May 1st, 2008
09:31 AM ET
10 years ago

Moore: Clinton is trying to scare voters


Watch Michael Moore's interview with Larry King.

(CNN)—Outspoken documentary film-maker Michael Moore said Wednesday night Hillary Clinton is trying to scare voters away from casting a ballot for Barack Obama.

In a wide ranging interview, Moore told CNN’s Larry King he found the Clinton campaign’s recent approach “disgusting.”

“For her to try and make white—white working class, as they say - people vote for her and not for him, to frighten them with words like ‘Hamas’ and ‘Farrakhan’” was unnecessary, he said. “I think at some point she’s going to be disappointed in herself for having done that.”

The 54-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker, who endorsed Obama’s presidential bid on his Web site one day before Pennsylvania’s critical April 22, said Wednesday he can’t support anyone who voted for an “immoral war [that] should have never happened,” and repeated his calls for Clinton to apologize for her Iraq war vote, as Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. John Edwards have done.

But Moore said the campaign should center on the idea that John McCain is four more years of George W. bush,” and “not [on] what an elderly black man is saying because […] we’re not voting for Reverend Wright.”

soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. Rob

    Micheal Moore.... A big man with little words. No one cares about his opinion. He's not even a serious director. Clinton is going to win, Obama is sliding in all polls. Clinton is about to climb over the mountain so get ready.

    May 1, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Olivia

    Stop bashing Hillary, Michael. Support who you doesn't mean you should try to dissuade others from supporting her.
    obama should refuse your support because you are as dubious as some of his other radical friends.

    May 1, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Uncle Sam

    I feel for John McCain. He has been mistreated badly, worst than most of us can imagine. Not to say anything about his POW experience. Many of us don't seem to know what to make of him. He's a conservative! No, he's a liberal! Wait, he's a moderate! The truth is that John is just trying to be himself within a political system that insists he remain in a political box. John is everyman. He's doing the best he can, under difficult circumstances, to remain true to himself and the country he loves. Call me idealistic, but I believe he's the American president Americans have been waiting for. They just don't know it yet.

    Americans for McCain '08

    May 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Mary, North Carolina









    May 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Ron

    first connect the dots from AYRES TO WRIGHT TO FARRAKAHN TO REZKO as well as others.then facter in the quote in his book where he says he chooses his friends wisely you may even wonder why most of his opponents during his political campaigns were suddenly disqualified or withdrew (it was tried again with MCCAIN) AND YOU YOURSELF MAY START TO WONDER.

    May 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Becky, Huntsville

    Is she power hungry, devious, delusional, dishonest or phoney?

    All of the above. Billary will do ANYTHING to win back the White House. Shame on her! Sniper fire in Bosnia? Shame on her! Tearing apart the party? Shame on her. She is trying to scare the voters away from voting for Obama. Shame on her!

    Obama '08

    May 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Jon

    Michael Moore having any political leverage is laughable.

    The man is out of his mind.

    May 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Bobby

    Michael Moore is an absolute slob. He makes it sound like all Republicans are evil and then he has the nerve to say things and make movies that only see his point of view. If Hillary gets the nomination, he'll be one of her loudest supporters I'm not a McCain or Clinton supporter, but Michael Moore needs to get over himself.

    May 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Philly

    Let's re-cap shall we? The Clinton's invite Rev. Wright to pray for Bill at a breakfast after he almost threw away his life's work for an indescretion. Hillary lies about snipper fire. Living in "Killadelphia" you know gunfire when you hear it and you don't feel the need to lie about it. Hillary manufactures a trip to the gas station to pretend she is a regular Jo-Ann. Hillary thinks the American people can't do the math and we will mortgage the next four years on a $30 savings. Most importantly, she admits she didn't read the memo that would have given her the intelligence needed to say NO to an unjust war at the very beginning. I don't know about you but I don't like liars and I don't appreicate being taken for granted.

    May 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Over Here in Chicago

    AMEN!! Finally someone who makes sense. What Hillary has stooped to in her campaign is fear tactics and she should be ashamed. Thank you Michael Moore

    May 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Linda

    Grow up Moore! You don't think Farrakhan is scarey? Try being Jewish and see how it feels. Do you agree with him that the holocaust never happened and that Israel was responsible for 911? There's a thing people don;t realize about extremists like Farrakhan - he is just like HItler and the Klan. He may hate the Jews the most, but he will get around to hating others. And what about Hamas? Once they wipe out Israel, they'll come after all non-Muslim Americans - perhaps all Americans. Do you think they'd consider your politics and spare you? I used to be a fan of yours, but you don't have a clue here!

    May 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. California Girl

    kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama:

    Sorry to say, you are misguided!

    Hillary 08

    May 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. no2osama

    What makes him so creditable? If you think your imput counts for anything then let's just see how big your bowls are, run for pres yourself if you know so much. Who the heck is affraid? Not me, but we should all fear the ULTRA-LEFT take-over of this country. Drugs, gangs, dealers, cho-mos, like yourself are welcome in America, but you ain't taking it over, sorry, get your own country if you want that kind of sick society. Lose some weight and get a job, go see a pastor or something you sicko.


    Hey, when Obama loses you and him can feel free to smoke all the crack you want to again. Sicko pervert.

    May 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. errrr

    It is the typical logic Obama and his supporters have: If you don’t vote for Obama, you are cowards, racists, anti-American.

    What a “positive” campaign they are running!

    May 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    Hillary,s contention that she has more experience than Obama is SANS substance.Her "acclaimed" experience would have enabled her to judge that the Iraq war was going to be bad for America.How much presidential experience did her husband have before becoming President of the U.S.A ?Obama,s judgement to vote against the war in Iraq will enable him to answer that call at 3 am and provide a solution to whatever impending problem.After 4 years of Bush,s experience in the White House,taking any half baked presidential experience to that House is a BIG DISADVANTAGE to America.

    May 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. O Man

    Clinton wants to go negative against Obama and anything positive he has to offer. This only negates her campaign altogether. The republiccans are always going on the negative against their political rivals. Case in point with the Rev. Wright issue. Does this man have power in goverment policies? Did Wright tell us to invaded Iraq? Did he cause the gas prices rising to the sky? Did he have anything to do with home foreclosures? No! The Bush administration is responsible. In 2000, Bush was allowed to steal that electiion. Then voted in the office in 2004 by some of the people who are suffering from those very questions asked. Now you to blame Rev. Wright, a man of God. Heathens all of you!

    May 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Jot

    Senator Clinton has a plan for universal health care for all Americans, Moore should take a chance and have one to help him lose weight. We need healthy people to surstain our economy

    May 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. virginia nielsen

    Ithink Michael Moore is a fantastic documentaries maker !!! I know that the truth about our government is hard to accept but he m. tatics don't work and he is going to be the nominee. GO OBAMA 2008-2012 !!!

    May 1, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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