December 15th, 2007
06:49 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama raising expectations in Iowa?

Obama is striking a confident tone in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As Democrat Hillary Clinton appears to be lowering her expectations in Iowa, rival Barack Obama seems to be raising his.

Speaking in Guttenberg, Iowa Friday night, Obama said, "Whoever wins this caucus is likely to win the nomination, and win the presidency."

Earlier in Manchester, the Illinois senator told supporters, "We may just win this thing."

Meanwhile, Clinton – whose autumn lead among Democratic voters in the state has disappeared - said at a press conference Friday morning that Iowa had always promised to be a difficult state for her to win.

"I always knew it would be hard,” she said. “There’s no surprise about that. I don’t live in a neighboring state; I haven’t been here for years.”

Obama represents the neighboring state of Illinois. John Edwards, who posted a surprisingly strong showing in the caucuses in 2004, has maintained a sizeable grassroots organization within the state.

- CNN's Mike Roselli and Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Julius,newheaven,ct

    Thats what we need. Another reason to divide. I will be amazed if the Democrats do not implode for this very reason. I have seen it before. When Watergate took place it so disenfranchised the electorate that attaining a simple 30% of voter participation was a chore. Why because the hippies were separate from the college crowd who were different than the steel workers who were d........ Remember sir, we cannot win an election just because Gen-X wants to. This very fact that voters did not participate is how and why we end up with actors, pretty boy and worst of all – power hungry money grubbers. I may very well support the same candidate as you but it will not be because you THINK your generation is hands above or below any other one. Get it?
    There are WAY more baby boomer's than there are Gen-X's. If we don't not all try to get somewhere together we will have [layed to the very thing that the right wing, who always participate as a group, will win the election they are trying so hard to pull out of the fire. Notice in just the last month the rumblings in the background that there is a possibility that the Republicans could regain control. I will support the candidate who PROVES he can restore the rule of law to my and your country. Look at the issues not the age.
    Obama has my vote!

    December 15, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. jessica,springfield,md

    Hillary for president:
    So she has no experience, but she is an excellent liar and flip-flopper.
    So she wants to give illegals driving licenses, but only to increase her voting block.
    So she believes she has the inherited right to the throne(whitehouse), that's probably a good enough motivation to lead America through trouble international waters.
    God help America if hillary is elected.

    December 15, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Pheobe,lowell,ma

    go for it ! Obama !
    if not next year , accept the vice-Presidency , then 4 years from now = THE TOP JOB !

    December 15, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Diane in Texas

    Notice how all the anti-Obama comments are lies, smears or distortions? That is Clinton's leadership.

    She didn't encourage people to be negative about Obama? Half the people don't believe that.

    She didn't encourage people but she doesn't have the possess the leadership skills to have her campaign co-chair follow her directives? The other half believe that.

    She can't even run her own campaign, how is she going to run the country.

    Obama has real experience – turning down $100,000 a year job for $12,000 a year in order to help real people with real problems.

    As we heard in the debate, many of Bill Clinton's foreign policy experts work for Obama. The real question is why do they support Barack over Hillary? The answer is clear, he's got better ideas on foreign policy!

    December 15, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. sarah el paso TX

    If Obama wins Iowa and or NH – states whose populations are 85+ % white the argument that he is unelectiable goes out the window

    December 15, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Chris

    It shows you how stupid these Roman Empiricals have made you white folks. You are even willing to root for the double dutch stranglehold.`

    December 15, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. scott, lithonia, georgia

    I really want you to win, and not by a nose or a neck but by many lengths.
    Do you think Hillary will accept VP?

    December 15, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |

    MITZY AND MARGIE – Are you one and the same person?
    I have not completely made up my mind yet but this WHITE WOMAN would vote for Obama in a heartbeat over any of the Republican candidates.

    December 15, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    UNDECIDED FROM ANAHEIM, CA – where does all that HATE come from from? He doesn't Look Like You?? He is a liberal democrat?

    Who do you think will vote for him? Conservative republicans? I am a liberal white democrat and I MAY vote for him.

    December 15, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Kevin, Landover, MD

    To undecided, Anaheim,CA

    Where have you been? The Media and Talk Radio, FAUX News especially, have already attacked Obama on every excuse you just named. Obama looks forward to them continuing these useless attacks.

