May 17th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: McCain's '2013' speech like 'Mission Accomplished'

Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting in Portland, Oregon, Friday

Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting in Portland, Oregon, Friday

PORTLAND, Oregon (CNN) – At a Friday night town hall in Oregon, Senator Hillary Clinton criticized Senator John McCain for his speech predicting victory in Iraq by the end of his first term.

"It sounded a lot like 'Mission Accomplished,' only postponed into 2013," said Clinton, referring to President George Bush's declaration less than two months after the Iraq invasion that major combat was over. "From my perspective, it's just more of the same. It's a continuation of the Bush policies that have been failures."

Both Clinton and Barack Obama have been attempting to paint a McCain administration as a third term for President Bush. Clinton also attacked the president on Friday for meetings with Saudi officials in which he asked them to increase oil production in order to bring down prices.

"It was embarrassing today," Clinton told the town hall organized by an Oregon TV station. "President Bush is over there begging the Saudis to increase production because he has no energy policy."

She also went after Bush for comments he made in Jerusalem on Thursday when he took a shot at Democrats - and many argue Obama - saying, "some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals," drawing parallels with appeasing the Nazis in 1939.

"I am very offended by President Bush's remarks which seem to suggest that Democrats are the equivalent of Nazi appeasers," said Clinton. "That was way out of line and really outrageous and should be rejected out of hand."

Clinton has been relatively passive in recent days, staying away from overt attacks on her Democratic opponent. On Friday night she again raised the argument that she is more electable than Obama and claimed to be ahead in the popular vote while he leads in the delegate count.

"Those are two very good indicators of how close this race is and how intense it is and why everybody should vote and why I was so determined that we weren't going to quit before we got to Oregon," Clinton argued.

"I've won the big states and I've won the swing states," she added. "The states I've won total 300 electoral votes. The states Barack has won total 217 electoral votes. The real issue here is the [electoral] map. Who is more likely to win the electoral votes we need to actually capture the White House?"

A CNN tally shows that in primaries so far (excluding Florida and Michigan), Senator Barack Obama leads Senator Clinton by just over 400,000 votes.

Clinton won't spend any more time campaigning in Obama-friendly Oregon before the primary on Tuesday. Instead, she will stay in Kentucky - another May 20 state - where she has a significant lead.

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. jane in CA

    Right on the spot about McSameBush on mission accomplished. However, has Hillary taken math at all or just politics at college? Democrats and Republicans will vote Obama for President. Yes We Can change.

    May 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Darryl

    We are living during a sad state of affairs. We have witness a "Republican throwing around THREATS against Senator OBAMA"

    Placing the ideal of death threats. The Media just touches on this until it actually happen.....

    Why, Why, Why!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Anita

    I will be joining the ranks of the Democrats who will be voting Republican in November if Hillary Clinton fails to secure the nomination. I have never voted Republican in my life, having voted for Jimmy Carter in my first electiion. Obama has pushed me to this decision, though, by his utter lack of experience. John Edwards' endorsement has only succeeded in reinforcing my thoughts.

    May 17, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Venus

    It's almost over with Hillary!

    Oregon wasn't buying any thing she had to say!

    At one stop – reporters out numbered people 3 to 1!

    Thanks Oregon for helping Hillary cut short her campaign there!

    Please Oregon – give Obama a big win!

    May 17, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Keep Fighting Dems!

    Is that why you were for the war Hill?????

    Please, Obama and Hillary say they can end this war-but they are really surrendering!!!! John McCain will NEVER surrender!!!!!

    Vote McCain/Romney in Nov!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Franky

    Do you know what's the most interesting part about it??? The more the GOP talks, the more tension it creates. Let's face it, the GOP could say and criticize as much as they want but what they need to understand is whenever they talk, opponents also have a right to fire back so in essence, there's no point to why the GOP should try and seize the opportunity. Listen, as for the national security issue, to tell you the truth, I found something that the GOP probably doesn't wanna hear. I'm gonna tell you a fact, I care about our economy. We are in deep trouble to what mess the GOP has put us through.......and that's something the GOP is going to have to deal with, no matter what.

    May 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Voter from CT

    This is great, time for democrats to unite against bush and mccains and rove's scare tactics and smere campaigns! We've had enough!

    May 17, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. David Goldman for OBAMA






    May 17, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Rmd

    Hillary Clinton by and by comes down to earth and hope her endorsement to Barack will come soon

    May 17, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Jeremy

    Hillary is very smart. Keep it up!!!! She has to be on the ticket if the Democrats want to win!

    May 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. John San Francisco

    We Love you Hillary, you are back on the Team.

    Fellow Americans, we must end the Democratic Primary and come together. We have a excellent Team for the Wihite House.

    If you believe this is a winnning Team, Blog "Yes We Can" at the openning of your comments.

    President: Barak Obama
    Vice President: (pick) Edwards, Hillary, or General Clark
    Secratery of State: Hillary Clinton
    Foriegn Policy: Collin Powell or Joseph Biden
    Homeland Security: Norman Schartkopft
    Chairman of Domestic Policy: John Edwards and Bill Clinton

    As far as Iraq, General Powell and General Schwartkopft can work with General Petreaus to rebuild the Millitary and bring our Sons and Daughters.

