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. Adam C

    Thank you for sticking out for Obama

    May 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. bub

    To restate what has been said by so many, this is not possible for her to accomplish. It really doesn't matter how childish Lanny Davis acts or how peppy and vigilant Terry McCauliff appears, the math isn't going to work. The best candidate has won, and the general election campaign has started. She is behind on every measurable, she agreed to the rules, she publically stated that Florida and Michigan votes would not count. There is nothing left to argue, and those two stated have no salvation for her. does she really expect the American people to believe the democrats will actually vote for McCain instead of Obama as the Democratic nominee? He has shown all through the campaign that he can take a punch, and he showed yesterday that he can take one. the best the the GOP has is to make empty accusations about Obama "appeasing" terrorists and calling a reporter sweetie. By the way, does anyone know who I mean when I refer to someone at CNN that calls a lot of her male guests "Babe?" It's a figure of speech, that's all.

    Steve, Canada

    May 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. rose, texas

    praying 4 u hillary, hope u can make it, but if not i will still write u'r name in. we - sure don't need mccain in there r obama.....

    May 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Keep fighting Hillary!

    I will tell you that I for one will NEVER vote for Senator Obama!

    As an Independent, it is either Hillary or McCain!

    The Elite Democratic Party should be ashamed of how they have disrespected both you and bill, but I doubt if they have any shame...

    May 17, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Riley In The Middle Of Nebraska

    Since Obama has this all wrapped up, it's good to see Hilary fight some battle for him.

    That's being a good team player! took her to realize that it's over before she could start being useful!

    Thank you Hilary!!!

    Obama '08!

    May 17, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Caroll

    The race is not over. Obama keeps "acting" presumptuous, by rallying to react to Bush and McCain remarks, when in fact, he is not the nominee yet, yet he keeps saying he does not want to "be presumptuous." Obama is as "old school" politician as any of them, he just thinks he isn't, and he somehow has convinced young voters that "he is going to be different". The best candidate is Hillary. Hopefully, this country and its constituents will see that. The voters. Not a bunch of elitists who think they can ramrod whoever they want into the nomination.
    The race is not over yet. Hillary has yet to collect all her votes. The race is not over until the last vote is counted.

    May 17, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Ben

    I know this will not be posted and I do not care. I just like to vent my anger. While the Exon,Mobile,Texaco,Shell et al lackys sit around gnashing their teeth in public saying they can do nothing to stop their master's from destroying the economy. Let me tell you something, They have several options which they know and will never try. They could do as Venezuela and Mexico have done"NATIONALIZE THE OIL INDUSTRY. Why won't they do it? Because they would never be re elected to office. The oil barrons would spend all that excess profit to drum them out of office.

    May 17, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Blayze Kohime

    What I don't understand is why McCain thinks taking 'only' until 2013 is a good thing in the first place! If he has to set a date 4 to 5 years in the future to be sure he can finish this, he is not presidential material!

    May 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Kobs

    Well lady those are rules you should have put on book befeore the game not in the game.
    Please do not shift the bar.

    May 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. niiamon

    2013, this is another politics Mcshame is using to get elected........... i guess he is not fine with the " 100 years " in iraq
    Vote Obama 08

    May 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Elias

    I admire Hillary's persistence and all. For sure she is strong. But let's look at reality here. She knows she is not going to cop up with Obama anymore and it's very unlikely that she's going to be the democratic nominee. So why did she keep on saying that she is more electable than Obama? Her staying on the race brings nothing but divide between democrats. She has to give it all up for Obama.

    May 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. HH


    Nice one Hillary- keep talking like that, and the more people will like you. Maybe you can even join Obama on the ticket.

    May 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. LT

    There's a man called Romney who wants to destroy Social Security.

    May 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Casey

    I am an Obama supporter but with all due respect Hillary has earned the right to be on the ticket. She has proved she can be a powerful and yet a gracious candidate. Obama and Hillary people let of get together and make this work and take the white house, change America fo the better.

