February 19th, 2008
08:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: Democratic primary fight is 'speeches' vs. 'solutions'

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning to tell an Ohio audience tonight that the choice in the Democratic primary this year is between someone in the “speeches business” and someone in the “solutions business.”

"This is the choice we face: One of us is ready to be commander-in-chief in a dangerous world,” she is planning to tell an audience in Youngstown, Ohio, according to excerpts of the speech provided by her campaign. “One of us has a plan to provide health care for every single American - no one left out… Finally, one of us has faced serious Republican opposition in the past. And one of us is ready to do it again.

"Both Sen. [Barack] Obama and I would make history. But only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans. Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice. That is what I would bring to the White House. That is the choice in this election... It’s about picking a president who relies not just on words – but on work, hard work, to get America back to work. Someone who’s not just in the speeches business – but will get America back in the solutions business."

Clinton and Obama are locked in a tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Emy

    What is a noteworthy solution that Hillary got implemented in her 6 years in Senate (or 8 years in White house?)

    Can anyone list?

    February 19, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Dylan

    Finally! She is using Obama's no-substance campaign to her advantage! She will show everyone that you cant run a country on personality and rhetoric! Look at "president" Bush, people voted for him because they like him, not his positions, they thought he would be a nice guy to have a beer with. And look where that got us!

    CLINTON 08'!

    February 19, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. coffeedrinker

    I'll take substance over speeches any day, however, I live in MI and our votes don't count. So with as much as I would love to vote for a democrate in the fall, no vote now, no vote in the fall....Looks like McCain is going to my man.

    If Howard Dean don't want my vote, Obama don't want my vote, I guess I'll be giving money to the republicans. Yikes, in 30 years, I've never done that.....

    February 19, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Jabari

    She has no experience. 35 years? Of what? Where? How? She's been in the Senate since 2001. 2008 minus 2001 does not equal 35. Even if you count her time in the White House (doing what, who knows), you still only get 2008 minus 1993 which equals 15 in my universe. If Obama was as dirty as her he'd be beating her upside the head with that every day.

    February 19, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Sparkle, MO

    If anyone is blowing hot air with no actions to back it up, that would be Hilary. She has been riding Bill's coat tails this entire campaign. She can not include his record in her "35 years of experience". Even her own supporters grew tired of that line and began supporting Barack Obama instead. I hope this election gets rid of both the Bush and Clinton families in national politics FOR GOOD

    February 19, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Old Artillery Man

    All Obama has is his oratorical ability. He can inspire people with his rhetoric when he is on stage or reading from the teleprompter. However, when asked a direct question or in a debate he stammers and stutters. He cannot even explain his own proposals. He speaks of unity and reaching across the aisle. He must think the republicans led by Mitch McConnell are going to roll over as the democrats have for Bush. He is going to be in for a big surprise.

    February 19, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Jared

    The whole healthcare argument is ridiculous there was a republican held congress blocking the clintons from doing that just like how the republican president is blocking the democratic congress from withdrawing troops it's called checks and balances don't blame the wrong people please 🙂

    February 19, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  8. White, female boomer for Obama

    What if they are the WRONG solutions??? I can hardly wait until the strike in Pakistan is brought up on Thursday's debate...Once agian Obama was right and Clinton criticized him....sound like a familiar pattern??

    February 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Paul Lennon

    If the media would let this election play out, as it should, I think it would, at this point come down to a giant democartic ward election. Since the voters can't really decide, the delegates both regular and supers should be courted and than put it to a vote.

    Hillary would win, thats fair.

    This will be a national security election in Nov. and you know who(Obama) can't cut it.

    Between Obama and McCain, McCain would win big.

    February 19, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. aware

    If not Hillary is not the nominee then vote for McCain. Barack is a novice spouting borrowed rhetoric.

    I will vote words with content over just words. Who would have ever heard of Mother Theresa if she just said, "love/peace" or Gandhi if he had just said, "justice" or who would have remembered MLK if he had just said, "I have a dream" without his marches/putting his very life on the line.

    Whoever the next president is it will be a change but the transformation of America will take disciplined, sustained effort – every day hard work!

    Hillary the HOPE of 08 🙂

    February 19, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  11. Ryan

    I am very proud of Hillary, a real fighter, and a person with real solutions for America. She's made experience and rationality her platform from the very beginning. I only hope in these upcoming primaries/caucuses that she deals this Obama movement some critical blows and takes her place as front runner again.

    February 19, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Haighter

    At this point, it is ALL rhetoric, whether from Obama's or Clinton's mouth (or McCain's for that matter). Both are still simply promising us what they will do when they become President and the truth of their words will be known only then. Until they are actually put into effect, Clinton's "solutions" are as hollow as Obama's "speeches" and vice versa.

    February 19, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. oz connection

    the truth is, no matter how inspiring and electrifying Obama's speeches are, he is still a junior senator. Obama is NOT JFK. As I write this, JFK is turning in his grave now.

