March 3rd, 2008
10:53 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama says Clinton getting 'desperate'

 Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday.

Obama campaigned in Ohio Sunday.

(CNN) - On the heels of Hillary Clinton's new campaign ad suggesting Barack Obama is ill-equipped to handle an early-morning foreign policy crisis, the Illinois senator said he thinks his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination is becoming a "little desperate."

"I think she has got a little desperate toward the end of this campaign," Obama told ABC in an interview set to air Monday night. "[She] has been a lot more aggressive in her negative attacks."

Obama's comments come only days after the Clinton campaign released a hard-hitting television spot in Texas that portrays children asleep in their bed while a phone rings in the background. The ad's narrator raises the prospect of a foreign policy crisis and asks, "It’s 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?”

Obama's campaign denounced the ad, and the Illinois senator himself quickly hit back, saying Clinton's "red phone moment" came when she voted to authorize the war in Iraq. His campaign also released a rebuttal ad saying the person who answers the phone should be the one who had the "judgment and courage to oppose the Iraq war from the start."

"As I've pointed out, we've actually had a pretty significant moment in the last several years, that called people's judgment into question," Obama said in the ABC interview. "And that was the war in Iraq."

Speaking with reporters Sunday night, Clinton described the ad - and her tougher rhetoric on the trail - as an effort to draw distinctions between herself and Obama.

"I think it's a contrast that needed to be sharpened, because this is a big decision for people," she said. "And I want people to have as much information as possible as they make these decisions. So I think we are helping to get out the differences and raise some issues that are important."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. Dem123

    Frantic Obamaites are in for a surprise;Moderate dems who form the base of the party are quite upset with this Obama campaign arrogance and the hate filled spews from his supporters.If they sit out or vote MccAIN as it is becoming increasingly obvious he is in a big hole.Richardson,Kerry,Kennedy and not even Oprah can change that!!He is so enjoying insulting Hillary,it appears that is all he cares about other than his back room dealings. It is a desperate campaign about his campaign which seems to care little beyond that.

    March 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |



    March 3, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Chris

    Why is Obama arrogant now? Because he is leading?
    Hillary was arrogant since the beginning and even now.

    Hilary supporters: Take the feaking coconut out of your eyes. You are making every one sick by sounding so uneducated.

    Obama for change. Because he is real and not fake like Hillary and her supporters.

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. George

    Obama is ready, see he blamed Hillary about her ad in TX, then turned arround and copied it in his ad regarding the red phone issue. This man is willing toxerox his way tothe white house, and the press is not asking any logical questions about hisclaims. HILLARY SPEAKSFROM THE HEART AND ABOUT HER EXPRIENCE IN THINGS SEEN AND BELIEVED. GO HILLARY>

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Not for Obama

    Obama lacks the experience to lead so he spouts rhetoric. He wasn't even in the Senate when 9/11 happened. In fact he was nowhere on the Hill.

    It's easy to say what you "would have done." Hillary was in New York. Her city had just been bombed, thousands were dead, thousands injured. All intelligence pointed to a need for war. Put yourself in those shoes before you make a judgment.

    Obama hasn't done anything and not a single supporter can say he has. He is all talk. But talk won't get us out of Iraq, talk won't fix the economy, and talk won't make gas prices lower.

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Chris

    You complain about the the Florida and Michigan votes and somehow blame Obama????? Newsflash Joe, your congressmen are the ones you should be whining to. When told that if they moved up the primaries they would not count, they ignored this information and did it anyway....Explain to me how that is Obama's fault.

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Becky Backstrom

    I have to respond to the article: "OBAMA ADVISOR: MEMO MISINTERPRETS STANCE ON TRADE"!

    Well...another (not to mention all the other accounts) under-estimation of the publics intelligence by obama and his damage controll department.

    I read your statement. heard your statement Obama and the only thing that I can truly see from this is that, "YOU FAILED TO GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME"! And you know someting as minute as this...that's bad Obama but is worse is that you are not tuned to the world trade sector of politics...go back to school!

    you just cannot go back on your word as a senator and more importantly..."PRESIDENT" GO BACK TO SCHOOL OBAMA!

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Spenc

    I think Clinton is setting her campaign to lose against McCain if she did pull off a victory. Who would you want to take the call, Clinton or McCain? McCain has much more experience in those situations. I don't think she wants to take this round.

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Texas4Obama

    The Clinton's lawyers were in court Friday in California regarding the Peter Paul vs. Clintons lawsuit .- why aren't there any articles about this in the news media ??? Why is there a cover-up??? It is time to expose the Clintons now and start talking about all the current lawsuits!