    May 17, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Jermaine

    Well, Hillary finally is getting a dose of reality. She is a formidable candidate, however it is not her turn. The beauty of life is that Jesus Christ proved that Hope does concur all. OBAMA campaign and attitude of HOPE and CHANGE will win the day in November. Imagine what the Romans, and the Jewish authority of their day was like when Christ preach a new way, a way of HOPE and CHANGE. Abe Lincoln also is another example of the change. OBAMA campaign is model after Lincoln's, Kennedy's and Reagan, his foreign policy approach is Wilsonian and a bit model after Bush the elder. This election is not about Hillary, anymore than been about OBAMA, yet OBAMA is the best candidate to carry the torch into the General Election for not only all American's but the World. Hillary is correct she won states that will no doubt go TRUE blue in November, what she did not realized is that the States OBAMA has won and continue to win are states that will go Blue in November also. From IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WISCONSIN, SOUTH DAKOTA, VIRGINIA, NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, NEW MEXICO, MISSOURI, INDIANA, NEVADA, COLORADO, ALASKA, MAINE, NEBRASKA and a few others will go for BARAK. There is a few other states that will be very competitive even Tennessee will be treading close to blue and LA. OBAMA will give the REPUBLICANS a run for their money (which they don't have, McCain will be limited because he will accept Public Finance-a dead deal). OBAMA campaign is already financed by well over 1.5 million citizens, that number will swell to well over 5 million after he secured the nomination in Colorado. America is on the March and as an officer in the United States Army, it is about time we defend the con titution in the Light and Principled Wisdom the Founding Fathers intended and that Lincoln foresaw, even MLK, and JFK had that same ideal in mind, a union perfected for All Mankind. We have seen the NEW AMERICA and with it will shine a NEW EARTH under an OBAMA-LINCOLN Administration. AMERICA IS ON THE MARCH. Fear, Bigotry, Racial prejusdice and even Hitler will not deny us the CHANGE WE SEEK!


    May 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Obama 08

    The Repubs. are finished and they know it. Newt is ready to endorse Obama. Bush and Cheney are on their own, its a mess in that camp. Huckabee is threatening someone shoot Obama, Rove is threatening WWIII if the Dems are in charge, McCain is flip/flopping like a catfish out of water....etc.

    May 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. USAF Sr. Airman

    In 2013, McCain will have been in an old age home for three years.

    May 17, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. matt

    She should spend every day in oregon until tuesday if she knows how important that state really is for her.
    She needs to close the gap in that state.

    If she wins oregon, she will show that she can cut into obama terrirtory * and she will be the victor *

    yes i am a clinton supporter. So deal with it


    i know this because i added the numbers myself and i hope you do the same

    She has an opportunity to win the popular vote not counting michigan at all ( if she does well in oregon )

    Well thats my case. I count florida, i dont count michigan . and she wins the vote in the end ( after oregon, puerto rico , south dakota, montana, kentucky )

    So whats more important to you the number of votes or delagates.

    May 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    The only person that is going to accomplish the mission in the
    US is Hillary Clinton..

    I read all the questions Cafferty asks and wants everyone to respond to.
    What I don't understand is, I read all the blog answers and they
    are usually 50/50. When he reads them on this show 5 out 6
    are all pro Obama, and i for Clinton.

    Every single reporter except for Stone Face Cafferty is not bias
    against one canidate or another. How can CNN let this person
    on their program? When Wolf Blitzer asks him a question when he
    is on the panel, he squirms like a snake.

    I'm sure this will not be printed, but I tried

    May 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. God Bless America





    May 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Jeff, Columbus,Ohio

    Any American that votes for John McCain, must not have the best interest of America in mind. Our future looks bleak on the current path. We need change. Lobbyist have ruin Washington. Face it people, Bush and McCain are the same!!!!!! Most of the population in China rode bikes in the past, now they are lined up to buy their first car. Here in America, we are soon to be lining up to buy a bike, our main course for supper will be rice!!! CHANGE, CHANGE CHANGE, NOW IS THE TIME FOR CHANGE.

    May 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Brian

    She is correct McCain is sounding just like Bush!

    May 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. CA for Obama

    Well Sen. Clinton-let's leave it to the Democrats to fight with Bush. It is so sad that she doesn't realize how far along she would be right now had she stuck to the issues and not gotten nasty. Blacks would have gladly voted for her. Although, I am not one of them. However, I do have to agree with her about Bush begging the Saudi's for oil. How pathetic. He is such a disgrace. As far as the other states voting, I think she has EVERY right to stay in the race for as long as she wants. I have never said the other states should not be able to cast their votes. Most of us on these blogs have already voted. These people are entitled to their opinions to. However you decide to vote and I hope it is for Obama-vote.

    As far as those Clinton supporters who will "write in HRC's name" go ahead do that. Vote for John Insane to if you want.. Obama has a good job and excellent benefits to go back to should he lose. You, however, don't have either.

    May 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. marek

    flip-flop McCain having another senior moment

    May 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. dozie

    americans will be stupid to vote in mccain into office

    May 17, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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