    February 19, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  14. Biziteeza

    This is for the person saying Democrats voting for MCcain. I would never vote for Mccain. If Mccain becomes president we will all go to war, your childern will be in war, your great great grandchildren too! He is a trigger happy Mother F##ker, and he will get us all killed!
    If we spend the money on war, we can not spend it on the economy. Doesn't that make sense?
    Republicans had their chance and they F'ed it up for 12 years (Bush 1 and 2).

    February 19, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  15. Kevin

    Rhetoric without content means nothing. Now it seems that the rhetoric is borrowed as well.

    February 19, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. SlapStick, Florida

    HRC is not coming up with speeches. she has become the tattle tail kid that no one likes to play with. Who cares about the speeches. Obviously Patrick is not standing in line to file a law suit so why is she worried. She make women of America look worthless at this point. Who wants a leader that whines to get through the tough periods of time. I am a woman and I say come out swinging with substance but this is ridiculous HRC. She has stooped to an all time low.

    February 19, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. Crossroads

    After 100's of speeched, how many speeches did he allegedly plagerize? He used a few lines from a colleague who has since said that he uses Obama's words too and does not mind Obama's use of the lines. Hillary is in attack mode. She and McCain are dinosouars of an old malfunctioning system that has caused America to go into decline. Congress is almost even devided and no matter what Billary says the 50 plus one style of politics will not get any universal healthcare, it will not bring change in our energy policy and it will not ensure America's security. The solution is a change in the way Whasington does business; post partisian cooperation and coalitions. Obama is no saviour but at least he transcends the archaic two party obstructionist politics that celebrates the partisian failure. His proposals are sound and under his presidency the Congress will get more meaningful work done that acheived by Bush over the last 8yrs

    February 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Independent

    Can't believe people still support this monster of a woman!

    Like always, trying to take votes away from him by wrongfully bashing him! Too bad for you hillary, your ship is sinking. You've reached the ceiling for voters.

    Welcome change, welcome Barack Obama!

    February 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. David, Silver Spring MD

    "This is the choice we face: One of us is ready to be commander-in-chief in a dangerous world,” and the other one is Hillary Clinton.

    February 19, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. JT

    The job of the President is NOT to single handedly fix our problems as a nation... THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE.

    The job of the President is to move the ENTIRE COUNTRY into action to "get things done".

    I president that inspires is a President that will lead a country to GET THINGS DONE.

    This is OUR responsibility. This is OUR nation.

    With Hillary the answer is always "I will…"

    With Obama the answer is always "We will…"

    Lets do this together America. Please.

    February 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Bill, Covington,LA

    Are we realy going to become the United States of African America?

    February 19, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. Derek of North Carolina

    Sad to say, but she has a point here. Of the four remaining candidates (sorry Paul, Gravel), Obama has by far the least experience and, while he can make a pretty speech, doesn't have any experience to back it up. He doesn't even have an outstanding record in the Senate. Some say that he is like Lincoln in this regard, but personally I don't feel like taking a gamble.

    On the other hand, Clinton doesn't have much more experience other than riding on Bill's coattails. More than Obama, but she also is using some pretty dirty tactics that bring up character issues, ie trying to seat Florida and Michigan delegates after they vote for her and in disregard to earlier decisions and rulings.

    As for Mike Huckabee, its probably not a good thing if your biggest claim to fame before running was that you lost a lot of weight as governor.

    That leaves John McCain, who I believe is the only one who has a great track record and the experience in international affairs to lead this country. Sure, he is old and has a bit of a temper, but he still stands out from the rest of the pack as the best choice.

    February 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. kent

    My observation is that many of the comments on the nominees (and rarely the issues) seem be to shallow. The war of words continues as supporters of either democratic candidate plagarize or parrot each other, or in some cases, the nominee. Is this the basis on which the voter will make a decision as who should lead the party and perhaps the country? One can only hope that somewhere there is some substance beneath the mere words.

    February 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. patrick

    Why do Billary keep on saying speeches vs solutions? What have Obama been doing for 20 years from the time he graduates till now?

    Not make money for himself like Hillary, he have been on the ground fighting for the American people.

    Now we have this bunch of Clintons millionaire who can afford to throw 6 millions of their own money to try win the Presidency at all cost.

    Do American need more power hungry money minded President?

    I think not!!

    Go Obama!!

    February 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. John

    We have have seen Clinton solutions before. The NAFTA solution to the problem of U.S. citizens wanting pay raises that offset the cost of living and inflation. (of course... "they only want the jobs you don't want"...Did you buy that one?). The unfair trade with China policies that eliminated all those ugly factories here and the accompanied higher-payed workforce, that must not have wanted those jobs either. Some older Dems have forgot and younger ones apparently don't realize it was the Clinton's that spearheaded those efforts. How about those last minute pardons that took care of the problem of having friends with ties to the mob in jail.
    And now to correct the Bush problem of Oil companies getting to rape us for unheard of profit; Hillary wants to "go after the paychecks" to enrich the medical and insurance company friends of hers.

    I submit that these are not solutions for the majority of voters, who are not wealthy stockholders.

    February 19, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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