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. A serious question

    I am really wondering both WHY they do it and WHAT it is they are trying to accomplish.

    What I am talking about are those people who MANY times a day post the same " No Matter what I will NOT vote for Obama" messages.

    Really, are they really so bothered they think posting it 100 times a day will make them feel better?


    Do they think they are SOOOO Important when Obama reads their post that he will be so shaken to the core he will suddenly step down from the nomination that he is certain to win in order to please them?

    Is it a pathological need to tell the world over and over and over and over again that they are unhappy and are going to do illogical things that go against the very staunch principles they pretend to have because they didn't get their way?


    Is it as simple as they are childlike people insisting we all listen to their tantrums thinking somehow if the do it long enough and loud enough it will change reality?

    Who knows and at this point Who Cares??

    May 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. ojay

    Vote for OBAMa! It is very obvious that the media favors him especially CNN and Time let us not post any Clinton add here. Right CNN? and that guy Martin...

    Let's go all out OBAMA and to all Clinton fans we do not need your help!

    May 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Unite Demos

    It's time to unite! We can't let the republicans re take the white house,

    May 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Hillary is by far the most qualified and capable candidate but the media long ago decided that Obama was their darling. Howard Dean's bias toward Obama has been apparent from the start. He had no problem with Illinois moving its primary date forward because he knew the state would favor Obama and give him a better start but Florida & Michigan are not to be forgiven for voting in favor of Clinton, even though Florida's decision to move the date forward was the Republican leadership's decision.

    Clinton has not only won the most critical electoral states, she has won a number of states where the caucus process resulted in more delegates for Obama. Losing Florida and Michigan in November will make victory very difficult but who could blame Democratic voters for staying home when their votes weren't respected in the primary? None of this was their fault.

    Democrats have thrown away an important opportunity to win this election. It's depressing.

    May 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. patrick

    As this does appear to be winding down, I aplaud Sen Clinton's tone in the race and beg both Clinton and Obama supporters to come together and get ready for the fall campaign. I worried a lot about a divided party, but after listening to Bush and Sen McCain the last 2 days, I'm now confident we will come together. They make our job clear (if not easy)

    May 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. wilma

    Is this what we get from OBAMA fans? I am very disgraced... This race has gone bad and to all Democrats out there Clinton fans will not support people like you.

    May 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Samuel T. Horton

    What does it matter if Clinton is the better candidate. What does it matter if she will win the general election. It doesnt matter if the party insiders dont care.

    Obama has a delegate lead, so he wills. They framed it that way.

    May 17, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. very smart lady

    Obama says change, but what and how? He has never said. I dont trust him. Everyone will be so sorry if Obama gets the nomination, although I dont think he will ever be president. The people who dont support him will suffer along with the ones who do think he is a god. He really is a jerk, and youall cant see it, including the Democrat idiots who have endorsed him. Shame, shame, especially Edwards and all the rest. Complete idiots, You tthink you are so cute. You will all suffer!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Texas Vet

    I wish the American Voters would focus more on the tragedy of the Iraq War. A disaster based on lies, planned by politicians that thought they were generals and an Administration who’s only victory was controlling the Press.

    Now McCain want four more years! If only the News Media would do its job and report on a true analysis of what has and is happening, Bush, McCain and the Politicians who continue to support it as a winnable war would receive the ridicule and anger they deserve.

    You want to worry about the economy. What impact did the 1.9 Trillion dollars and rising spent on this War have on our economy?

    If Voters would get off their butts and read some of the books that tell the truth about what happened, they would be outraged and would force the politicians and the justice department to send a lot of people to jail. If you are too lazy to read a book, buy or rent the “no end in sight” DVD, if you don’t feel the American Public and our Military have been betrayed by the Administration, participating Military/Industrial Corporations and our News Media, it will happen again and again.

    To all the many strategic and military experts who were ignored, discarded and attacked by this Administration, history will record your bravery and sacrifice.

    To the people of Iraq, who have suffered all these years of being killed, tortured and displaced; I pray that you will eventually see justice done.

    May 17, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. ojay

    At this time, I guess we have one already! Obama's speeches are great and young voters go for him especially African Americans that is enought to win the election!

    To all Clinton supporters go home!

    May 17, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Texas Trail Dog

    Hillay your support for Obama has finally lost me in supporting you. I will now vote for JOHN McCAIN!!!

    May 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Carol

    Hillary was being too kind. Osama captured, Iraqi peace and world hunger conquered by 2013 because McCain. I'm suprised he didn't throw in he would also cure aids.

    May 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. MD

    Obama will be the 2008 Democratic nominee.
    The Clinton era is dead and buried.

    Mission accomplished!

    May 17, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Sandy

    I guess He has a crystal ball that showing him a vision...NOT! Can you make it happen a lot sooner than that McCain? Don't get ahead of yourself Mr. We are looking in another direction.

    May 17, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Copperfield

    It's good to see the Democrats targeting the real problems, rather than eachother!

    Democrats United

    May 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Texas Trail Dog

    YOU TELL 'EM JOHN. VETERANS wake up this is the only man who can save the Military. VOTE JOHN McCAIN 08

    May 17, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. IndieVisible

    It's good to see Hillay playing fair as a democrat should towards a fellow democrat! This greatly improves my opinion of her from her previous do any thing say any thing approach. If only she stayed like this from the beginning with no detours I might have possibly supported her. As it is I support Obama, but if Hillary won I would support her because any thing is better then a third term of Bush!

    May 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. Ninabama

    It's a great day in America when democrats come together to defend our country's reputation. Bush is a disgrace. I voted for Obama in Pennsylvania primary. Senator Clinton has just shown me that she could be a good VP.

    Obama/Clinton 08

    May 17, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. ♥ Miss Joice Akyiah Akosua ♥

    These are the dreams of a 72 year OLD man.

    This grumpy old man reduced his 100 year old war in Iraq, by 95%- to 5 years, perhaps, when we put more pressure on McSame, he will further reduce to Iraq war to 2 weeks.

    May 17, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Stacy Clarks, TX

    Way to go Clinton, thanks for finally attacking the REAL enemy

    Bush and his VERY OLD buddy McCain

    LET'S GO UNITED DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. bill pike


    May 17, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Molly


    Obama will never win the election with his WEAK and questionable background.
    Obama skips over states like WV & now KY – thinks he does not need them then cries racism when he gets no votes ARROGANT!

    May 17, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Get Real

    Yeah Hilldog, the world is in a mess isn't it. Bush is begging the Saudi's for oil; you are begging for campaign contributions. That's kind of what happens when you don't manage your business right.

    Keep dividing and polarizing America and you WILL go down in history...not the way you want to. I am ashamed of some of my Southern neighbors who are buying into your "electability" argument. Fortunately there are a lot of us in the south who don't share their sentiments.

    I know there are many fine people in Kentucky who are working hard for Obama and I'm confident many will start to question just who should lead this nation and take us forward rather than being bound to the past.

    May 17, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Don

    Hillary would be the perfect vice-presidential candidate–for John McCain!
    She would bring to the ticket all of the things he is lacking, which is basically everything, and she would be ready "on day one" to step in when McCain keels over after one of his roof-rattling temper tantrums.

    May 17, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. At last...

    Thanks Hillary. This HIllary who protects the party and takes aim at the Republican nemesis could have won the election. I think the full frontal negative attack on Obama was part of her downfall. Oh well, onward to Nov!

    May 17, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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