March 8th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
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Clinton, Obama square off in Wyoming caucuses

Obama is looking to regain momentum after tough losses earlier this week.
Obama is looking to regain momentum after tough losses earlier this week.

(CNN) – Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were in Wyoming Friday, wrangling last-minute votes before Saturday's caucuses.

Clinton, speaking at a town rally at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, criticized Obama's campaign speeches - and said the country doesn't have any time to waste.

"What you heard from me in this campaign is very specific. I know that there's a difference between speeches and solutions, and I want you to know what I will do if given the great honor of serving you as your president, because I want you to hold me accountable," she said. "I don't want there to be any mistakes here. I don't want there to be any false impressions. I don't think we have any time to waste."

Obama, speaking at a town hall meeting in Casper, criticized Clinton's 2002 vote on Iraq. Video Watch him speak at the Casper rally »

"I will bring this war to an end in 2009, so don't be confused ... when Sen. Clinton is not willing to acknowledge that she voted for war," he said. "I don't want to play politics on this issue, because she doesn't have standing to question my position on this issue."

Wyoming is not typically a stop for Democrats looking for delegates in order to clinch the nomination, but because of the delegate deadlock this year, the numbers could make a difference.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Hillary For President!!!!!! Ohio

    Obama is Nothing but a Talker, and he sure is'nt much else. He's days are out numbered by a Thousand miles!

    March 8, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Indie in Iowa

    I'm getting a little sick of obama's broken record. He wouldn't have voted for the war... because he has the MOST liberal voting record in congress. He votes down parties lines on everything. At least Hillary and McCain both have crossed party lines to show this change that Obama keeps preaching about but has yet to do himself.

    March 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. HH

    A win for Obama, and HIllary will say the caucus will not count, because her voters have to work and tooooo many young kids are going to vote. This lady is a joke.

    March 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Jay

    "I don't want to play politics on this issue, because she doesn't have standing to question my position on this issue."

    His arrogance and ego has no bounds....

    Someone needs to tell the junior senator from Illinois, that he is not a deity and his words are not absolute. I'll be so glad when he goes crawling back to his Chicago mansion later on this year.

    March 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. andrew jones

    Billary Clinton has suggested many times in the campaign trail that caucuses are undemocratic, unrepresentative and controlled by party activists.
    Billary even dismissed caucuses and has even invoked her husband to defend her losing record in caucus states, saying that he “never won caucuses.”
    So I wonder why Billary's presence in Wyoming, along with her two leading surrogates — Bill and her daughter, Chelsea — does this mean that caucuses are now important? or this is just Billary's alter ego or bipolar personality showing up at these rallies – always putting down states that she doesn't win!
    this woman can speak from both sides of her mouth – truly a monster!

    AMERICANS EVERYWHERE ARE HOLDING YOU ACCOUNTABLE – CAN THE TRUE BILLARY PLEASE STAND UP?

    OBAMA IS THE UNITER – VOTE FOR CHANGE!!!

    March 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. JUSTINE

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT
    HILLARY HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING BUT BILLS SIDE KICK
    LET GET REAL AMERICA YOU ARE GOING TO HAND THE WHITE HOUSE OVER TO THE GOP AGAIN IT WILL BE LIKE BUSH IS STILL IN THE BIG HOUSE.

    March 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. jill

    We need to be asking questions on NAFTA and why did Obama go to Canada and then not give a straight answer when questioned.

    How many of our first generation U.S. soldiers are given the security clearance we are about to give to Obama? Most I know are held back in their ranks for just such a reason.

    March 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. gary

    Is that allObama brings up is Iraq against HRC. He's a broken record.85% of America wanted to go to war after the 911 tragedy,give me a break.Seems America will start seeing he is a empty suit and has nothing to offer us but smooth talk and alot of promises he isnt qualified to perform. When will America wake up and start really caring about their country and vote for the right leader. This is not a game were playing with our countries lives.HRC is are only answer to bring around the changes this country needs. It seems after 911 was over and done ,the American people forget.HRC and half of the country wanted war to bring justice.Give me a break. Get real America.
    concerned Vet nam Vet

    March 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Edgar

    Hillary supporter! I am going to vote for Obama if Hillary does not get nomination as long as he can show that he is tough and be a strong President in items like National Security and our National Economy. No nice guy messeage toughness with kidness and solutions. Speaches are nice but we need solutions!!!!

    March 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Texas Twister

    Look, Senator Clinton said on the Texas debate...with millions of people watching about the war in Iraq vote. So let it go already! She acknowledged it, said it was a mistake – only because the information that they were given was innacurate and untrue. And if she knew then what she knows now...she would have voted differently. So why does Obama keep harping on this?? Is this all he has to go by? Man, he sounds like a broken record, and quite frankly it's getting old and really doesn't matter any more. He's desperate because he THOUGHT he had Texas in his back pocket. Why do you think he hung out in San Antonio that night...instead of moving on to another state? He was ready to give his "WINNING" speech...haha!! Wow was he shocked!
    He gets the black vote – well because of his claim to be black. But he is not all black...he's half white. So I don't see him as a Black African, but as someone from a mixed background. He has the black support...but it is ONLY because he is black...not because he is qualified or ready to take command. He's not tough enough, and he is not experienced enough. He needs to go be a junior senator for a few more years, then think about possibly running for governor or something. Get some experience under his belt, then come back. Who knows..he may get it then with no problem.

