October 14th, 2007
08:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama: Clinton thinks more 'conventionally'

Obama took questions Saturday after canvassing door to door in Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said Saturday that he and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, differ on a "range of issues." Specifically, he said Clinton thinks "more conventionally" on the international scale.

"On foreign policy I think that she tends to think more conventionally, at a time when we're facing a series of unconventional threats," the Illinois senator said.

Speaking to reporters in Des Moines, Obama implied that Clinton may be more willing to "go along with Bush policies that could provide a rationale for keeping troops in Iraq longer or engaging in aggression towards Iran."

Related: Obama: Clinton doesn't know where she stands

He also said the two differ in how aggressive they are in direct diplomacy and the kinds of messages they're sending to the world with respect Iraq, but he admitted that "there is overlap in terms of our positions on healthcare or some other issues."

When asked if he felt the campaign could be getting ugly, Obama responded by saying his campaign is not undergoing any fundamental transformation in their approach.

"We continue to offer a hopeful and optimistic message about where we want to take the country," Obama said. "Obviously there are going to be differences between the candidates...and the voters are going to need to know where those differences are."

"None of these differences I think rise to the level of personal attacks or gratuitous attacks, and that's the kind of politics I think people are tired of."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • New Hampshire • Race to '08 • South Carolina
soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Coach Haughton NH

    Posted By George : October 14, 2007 10:37 am
    My comments are obviously sarcastc to any pre-school graduate.

    October 14, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Hillary Clinton reinvents herself every few weeks. What I found personnaly offensive is that she's trying to sell herself as a candidate of middle class women. Mrs. Clinton reaped every benefit there is from being a highly paid lawyer and a wife of a very powerful man. She never had to worry about day care,health insurance or colleage costs. She conveniently overlooked her husband's infidelities and yet made condescending remarks about women who stay home and bake cookies… She's never been truly on her own and her husband steps in every time her campaign needs a push. His old cronies are paving the way and his political machine is doing the heavy lifting and dirty work. So please Hillary, don't tell me how you understand the middle class or middle class women. You've never been a soccer mom or a poor single mom or a stay-at-home mom who sacrificed her carrer to raise kids.
    You just pander to get our votes.

    Posted By Maria, Houston : October 13, 2007 3:09 pm

    Maria, that may be the best posting that articulates the "queens" phoniness.

    She knows bleep about what you "know about" and what you and the rest of us deal with, but she plays that "aw shucks" I feel your pain (sound familiar, I think her lying hubby said that) when in front of a certain crowd.

    That stay at home and bake cookies insult TO WOMEN, along with her Tammy Wynette remark and lying about the origin of her name are not the most important issues, but they speak about the character of a person and SHE HAS NONE.

    October 14, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. KD, Dallas, TX

    CNN, you have just lost my respect for you. You will post all of these hate filled responses, but take mine off. Why? Was it too long for the average blogger to read? I know it wasn't offensive as many of these responses are. It merely pointed out things to look at before voting.

    I don't think I will read any CNN anymore. You do not want the truth, you want bigoted responses only. You attract hate-filled, uninformed bloggers. If that's your idea of news, I don't want any part of it.

    October 14, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Juanito, Washington, DC

    I just saw Hillary on C-SPAN during a rally in Iowa and she just told the cheering crowd that "it's time to turn the page!!!"

    Wow....so now she's using Barack Obama's words in her rallies?

    This woman is the most inauthentic and programmed robot I've ever seen in my life.

    October 14, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Rodney Dallas, TX

    Of course Obama attacks Hillary. She is kicking his a**. Why is Obama not "commenting" on anyone else? He is attacking her and she's winning. He's just making her stronger.

    October 14, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Ayyub, Richmond

    Of course Obama attacks Hillary. She is kicking his a**. Why is Obama not "commenting" on anyone else? He is attacking her and she's winning. He's just making her stronger.

