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. milton phelps

    The best speaker mean a lot in wining every body like to hear a good speaker and a man that going to try to make change for the better for americapeople

    February 19, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Neither of these Ivy League lawyers has ever managed much more than their own grandiose campaigns for a cushy Senatorial platform from which to espouse feel-good but economically impractical agendas for citizens who think it takes a village to do what most of us do on our own with our families.

    February 19, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  3. Philip, Elkhart IN


    In her speech, "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.”

    February 19, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Philip, Elkhart IN


    In her speech, "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.”

    (In case this appears a second time, I'm resending it because my comments often get moderated out for some reason or another.)

    February 19, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  5. Henri - Chantilly, VA

    I was in the other room and heard one of the CNN reporters saying that Obama stole the saying "Yes We Can" from Cesar Chavez and United Farm Workers whose motto is "Sí se puede". That is WRONG!!! "Sí se puede" means Yes he/she/it can or is able. In this case, it means "Yes it can be done". If they were saying "Yes We Can", it would be "Sí se podemos". Hillary cannot shoplift "Yes We Can", then change it to "Yes We Will" and use "Fired up and Ready to Go" and then say Obama plagiarized a piece of a speech from a guy who helps him write his speeches and gave him permission to use it. Weak argument about rhetoric. Weak argument about plagiarism. Weak argument about substance, solutions and experience. Our government is broken and not what the Constitution prescribed for us. We want a government of by and for the people again... not of by and for the lobbyists. It doesn't work for the average Joe, and Americans want that to change.

    February 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. milton phelps

    Obama is ok

    February 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Truthbetold

    Truth be told the Media chooses the Candidate because they set the tone
    They play on words... The media can make or break a candidate thats true and "WE THE PEOPLE " very little attention is focus on our issues. I need a break from this election.

    February 19, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. TIM

    Let's get real here the only reason that obama is even known outside of his state is that Oprah mentioned him and we all know what happens when she gets behind someone. She promotes them all over the television. In this particular case it could actually be detrimental to the Country and Party. The simple fact here, is that there is only 2 candidates that have been outspoken and life long advocates for change, way before Obama even uttered that word. Mc Cain and Hillary are those persons. How can anyone who really knows about politics or has a deep concern for our country even consider anyone else?. I too will be voting for Hillary and if she is not the Democratic nominee, then I will have to go with Mc Cain. If his opponent does not have a strong political background or years of experience, then how will he be able to compare?, Come on, the man is practically a war Hero. Who can measure up to such a Life that this man has lived, Obama? NO. In the end Mc Cain will get the Military's vote.

    February 19, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  9. Siva

    I agree with many of you here; if the registered Dems are blinded by rhetoric and gas and take Obama to general election – the best thing an American should do is to vote for John McCain; at least we will have someone who walked before he talked

    February 19, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    Looking at the states Obama has carried, he has done well in states with large black populations and small ones, while Clinton has done well in states in the middle (NY, NJ, MA, e.g.).

    Wisconsin is 5.5% black, compared to 12.8% nationwide, so the past pattern would seem to favor him tonight.

    Obama's "momentum", until last week's primaries in VA and MD, was illusory, based largely on the support of blacks. Eventually, though, people will start to vote based on who looks like a winner. I find this discouraging, because Obama is an empty suit.

    I'll be writing in Ron Paul this fall. At least my conscience will be clear.

    February 19, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  11. Cami

    February 19th, 2008 8:11 pm ET (Joe nyc) wrote:

    What a deceiver this Hillary is.. I just heard her say "I always believed that this election was going to be a very close contest…"…

    Hmmm, that's funny. Remember this interview with Katie Couric in November 2007:

    KATIE COURIC, ANCHOR, “CBS EVENING NEWS”: If it‘s not you, how disappointed will you be?

    SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D-NY), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Well, it will be me. But of course, I‘m ready to support the Democratic nominee, whoever it is.

    COURIC: I know that you‘re confident it‘s going to be you, but there is the possibility it won‘t be. And clearly, you‘re—you have considered that possibility.

    CLINTON: No, I haven‘t. You know, when you get up every day, like I do, and you go out and you meet hundreds and thousands of people and you talk about yourself and you talk about your dreams and hopes for the country, and you talk about what you will do as president and draw the contrast with your opponents, that takes up all my time and energy to just keep presenting myself and my candidacy. So I get up every day intending to meet and reach as many people as possible, and I go to bed at night and I get up and I do it all over again.

    COURIC: So you never even consider the possibility.

    CLINTON: I don‘t. I don‘t.

    Now, I don't fault Senator Clinton for her interview, but for her to NOW say she "always believed that this election was going to be a very close contest" is basically untrue.

    February 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. sboyd

    GObama GO

    February 19, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Theo

    Neither one of these Dems offer solutions, so why would you supporters want to elect either one!! Look at them behave like children, and trying to be witty out there on the campaign trail. Obama is all talk, and Hillary is a snake. Do the country a favor and elect McCain, who can work with both sides, and is by far the most presidential candidate of the bunch.

    February 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. rainman

    Jesus, it's not that simple, people. Screw the political slogans. screw the partisan politics. screw the idiotic backbiting that characterizes much of the political dialogue on behalf of the candidates, both Obama and Clinton. you know what would be cool? if you both worked together as a team for the good of the country. what a concept. Screw your egos, we don't care. We need help, we need leadership, we need inclusion and healing and cooperation. we need two people who can put aside petty differences to work for the good of the country. Can you do that? If you can't, I got no Sympathy for you, gents and ladies. More of the same, we can't afford. and that goes for your egos and your partisan politics and whatever problems you've got with each other and your significant others. It doesn't matter. you have got to fix things. you don't get the luxury of having it all your own way. not anymore. not now. all of us are counting on you. what are you gonna do?

