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. faat

    Hillary cries about not saying anything bad about Obama, but she sure ran her mouth when Bush was in office. She knows the only way she will stay in the spotlight is for Obama to win re-election. Bill is still more popular than she is.

    February 26, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Damn straight Obama is going to be reelected in November, in spite of a bunch of retarded Tri-Polar Inbred Tea Party hicks in Congress and a few Red States that are so ignorant about the world they would rather plummet America down the toilet to protect the rich.

    February 26, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Indyswimmer66

    Rule of thumb: If you're smart, never put much stock in what a political candidate says during the campaign.

    February 26, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. van maseya

    Hillary is and always has been a wise woman,i agree 100% with her that Obama will be a president for another 4 years from November 2012.

    February 26, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Sorensen

    Hillary does not need any help to stay in the spotlight. She IS the spotlight. She is the most effective, brilliant and
    elegant Secretary of State ever.

    February 26, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    No one will remember this observation a week from now. But eight months from now, Mrs. Clinton will have been proven correct. Not exactly a bombshell revelation. The train clearly is headed in that direction, and we'll be better off for it.

    February 26, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Do you really think she's going to say her boss is going to lose? Even Hillary is smarter than that. Actually she's a lot smarter than her boss.

    February 26, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. neil

    This is a no brainer.Imagine anyone of those republican fools as president.Even republicans that aren't inbred know they're going to lose.Somebody needs to stuff a sock in Gingrichs mouth also.This clown isn't doing anyone any favors with his unAmerican rants.Go home you tired old windbag,it's over.

    February 26, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    An Obama re-election would send a clear signal that the American people are basically fools.

    February 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. mikle

    She looks like old women, who need to go for nursing home. Obama won in 2008 because one reason- he was historical person. American love to make history. To me , he is small communist agitator. In 2008 Obama did not has record, no job, nothing to qualify to be president and he still don't have. So let be strait – if he was white he would never won.

    February 26, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Elphaba

    The day after the election of 2008, before Obama even took the oath of office Mitch McConnell said the main priority of the Republican Party is to make sure Obama is a one term president. Enter Mitt, Newt, Rick and Ron. Boy, I'll bet McConnell fells like a fool now!

    February 26, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Bleedingheart

    With "The Four Fools" in the race how can he lose?

    February 26, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Bessy

    @ Seal Team Alpha & Omega
    I couldn't have said it better myself.
    I do think that Hillary should do something with her hair though. She is too old for long hair.

    February 26, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. kevin

    american soliders are dying over this burning of this book that hate's the west , and this wise woman as VAN MASEYA say's in her post at 11;53 a.m. is talking about obama's re-election what a freaking joke. LOOK THIS UP IN 2009 DID'NT OBAMA SAY THE NICE'S SOUND IN THE MORNING IS THE SOUND OF MUSLIM'S PRAYING. THAT SAY'S IT ALL FOR ME TOO UNDERSTAND THE APOLOGY.

    February 26, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. judith

    Obama will be reelected because the GOP has utterly dreadful candidates and not a single helpful idea. Richie Rich Romney would only give more tax breaks to those like himself and Santorum would create a theocracy.

    February 26, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. bob springer

    I think she is correct about his being reelected, but wrong about why. It is very very clear that his views and policies in general do not represent even half of the American public. Two of his cabinet appointments that he most strongly supports would be thrown out if they were elected officials. But he will be reelected because of the absence of a strong, articulate conservative candidate, and the stupid behavior of the republicans that are running
    rws.

    February 26, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. sandy

    To all you so called americans out there speaking of taking your country back. think about this for a moment where are you really from Europe,you people stole this land from the Indians, and then went and stole slaves from africa ,how can you discover a land that is already occupied. all of you are just afraid of any educated black man or woman it just shows how unintelligent you are . black people made this country. Just like the GOP theives

    February 26, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @mikle: Wow, one lousy photo and you're shipping her off to a nursing home. And regarding President Obama's record of achievement, try unplugging yourself from Fox and doing a little research. He was more than qualified to be president and has done a tremendous amount for our country.

    And if he had been white, he STILL would have been elected, because all the Repubs have to offer our country is the same-old, same-old FAILED POLICIES.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 26, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. mikle

    What else she can say?. Her prediction worst 1 penny. If he not win, she is out of politics. Why some people can pay attention what some people ,who got very heavy interest for self, claim prediction. It's stupid.

    February 26, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. diridi

    Obama2012/Hillary0216. Period.
    PS: We LOVE you, Hillary...

    February 26, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. sandy

    gop are idiots

    February 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Primus

    I used to ardently support HC... farso more than I did BO... but recently I'm starting to think her job or something has had a negative effect. Even in the impression one gets from her recent photos... "strident" would be one thing, but "deranged" is quite a different matter.

    February 26, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Bessy

    @ kevin
    Just looked it up. Not true.

    February 26, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Noodle Nose Johnson

    What's funny/sad is watching the right wing rhetoric becoming increasingly strident as we get closer to the election. Obama has done a fantastic job as President considering the mess he was handed and the unhinged right wing that continued to LIE about everything he did or didn't do. The GOP has the poorest crop of candidates in history and NONE of them are worthy of being President.

    February 26, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Bessy in response to @ kevin: "Just looked it up. Not true."

    That's the difference between Democrats who actually do research and think and Repubs who believe anything Fox/Limbaugh the Koch brothers propaganda machine spews.

    On a generous day, I feel really sorry for the Repub "base." They don't realize they're constantly being used to vote against their own self-interest. And if they only knew what the Repub leadership thought of them – they'd die of shame and humiliation.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 26, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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