February 25th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton gets sarcastic, mocks Obama


Watch Clinton campaign in Rhode Island Sunday and make light of Obama's message (starting at 0:40).

(CNN) - A day after Hillary Clinton angrily called on Barack Obama to stop mailing campaign literature she said misrepresented her positions, the New York senator adopted a more sarcastic tone toward her rival on a campaign swing through Rhode Island Sunday.

Speaking to a crowd at Rhode Island College, Clinton said, "None of the problems we face will be easily solved," and then went on to mock Obama's message of unity.

“Now, I could stand up here and say, ‘Let’s just get everybody together. Let’s get unified,'" Clinton said to laughter of the crowd.

"The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect,” she said dryly as the crowd erupted.

“Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be," Clinton continued. "You are not going to wave a magic wand to make special interests disappear."

Clinton spent much of Sunday in Rhode Island, a state that has long supported both Clintons and votes on March 4, along with Texas, Ohio, and Vermont. With polls showing tight races in Ohio and Texas, and an overwhelming lead for Obama in Vermont, Clinton is hoping for a big win there.

“This little state has a big voice on March 4 to help choose the next president,” she added.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

February 25th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton laughs it up with press


Hillary Clinton had fun with members of the press on her plane Sunday night, commenting on her hairstyles over the years, the Saturday Night Live skits depicting her and Obama, and the fact her aide Huma Abedin often draws more attention than she does. (Photo credit: AP)

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
February 25th, 2008
09:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Nader snaps back at Obama, Clinton


Watch Nader on CNN's American Morning Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Facing criticism from the two Democratic presidential contenders, Ralph Nader lashed out at them Monday and defended his decision to enter the race.

Speaking to CNN's "American Morning," the long-time consumer advocate accused Sen. Barack Obama of "name-calling" and "an unseemly silence" on issues involving poor minorities. And he accused Sen. Hillary Clinton of being too close to "big business" in America.

Many Democrats fear Nader could draw votes from whoever gets the party's nomination, potentially helping presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain win the White House in November. Nader has long rejected accusations that he served as a spoiler in 2000, effectively helping George W. Bush beat out Al Gore.

He announced Sunday that he will launch his fourth consecutive White House bid - fifth if his 1992 write-in campaign is included.

On Saturday, Obama was asked about a possible Nader candidacy. He praised Nader's work for consumers, but added, "My sense is that Mr. Nader is somebody who, if you don't listen and adopt all of his policies, thinks you're not substantive. He seems to have a pretty high opinion of his own work."

Nader responded in Monday's interview. "As if Barack Obama doesn't have a high opinion of his own work? That's name-calling.

"Address the issues, Barack. Address why you're not for single-payer health insurance... Explain why you don't challenge what you know as to be tens of billions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse in the military budget.


February 25th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton, Obama go at it over trade

(CNN) - Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton exchanged sharps words over trade as they campaigned before Ohio's crucial primary.

The economy and jobs are top issues for Ohio voters, and the rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed trade agreements for the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Since 2000, the state's seen nearly a 25 percent decline in manufacturing employment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

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February 25th, 2008
07:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton campaign goes after upcoming Ohio ad

Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday. The Clinton campaign is calling on him to denounce an outside group's ad set to be run there.

Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday. The Clinton campaign is calling on him to denounce an outside group's ad set to be run there.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign strongly criticized Barack Obama Sunday for not condemning an outside group's television ad set to run in Ohio on his behalf.

The campaign says the issue is not the content of the ad, but that the Illinois senator has"flip-flopped" from his previous stance on running these kinds of ads.

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told reporters on a conference call that the campaign has been made aware of an upcoming ad buy from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union set to launch in Ohio on Tuesday. Wolfson said the 1 million-strong union, which backs Obama, is planning on spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Wolfson called on Obama to denounce the ad, and accused him of shifting his stance from late last year, when he criticized similar ads being run on behalf of John Edwards in Iowa.

"What we see is Sen. Obama saying one thing in Iowa when it benefits him, doing another thing in Ohio when it benefits him," Wolfson said. "In Iowa, he criticized this kind of spending, but in Ohio he is largely silent."

The Clinton campaign is also the beneficiary of an outside group's television ad in Ohio. The American Leadership Project, founded by several backers of the New York Democrat, unveiled a pro-Clinton ad last week.

Wolfson said the campaign has no involvement with the group and maintained the issue is not whether outside organizations should be able to run ads.

"The issue is whether or not Sen. Obama will apply to himself the same standards he set on Sen. Edwards," he said. "We did not criticize John Edwards for the activity on his behalf as Barack Obama did."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

February 25th, 2008
07:03 AM ET
12 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 25, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

NY Times: Nader to Run, Citing Events of 2004 Race
When Ralph Nader ran as a third-party candidate in 2000 and drew 96,837 votes in Florida, he was widely derided by Democrats, who saw him as a spoiler who siphoned crucial votes from Al Gore and tipped the election to George W. Bush. When he ran again in 2004, Democrats in many states tried to keep him off the ballot. On Sunday, Mr. Nader officially announced that he would seek the presidency as a third-party candidate one more time — driven in part by his frustration over the efforts to thwart his last run.

Washington Times: Democrats Pack Punch In Their Jabs
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton further upped her criticism of Sen. Barack Obama's soaring rhetoric by accusing him yesterday of posing as a secular messiah who will bring about paradise on Earth. The rhetoric got more biting from the other side too, with the Illinois senator accusing the former first lady of presenting herself as if she were "co-president" from 1993 to 2001 while being disingenuous about taking credit for only some of the Clinton administration's achievements.

WSJ: Hillary Clinton Says She Regrets Her Husband's Charged Comments
Sen. Hillary Clinton expressed regret over the weekend for racially tinged comments her husband made in South Carolina that some pundits have said played a part in her campaign's recent troubles. "If anyone was offended by anything that was said, whether it was meant or not, or misinterpreted or not, then obviously, I regret that," Mrs. Clinton said in a question-and-answer session at the annual "State of the Black Union" symposium in New Orleans.

NY Times: At Governors’ Meeting, a Vice Presidential Buzz
Energy policy, health care and highways were the top issues on the agenda of the National Governors Association here Sunday, but many governors were consumed with presidential politics, buzzing about the possibility that the next vice president would come from their ranks.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
February 25th, 2008
06:57 AM ET
12 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, February 25, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau

*Hillary Clinton spends the day at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She delivers a speech on foreign policy in the morning and attends a fundraising reception in the evening.

*Mike Huckabee visits the Community Preparatory School in Providence, Rhode Island and attends a rally in Warwick, Rhode Island.

*John McCain hosts a town hall meeting and a media availability in Rocky River, Ohio. Later, he holds a meet and greet in Parma, Ohio.

*Barack Obama is in Ohio where he participates in a roundtable and a rally in Cincinnati and another rally in Dayton.

Filed under: On the Trail
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