    March 8, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Andres

    With This Barack Obama Victory.... it will make it 13 out of the last 16 contest won, for Obama. Talk about the big MO!

    March 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. Lou from iowa

    This clinton come back the media is hyping is frustrating. He was behind 20 points in the polls two weeks before the event. Hows that for momentum? Everyone said she had to win both by big margins. She did well in ohio but tex was a wash. She didn't end up any further along in delegate count. How is that a big come back?

    March 8, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Nancy, Oklahoma

    Texas should have never been announced as a "win" for Hillary. I believe the media did this because it enables the race to continue. When all is said and done Obama will have won Texas by three delegates-that includes the results for both the primary and the caucus. The media needs to take Texas off of it's win column for Hillary. Obama will add Wyoming to his string of wins. Obama has won 24 contests compared to Hillary's 14. VOTE Obama 08.

    March 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. SLO Bear

    Since there is no way to comment on the "bold" article, let me just say that the headline,timeing, and content–finding one legislator, probably a Clinton supporter–to characterize his service is ridiculous. It's like giving Clinton her own Fox News–not a noble aspiration.

    Please don't moderate out, as the timing does relate to the Wyoming article.

    March 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. DLH

    "I will bring this war to an end in 2009, so don't be confused " A perfect example of Obama's naivete – Al Qaeda has been at war with us since before Sept 11, and will be at war with us long after 2009. If we "end the war," it just means we will go back to playing defense, and we all saw how well that works.... wake up people!

    March 8, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Lucy

    I am baffled that so many minority females are supporting Obama when we have an opportunity to vote a strong, qualified, female candidate into office. How is it that women forget how strong and capable we are; over 50% of American homes are run by women in every way shape and form. We deal with budgets, difficult decision making, taking care of others' needs while still maintaining a job. Did we forget how we got in THAT place where EVERYTHING was left to us to handle; it because the man walked away. So why is it we give Obama more props when it has been Clinton who has fought for our women and our chldren to get what the men of all races and backgrounds failed to provide us with. Thank you.

    March 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Donna, Antioch TN

    All I ever see Obama doing is preaching – doesn't he ever outline his plans for the American people. When he debates, he usually says "I agree with Sen. Clinton" and the only thing I ever hear is he would have voted against the war. However, since he has been in the Senate he has voted exactly like Sen. Clinton – So what makes him the better choice – nothing – I am a Hillary supporter and believe she will help the American people with jobs, healthcare and education because she has plans for these. Not just a bunch of rhetoric.

    March 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. The truth - please don

    Americans are so simple minded, that you can't see a good thing when it is right in front of your face.
    Hillary supporters, you might want to look into the her campaign's contact with Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper's chief of staff

    March 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. CHERYL

    I THINK THAT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING NAFTA HAVE HURT OBAMA! ALSO THE NEGATIVE ATTACKS ON SENATOR CLINTON ARE JUVENILE!

    THIS IS WHY THE PEOPLE OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED FOR SENATOR CLINTON ON TUESDAY!

    THE LIE SEALED HIS FATE, BECAUSE PEOPLE FEEL DECEIVED!

    SENATOR CLINTON HAS HAD THE SAME MESSAGE FROM THE BEGINNING.

    SHE GETS MY VOTE! SHE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN BEAT JOHN McCAIN!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 8, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. from Boston

    Oh no, not another she voted for the war and I didn't. Move forward and come up with concrete solutions in handling the situation. We all know that there needs to be a planned withdrawal that will be in the best interest of our country and the security of the Iraqi people. That's what Clinton has said (at least in Boston at her speech). Barack needs to stop with the same old rhetoric.

    March 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Mischelle from Illinois

    Her standing to Question you Mr. Obama is that you did not VOTE and were no where near the US SENATE in 2002. It sure is good for you that you can tell everybody how you THINK you MIGHT have voted if you had been in that position, but NO ONE CAN REALLY KNOW. SO your speach is all you have. Nothing more!

    I , too, OPPOSED the war in 2000, but it really means nothing in the big picture because I was not VOTING in the US SENATE and faced with that tough decission, AND NEITHER WERE YOU!

    FYI- Mr. Obama a truer test to your judgement is the fact that you have not held even ONE sub-committee hearing on Aghanistan, in the entire 14 months you have held that position. VERY BAD judgement and it does not please those of us who live in the state of IL and put you in the US SENATE. GET BACK TO WORK – YOU BUM!

    March 8, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Spirit of America

    On the 5th anniversary of this war based on lies, it is high time to end the war and end the lies. Get all the troops out as fast as we got them in five years ago. Impeach Bush and Cheney. Expose and defeat McSame as Bush. And arrest and prosecute those responsible for this colossal disaster. That is the exit strategy which ends the war and restores justice. Anything less is not worthy of America.

    March 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Ben

    You go AWAY, girl!

    March 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. Patrick

    Wyoming will prove to America and the media that Hillary did not stop Obama's momentum on March 4th, but only held it up a little. Once he claims victory in 2 more states he'll have the momentum and 6 weeks of campaigning leading up to PA.

    March 8, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. LadyLeo

    Clinton making the comment " I don't want there to be any false impression". Every time I see her that is all I see.

    Obama is a Peace maker not a fighter.

    March 8, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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