates are the same.

    Hillary will be bad for this country.

    December 31, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Timothy

    Does "taking on the special interests" mean taking on their donations? Because that is certainly what she has done with the defense contractors who capitalize off of the war in Iraq.

    December 31, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Sledge

    There is no question in my mind that Hillary is the best qualified candidate to hit the ground come day one.

    Edward had his chance in 2004, he did not win. Now, its time for him to step aside and give Hillary her chance. Hillary is the only candidate who has a track record of beating the Republicans.

    She will win in Iowa!!!

    Hillary!!!
    Hillary!!!
    Hillary!!!
    Go Hillary!!!

    Sledge

    December 31, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. Bill Culver, Covington,LA

    I'll speak as aphoristically as is humanly possible...Hillary sucks.

    December 31, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Russell, NC

    Hillary is a bag of wind.

    December 31, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Jim, Cherokee

    Senator Hillary Clinton for President 2008

    December 31, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Seam, Philly, PA

    Oh please, Hillary. You were involved in the same back and forth bickering yourself. You big fake.

    December 31, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. Kevin

    The hypocrisy is mind-blowing. She has gotten into "back-and-forth" battles more than anyone else! She also seems like the type who will do anything to win, and that will ultimately be rejected wholesale by this country. No way can she win.

    And, to "Gallant":

    If you are joking, okay. But if you are serious, you are one of the dumbest human beings alive.

    December 31, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    She sucks!!!

    December 31, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Walt, Belton, TX

    Hillary knows all about special interest money and what it is buying. She also knows all about money for pardons, covering up felonies and she learned her lessons well. After all, she was taught by the master whose claim to fame, election-wise, was that he was one of the best masterdebaters in modern time. Smooth talking, glib to perfection. His only downfall was Hillary and here she's giving him a second chance to be President again.

    I say, no way!

    December 31, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. Kelli in IA

    Steve Michael – good for you, good choice, the right one for America!

    Hillary Clinton did not start the mudslinging in this campaign. John Edwards has been doing it all along, and Barack Obama joined in a couple months ago. Senator Clinton has simply responded and defended herself. If you had someone walking by you on the street, and they stopped and pushed you, wouldn't you push back?!? Edwards and Obama are trying to bully themselves into victory lane.

    SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

    December 31, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    OMG
    They don't call her SHRILLARY for nothing!
    My worst nightmare is that I wake up EVER hearing Madame Hillary Clinton President of the USA.
    She is the worst of all we represent. We are good people in America, please do not make us the laughing stock of the world Iowa.
    Her "ready to lead from day one" slogan is old and still wrong. She is not ready to lead our great nation or bring us together in any way. She is a Divider not a Uniter if you need a slogan to do the right thing.
    No more Bush
    No more Clinton
    No more Clinton
    No more Bush
    No more Bush
    No more Clinton
    No more of the same awful mess. We can do better America
    Let's vote for change.
    Anyone but more of the same village idiots!

    January 1, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Leslie

    Hillary is not going to get elected in the general election.
    There is too large a group of Democrats who cannot stand
    her for some reason.
    We don't need another presidential dynasty. We do not
    need someone whom we cannot read.

    Edwards / Obama in that order!!!!

    January 1, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. C.M.

    For someone who talks about her experience more than Giulianni talks about 9/11, there is something terrifically amatureish about gossiping about the other two candidates. Hillary, please.

    There's some validity in saying that we shouldn't allow the same two families to run our country for twenty years, given that Clinton has promised in a televised interview that if she would be elected, it would be 'another Clinton presidency.' Should I brace myself for another Ruby Ridge and Waco, then?

    Regardless of who you like, I hope you've chosen them not for some fashionable first, but because of a desire for change. That's the point, isn't it?

    January 1, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. chritine los angeles california.

    I saw Hillary Cliton call doctors bunch of kervokians as she tried to sell her HMO health insurance plan the first time. her husband was in office. She never told anyone the damage the health plan could create in getting authorizations for patient's care. I am not sure what experience she thinks she has but this lady is power hungry, power driven and will be a self imposed dictator type president in America if she ever gets into office. She has this arrogant short person mentality and very revengeful. you think you have a problem with government abuse of power, now wait till she gets into office; she will crush any one in her path privately or publicly to retain power and appear to be be good at any cost. President Bush may not be a good economist but he is not out to get any citizen and most people that ridiculed him he did nothing to. Trust me this Hilary Clinton will be another Hitler emotionally and will crush any thing that stands in her way of holding on to power. She is so hungry for power and will say anything right now to taste that power as the president of United States. If she believed that she did a lot during her husband's presidency, why hide the record until 2012. If she did a lot of leading during her husband's presidency then she has been a two time president already why run for the 3rd term. Why was she not honest to tell the American people that she was the one leading the country when we all taught it was her husband. She is too dangerous and too power hungry. She is toning down to be elected but watch out what she will do to people after the fact.

    January 1, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  17. chritine los angeles california.

