December 20th, 2007
03:56 PM ET
15 years ago

Dodd: I'm the 'experience' candidate

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton, who has made experience a major theme of her campaign, has spent the past few weeks sparring with rival Barack Obama over just how much of it a future president needs. Now, Chris Dodd is weighing in on the debate with a new TV spot that reminds Iowans he has spent more time in Washington than both of them put together.

“Some people say I have too much experience to run for president,” Dodd says with a smile in the 30-second spot, already airing on Iowa television. “The more you hear my opponents, the more you wonder whether they have enough.”

Dodd also takes on Barack Obama’s campaign theme of unifying the nation, telling viewers that “I’ve spent my life bringing Democrats and Republicans together to create real change. I know I can win the general election. And I am ready to be president.”

“I’m Chris Dodd and I’d appreciate your support on caucus night. I approved this message because I believe it’s time America had a president with the experience to lead.”

The Dodd campaign says they’ve made a “major buy” on Iowa stations, and that the ad will run through January 3, caucus night.

–CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Iowa
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. DJ, New York, NY

    I am trying to decide between Joe Biden and Barack Obama, but I got to admit, I think that Dodd is the most electable Democrat because in poll after poll, the candidate that does the best against the Republicans in 2008 is the "generic Democratic candidate," and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more "generic Democratic candidate" than Chris Dodd.

    December 20, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  2. J Gilson Valley, AL 36854

    I find it amusing that some of the candidates are running for the job of president. We are in reality going to vote for a leader of the free world that has helped put us in the mess we now live. I have very little confidence in these people.
    Hillary with 35 years of experience! Where did she serve and what is the experience?
    J Gilson

    December 20, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Actually, Clinton, Dodd, Biden, Edwards, Kucinich, Richardson and Gravel have all said that Obama has enough experience to be president in their view. They all said they would support Obama in his run for President if he wins the nomination. So, obviously they all DO think he has enough experience and credentials for the job.

    I'd think the endorsement form these candidates would satisfy pretty much anyone.

    December 20, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. jd, des moine, iowa

    The dem polls says that Hillary has the "right experience". Too little expderience is a rookie (aka Obama), and too much experience is stale (aka Dodd).

    Without the right experience requirement, a car mechanic can be a surgeon.

    December 20, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Daniel 6, Jackson hole, wyoming

    No Dodd. JOE BIDEN is the experience candidate. Your the number 2 experience guy.

    December 20, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Give it up Dodd please, do your self a favour. Hillary Clinton got this won

    December 20, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    It's about time one of the actual experienced Democrats spoke up about those neophytes who claim they're the candidates with experience.

    December 20, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |

    NO Dodd, you're the 'Also Ran' candidate.

    Hey, at least you get to keep some of that left over campaign cash!

    December 20, 2007 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Ajay Jain

    Just in a phrase "Chris Dodd you do not have a prayer so save your ad money and go home"

    Go Hillary 08!

    December 20, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  10. judith,Newton,Iowa

    Real change from dodd has a translation,
    Moving America from 'hope' to 'hopeless' country and making sure they take our children to war in Iraq by conspiring.
    Give me a break Dodd. I am going to vote and vote wisely this time around!!

    December 20, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. Eric, Salt Lake City, Utah

    From someone who normally leans right, Biden/Obama beat all but one of the GOPers. Biden experience + Obama wisdom beyond his years and a fresh perspective. Sorry Dodd, you seem like a lightweight next to Joe. Gravitas?

    December 21, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  12. Dave, Evergreen CO

    Dodd is absolutely correct; the problem is he has no chance in this election because it has become a referendum on change. Dodd would make an excellent Vice President in an Obama administration with Joe Biden as Secretary of State.

    And thank you Senator Dodd on your leadership on stopping the FISA bill.

    December 21, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Dodd's a good guy. He'd make a good VP

    December 22, 2007 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  14. Ajay Jain

    You don't have prayer Dodd! Keep your commercial cash and save for a rainy day.

    December 23, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |