August 7th, 2007
05:04 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton in the crosshairs?

Obama takes a break from the campaign trail in Iowa.

(CNN) – Are this week’s campaign trail skirmishes a precursor of the fireworks to come at Tuesday night’s AFL-CIO Democratic presidential forum?

Senator Barack Obama has shown no signs of letting up in new attacks on frontrunner Hillary Clinton during his most recent stops in Iowa. At an appearance Monday in Le Mars, Obama escalated his criticism of Clinton at Saturday’s Yearly Kos forum.

Referencing the candidates’ dispute over accepting money from lobbyists, Obama told a crowd in a barn, “I think that if you don't think lobbyists have too much influence in Washington, then I believe you've probably been in Washington too long”.

John Edwards also indirectly went after Clinton on the subject of lobbyists and special interests in a speech on trade at a Cedar Rapids union hall Monday.

He also criticized President Clinton — without directly naming him — for agreeing to the North American Free Trade Agreement. The former senator from North Carolina said, “Globalization is a major reason why income inequality is the worst it’s been since the Great Depression. It just shouldn't be that way. When I am president, we're going to tell the lobbyists and the big corporations they work for that their time is over, this game is over. We’re going to stop the rigging of this system. We're going to put an end to this.”

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Anonymous, CA

    Yes absolutely...NAFTA was horrible for small American businesses whom were undercut by Mexico and Canada.

    Not to mention it cost thousands of jobs.

    Clinton is pro-lobby and against the working class.

    August 7, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. VanReuter NY NY

    The Audacity of EGO. The politics of hope became politics-as-usual pretty fast. Why doesn't SENATOR Obama use his office for something that might benefit his constituents, instead of using it as a springboard for his all consuming ambition? Why doesn't SENATOR Obama practice what he was preaching, instead of acting like a typical politician who's behind in the polls?
    Why are his followers so blind to his blatant self-promotion? You've been duped, you've been hood-winked, you've been, Obama-boozled!


    August 7, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    Should Barrack Obama roll over and kiss Hilary Clinton's feet because that's what her astrologer says he should do?

    We need a president who can fight. Someone who is willing to take a stand and not back down. Time and time again Obama has proven that he is the only candidate speaking common sense on so many different issues.

    The things he says are so simple and compelling that his words often baffle the political establishment and they don't even realize they've been bamboozled until a week later when they've just slipped another 3 points in the polls, (at least the ones they'r e not manipulating.)

    August 7, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    If it was NAFTA alone then why are all our technology jobs moving to India and our manufacturing jobs moving to China? They are not in North America are they? The underlying problem is that these so called American Corporations are owned by stock holders that are international investors run by CEO that seek profits by moving jobs off shore. Who owns American corporations Americans or Oil Barons?

    August 7, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    The same people that own major corporations like GM also own CNN and FOX news. They're making a killing off the war and they'll delay anything by way of change as long as they can.

    When they can't get an ice cube for their Long Island Ice Tea because it's all melted, maybe they'll finally realize stuff like NAFTA and oil wars aren't doing themselves any favors.

    August 7, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Ernie North Truro, MA

    CNN,the most rusted name in TV news. What a joke! An anti-Obama slant at every turn.

    August 7, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. JMP, Chicago, Illinois

    Dude looks like a clown.

    August 7, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. NY for Change

    Since when Is it a sign of Ego to bring to light what lobbists really do and the influence they have and to point out that your compention received big $$ from said lobbists? The point that “if you don’t think lobbyists have too much influence in Washington, then you’ve probably been in Washington too long”, is an obvious one. Every person with a brain outside of Washington know that lobbyists job is push forward their agendas irrespective of the impact on the American public.

    August 7, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. Matthew, Paris, IL

    What really struck me when Hillary had asked the rhetorical question, "Whatever happened to the politics of hope" was that it was SHE, not Barack Obama, that started the war of words when she called him "irresponsible and naive" following the YouTube debate.

    What I don't understand is why when Sen. Obama draws the distinctions between himself and Sen. Clinton, people accuse him of following "politics of usual." Should he just compliment his opponents all the time?

    All he's done is show that Clinton is not the kind of agent of change she claims to be –she's into the business of politics-as-usual and she's not shown any gumption in outlining what she would do on the issues relating to the war on terror. She sits on the sidelines and criticizes Barack, but you don't see any great policy speeches from the former First Lady.

    August 7, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. HAWK, TX.


    August 7, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Lyons Steve

    Some say Barack made a mistake with his offer to visit despots his first year.

    I think his worst mistake has been describing Hillary Clinton as "Bush-Cheney Lite." I lost a lot of respect for him. Anyone who compares any Dem candidate with the war criminal, anti-Constitutional fascists currently running our country is far too naive, or stupid, to run the country.
    You blew it, Obama. You turned me into a Hillary supporter, yet I wanted you. At first.

    August 7, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Walters, A

    Remember Hillary started this fight and she has to face it. The fact that Obama preach Hope and a new direction in politics don't permit him not to retaliate when attacked. She is the most experienced according to some pundits for being First lady and haven't travel thro 80 countries but where was that experience where she did not have the common sense to read through the National Intelligence report before co-authorizing the war in Iraq which was a major decision which has been so devastating nationally and Internationally. supprising enough she did not ask no tough questions back then but for propaganda and presidential politics to write to the pentagon for their plan B after thousands of Americans have lost their lives and almost 21000 wounded.
    After all these bad decisions she has the Guts to call her opponent Silly and naive for willing to talk to your enemies without concession. Thank God the Bush administration has learn a bitter lesson to start engaging Iran when it's almost late about the future of Iraq. Remember Hillary took this same position in a previous debate to talk to all.

    August 7, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. Alex, New Orleans, LA

    I began this year liking Obama and hoping he would wait until he had more experience before he ran for higher office. However, the more I get to know Barack Obama the less I like him. His self-righteousness and unwarranted ego are simply unbelievable. He's like every other would be anti-establishment saviour that will fail because the founders created a system that changes slowly and there is only so much change the system will take at one time.

    August 7, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. CMS, California

    China owns America. Check our bond status.

    We need a middle of the road, credible party to UNITE America! Enough partisanship which only divides us and continues the status quo.

    August 8, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  15. Rocco, West Palm Beach, FL

    The trade issue is not as simple as we all want it to be but we just cannot let it continue unchecked. The real problem is the demand on Corp. ceo's to keep increasing profits. For example why would Corning build 2 flat panel glass plants in China? There is nothing they love about China but labor cost at 10% of what they would have pay in the US drives this trend. Our govenment must begin to regulate the Corp. that move their jobs out of North America or The working middle class will be eliminated in this century.

    August 8, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  16. ReadBtwthlins

    What is the unemployment rate in the US? Case closed.

    August 8, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Lou, Miami,FL

    It always surprises me that when I woman shows power and conviction she is rude or a b.... but a man placed in the same situation is called authoritative.

    August 10, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Titania, East Coase, USA

    When a nine-year-old child dies in this country from an infected tooth and no dentist will take care of him because they don't hav insurance and medicaid doesn't pay the dentist enough so they won't take medicaid, something needs to be done. When executives at for-profit insurance companies won't pay for some preventive measures because it will be some other insurers problem when the person gets really sick, something needs to be done.

    Hillary stood her ground. She is consistent. She hasn't waffled on the issues she champions just because the opposite view is now in vouge. Like her or not, she's one stong person.

    August 10, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |