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. Michael

    It is amazing the abysmal level of the standard usage and syntax of liberals. Did you not pay attention in school, or were you "feeling" your way through. Really hilarious. And they have almost a psychotic need to be viewed as smart, at least smarter than those horrible, obtuse conservatives. But please don't stop. Who else would we laugh at over martinis?

    May 17, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Eleanor

    I still wish they would team up
    with him getting a lot of the young vote and black vote and her getting
    most of the female vote and white worker vote its a shoo in for sure in November
    Look at the crowds and new voters they have both brought out
    I know everyone gets in high gear for their candidate but put it in the past and really think about who you want leading the country
    Obama and Clinton..... or MCSame for another 4 years
    I would take Obma/ Clinton any time

    May 17, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. mitchell from arkansaw


    May 17, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Obama Supporter From England

    I agree with Clinton.
    Bush said the Iraq War was over in 2003 when he said, 'Mission Accomplished'. Now, McCain is saying that the war will be over in 2013 – exactly the same as Bush!

    If Bush hasn't managed to end the Iraq War and bring back all the American troops in 6 years, then Mcain certainly won't end the war and bring back troops in another 5 years time.

    Impeach George Bush and Dick Cheney!

    May 17, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Obama Supporter From England

    The Republicans are going down!

    They're going to get a big surprise in November!

    May 17, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Lee

    An American president begging for oil,this is not good.
    The saudis bought bush and his dad years ago with oil money.
    and to beg a nation where most of the 911 terrorist came from.

    May 17, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Independent

    That is the first time I have agrred with Sen. Clinton!

    May 17, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA








    May 17, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. old and white

    I voted for Clinton but she has lost . Now I give my voice to support Barrack Obama.
    McCain is a puppet of republicans. And hi`s a greater trouble for our country. Please, people, think again. Think about the country not about your ambitions and rage.

    Democrats unite!!!! Obama 08

    May 17, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Nick

    Clinton is a great individual, who i want as president, but if Obama gets the Democratic nob, I will vote for McCain.

    May 17, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Write in Hillary on Nov Ballot!

    Obama is clue-less about how the real world works (just as he was clue-less about his preacher for 20 years), and we don't want McCain, either. I WILL WRITE HILLARY'S NAME ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT. Absolutely, positively! I love my country enough NOT to have an inexperienced "charmer?" like Obama shoved down my throat. Not by a bunch of "sheep" willingly being led to slaughter, not by the biased liberal media, and not by superdelegates who are stabbing voters in the back by their premature (and illegal) endorsements. I WILL MAKE MY VOICE HEARD! I WILL WRITE HILLARY CLINTON'S NAME ON THE BALLOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope the millions of other mature, logical Americans - who feel likewise - will also do that.

    May 17, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Cindy

    Thank you Hillary! You're acting like a Democrat again!

    Bush and McCain can keep us safe? How offensive! 9/11 happened under Dubya's watch. 7 years later, the mastermind of that horrendous event is still at large, still spewing his hate message.

    Bush/McCain keeps us safe? Gimme a break! We need change. We've needed change for a while now. No more McBush!

    May 17, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. m,aca

    Go Hillary!!!!

    We are with you all the way!!!!

    Obama will never get my vote!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Melvin

    Well, it seems that now Dem are all fighting against Rep... That's the party we want to see from now. A party which is ready to face the attacks of the Rep which is definitely offering for more years of terrors to the American Dream.
    Sen Clinton, you may have win the bigger states, you may have the necessary experience but the american ppl need change, new leaders in washington that's why our choice is still Sen Obama.
    Just join him now, and fill in the gap that you "believe" he got in order to offer the American pple a brighter future.

    May 17, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. maggie

    great parallel to "Mission Accomplished" – Again a Republic stating the end game with no plan to get there. Obama/Clinton keep up the important tag teaming.

    May 17, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Peter Damoah-Afari

    McCain is acting like a joker. Hahahahaha...........He will loose in November.

    May 17, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Richard

    Is Hillary Clinton trying to join the fray?

    May 17, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Latinos for Obama 08

    Clinton you are right on this one! No matter who is the nominee all democrats should unite and vote for a democrat in november.
    No McCain 08!

    May 17, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Jim from WI

    McCain and Bush are both idiots and they deserve each other. I thought McCain said that the war would last 100 years??? Did he really think everyone was going to forget about his comment from a few months ago? The only "Mission Accomplished" sign that will be hanging is the one behind Obama in November.