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Veronica

    Hillary might be desperate to break through the "cult mentality" of the Obamaphiliacs and the irrational grip their messiah has on them. This is like an episode of "The Twilight Zone" and I wish I could just turn the channel. Thie Obama is such a fraud and a scam artist and I just can't believe how many fools are out there buying it up. This whole cult phenomenon is like comparing the "Spice Girls" to Beverly Sills or Barbra Streisand. Popularity Vs. Talent. I'll go with talent any day.

    March 3, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Praetorian, Ft. Myers, FL

    Finally–someone is holding Obama accoutable...and it looks like his comebacks–are the same old tired cliche's.

    He's a politicians politician–he talks for hours and never says anything of substance!!!

    When tough decisions arise that require clear and decisive answers–he must act!! To date–his actions are to "not show up" and let other people make the hard decisions–then call them on it later.

    What a wimp. I'm glad more people are seeing it.
    Check the Q/A list for Obama on the National Review Website–sure would like to hear the press–and his colleagues ask some "real" questions of him and watch how he "dodges" them.

    March 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. DeeNC

    once again all of the Hilary supporters only have tihng you have to say about Barack is his perceived lack of experience, he's arrogrant. what experience doe Hilary have again, just because you lived in the white house doen't mean you have experience. Please check both their records on the library of congress site. Then you talk about scandals, remember White Water, I am sure John McCain does?

    March 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Sheri

    Obama in his many speeches has said nothing but wah, wah, wah.........Hillary ditto..... they both are disgrace to the Democratic party .......I voted democrate for 20 years.......this year I vote Republican

    March 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. William

    Let's be clear. Hillary voted for the Iraq authorization because she didn't want to be beaten over the head by the far right ... thinking that she could double shuffle her way out of it when the enterprise went bust - as it has.

    Only problem is that 3,000 [and counting] Americans have died because people like Hillary didn't have the courage to do what they knew needed to be done.

    If Hillary flim flams this nomination - with things like changing the rules for Michigan and Florida - or arm twisting superdelegates - I will relinquish my Democratic registration and likely never vote again.

    The reason she is having problems with her baseless attacks is a simple miscalculation - she thinks the mentality of the democratic demographics will react to distortions the way the far right GOP does. This could be why her marginal progress is among less educated, less pecunious voters.

    March 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Julie

    Obamacrats- we're going to take our party back tomorrow! We're gonna knock Obama off that ivory tower you built for him!

    March 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. John

    Clinton is competent and intelligent, but simply doesn't have the people skills and leadership ability to work most effectively as President. Her helter skelter mud slinging campaign the past few weeks has been all over the map with little consistent direction while her long pursuit of health care reform has remained bogged in the mud. She's simply not the best choice available and not the strongest candidate to counter McCain.

    March 3, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Senator Obama supporters.......

    I respect that you have an opinion about your candidate but please keep in mind ALL the candidates are US Senators and are deserving of some respect. The Obama supporters are rude and crude at times. Take a page from his presumed messages and chill out!

    As for Senator Obama:

    I am not supportive of someone who supports NAFTA in it's present form

    I am not supportive of someone who plays a really good game of 'follow the leader' because if the leader is gone who will the person follow?

    I am not supportive of anyone who believes in and supports nuclear weapons.

    I am not supportive of anyone who believes that it is the democratic way to willfully disenfranchise millions of voters

    I am not supportive of anyone who feels that their healthcare proposed policy is superior to the other candidates when within their proposal millions of Americans will be left without healthcare. No change from today.

    I am not supportive of anyone who will attack the other candidate about the war....a. when they weren't there and b. have voted identically with Senator Clinton for the short period of time that person has been at the US Senate.

    I am not supportive of anyone who is not currently doing their job in the US Senate regarding our foreign affairs due to their run for the Presidency. How is it that the other candidates get things done and Senator Obama can't? Wonder what else is not getting done that we would never know about?

    So.......folks..........althought the wonderful pie in the sky sounds good, these are just a few of the huge problems that I have with Senator Obama. And whether one likes one personality over the other – who cares! The issues are what counts...who will take care of them best! Who can get the most done when in office?

    Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is the strongest of the two candidates to fight for ALL citizens for ALL rights!

    March 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. NickNasc

    I can't wait until March 5th and this is over. Don't hold you breath though. Hillary will not quit until she has totally broken ANY democrats chance at the white house if she isn't nominated. Just read her supporters posts. They all scream HILLARY OR I WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN! What kind of people are these?? REALLY!!! Always remember attitude reflects leadership.

    Hillary is right she would be there to answer the phone at 3am. She would then wallk down the Hall to BILLS Bedroom knock softly and tell him the Phone is for HIM. Then appoligize for waking WHOEVER he is in there with at the time.

    March 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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