November 27th, 2007
04:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton, Obama exchanges get nasty

The war of words between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has intensified in recent days.

(CNN) - Just a couple of weeks ago, Sen. Hillary Clinton said she wasn't interested in attacking her opponents - she was interested in "tackling the problems of America."

But with her lead slipping, things have changed, and the New York senator has found herself in a full out verbal war with Sen. Barack Obama.

"In politics, you can afford to ignore your opponents until you start to feel them breathing down your neck," said CNN's senior political analyst Bill Schneider.

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  1. Mike, Fredericksburg VA

    Shock and dismay abound with Democrats.
    Did any one actually believe that Hillary would not attack a fellow Democrat? Hillary is the one that said she'd do whatever it takes to win. Hillary is not going to get my vote because she is smart (I would contend that she is smarter than Bill), aggressive, and determined, but because she has no integrity and no ethics.

    November 28, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Salita, SC

    Funny Obama is not telling us anything we havent already heard before. Nor is he telling us about a NEW way to do it.

    November 28, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. Julius, Philadelphia

    I find it amazing that when Obama criticizes Hillary's policies it is considered "attacking" but when she does it, it is "to make clear distinctions" – what a hypocrit.

    Go Obama!!

    November 28, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Joe, Florida

    People, please notice how it will all boil down to Clinton and Obama, the 2008 President and Vice President – elect.

    We can expect Edwards to leave the race shortly after the primaries.

    Clinton/Obama will be the Democratic ticket and it will win the election

    November 28, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Moose, Anchorage, Alaska

    People in Nevada were impressed with Hillary’s last CNN debate performance. The Research 2000 poll of Nov 19 shows that Hillary has 25 points ahead of Obama, when its March 9 poll only shows Hillary 12 points ahead.

    Polls after polls say Hillary can be trusted over Obama in handling the Iraq war. In late September, when The Post and ABC News asked Democrats nationally whom they trusted most on the war, Obama trailed Clinton by 30 points. Even among Democrats who support an immediate withdrawal, he trailed her by more than 25 points, in a recent Pew poll. That's true in the early primary states, as well. In New Hampshire, for instance, according to the Los Angeles Times, likely Democratic primary voters who say they want U.S. troops out of Iraq "as soon as possible" choose Clinton over Obama by more than 2 to 1.

    November 28, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Bobby Achille, Oklahoma

    Hillary is just showing her true colors. She Wanted illegal undocumented workers to have licenses- then she flipped and didn't want them. She wanted a national healthcare for all Americans – now says she wants an "affordable" healthcare. She says she didn't want "Republican-style mudslinging" – but she's the one slinging the self-proclaimed "republican-style" mud. Will the real Hillary please stand up? Oh – and remember guys, she's also the same person who hired Sandy "the burglar" Berger, you know – the Top Secret documents "in-the-sock" smuggler. See the precedence here folks.Let's start new- let's start fresh, Americans deserve it! Barack/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08 -either way the American people win!

    November 28, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. pam Eugene, OR

    If you think back Hillary started all this several months ago when she called Obama naive and inexperienced. She then echoed him on the same issues she called on.
    She has been on the attack all along. She plays hardball and cheating come naturally to her.As she drops in the polls and Obama climbs higher you will get see the real Hillary. It will get a lot worse because she is feeling vunerable to Obama. You better duck because s**t will hit the fan as thre are no limits to her dirty tricks.
    I hope you get to read this because CNN obviosly does not like what I have to say. Both my other posts were deleted.

    November 28, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. RuthieM

    Newsflash! She's always been attacking her rivals, it's just that they;ve let it go by. Now that they are 'answering back' it all appears she's JUST STARTING to attack. Before she was doing it in her sneaky underhanded way, or letting Bill do the attacking for her.

    November 28, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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