February 25th, 2008
09:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama hints at Democratic race ending soon

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - In what could be described as a fairly typical rally for Democrat Barack Obama Monday, the Illinois senator seemed to imply that the fierce battle between him and rival Hillary Clinton will all be over soon - exactly how soon, he didn't indicate.

The Democratic frontrunner made the subtle comments just as he started to delve into a portion of his stump where he lays out various arguments leveled at him from both "Sen. Clinton and others."

"I've got to say," Obama began, "in the waning days of this campaign a lot of people are saying 'no, no, no, don’t believe."

He then went on to give his rebuttal to the criticism that he doesn't have the necessary amount of experience in Washington.

-CNN Political Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. San Antonio, Texas

    yo soy hispana, y yo no voto por hillary, look, let's face the facts, barack is for the people, that is why people are going crazy over this man to the point where the observation of him is not coloured by the inability to observe ourselves impartially, we have finally come to see that we can never be impartial about anything until we can be impartial about our own organism. we can see, yes we can see hillary's true colors! hillarry is the xerox copy of the republican party

    February 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  2. James Smith

    The Patriots celebrated on the sidelines in the Superbowl at the end of the 4th quarter, also. It is disrespectful of the Democratic process and to Sen. Clinton's supporters, who believe in her campaign as much as his supporters believe in his, for him to intimate such an absolute. If Sen. Obama wins the Democratic primary, I would like to support him, but arrogance and disrespect are two characterics of our current administration that I detest. I'd like for Sen. Obama to shed himself of his smug demeanor.

    February 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. Louise Bill

    I am a community organizer and there is no way this has given me the experience to become president of the US. All Obama has is a history of organizing (but who knows what he organized), a state senator and now freshman senator. He has never managed a government or corporation, his acumen about foreign affairs or even domestic affairs is the reply to echo Sen Clinton's position of health care, immigration, Iraq and all the other issues that will face the new president. Lord help us if it is Obama. His cult like audience scare me because he feeds them rhetoric but no plan. Has Elvis left the building yet!!

    February 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Another Husein 08

    win, win, win!!!!!!!!!!! yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Jason

    CNN is making it sound like Obama is counting his chickens before they hatch with their misleading headline. They are hoping people get disgusted about how the "media loves Obama."
    Another point" In a Times piece, Clinton gets 25% of the media coverage and Obama gets 16%.

    February 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  6. jm24

    8 DAYS! THEN OBAMA WILL BRING IT HOME!!

    SEE YA HILL – DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YA ON THE WAY OUT!

    February 25, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Geez......This is so tiresome.

    John Edwards was THE PERFECT candidate. The others are so lame. Bill's wife? No thanks. The Obaman? Get real.

    Nice going, America. Now the John Edwards has been forced out of the race (thanks, CNN and others), this first african-american vs. first female popularity contest stuff is disgusting.

    This messiah worshipping infatuation stuff is over the top. God help us if we shoot ourselves in the foot again and end up with Mister 100 More Years of War.

    February 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Marina

    Its because he see the writing on the wall and it says "GOODBYE HILLARY"!

    Go Barack!!!!!!!1

    February 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. CW

    Yup, ought to be over as soon as the polls close in Ohio and Texas and you have to make the good bye speech there hero!

    February 25, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Lolly

    I am not so sure about ending of this race,but I am 100% sure that Obama won't have 2025 delegates at the end of this race.

    February 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Jed in Texas

    Hes still wet tween the ears,and a long shot gamble,but since were goin to hell in a hand basket anyways lets see if he can hunt.The rest of them dogs are false trailers.

    February 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Amada

    The race is NO WHERE from over.
    C'mon Clinton for Pennsylvania, RI, Texas, and Ohio!

    DO YOU RESEARCH PEOPLE!

    Clinton '08

    February 25, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Roy P

    The Pied Piper has won?

    February 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. jm24

    Those Billary supporters are the most uneducated bunch of racists I have ever seen! I will be so glad when this is over and Obama is resting comfortably in the WH while Michelle is putting her touches on the new digs!! Bet you one thing – bet the don't steal anything on their way out, unlike the honorable Mrs. Clinton.

    She really needs to wake up – she is NOT wanted. Now or ever.

    February 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. JoAnn

    "Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist."

    Thanks, CNN! Fox has been the propaganda machine for Bush and his cronies. I guess CNN (competing with MSNBC) want to have their turn.

    February 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Liz

    He is such an arrogant man. He needs to be put in his place. I would not be at all surprised if Obama's campaign people put out the photo of him to make it look like it was Clinton's people. I don't trust these people. They will do anything to win.

    Clinton, I am on your side and we will show them that we don't stoop to their level of thinking. Go Clinton go!!!!!! Y ou are the best and strongest candidate.

    February 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Bostonguy76

    Go Obama!! You got my vote and will win the nomination without a doubt. Republicans are the delusional ones if they actually think people in this country are gonna put a Bush deciple like McCain in office. Not gonna happen. Oscar the grouch could beat the republican nominee. 8 years of bush grinding this country into dust economically is coming to an abrupt end in Nov.!! And his retarded war in Iraq is as well. It's a shame that Bush let Cheney convince him that Iraq really caused 9/11, and they forgot about Afganistan.

    February 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  18. Another Husein 08

    hahaha, that's right!!!

    February 25, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. didi

    Obama is for people....plus he is young ..

    February 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. JOHN

    THE FAT LADY IS WARMING UP IN TEXAS. OBAMA HAS A 50 TO 46% LEED AFTER TRAILING BY 20 POINTS A WEEK AGO. OHIO IS DOWN TO A 8 POINT LEED FOR HILLARY BUT I'M SURE IT WONT LAST. IF SHE LOOSES TEXAS OF OHIO ITS GOODNIGHT HILLARY. I THINK N.A.F.T.A. IS GOING TO BITE HER IN THE RUMP IN OHIO. THE IRAQ VOTE IS A BIG PROBLEM FOR HER AND SHE'S LOOSING THE LATINO VOTE, AS SHE SAID" LET GET REAL" IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR OLD HILLARY.

    February 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Gabby

    Louise Bill.. well perhaps you should do yourself a favour and perhaps self educate. Best not to state things as you do if you are unaware of both sides of the coin.

    February 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Pedro

    Thanks to the media, the campaign has entered the negative stage. That's when most of us are really turned off and the country goes back to business as usual. Obama's change has reached its maturity. As for me, I am no longer interested.

    February 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Gregory H. Brooklyn New York

    America and the world is seeking a leader who has shown good judgment and who has the ability to negotiate with others, Senator Obama' campaign reminds us of what it means to be Americans; we are more alike than different, from each other. We have been lulled to sleep by divisive politics for far too long. We are a wonderfully unique nation with incredibly awesome people who stand up when called upon. Well, America, Sen. Obama is sounding the alarm. It’s standing up time once again. Words do matter, just as judgment does matter. It is nice to reminisce, we just can't reminisce about the future. The people of America and the world thank and need you, Sen. Obama.

    February 25, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. marc iacobelli CANADA

    Gloria Bolger on Cnn you hatered andnegativity towards Clinton makes you sound like an immature child and jelous woman. Is it because you know that you could never walk in her shoes.Get it together CNN. Everyone knows that you dont want Clinton to run against Mcain cause that will mean destruction for the republicans

    February 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Tony, ca

    "Ready on Day One", Hillary?

    ....what about TODAY!

    seems to me, Barack is ready RIGHT NOW!!!!

    let's get real.
    vote Obama

    February 25, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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