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. Goofyfoot2001

    Well, if he is re-elected then your liberals will have only yourselves to blame when the country comes crumbling down. Which is exactly what will happen. Money doesn't grow on trees folks. Are you packin'? Most conservatives are because they understand economics and most importantly history. It's amazing how we are repeating it. It ALWAYS ends violently unfortunately.

    February 26, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. Jerry

    I hope this shameful traitor (Ms. Clint-on) to the American populace gets a rude awakening come elections time. What a hypocrite! Would she be making these idiotic comments if she really stopped for a minute and realized and admitted the president's foibles/boondoggles?!

    I think not. Hypocrisy rules. I am a life-long Democrat, but I don't think our beloved country can afford four more years of this unpatriotic administration; particularly the clueless individual at the helm.

    There is so much lying going on. The president has adopted the same policies that he used to crucify president Bush for. How moronic and hypocritical!!!

    February 26, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  3. Grimaldas

    Holy cow. Now she's a profit too? Clinton, Palosi, Obama and every other socialist democratic pig needs to leave DC.

    February 26, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. Kevin

    Since when are there Muslins and mosques everywhere in the United States?

    February 26, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  5. Johnny DC

    She's great at predicting. She married Bill Clinton and predicted she'd have a healthy marriage.

    February 26, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  6. B17

    Sorry Hillary. The chances of Obummer getting re-elected are the same as the chances of Bill remaining faithful to you!

    February 26, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. Ryan

    Hillary is just worried she is not going to have a job when the election is over with and who would want to go home to Bill anyway.

    February 26, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. unc dig

    you would think she would have put on a little makeup before giving a speech...

    February 26, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  9. Lucky18

    GO Hillary! This is one very powerful woman!!!

    February 26, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. JasonP

    She's definitely diplomatic. I would have said "ignore those Republican idiots, they're morons".

    February 26, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  11. What?

    So what is she trying to say? Obama does not support Israel? Wow they're not even hiding it anymore, God help us all!

    February 26, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Andreea

    Maybe she is right.But is time for her to move on.Way too much Clintons.

    February 26, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. diridi

    We Love You....Please be in the line, next is your turn to lead this democracy. Obama2012/Hillary16.

    February 26, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  14. j0nx

    I agree. Never underestimate the retardation of your fellow Americans and the ability of the powers that be to hack the diebold machines or change the results of the election behind closed doors to suit their needs. Voting is a joke and a waste of time.

    February 26, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. sensible

    ....then they all sat down and had Tunis sandwiches.

    February 26, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  16. sensible

    The real way to bring two conflicting sides together is to NOT choose sides and be friends with both of them......nobody listens to an enemy, they listen to a friend.

    February 26, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. LE117

    "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." "

    That's because Americans aren't concerned some fool like Bush is going to have tanks rolling down their streets.

    February 26, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  18. Puddin

    Hillary Clinton has got to be one of the most intelligent, wise, and realistic women there are. I don't know how she can be so forgiving considering that she was so brow-beaten in the last election. It's too bad she wasn't president first and then Pres. Obama, but it is what it is. She does a great job as our Secty. of State, and I think most everyone in the US agrees. Thank you, Secty. Clinton!!!!

    February 26, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. Namejkane fl

    No republican freak will ever be elected president of the USA in the next 100years, they only cause damage to our country, total clowns and bafoons!!

    February 26, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. Lu

    Hillary- You need a new hair stylist and shorter cut !!!!!!

    February 26, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  21. scott

    The Republican party are the socialist, not Democrats. I am a moderate blue dog pro-life democrat, but I cannot support y'all bull on the Republican side. NO REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kiss this wording

    February 26, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Mike

    I agree with her – He needs another four if not more to clean up after BushCheney mess. I will probably vote for him since the others are not capable.

    February 26, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. mario

    love Hillary you are the poster chiild of whhat a strong and determinated woman should be Thankyou for serving our country and our president hopefully Chelsea will fallow your footsteps one day

    February 26, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. shushu21

    Hey Hillary you and you boss aint doing bad but ignoring Israel is like denying God we all are aware of the fact that they are the backbone of Americans technological prowess...Obama we are behind you..

    February 26, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. mommatocharlie

    that is really scary–the world will see even more of his beliefs. That's not what his job as president should be. And the thought that he is the example of what our values are...

    February 26, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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