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. Daniel Boyarin

    Once she was a voice for those who don't have a voice including the Palestinians and the Iraqi people but as soon as she wanted to be senator from New York, she immediately abandoned those "voiceless" people.

    February 19, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Vince Los Angeles, CA

    The only solutions Hillary brings to this election is the fact that the Republican party will be energized LIKE NEVER BEFORE to keep her OUT of the White House....if you want the Repubs to win the general election....vote for Hillary Clinton!!

    February 19, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. Angela Frodella

    Yes, words matter, but actions speak alot louder than flowery speeches about change and hope.. I am tired of this supposed "Obama Movement" blah blah blah.. Let's cut the crap and talk about issues.. From day one, Hillary has talked about her ideas and what she wants to accomplish as President when in the White House from day one. What has Obama brought to the table.. Instead of quoting great leaders of our times, he should be focussing on his issues, which I still have yet to hear what they are. And the media has been deplorable torwards Hillary Clinton - I hope Hillary wins Wisconsin tonight because it will only prove that 1) the media is dead wrong in counting her out 2) She is a force to be reckoned with and 3) she is that much closer to winning the nomination after she beats Obama in big states like Ohio and Texas on 3/4.. Go Hill, hope you win doll!


    February 19, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Whitemen4Hillary

    A real jive turkey this OBAMA...the man should be auctioneer

    February 19, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Ken

    No, the difference is Honesty and Integrity (OBAMA) Vers Political debts and sleeze campaign tactics. (CLINTON) .Bill Clinton Signed the NAFTA agreement and sent our jobs to Mexico. This opened the door for all these other trade agreements which sent our jobs all over the world. We cannot afford another Clinton in the White House!

    February 19, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Sunny

    A few critical elements are obvious:
    1) Very few Americans have taken a BIG PICTURE PERSPECTIVE of this election, on either a domestic or international level, so let me point them out and you can absorb them, even if you don't accept or agree with them.
    – Speeches are nothing without DETAILED PLANS and :shakers and movers who can make change by placing political pressure on current politicians. All the rhetoric in the world will not change a thing.
    – The political machine in Washington takes years to understand and even longer to influence. Rhetoric evaporates the first step you take inside The Capitol. Lower House Reps and Senators will not be so easily influenced by a few hopes, not matter how the public has reacted.

    February 19, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. Yvonne McClary

    Hillary is still crying one way or the other,she and Bill cannot stand to loose,Senator Obama,has really made the Clinton's show their really colors,now we really know who they are and I do not want them back in the white house.

    February 19, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  8. Tears and smears

    Ready to "mislead" from day one.

    More Clinton fatigue setting in and my joy watching her not even make it to the dance with McCain is indeed priceless.

    Then we can expose Obama for the Deval Patrick clone that he is, I believe it is called an empty suit that speaks well with NO SUBSTANCE.

    Don't agree with McCain on everything, but he will be the next President of the United States as Obama is being exposed just as I expected.

    The sad part is, the Democrats had three better and MORE QUALIFIED candidates in Biden, Dodd and Richardson, but the media in its swoon to make history did not give them a fair shake.

    The Republican Party AGAIN thanks you for your blindness and your disloyalty to simply reporting the news, you needed to become part of it and the Democrats lose again.

    I hope McCain does not disappoint many like Bush did, but at least with McCain we know what we are getting, though not perfect, he is the best alternative.

    February 19, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. c.a.

    clinton says she's ready to "defeat the Republicans." thats not the kind of thinking i want in a president. I want someone that will work with the other half of the country to accomplish some good.

    February 19, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Really Confused

    And the media babies Obama again. No uproar for OBAMA – THE SPEECH GATHERER.

    The Obama Supporters, otherwise known as Wanna-be Republicans / Clinton-Haters / Democratic Base-Haters are saying "stick with the issues."

    But when Hillary wanted to "stick with the issues," they wanted to "stick with the rhetorics."

    What is it really?

    February 19, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Lynn

    Hey ox connection....I love how you Clintonites think they know JFK better than his own brother does....

    February 19, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Joy from CA

    I feel like Sen. Clinton is loosing focus on the BIG race, which is to beat McCain for the White House. We're (democrats) are on the same team. All of this nonsense is irrelevant.

    February 19, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  13. Deann

    Hillary is not only a strong leader, she care everthing for American people especially for the next generation.....

    Vote for her, let our life be better and better.

    February 19, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. GO McCain

    The Democratic Party is going down fast.

    Vote for McCain!!!

    February 19, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Tony

    Really? Look who is talking. Is Hillary ever to tell us what did she do or we have to believe her she did something.

    February 19, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. Sharon

    I noticed some time ago that Obama's famous speech that included the quote, " there is no liberal America, there is no conservative America, there is only the United States of America", was lifted from Robin Williams in the film, "MAN OF THE YEAR". Also, in another of his speaches, he said, "you can't continue doing the same thing and expect different results". This has been a slogan in AA for decades. Perhaps the latter is OK to "borrow" because it's so well known, however these things put together tell me he is not only nothing but rhetoric, but not even his own rhetoric.

    February 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Churchill

    Someone please make a video clip of Clinton and his numerous lies under oath, the Hillary defence. Manybe all these have to be dug up now. Remind the world of what a baggage these fellows are.

    February 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. Becky-Texas

    doer? fighter? she can't even keep clinton's pants on!! go away!

    February 19, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. Whitemen4Hillary

    How much of Obama is fake, and how much is real. Who is Obama?Who is he really? VERY CONCERNED AMERICA. VERY CONCERNED!

    February 19, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  20. Robb, New York

    Hillary's behavior throughout this campaign has been an absolute disgrace. She just continues to go on and on about her experience as if we're all buying into it. Can't she see that to many Democrats, her so-called experience doesn't matter? She keeps harping on the fact that Obama borrowed lines from Deval Patrick as if it's the crime of the century, even though Obama gave him credit for it, and Patrick doesn't seem to care if Obama borrowed his lines. Yet, her campaign continues to nag about it. She's like that stereotypical brainiac running for student council president who can't believe that she's losing to the star quarterback or the head cheerleader. It's as if we're obligated to vote for her because of her "experience" and because she was married to a former president. And if we dare vote for Obama, or if states dare to choose Obama over her, she writes them off and says that they don't really count.

    Well, as a voter, I don't want my presidential choice to make me feel like I'm an idiot. And I don't want my presidential choice to act with this smug sense of self-entitlement. And I don't want my presidential choice carrying herself around like she's the greatest person in the world. This is a democracy; here the people rule. We should choose the best candidate for the job, and it is crystal clear that Hillary is not anywhere close to the best candidate for the job. Her entire legacy is based on a president who lied to our nation continually, albeit over petty matters. After a long presidency in which our leader lied continually over serious things, I would like someone with at least some semblance of honesty and integrity in charge. I don't know if that person is Barack Obama, but I do know one thing– it sure as hell ain't Hillary Clinton.

    February 19, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  21. Joe nyc

    "Commander-in-chief in a dangerous world"????

    Has Hillary become a Republican? Is she now using the fear factor? go figure..

    Congratulations Senator Obama on winning Wisconsin... Thank you Wisconsin...

    February 19, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Kay

    Ability to give a speech is important but to be a leader you must know what to tell them to do. Solutions are a must for us now. Hillary '08

    February 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Andy, New York, New York

    This Democratic fight is not about speeches versus solutions!

    It's about a man whose message of hope and change comes at a time when Americans are fed-up with the traditional politics of smear, divide and destroy and it resonates with a large body of the population versus a woman whose message is the very antithesis of the man's message.

    For all the negatives Hillary has thrown as Obama, look at how he keeps on rolling...closing the gap in Texas and Ohio instant polls. People don't care if doesn't have all the solutions! They care he is waking them up with his speeches! Once he has enough people awake, he will have an opportunity to preach the substance and solutions of his message. Hillary is putting people back to sleep!

    BTW, I'm backing McCain, but we are seeing the real Hillary Clinton as she loses ground and she gets desperate by going nasty.

    I hope she loses, packs her bags in New York and go back under a little rock in Arkansas!

    February 19, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Louisa

    Hillary Clinton amuses me with her lastest slogan of solutions v speeches. As she claims she's had 35 years of experience and yet in those years hasn't provided any solutions. Makes me wonder who's all speeches...... definitely not Obama.

    I loved a comment I say somewhere, who would you trust with your kids? definitely not Hiliary, she would be too busy being desperate to become american first female president.

    I'm a woman and would have gladly voted for Hillary if she had been a woman who's made it to the top on her own, without including her husband's experience on her resume.

    February 19, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. Independent Voter, TN

    I am impressed by two things:

    Obama appears to be an empty suit...no one (including himself) can tell you what of substance he's accomplished.

    Hillary will say or do anything to get the nomination.

    I'm leaning toward McCain, who (even though he has his warts) has a record of leadership and character.

    February 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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