    Obama 2008/2012!!!!

    May 17, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Democrats UNITE

    As an Obama supporter, THANK YOU Senator Clinton for the team work in Oregon.

    May 17, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Spider

    Take it all the way to the convention floor Hillary!!!
    The Obominations want us all to believe their man is too far out ahead to even continue this race. It is neck and neck, always has been. Stay in there. We should not risk giving the most powerful position in the Free World to a man with so little experience, at a most important and potentially dangerous time in our history.
    Wonderfully exciting to think of The Dream coming true, but not if it could turn into a terrorist instigated nuclear nightmare.
    Has anyone checked Barack for a 666 birthmark or tattoo?

    May 17, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. jorga

    I am sick of Hillary claiming she has the popular vote. You simply can not count the popular vote in a primary election because of the caucuses. If you add in FL, MI, and caucus estimates, Barack has the popular vote by over 80,000. I am disappointed CNN has not pushed this point.

    Another issue news stations and pundits are failing to address is Clinton's deficit. She is now in this race for two reasons. First, she is hoping to receive campaign contributions based on her win in West Virginia and upcoming hopeful win in Kentucky. It is hard to retire a campaign that is in debt (especially when part of that debt is personal loans)! Second, she will try to convince the superdelegate she should be vice president. The superdelegates approve or disapprove of the nominee's VP choice at the convention. Of course, this will be done behind closed doors before the convention. Obama may be "saddled" with Clinton whether he likes it or not. And I am convinced he can win this without her on the ticket.

    I urge the superdelegates to endorse now. It is time for the lady in the pants suit to sing.

    May 17, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Jeanne

    McCain's speech did sound like a pipe dream but he did have some good ideas. I think it'd be interesting to see the president debate with congress like the Brits do. You'd think if he were open to that idea, he'd be open to more diplomatic communications with countries we oppose and disagree with, instead of puffing up his chest & saying "we're bigger & stronger than you so do what we say, or else". I'd like to know what McCain plans to do about the radioactive waste that's going to be generated by those 20 new nuclear power plants he's suggest the US build. Talk about an environmental and national security risk. McCain is making alot of promises he may not be able to keep and he should keep that in mind. Voters don't like unkept promises.

    May 17, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Edith Arkansas

    One strong point American people should understand about Republicans, that is they are fabricated,,bold faced, merry eyes twinkling liars. I used to think Republicans were so cool until I realized that while they talk and say truthfully points of views,i. e. high standards in principles,morals and just good common decency. but it appears that these standards are meant only for others not for them because I have yet to see them stick to what they preach. The way they can take a point and twist it, and turn it, and spinit to use to there advantage just boggle your mind so bad you feels like one have no way out. They are just that bad in how they use lies to their advantage. Like the appeasement issue brought on by President Bush then Senator McCain took it and twist it and contradicts himself then turns around and defended his contradiction. When here we are those of us were watching the news heard exactly what the recording showed him stating that they at some point in time will have to deal with Hamas now that he have been elected. He said that without making any conditions but when he was called on it now he makes it looks as if he had already preconditioned his stand. We cleary heard and saw what he had to say as if he wanted us to believe RED is GREEN. What gall and I voted for George Bush I am now so sorry because I helped made these bad times we are now going through. A vote for John McCain is a vote to re inforce liars and more of the same. This country cannot afforrd to allow anyone who is, apparent liars get away with this. We must stand up to anyone who could do what McCain and Bush did the other day. we are not stupid and will not tolerate it under no circumstances. vote for Change We Can Believe In. OBAMA 08 He will deal with the Iraq , middle east crisis with deplomacy. HE IS NO DUMB BUNNNY like Bush and McCain want everyone to believe. NO,NO, NO To BS YES WE CAN!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Franco

    Come onnnnn Americans please start using your brains! Hillary has the qualifications for President. She has the experience, resources,
    the courage and tenacity. If the DNC steals this primary from Hillary
    there will be consequences to pay. This is not an issue of bringing
    the Party together by playing "Judas", this is an issue of paybacks
    against the Clintons and being politically correct by supporting a candidate with no experience but representing a large demographic
    group that abandoned the "1st. black president". Hillary is the one!!!!

    May 17, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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