    I saw Hillary Cliton call doctors bunch of kervokians as she tried to sell her HMO health insurance plan the first time when her husband was in office. She never told anyone the damage the health plan could create in getting authorizations for patient's care. I am not sure what experience she thinks she has but this lady is power hungry, power driven and will be a self imposed dictator type president in America if she ever gets into office. She has this arrogant short person mentality and very revengeful. you think you have a problem with government abuse of power now wait till she gets into office; she will crush any one in her path privately or publicly to retain power and appear to be be good at any cost. President Bush may not be a good economist but he is not out to get any citizen and most people that ridiculed him he did nothing to. Trust me this Hilary Clinton will be another Hitler emotionally and will crush any thing that stands in her way of holding on to power. She is so hungry for power and will say anything right now to taste that power as the president of United States. If she believed that she did a lot during her husband's presidency, why hide the record until 2012. If she did a lot of leading during her husband's presidency then she has been a two time president already why run for the 3rd term. Why was she not honest to tell the American people that she was the one leading the country when we all taught it was her husband. She is too dangerous and too power hungry. She is toning down to be elected but watch out what she will do to people after the fact.

    January 1, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  18. KENNEDY ANYANGO

    Hillary third place in lowa. Bill Clinton now has George Bush senior by his side all the time in fact he spends so much time with him he has no time for the democrats. Sign? Dynasty, birds of a feather flock together. We have to do things differently this time, let us Obama the race.

    January 1, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Mike in Kentucky

    It saddens me to hear, American citizens, spew such vitriol, about a person who has dedicated her life to the service of this nation.

    I wonder how many posters here are Republican operatives, planted to skew the discussion?

    January 1, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  20. John C. Simpson lll Ph.D.

    Sen. Clinton enjoys talking about her years of experience. As what? First Lady?
    She wasn't elected, she came with the candidate who was. She had no official duties and no electorate ever chose her to have any. In truth, whatever "experience" she has has largely been as the spouse of a governor and two-term president, not as an elected official. Those coattails she wants to ride just aren't THAT long.

    Bill may love her, but her can keep her. America does not need her.

    January 1, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  21. rob

    It's not a forgone conclusion that Edwards, Obama, or Clinton will win. I can't stand how the media has already made this decision for us!

    I'm behind Bill Richardson – 100% He has the real experience in international policy, energy policy, governing, and making great contributions over a much longer period of time than any of the more talked about candidate.

    Get educated people! Richardson is the best choice!

    January 1, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  22. Robyn

    I am in favor of having a female president. But Hillary? As Damon Albarn said, we've had enough Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton politics for two decades. (After all, the first Bush was the vice president in 1980!)

    Obama or Edwards are better choices.

    January 1, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  23. Harry bossman

    There is no way Obama and Edwards can beat Hillary in Iowa.

    She is too well known and very well connected.

    The media has tried to help Obama but name recognition is Hillary's

    greatest asset.

    When did we start electing people based on 2 yrs in the senate?

    It's time America gets a woman president for a change.

    January 1, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  24. Aimee A

    The queen of dirty politics now wants to point her criticism in the other direction. How many more staffers need to be fired for "slips of the tongue" before people realize what her campaign releases is a reflection of her leadership. Anyone interested in 4 years of that – geez....how more obvious could it be.

    There was a release about middle names, drug habits, theorized experience which doesn't amount to leadership and decision-making. Same old politics, same old Washington, same old nasty tactics in what will never be new leadership.

    If people want to vote for change, clearly they'll see thru the antics which have characterized this candidate, and her family's style for many decades.

    http://allydsworkinprogress.blogspot.com

    I pray the polls are not only right, but indicative of an America that has had quite enough.

    January 1, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  25. linda

    Hillary is the most qualified person and there is NO doubt.. She is very experienced and it showed clearly on the political debates. Obama as the list experienced kind of repeated what she said on all debates (he even sipped water right after Hillary did so ) of course he has no fault he was young .. was waiting for the boll with cereals be served to him when Hillary was a Yale graduate ..
    One thing I find it really funny that he tries to portray himself as Lincoln in many cases well he isn’t even close to Lincoln if he was.. If he had the strength, the wisdom , the integrity, and the capability to go on his own and meet the crowd than we could be able to give him some credits for what he is doing for this campaign, but I am sorry from many perspectives we see it he doesn’t seem to have the experience to stand on his own tow feet. I guess when there is a loser it is because someone else has won and in this case Oprah is the winner. Its clear she is what keeps him standing, but than a big question: who are we voting for ?? There is nothing wrong with Oprah .. I love her …Women love her– they cant wait for her show to start so they can start doing their house chores !!!!

    I do think she is very smart for she does , but how abut give her a late Christmas gift new chairs for her show studio so she can set her ass and be the queen that all admire…. If Obama wins we mast pray that she gets some foreign policy classes and knowledge about the politics in general coz there is no doubt she is big piece hanging on obamas throat.. Think Hillary

    January 1, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
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