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. Richard

    I am a strong Obama Supporter and I must say that I am VERY impressed wth Sen. Clinton's remarks of late and commend her for taking the high road in attacking GW and McSAME. I have said some harsh comments about Hillary Clinton during this campaign as have her Supporters about Obama. I just wanted to say Thank you Hillary for slamming Bush and McSame. The Democrats and Obama need your leadership in the years to come. It is time for the Democratic Party to unite and focus on the hillarity we call the GOP. They remind me of a group of 7 year olds sitting around name calling.
    "I know you are but what am I "

    Democratic Down Tickets Wins in November
    Republican for Obama 08

    May 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Laurie

    CNN should be ashamed of how biased they are. You act like Obama has already won, and he hasn't yet. You act like FL and MI haven't voted, and they have. Even though their delegates won't be seated, their votes are valid indications of the simple fact that by the end of this, more people will have voted for Hillary than Obama. Hopefully the remaining delegates will refuse to go against what the majority of democrats want.

    The superdelegates have the power to end this tomorrow, so it's obvious that they are waiting to see what happens with FL and MI and the rest of the primaries, where she will do well (except for OR). When she wins the popular vote, they will be able to justify to Obama supporters why they are putting her over the top. Why else wouldn't they not go for Obama now?

    CNN will go down as one of the most biased shows on television for the shameful way they have helped Obama play the race card against Hillary, and shamefully perpetuating the Obamamyth that whomever is ahead in pledged delegates wins.

    May 17, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. David

    It seems Hillary Clinton has not yet come in terms with the reality.
    Why making the arguments while she won some the state with 3% point? People vote for her even because of it is thesame policy with Old name.
    If Hillary wasn't there, people will vote Obama though not all but big enough to win McCain, so Hillary can just go and rest and it will be well with Obama.

    May 17, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. HP Boston

    See that Clinton KNOWS the nuances.
    Obama is a nuance.
    Relax Hillary the rebubs will neutralize BO in short order.

    May 17, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Dems2008

    Good luck Senator Clinton. I have begun to appreciate you a little more over the past few days.

    An Obama Supporter

    May 17, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. pamsiri

    I am so overwhemming about her chance to be elected. Please consider to have plan B inorder to stupid DNC rule that unfair to her and Florida, Michigan voters. Plan B is to run for INDEPENDENT for universal healthcare and poor and rich women. This world deserve woman pesidency and she is the one. Don't look for the perfect one, cause NO ONE PERFECT even you. SO don't look for the Buddha.

    May 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Daniel

    Hillary Clinton is our best and only choice

    Hillary 08

    May 17, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Observer

    Hillary would make a good Vice President if she can get rid of Bill and his baggage,

    The Repubicians would have a field day with bringing up all of Bill's issues.

    May 17, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. arbab ahmad toronto

    Democrats need to support one another and HRC did just that without mentioning B.Obama, that's good enough right now until June 3rd. that is.

    Any democrat in the white is better than 13 years of GWB policies.

    Go Obama 08!!
    Go Hillary 08!!

    May 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. DannyCali

    I agree with you Hillary 2013 is so bad. Why not 2009 and 2010?

    Hillary run for other party if you not our nominee of if you can.

    Still Hillary for President.

    May 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Stephen Bendah

    Hilary i would just kindly ask that you support Obama so that you guys can be able to capture the white house because it is already in the hands of the Democrats. but quit frankly Obama is the choice of the People. he who have an ear must listen.

    May 17, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Yohannes CA

    Democrats need to get together and defeat Sen. McCain who is offering another failed President Bush's policy.

    May 17, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Norm

    That's so True....Mission Accomplished (2013)....and two months later, the news will be...."We will win the war"....what a retard McCain is...

    May 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Sam

    No matter who wins, Obama or Clinton! America cant leave the white house in the hands of lying, ignorant, saudi arab loving republicans...

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    Greetings from Sweden...

    May 17, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Shamaedene

    I'm wondering if these candidates want a DEMOCRAT to be in the White House. Why belittle each other? Giving the opposition the ammunition?

    May 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Noemi in Los Angeles, CA

    Democrats Unite!!!

    Democrats 08!!!

    May 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |


    May 17, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Marc

    Here she goes again. Not even FL and MI could save her, but she still wants to show that she is a better choice then Obama. Can we just unite the Democratic party! We know it's going to be Obama and we need to throw our support behind him and do our best to stop McCain. A man who forgot that Al Qaeda is our enemy.

    May 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. St.Everest.

    hilary should stop disgracing her self.

    May 17, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran

    John has gotten away with so much, in my opinion, because he was a POW.
    I won't negate the fact that he is an American Hero... he is.

    That being said, he has flip-flopped on every major social/economic issue that has come up in the past 10 years.

    Watch "Verdict with Dan Abrams"... he has a piece called Teflon John.


    Obama 2008

    May 17, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Jody

    Shut your fat, lying mouth about being ahead in the popular vote, Hillary. You're not ahead in the popular vote. You're just like George Bush who thinks if he repeats the same lie over & over again it will somehow be true. Your campaign has been even worse than the Republicans. It's not enough for you to simply spin the truth. No, you make up completely new falsehoods & peddle them to the press & to your ignorant, gullible supporters. You are the trash candidate, and you fully deserve to lose and be thrown away.

    May 17, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Ben

    Who owns rhe oil in Saudia Arabia? That may seem a dumb question , but it is not. We owned the oil in Mexico until the govt nationalized oil and took our wells away from us. The same thing in Venesuela. We owned the oil rights until they also nationalized them.
    Now if we own the oil in S.A. this line of crap about us depending on foreign oil is nothing more than a hoax so they can raise theur own ptices on oil and blame someone else.

    May 17, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. The Campaign Strategist From 115th & Broadway

    The Democratic Nominee will carry the traditonally "blue states" of New York & California as well as others. These have signficant electoral votes and these are among the ones Hillary's team is including when they try to extend their argument about electability.

    The problem is .... that dog don't hunt. There is no way Brack Obama looses those states to McCain. Given this, the Clinton campaign can not, with a straight face, suggest that she is any stronger than Mr. Obama.

    What Camp Clinton can do is CONTRIBUTE to putting some additonal swing states in play ... for example ... AUGMENT Mr. Obama's strength in Philadelphia and & Pittsburgh with her stumping around the Pennsylvania countryside .... Or gument his Indianapolis & Ft Wayne strength with her & Bill's stumping around the Indiana countryside. Or augment his strength in Herdon, Richmond, etc with stumping in rural Virginia.

    By forgoing the VP slot, which is a powerless postion that I doubt Mrs. Clinton would care for, the Democratic Team can select yet another candidate with geographical or [other appeal ... including another woman]. In so doing, they can further weaken the republicans.

    That's the path to victory...

    May 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Judah

    Barack+Clinton(VP) ticket 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. John Everett

    This is the way to show support and grace. Good job.

    May 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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