Clinton predicts Obama re-election; urges Tunisians to ignore campaign rhetoric
February 25th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton predicts Obama re-election; urges Tunisians to ignore campaign rhetoric

(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sounded a confident note on her boss' reelection prospects in Tunisia Saturday, telling a group of Arab students President Barack Obama would be president for another four years.

"He will be re-elected president," Clinton said in Tunis. "I think that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our president believes."

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Clinton was responding to a question from a Tunisian student named Ivan, who asked about the staunch pro-Israel stance nearly every American politician, both Republican and Democrat, espouse when they're running for office.

Clinton, a former presidential candidate herself, said campaign trail stumping often gains outsize significance that doesn't actualize when governing.

"You will learn as your democracy develops that a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention," Clinton said. "There are comments made that certainly don't reflect the United States, don't reflect our foreign policy, Don't reflect who we are as a people. If you go to the United States you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim Americans everywhere. That's the fact. So I would no pay attention to the rhetoric."

Republican candidates running for their party's presidential nomination often accuse Obama of appearing weak in his support for Israel.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said at CNN's Florida Republican Presidential Debate in January that Obama "threw Israel under the bus with regards to defining the '67 borders as a starting point of negotiations."

Romney added, "I think he has time and time again shown distance from Israel, and that has created, in my view, a greater sense of aggression on the part of the Palestinians. I will stand with our friend, Israel."

Fellow candidate Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, said at the same debate "we're in a continuous state of war where Obama undermines the Israelis."

Clinton said political observers from abroad should take cues about American policy from Obama, not from the presidential candidates.

"I would say watch what president Obama says and does. He's our president. He represents all of the United States," she said, adding she found it surprising people in Tunisia and other countries "pay more attention to what is said in our political campaigns than most Americans."

Clinton was in Tunisia meeting with other world leaders who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott contributed to this report.

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. AngryBob

    Clinton is right of course. Nobody should draw any conclusions about the US from the campaign rhetoric of our no good, lying, morally bankrupt politicians. Sad.

    February 25, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Mark

    Shes right, Obama will serve another term.

    February 25, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Catmandew

    All this from Hilary you left me high and dry you represented my USA not Obama then you dropped out you have to admit Obama is the worst POTUS that ever was!

    February 25, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. yogi

    Obama's foreign policy has been superior, especially in comparison with Bush where the only solutions were military, with devastating results. See what is possible with an intelligent approach: The fate of Bin laden, and numerous Al Queda leaders.
    Obama 2012

    February 25, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  5. petemg

    So how much is Obama going to pay this elite group of politicians to gain re election. And yes Obama is throwing Israel under the bus. It is as if he is promoting the building of Mosques even in places where there are little or no Muslims. We are selling our freedoms out. Obama may be president but not one I respect.

    February 25, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. koolman

    Look out hillary, theres some islamic writing on the wall behind you. Next thing someone like ( truth) is gonna say your a muslim

    February 25, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. mcmasehere

    Let's HOPE this is the dumbest statement Hillary Clinton has ever made!!!!! I love Hillary But her boss OBAMA HAS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our country can not take another 4 years of Obama or we will be no better off than Syria!!!

    February 25, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. shybou69

    Hillary Clinton is an evil woman

    February 25, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  9. SafeJourney3

    Thank you Hillary, we will be voting for you for President and Elizabeth for Vice President in 2016.

    Obama/Biden 2012
    Clinton/Warren 2016

    February 25, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. GordyB

    There is nothing these GOP candidates won't say to get votes. Neither of them have access to the intel the president gets daily. There comments on foreign policy border on the absurd. Hillary is correct, Obama will get another term.

    February 25, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's Obama cuz he loves Allah.

    February 25, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. longtooth

    Well said, Hillary. If we had a republican president, and a democratic candidate threw these words around, they'd want to try him for treason.

    February 25, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Paul

    Hillary, I hope your right. U.S. foriegn policy has never been better(Thank you Hillary) our domestic policy has taken us from a near depression to hope for the future. So many things are better then four years ago, that I will glady support President Barack Obama for four more years. I also believe that should you chose to run in 2016, that the nomination is yours to loose. Obama 2012, Hillary 2016

    February 25, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. Crocker's Common Sense

    God help us. We CANNOT afford four more years of socialism change.

    February 25, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Jeff In Oregon

    I like this lady. She is working hard for America and does it all quite well.

    February 25, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Gaylon Barrow

    I guess now I can believe what a complete nutcase Hillary would have been as President. She is as stupid as the group who follows the Pied Piper to the death of this nation.

    February 25, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Jeff

    In a landslide. A mandate to the Republican racists that they never had a plan only to get rid of middle class and the country. And the Republicans call themselves patriots. What a joke. Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents along with Licoln and FDR.

    February 25, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Sirned

    We do seem to bend over for Israel. I don't understand why we are so beholden to them? Why don't we just make them part of our country at least then I could understand this fierce loyalty to them...Otherwise all we are doing is turning people like me off at this kind of favoritism. Right now I believe our Government is more friendly to Israel than they are to the American people....Just saying

    February 25, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. Hussein Obama

    Hillary is a worn-out hag.

    February 25, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  20. Aces Full

    Well, what else is she going to say...

    February 25, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. jimatmadison

    The Dems had two terrific candidates in 2008. Ms Clinton would have made a great president, and still may get that chance if she chooses to run in 2016.

    That's exactly two more terriific candidates than the Republicans have this year.

    February 25, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Tom

    It is so comforting seeing these 3 candidates who are bending over backwards to get the last remaining handful of extreme right voters, spew reckless comments that may adversely affect U.S. foreign policy. The President may be a bit lenient onsiome of this, but the Sec of State is one person I would not cross.

    February 25, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Dave, Central Illinois

    That says it all folks, Obama's priorities exposed:
    "He will be re-elected president," Clinton said in Tunis. "I think that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our president believes."
    "Clinton was responding to a question from a Tunisian student named Ivan, who asked about the staunch pro-Israel stance nearly every American politician, both Republican and Democrat, espouse when they're running for office."
    "If you go to the United States you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim Americans everywhere"

    I wonder if she would go to Muslim countries where Christians are persecuted and offer the same comfort to them. November 2012 – Jews and Christians unite to throw this bum and his toadies out!

    February 25, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  24. Joe, San Diego

    Could it be she wants to be the first female Vice-President?

    February 25, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  25. Lori

    Really? Duh... It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. I just hope Hillary becomes his running mate.

    Obama/Clinton 2012!!!

    February 25, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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