    As we can see, the Republicans are ready to throw not just the Kitchen Sink, they plan on throwing all of the Planets at Mr. Obama to win the Presidency.

    We need to start today as a joint front.

    Mr Obama needs tostart looking at offering a n umber of Conservative Republicans to put on is Staff. If Obama can give the American people an idea of what his Cabinet will look like, he will gain more confidence from undecided Americans who have not made thier minds up.

    With this group of American Political Leaders, We can begin to re-build this Great Country.

    May 17, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. Mike G

    Sounds like she's playing herself back into consideration for the VP spot.
    The articles about Bush asking for more production really makes it seem like Bush was dismissed like a little kid asking Mom for ice cream before eating his veggies, lol.

    May 17, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Bill

    Good for Hillary. Hillary is our only true choice for a democratic president. She is tough, she knows what has to be done and she has the experience to it.

    Hillary 08 is our only hope.

    May 17, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Steve

    You can say what you want about her, but she is correct. Obama needs to keep her very close to him if he wants even a chance at winning. The reality, however, is that the people voting for her will probably vote against a black president. It is a fact, stop whining about it. Pushing Obama in the spotlight will not make your case any better in people's minds. If you think so, you are naive. Do not listen to what people say in the media or in interviews: Their true feelings will only manifest in the voting booth. Have a primary instead of a caucus in the states he won and I GUARANTEE, the result will be much different. Screaming and calling her names is not going to make your case any better. If Democrats want to win, they better do some serious thinking.
    Obama has been supported by Edwards, T. Kennedy, Richardson and Kerry. My fellow Dems...They all LOST! One person won and was re-elected-Need I tell you his name.

    May 17, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Dj

    Hillary Clinton should stop copying what Obama says just to get elected....
    That woman will say whatever just to get the votes.....

    May 17, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Alpha Shaw

    please hilary if you mean what you are saying, then just end this primary now for the democratic party. do so for the sake of saving this nation from a third-term bush government. please, please, please, do so now.

    May 17, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Crush Rush

    Edgar Bergen would have loved working with McCain at his side.Watch you dont get termites John.

    May 17, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Lisa J.

    Democrats unite.

    Obama/Clinton '08

    May 17, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. Vivienne

    This past week hi-lights how good it would have been if everyone was squarely behind Obama. The Democrats really missed an opportunity to make cat food out of the Repubs because they still haven't settled on their nominee. I believe that the Democrats would have unleashed on the George and John regime in such a way that no one has seen in recent memory. Too bad...

    May 17, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Brian

    I wanted Hillary but most likely I'm getting Obama. Which is fine because they are so similar on the IMPORTANT ISSUES!!!! I wish his healthcare plan covered everyone but its better then what McCain has prosed doing which is NOTHING!!

    You people who are voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination disgusts me. You will go against everything you believe in and vote for a republican just because the media has brainwashed you into thinking Obama is a horrible person. Hillary and Obama both will better this country. McCain will keep us in the same hell we've been in for the last 8 years.

    Please Vote Democrat!

    May 17, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Lee

    hillary is done for and mcsame is too old!

    May 17, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Billy From Fla

    I listen to Hillary and she is such a strong canidate and has
    the experience america needs. Everyone has critized her of negative
    attacks on Obama, Obama has done just as much negative as
    Clinton. That's politics folks, just accept it.

    I was an Obama supporter until Michelle Obama made a remark that
    was so uncalled for when she said "If you can't take care of your own
    house how can you take care of the Whitehouse" She was referring
    to Bill Clinton & Monica L.. That turned me off and I thought to myself
    how could I ever be proud to have Michelle Obama as First Lady.

    Everything that Obama did such as the "Bitter Remark", Rev, Wright,
    Michelle's anti american remarks wrong, the Obama campaign
    blamed the Clintons. Obama needs to be able to accept responsibilty
    for all his mistakes. We all make mistakes and he is no exception.

    I've been reading that there is factual information that Obama had
    Gay relations while in college, well who cares, if it is true it will
    probably make him a bettr President.

    May 17, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Desmond Sequeira

    Even apart from the sheer math, including 15 primary wins by over 60% and 5 primary wins by over 70% for OBAMA (vs 2 primary wins by over 60% for Mrs. Clinton) it is clear that on all counts from Integrity to Electability, he is the President that the USA (and the world) desperately needs.

    OBAMA is already showing how well he can expose the frantic McBush attempts to manipulate public opinion by nasty fear-mongering. When will McBush, Clinton ever learn that they should stop insulting the intelligence of the American public ?

    May 17, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Dickson

    Mcsame should not be taken serious, he's dem a cronic flip- floper

    May 17, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. DAN

    That is why republicans are glad to have Obama with his weak foreign policy. I think it's clear to everyone what a president Hillary Clinton would do if Iran or anyone would try to harm Israel and at the same time she would have diplomatic efforts towards promoting peace. And who better than Bill Clinton to broker a peace with the Palestinians. But unfortunately because of a media infactuation with Obama the people have not been informed enough about Hillarys position. Democrats will win both houses but will loose the white house because of Obama. But its always been like that, because of 911 republicans got to control all 3 bodies of government, but in normal times the public never gives total power to one party. Since democrats have taken control of the house and senete they've decided to play politics with the war to win in Nov. but with Obama democrats will loose the white house.

    May 17, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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