    Posted By Rodney Dallas, TX : October 14, 2007 2:47 pm

    You're a fool Rodney, you're a fool! HAHAHAHAHA! Obama is attack Hillary because no candidate can be in a politacal race and 'not attack' plus Obama isn't attacking her he's pointing an issue out that appearently she's forgotten. Why did Hillary months ago attack Obama on his stance on talk to Iran and world leaders 'ally or enemy' and call him "naive and inexperianced" than this week flip-flop and say pretty much (most of the media agrees with me) the same thing as Barack said. Of course he's going to point out that Hillary tripped up and said what he said.

    Hillary if you say something you should always remember it because if you're in a political race and can't remember it maybe isn't not what you really thought.

    Hillary the attack and forget mechine!
    Her supports forget to if you already haven't noticed America.

    Thanks to Edwards and Richardson as while for pointing out Hillary's slip up. BRAVO to all three of you. BOO Hillary!

    October 14, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. laurinda,ny

    Coach Haughton NH..Please stop right now you are being a pest. Go to a basketball game, they need your expert advice.

    October 14, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    The power and importance of Polls.

    SEPT – DEC 2003 IOWA Poll:

    Dean polls 38%
    Kerry 17%.
    Edwards 12%

    Kerry WINS IOWA 38%
    Dean Iowa 18%

    SEPT – DEC 2003 NEW HAMPSHIRE poll:

    Dean Poll 45%
    Kerry 20%.
    Edwards 2%

    Kerry WINS NH 39%
    Howard Dean 12%
    Edwards 32%

    NO Campaign should be celebrating yet.

    October 14, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Obama is a narrow minded twit.

    October 14, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. monica, rochester new york

    Obama is honest with the American people about where he stands and what he believes. HRC, said in an earlier debate "a candidate shouldn't always tell the people what they really think". I don't want another president who says one thing to get elected but admits they may not be really telling me the truth. By her own admission, with HRC, you don't really know what you're goin to get, Buyer beware. Obama is "what you see is what you get". And that's a leader with great judgment, intelligence, honesty and a uniter It's too bad that some people have grown so accustomed to not having these qualities available, they don't recognize it or value it when they fianlly get the chance.

    October 14, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary has increased its leads in the last few weeks from dem voters since Obama bashing her:

    FOX News – poll date 10/09 to 10/10 – Clinton +32.0

    Gallup – poll date 10/04 – 10/07 – Clinton +21.0

    AP-Ipsos – poll date 09/21 – 09/25 – Clinton +14.0

    Cook/RT Strategies – poll date 09/13 – 09/15 – Clinton +13.0

    October 14, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary is not Howard Dean of 2004 because:

    (a) Hillary has much better campaign machine and surround herself with experieced election and political people including bill clinton (best strategist ever);

    b) Hillary has raised most funds (firing power)to get her messages across;

    c) This is the clintons' 3rd bid for president, winning the previous two;

    d) the other dem and rep candidates are light weights and few have foreign political experience;

    e) The clintons were successful in countering republican attacks during the clinton admin and came out as one of the best popular president ever. Bill Clinton left office with a job-approval rating of 66%. Three-quarters of Democrats, and 53% of voters in general, would like him to play an active role in a future Clinton administration. Nearly nine in ten Democratic voters (88%) express a positive view of Hillary's candidacy; 38% express a very positive view.

    (f) Hillary does not need to paint the whole america blue, and all she needs to do is to win one more state than john kerry.

    (g) Hillary is leading in all state primaries (except Illinois) over Obama and Edwards by a big margin.

    (h) Hillary has experience to make responsible and realistic changes, and has heart and passion for public service.

    i) Half of the American voters are women (most of which have indicated to vote for Hillary).

    j) Hillary has obtained at least half, if not more, black supports than obama. Nearly 3 times more black women have indicated to vote for hillary.

    October 14, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Brian

    hes missed at least 80 plus votes,this is called ignore,i figured we will be ignored,the city of chicago is being ignored,thats what there saying,and he is failing when attacking the most popular person on the planet.

    October 14, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. ron

    BHussien is a phony.putting faith and the enviorment together what?went loopy.I bet his money has gone,why he didnt vote couldnt afford the fuel,plain and simple.Hillary is a saver.