    February 19, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Bubba

    Clinton is a manager...not a leader. We need leadership.

    February 19, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Mike in NYC

    Right now (9:27 EST) CNN is projecting Obama the winner with only 5% of the vote in.

    They're also projecting him the winner in all counties, even though most counties have reported 0%.

    Explain that, please.

    February 19, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  17. Mia, Stafford, VA

    All of them are giving speeches at this point, however if you look at what each of them have done with their lives since becoming adults, I think Barack has the stronger resume, the better character and I think that 7 million people see it that way which is why they have voted for him.

    February 19, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. VictoriaHope

    Senator Hillary Clinton: Sit down and read The Audacity of Hope by Senator Barack Obama (I think you wrote It takes a Village and did not give credit to all support staff who helped you write your book. One support person has posted information on how you wrote "VILLAGE" and I will cite the site which I do not have handily now in my next post.)

    In the meantime, what solutions? You intend to compare Speeches by Senator Obama with the Governance model you intend to mount? What voters see is what voters will get.

    COMPARE rather HILLARY CAMPAIGN '08 with the CAMPAIGN of Barack Obama '08.

    Hillary beginning on DAY ONE–i.e., IOWA–was challenged, i.e., ineffective, running the bureaucracy of her own Campaign! (With a little crying she pulled off NH with women's vote.) Now after Obama wins Nebraska, Washington state, Louisiana, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C. and V.I., she has "thrown" out top aide Solis-Doyle (having used up all the Solis-Doyle value on Super Tuesday). AND she cannot find a Message: Experience? Change? Solutions?

    Should we Americans trust Hillary to run the bureaucracy and staff of our House, the Government of the United States of America?
    Sen. Hillary Clinton did not know what was going on with her own
    Campaign money leading up to Super Tuesday! Do you trust Hillary to manage_budget_the Government's money__Our money?

    The insurgent Senator Barack Obama got it RIGHT on Day ONE__He has mounted a campaign that has OUT-STRATEGIZED, and OUT-ORGANIZED the Hillary campaign. Obama has out-galvanized and OUT-MOBILIZED the youth voters and the rest of us! Super Tuesday he was still standing for change we can believe in. THE HILLARY SOLUTIONS failed ! AND Hillary Campaign WAS OUT OF MONEY! Hillary said she had to lend her campaign $50,000 of HER money!

    Post-Super Tuesday Obama has defeated Hillary Campaign in EIGHT CONTESTS.

    February 19, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. J Morris

    This is a bit confusing... Obama looks like he has the media endorcement... It really is difficult to choose between two such dedicated civil servants. I feel that Hillary has a deficit in her husband's endorcement... However, totally dising her obvious expertise over Obama in terms of really knowing the system in place seems irresponsible... Sure change is encouraged with great rhetoric, while Hillary knows which fights can possibly be won during office... She really knows what is real... Obama is like Martin Luther King... He's a dreamer... that's good too, but not the most qualifying for public office. King was a preacher, remember? Obama is preaching to the choir, but he will not really be able to carry that high note if he sings along.

    February 19, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Dennis

    35 years of experience, huh, Hillary? So, what part of sitting on the Board of Wal-Mart prepared you to be Commander in Chief? What part of being a partner in a law firm prepared you to identify with the poor? What part of White Water...ah, nevermind.

    And to anyone that says Obama has spoken to the issues: quit being a lemming and actually listen to his speeches. He talks about health care. He talks about Iraq. He talks about the economy. None of you actually listen, and you just mimic the mindless drivel you read from other Clinton supporters that distorts the truth.

    February 19, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Cindy

    I thought that Barack and Hillary made an agreement not to do the name bashing ( OLD POLITICS) game. It would appear that after Hillary started losing the "fangs" came out on the Clinton side. This is really sad. I wouldn't vote for Hillary because of these type of games. If someone can be underhanded with someone like Barack. What is she going to do with us small people? Will we be treated the same way? I don't want to take the chance!! My vote will be for Barack!
    What would God think of this game being played by the Clintons?
    The Clinton's need to spend time working on votes the " Christian Way" instead of spending there time trying to find things to bash Barack with.
    God Bless Barack!

    February 19, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  22. J Morris

    Let's just move on... We have huge debts? Who owns American soil anyway? Have any of you seriously contemplated that? We need to protect our resources, and become more self-sufficient! Unite Americans, with a vision for the future!

    February 19, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Joseph

    It is completely ridiculou now. You would expect someone who "abhors" words and speeches to clam up wouldn't you!

    February 19, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. WhitemanforObama

    I'm sorry but if you are actually sitting at home and eating this nonsense up that Clinton has continually been spewing, you need a dose of reality.

    1. Obama has plenty of experience. As a matter of fact, he has more ELECTED office experience than Clinton does (10 years to 7). If you honestly believe her when she says he has done nothing ever and doesn't know what hard work is, you need to check your facts.

    2. Obama has plans that are actually more detailed and cover a broader range of topics than Clinton does – don't believe me then check his website. Her healthcare plan is strikingly similar to his plan, which by the way, he brought forth (March/April 2007) 6 months before she brought forth hers (September 2007). He's all speeches she says? Maybe the next time you hear her say that, you should recall the very cordial debate they had prior to Super Tuesday when she sat there and admitted, as did Obama, that they both have plans and that the differences between them are very few.

    Get the facts and think for yourself people.

    February 19, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  25. Maryland

    Does anyone remember that night in the Clinton Presidency where controversial materials derogatory of the administration were moved and disappeared. Then, so soon, a man , (Vincent?) was found dead in the park.People were worried thay this was a man who could have had a lot to say about that night. Was this a Clinton style "solution"

    February 19, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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