May 17th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
6 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. Ben

    Diplomacy is the constant JOB of every world leader. War and terrorism should never be an option. Republicans and terrorists live by the same philosophy. Kill first, ask questions never. Cooperation between ALL countries is the only way to peace and to disrupting terrorists plans. Bin Laden wanted war in the middle east so he could win more supporters. Bush gave it to him. The ONLY way to destroy the nuclear threat every country faces is to destroy ALL nuclear weapons. Bush has been expanding our programs which leads other countries to expand theirs as well. Just read any history book and you'll realize how f**cked up the world has been. One leader convinces the people that everyone else is evil and the people kill them and take their land. Then another leader convinces their people that everyone else is evil and they kill them and take their land. It's up to all of the people of the world to stand up and refuse to fight. I can only control my own actions and I will never kill a fellow human being. What do you believe?

    May 17, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Independent99999

    OMG – this lady is fooling herself with electability argument. All the polls show Obama ahead against McCain over Hillary. She could not win against Obama and how does that make her better than Obama!.

    Is she living in a different planet called (non-existent) "Clintonian"?

    May 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Lynn D

    Senator Clinton will be the nominee after the damaging info on Senator Obama comes out soon. A Rev. Manning claims to have proof that Senator Obama had a very inappropriate relationship with Rev. Wright. Rev. Manning informed Kevin Miller of kdka radio in Pittsburgh, PA that he has absolute proof of Senator Obama's affair with Rev. Wright. Check it out at http://www.kdkaradio.com. Go to Kevin Miller's link on the home page. I suggest that Senator Clinton hangs in there until the info is released.

    May 17, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Stan(NC)

    It has to be hard for her. There are only 2 ways she'll make it to the White House...

    1.) Bash Obama in the primary and become the Dem nominee to run against McCain in 2008.

    2.) Bash Obama in the general election (covertly) and when he loses she can run against McCain in 2012.

    I give her credit for being loyal enough to the Democratic party to back a candidate she really doesn't believe in.

    May 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Bobby tray

    She made a valid point. I give credit where credit is due. Kudos to you Sen. Clinton

    May 17, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. democrat

    Obama/Clinton '08 ALREADY – let's get this thing on the road!

    May 17, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. heartlight 3, Maui, HI

    It looks to me like the meeting Hillary had a few days ago with the DNC leaders and superdelegates resulted in her be asked to tone down the anti-Obama rhetoric and focus on her own positives.

    In my opinion it is her job to persuade all of those voters in the big states and swing states who voted for her to vote for Obama, once he becomes the nominee.

    May 17, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Crush Rush

    The photo of Rove on the next blog looks like hes growing a second nose,now thats alot of lying.

    May 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. austbill

    Go Hillary, do not give up, afterall, you are the best canidate for the Democratic nominee. Hillary is intelligent, hard-working and most capable of being our Commander-in-chief.

    Hillary, that is my nominee!

    May 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Don

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't it during your husbands administration that the USS Cole was attacked . . . at least Bush did something after 9/11.

    I can not stand the Clinton's an sure as heck won't vote for Obama the Appeaser.

    McCain 08

    May 17, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Ifeanyi Egbujie

    Mr bush.....cannot see beyond his nose, after eight years in the WH. by comparing nazi movement with today terrorist.....in those days they know who the enemies solders are (the Nazi Army). today we do not know who these army are.....every militant killed in Iraq and other places are names civilians (innocent men, women and chidren). of course, we know these militants have wife and children and all these are the terrist army....tell Mr. Bush it will take a change of attitude and mind set of these human (militant) to win this war.....ant not 100% force as has failed in the last seven years.

    By this the the American people should know that an extention of these failed policies will only empower the milliants more.

    May 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Ben

    Hillary's advisors are the worst in the business. Their overconfidence has seen her drop to the bottom!! They talk more than think or do productive things!!

    May 17, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Obama 08: 60, white female

    So why would the other states even vote? This woman is unbelievable. Democracy depends on rules which she agreed to.