    October 14, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  15. jackline,boston, ma

    You forgot to say she is getting desperate too. She is old so you as well forgive her. She will scream like dean, just wait!

    October 14, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Why does CNN delete posts that are not vile or hateful, yet leave posts that CLEARLY are racist. CNN please show that you are not biased and let comments appear that are not shameless.

    October 14, 2007 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  17. Jon Schenkemann New York, NY

    Barak Hussein's supporters are running in panic after watching Hillary pound their "leader" into the ground.

    Go Hillary Go !!

    October 14, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Tony, Dallas TX

    We are being duped by these polls. I cannot believe how shameful these people are. A friend of mine from California called me very upset. A call was placed to his house and this was the conversation:

    Are you over 18 and eligible to vote? Answer..Yes
    Are you leaning democrat or republican? Answer..Democrat
    Are you likely to vote in 2008? Answer..Yes
    Now, I am going to list the democratic candidates and then tell me whom you will vote for.
    Ok..Will you vote for Hillary..Answer… No!
    Thank you sir. This concludes our survey.
    My friend asks;…what about Barack Obama? The surveyor answers back….Thanks for your time Sir! Click.

    So these are the poll qusetions? This is a perfect way of getting 40% and over from these guys. There is definitely a campaign that is pulling the strings. How is Obama supposed to show up in the polls if we are not allowed to get him as an option to vote for? I tell you guys…I am seething and I cannot wait for IA. URRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!

    October 14, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. ronnie - knoxville

    Tony in Dallas – you liberals are so darn emotional – no need to get "upset" like a teenage girl.

    any voter who doesn't know where he or she stands on the big issues by now , well they don't stand for anything. if you're gonna let the news media put all kind of polls numbers in your head and worse, let it INFLUENCE your vote by thinkin' well if so many people are votin' for CANDIDATE A , I'd better vote that way too, then you sir probably will be too busy on election day sippin' your $4.00 Starbucks coffee and whining that the "Ecooooonomy" is bad to remember to vote.

    October 15, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  20. Chris, Dallas

    Thanks Tony. After seeing this I don't want to support Hillary Clinton anymore.


    October 15, 2007 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  21. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Hillary thinks more conventionally? Or is the problem that she's the one who thinks at all? I suppost Obama's position on Foreign relations is to pray and hope all comes out okay?

    October 15, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  22. Chris, Dallas

    Hillary thinks more conventionally? Or is the problem that she's the one who thinks at all? I suppost Obama's position on Foreign relations is to pray and hope all comes out okay?

    Posted By AJ; Montpelier, VT : October 15, 2007 8:28 am

    AJ, I'm atheist too, but I'm not mean spirited towards people who have a religion. That's what they believe in, they have faith there's a god. Barack can't ignore religious people, none of the democratic candidate including my ex-girl Hillary. She has a faith as too, are you just going to stop supporting her. Plus, Barack isn't mixing faith and politics, I see now that he's saying that people who believe in a god should help save our planet from the risk of global warming and stop speaking against it. He is truly doing a good thing that would help our planet. If Al does run, I hope he runs with Barack or the other way around.

    Hillary 08 no Obama 08 or atleast anyone but Hillary 08!

    October 15, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Ryan Indianapolis

    Obama and Clinton will both say and do anything to be elected President, including trashing our troops and generals...Democrats are just plain not good americans,not anymore, You people would rather lose a war to embarrass a President...that my friends is CLASSLESS

    October 15, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |

    Dear Obama, I think you are desperate now so you want to attack Hillary. From the beginning we American people knew that you have no experienc ein politics. You have no ideas and policies on your own. You have no experience at all on the international scale. It was a mistake for you to stand for election and simply waste of money. Believe me. Grow up my friend.

    Posted By David Lauer : October 13, 2007 4:39 pm

    I don't care what the "polls" say.
    I challenge anyone to go to a regular office building and line up 20 people who like Hillary Clinton. I bet you can find 20 who like Barack Obama right away. THE POLS ARE LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MAKE YOUR OWN CHOICE AND IGNORE THE HILL/BILL MACHINE!!!

    OBAMA '08

    October 16, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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