    The point is that NO one that was going to vote for Obama will be swayed by this as also many Republicans that are looking to go outside their party to vote for Obama. These negative and absurd attacks only give hatful folks something to hear while the drinking their morning cup of hate.

    December 15, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Ginny, Byron, CA

    Reading through these blogs, there were two that I think were great. They mirror my feelings and thoughts EXACTLY: nice job Salvador, Lebanon, Ohio and Undecided from Anaheim, CA. You both said it like it is and made some points that all Obama supporters should consider before voting for their candidate of "Hope".

    December 15, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  12. Lisa, Renton WA

    Obama will be a great President in 08
    Michelle will be a wonderful first lady in 08

    Now that makes for a Happy New Year indeed.
    Thank you Obama for being your true self.

    December 16, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  13. Esther, Marin CA

    "Posted By Karen, Des Moines, Iowa : December 15, 2007 1:44 am"

    Wow, Karen from Des Moines, I really enjoyed reading your blog entry. It is great to read what a real live person has experienced in IOWA during the present campaigning. I think you got it right with Hillary, she has been acting like she had the entire race done before any voting had even started. We had sensed that from the WEST COAST too. That is arrogance at its core. Go out and vote on Jan 3 Karen and make us here in CA proud with a vote for EDWARDS 08.

    December 16, 2007 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. Jake IOWA

    This man has no real experience. Yet he's hoping to rule the most powerful nation on the planet.

    What is it that Barack Obama has to get where he is? Nothing but flimflam.

    Oprah Winfrey has fallen for his looks and charm. It's so evident that Oprah is taken in so easily by good looking men — white and otherwise. Her show has highlighted these handsome creatures over months. Every time she swoons over them, flirting with them, sometimes even making quite suggestive remarks. Her audiences love it.

    Now she's turned her romantic overtures into stadium sideshows starring none other than a first-class political fake. The crowds are so taken with the entertainment that they relate all that to political genius.

    Obama has no experience worth typing on a resume to sit in the Oval Office let alone rule anything for anyone from that space.

    He's glib. He's smooth. He's excellent with crafting phrases. But when listening to his mini-speeches, does he not sound like a high school student running for the student council? or senior class president?

    His sentences, his phrasing, is so sophomoric that I sit listening to him wondering how his listeners are so awe-struck. All ages are simply enamored by him.

    He struts like a Hollywood star. His slim build enhances his striking image. His smile spread across America. His cute-boy looks somehow have tricked both genders into believing that he deserves their votes.

    There is no substance to this man. He gives forth the typical liberal litany — including support for killing womb babies and sodomy. The nation takes it in stride.

    What in the name of common sense let alone intelligence has happened to the populace that they are so sucked in by this horrific joke?

    Even the media quotes him as if he were providing genuine wisdom for our times. He is not speaking anything worth noting let alone translating into legislation. His sentences are laden with sweet sounding worn cliches — over and over.

    We need to unite. We need to be liked around the world. We need to renew. We need to look to the future for this great nation. We need to forget our differences and hold hands. We need to envision tomorrows shining with God's sunshine.

    These speeches go on forever and ever and ever. America listens and scores fall for this tripe as if it were material for the US presidency.

    It's not. It's failure personified.

    December 16, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. James, Lawrencevile GA

    We do not need a rookie in the White House. All you people that are behind Obama are following blindly behind Oprah and the media. Vote for someone that can get the job done. Hillary 08

    December 16, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    What would anyone expect from the voters of Iowa. Mention Jesus and you're a shoo-in. Since Bible banging Obama went on his religous crusade, was there any doubt that the populace in Iowa would be slobbering over him? Talk about having no integrity and doing anything to win....

    December 17, 2007 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  17. geek

    Serious concerns about Obamas seemingly rush to be President and don't feel he has enough experience. Not sure about Hilary, never really liked her, but at this point at least you know what to expect from her. I think Iowa is going to revive any Hilary supporters and anyone who is sitting on the edge to go and vote for her due to fear of her losing again. Iowa is not the final word, many have won there and then fizzled out not too long afterwards.

    January 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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