    And before all "the I will vote for McCain if Hillary isn't the nominee," you would be saying the same thing as Obama supporters if Clinton had the same number as he does.

    May 17, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Drew, Central FL

    She's right on both counts regarding Bush. However, Obama will go on to win the general election as well. He's proven he can come from behind to win the primary. With her support and the rest of the Democratic Party, he will become the next President.

    It's time for the Democratic Party to coalesce into a GOP smashing machine.

    Dems Unite '08

    May 17, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. JPG

    Heaven for bid someone tries to do something real about the gas situation instead of a "holiday" that saves 70$ over months (Bad Bush good McCain/HRC)... Split that up and what is it per month? (maybe I should donate that "for a price of a cup of coffee").. Now that is a joke.. It seams to me that anyone who actually pays attention to past votes would know that McCain is quite different than Bush (I do not disagree that they have voted the same on some issues, but if one notices, both HRC and BO both fallowed suit on many of those votes). Leave it up to left wingers to think anyone that does not believe or vote their way is "dumb" (which is mild compared to most descriptions on similar articles). This to me is funny since the "left" is complaining about mud slinging or name calling or the hate mongering. Just read the majority of leftist blogs on every topic and one will see horrible spelling, bad grammar, condescending... (sorry for not completing a sentence it is just to obvious to continue). I can tell by reading comments who is actually the under educated, hateful, mean spirited individuals (not name calling just stating an opinion validated by written word). I guess that is why some want big government and social welfare. Heaven for bid one has to work for something. Last I recall people work harder and appreciate things that they have to work for. Maybe we should just GIVE people a better life. I mean who really wants to work for something anyways. Forget about sense of accomplishment and just have a sense of entitlement....

    Socialism bordering Communism 08' (sarcasm)

    May 17, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Ben

    McCain...is so desperate to be the President that he will say anything ..a little like Paris Hilton who'd do anything to be in the limelight!

    May 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. bluebird

    GO HILLARY!

    May 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. mick

    Oregon people must unite with the Obama supporter's and the new Democrat party. Hate, Hate ,Hate. Hate the Clinton supporters, Hate the Clintons, Hate McCain and Cindy yes we can this is the Obama supporters new hope for our nation

    May 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Helen, NY

    Hey Hillary, Do you have a plan for Iraq. Current scenario is created by your husband and George Bush inheritated it. When Saddam was overthrown, Mission was indeed accomplished. I wonder if you had guts to stand up to Saddam and the terrorists. Get a life.

    May 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Jim

    Hillary, you are the best, the strongest, the most intelligent and you have certainly proven that you can win the important states unlike Obama.

    Wake up superdelegates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Whiskey

    i guess i am unpatriotic because i do not wear a flag pin. I hate false patriotism.

    May 17, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. bernice

    loser !!

    May 17, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Giovanni

    Two days ago Clinton told a very very touching story about a child selling his bike to finance her campaign. Now I have a question: I read she loaned her campaign $11 mio. . It means other people (as the child with the bike) give their money as a gift, but Hillary wants the money back, right?
    I got a loan from a bank. Now I am returning the money with interests. Will Hillary's campaign returns the $11 mio with interests to Hillary Clinton?
    If so, as I believe, she is a genius!!!!!

    May 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Tom

    Clinton says: "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 capture the White House?"

    In reality, the general election is a whole different ballgame. It doesn't matter who would win which states between Obama and Clinton and how many electoral votes they add up to. Obama geared his campaign so far to the rules of the nomination process, and he's going to win it. It's a whole different mix of voters (population at large) for the general election, and he'll gear his strategy there to the rules of that process. What matters is who will be the better president (Obama) and who will do better against McCain (again, Obama).

    May 17, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. GnosticMan

    I have to say that Hillary ran a pretty dirty campaign, but i am amazed and impressed to see that she just might leave this campaign with some form of dignity. If she does than I, as an Obama supporter, would be proud to have her run with him. They would crush McCain so decisively, it will likely be the greatest landslide victory of all time.

    May 17, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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