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. Jack

    Did anyone else notice how weird McCain's cheeks look? Did he have a stroke recently. I hope I don't look that way when I am 105 years old...

    May 17, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. joseph

    I would like to know if Senator McCain wins the Presidential election would he try to "Retaliate"on any rivalry that the United States is up against because of what he went through when he was at war?

    May 17, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Jmm

    Come on everybody and unite with the Obama Campaign!
    Hate Hate Hate 2008
    Hate Hate Hate 2008
    Hate Hate Hate 2008

    Hate Hillary

    Hate McCain

    Hate Whites

    Hate Hate Hate
    Obama '08

    May 17, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Say NO to Obama

    Good for you Senator Clinton - We have simply ignored the media and their pro-Obama comments.

    May 17, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. lol

    hillary does not appease enemies of the United States. obama's lack of experience on foriegn policy is really going to be a problem against mccain. superdelegates wake up before it is too late. obama can't beat mccain, hillary can. hillary loyalist visit hillary's website, and sign the petition to have FL and MI voters count. the dnc really needs dean to step down, he has created this mess in the democratic party!

    May 17, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Griff

    The is is John McCain! Do you know where your children are? I do. It's 3:46 Am, I'm in the White House, and your children are safe in Bed...

    May 17, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Obama 08

    NO McCain! It will be a huge trouble for our country.

    Democrats unite!

    May 17, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Jawahar Chirimar

    democrats need to attack
    make vidoes of the effect of the republican an dbush policies

    videos of iraq
    or poverty in WV and mid america
    of imports from China
    of the wealth that has gone to china, and mid east and russia

    attack attack attack

    keating 5,
    Cindy's history and addiction
    His miliatry past – what the hell has McCain done in the army?

    Tell women he will take away right to abortion
    tell minorities he will enforce segregation

    Trace history of McCAin, Huckaclown and Rove
    and see how many White Superamacists they had ties to

    Attack in every way
    dont be wimps

    May 17, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. LIam Danhof

    If there is truly a God He will give us the ticket of Obama/Clinton and then maybe we can finally take back our counrty and restore the USA to what it once was.

    However, I for one would like to see a single payer health care system such as in Canada. We MUST get the insurance companies out of the heath care business. I am afraid that both Obama and Clinton do not get this and they, while of their plans are better then what we have need to go a step further and have single payer. If someone does not care to be in that system so be it and just go out and buy your own, but that person can't just keep jumping back and forth, a waiting system must be in place for cases such as this. In other words one or the other.

    Go Obama and Hillary.

    May 17, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Von Bismark VIENNA


    May 17, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Veterans for Obama

    We need to focus on McCain. Clinton should remain in the contest if she chooses, but she should not try to weaken Obama at this point. If both candidates aim their arguments towards the Republicans NOW we as a party (and nation) will do better in November. I still believe we will walk all over that fossil the Republicans are supporting. But if Gore could lose to a dribbling moron like Bush, then we better come out swinging!

    Please donate NOW to the Democratic Party,, or your Democratic nominee of choice (presidential and congressional).

    Let's not let the party of "Greedy Old Pigs" near the Whitehouse this time.

    May 17, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Allen In North Carolina

    Why is this lady still news?.......

    May 17, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Taka

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Go Clinton go! This is the reason you should be the nominee. You're the best attack dog in America. Blunter then bludgeony blunt bludgeons can get.

    CLINTON 08'

    May 17, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. km

    I am an Obama supporter who would love an Obama/Clinton ticket. She is the attack dog mild mannered Obama needs. And what a coo... the Democratic party with the first black AND woman as leaders. He claims he can bring people together...start by healing your own party. The voters are split down the middle. Lets give them both.

    May 17, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. barackobama4prez

    HRC was wise to liken Mission Accomplished with "2013". That's exactly what's going on here. More fake, false promises.

    May 17, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Christine V from Dallas TX

    Hillary supporters will neither back nor join the ridiculous SNOBBY Obama cult....With Repubs attacking THE PRODUCT......OBAMA

    He is set to lose NOVEMBER.... and HE AND HIS SUPPORTERS DESERVE IT.....

    May 17, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Blackwoman, Ohio

    Yay go Hillary

    Keep it up my Lady !!!

    May 17, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Vig

    Clinton is the leader. Obama is the follower. Clinton doesn't need a prepared text to respond to Bush and McCain, doesn't need to read off paper the way Obama did. Clinton can stand on her own two feet. Obama can't.

    May 17, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Butch Dillon

    Pump it up Hill! Go after the real pigs in the race and do it with the vengeance only you can wield. It's time to focus on dismembering the Republicans, one digit at a time from now until November. Let's all go after McCain's jugular together and force him into retirement.

    May 17, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. nathan

    If Hilary doesn't get the norminee , Democratic party is over!
    Obama right now is almost 100% unelectable.

    May 17, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Diing in Washington

    "It sounded a lot like 'Mission Accomplished,' only postponed into 2013," said Clinton. I admire NY senator. Good luck in your fight for the normination of Dem party. Whoever win, it will be refreshing!.

    May 17, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. unions are not stupid

    Well Hillary you might not be our nominee but you are still one hell of a democrat. Lets kick some elephant but!

    May 17, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. mike from ca

    for once we agree senator clinton

    May 17, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Darcy

    First: "Mission Accomplished" is the impression I received also. Second: Anyone beating Clinton in all of the ways Obama has should not have a problem with the electoral map. "Last ditch effort" is the impression I get with that argument.

    May 17, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Lance

    You Go Hillary all the way to the white house. Hillary has what it takes to lead this great country in the right direction.

    Hillary 08!

    May 17, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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