Clinton predicts Obama re-election; urges Tunisians to ignore campaign rhetoric
February 25th, 2012
01:30 PM ET
6 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. kat

    I hope and pray that she's wrong. We can't afford 4 more.

    February 26, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. AnyoneBut

    Looks like an opening shot for "South Park."

    February 26, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. James in AZ

    Yep. People in other countries typically do pay better attention than most Americans. Heck, they pay more attention than most of the GOP candidates running for president!

    February 26, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  4. mk1

    If President Obama is not reelected, the rest of the world had better watch out. We will be at war within the year as the Republican will need to start a war to keep the American people from realizing the rights that are being systematically taken away from us.

    February 26, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. Commojoe

    If this country is stupid enough to listen to Hillary, much less STUPID enough to re-elect Bozobama after the incompetent fool he has proven himself to be, heaven will be all that CAN help us. We need to send Bozobama back to Chicago and the corrupt environment that spawned him.

    February 26, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Bob223

    I previously posted a comment which was not singing the praises of the Obama Administration. CNN deleted it. Are they reporting all the news – not if it is not in the best interest of Obama. I may have to take them on AGAIN on Freedom of Speech. The lost the last time.

    February 26, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. Namejkane fl

    Go Hilary , no Americans with any brains listen to the teapublican bafoons. Americans won't even vote for these disgrace to America republican bafoon clowns. Obama in a Dem landslide!!!! No chance for republican morons . Middle eastern peoples need to no that these republican clowns have no chance in 2012!!!!!

    February 26, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  8. yep

    Uh, did anybody edit this?

    February 26, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. Hark

    That is one scary picture of Hillary....aside from that, I believe her prediction will prove wrong. I'm out here in good ol' liberal Washington State and I see a different scenario than 2008. As Dylan sang, "things have changed".

    February 26, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  10. Fred Riek

    Hillary Clinton, what an asset to President Obama and our Nation. Isn't it strange that the Republican wannabees have not attacked her as well. As usual, her comments are spot on.

    February 26, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  11. Gop

    Not only is she one ugly old hag but she has no clue as to why Obama will not be re-elected. her and him will need new jobs at the end of this year!

    February 26, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  12. Rose

    She's looking bad,isn't she? Has she been sick?

    February 26, 2012 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  13. sri

    Her picture is again, "Hillarious" !

    February 26, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  14. dallas.alphonso

    She is so on the team

    February 26, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  15. Tired of republican lies

    Thank you Hillary for telling it like it is...I have a good feeling the President will be re-elected...we have nothing but garbage on the other side...and the desparation coming from them is oozing terribly...God bless you the best secretary of state.

    February 26, 2012 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  16. Ozzie

    Obama is the best!!!

    February 26, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  17. rtbrno65

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! The Great Oz has spoken!"

    February 26, 2012 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  18. Centerlink

    CNN might want to add a map of Tunisia to this post so wing-nuts know where it is, and can adjust their xenophobia accordingly.

    February 26, 2012 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  19. Tim Rigney

    Wait, let me get this straight, a Democratic Sec. State predicted her boss, who's running for re-election as President, will win the election? Stop the presses!...... 😉

    February 26, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  20. Nitehawk1950

    A very intelligent woman who's done an outstanding job for the U.S. in her role as Secretary of State. Obama was wise in her appointment. The GOP whose has given us Sarah and Michelle has failed to bring one woman with half her brain to the forefront. I predict she will be right about Obama's re-election.

    February 26, 2012 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  21. korkea aika

    Hillary for President 2016!

    February 26, 2012 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  22. Derrique3

    The problem is, Hillary, Obama does NOT speak for all of us. If you're going to chew them out for generalizing, it would behoove of you not to do it, yourself.

    February 26, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  23. Chedar

    I think the GOP candidates are kissing Jew's ass the way I hear their debate.

    February 26, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  24. Gene Cole

    So now the Sec'y of State represents the Democratic party, not the nation as a whole. Great. This administration has got to go.

    February 26, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  25. Steven Colo

    "I think that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values are and what our president believes." – Translation – the GOP field is ridiculous.

    "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," Translation – Candidates are nuts. Don't believe a word they say.

    February 26, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
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