December 31st, 2007
05:35 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton points to Obama-Edwards feud

Clinton is running neck and neck with her two main rivals.

Clinton is running neck and neck with her two main rivals.

ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON PRESS BUS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FT. MADISON AND MUSCATINE, Iowa (CNN) - Hillary Clinton entered the final Monday before the Iowa caucuses fighting the snow and playing to audiences mostly filled with voters still trying to make up their minds.

“We have to resolve that we pick a president who will be ready on day one to lead and as Democrats we have to resolve to pick someone who will win because we must take back the White House,” the New York senator told an audience in Keokuk, a town in southeastern Iowa.

“Since this is a season of resolutions where people think about the year that has just ended and the year to come there couldn’t be a more important resolution right here in Iowa to pick that president.”

Aides said Clinton will spend the remaining days before Thursday’s contest continuing to emphasize her experience and what they say is her ability to effect change.

“My two leading opponents are spending a lot of time right now kind of talking about each other. I’m going to keep talking about the people of Iowa and the people of America,” said Clinton, alluding to the recent testy back and forth between Barack Obama and John Edwards over several issues, including the influence of outside political groups spending money on Edwards’ behalf. The candidates have also sparred over who is better-equipped to take on special interests.

“I submit to you there isn’t anybody running who has taken on more special interests and gotten more done,” she said. “You don’t have to do it by yelling and screaming, save your energy, get the job done … instead of generating a lot of hate and rolling your hands and jumping up and down let’s just sit down and figure out how we’re gong to beat ‘em.”

“The only people who think this is screaming are Washington insiders who see someone coming to take their power away,” said an Edwards spokesman in response to Clinton’s comments.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Angela

    Hillary has the experience and the grit to take on Washington.

    She has the determination to hold her ground and get things done and the only one who has the insight to know just what a mess were in and the will and stamina to dig in for the long fight to bring this country back !!!

    Wake up people , she's the only logical choice!!

    Go Hillary 08!

    January 1, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  2. amy

    CLINTON 08!

    January 1, 2008 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  3. keletigui coulibaly

    she will win in iowo vote for Hillary please!!!!!!!!!

    January 1, 2008 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  4. Steve

    I agree you have taken on more special interests. Unfortunately plenty of times not in favor of the American citizens rights. Seems there's always a conflict there with you. With almost half the voters out here not trusting nor particularly liking you, Should you get the Democratic spot for the general election , we the citizens could easily end up with another Republican president. Do us a favor and go back to New York.

    January 1, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  5. alan St Louis MO

    TYPE O

    “I submit to you there isn’t anybody running who has taken on more special interests and gotten more done,” she said.

    Replace with

    “I submit to you there isn’t anybody running who has taken on more special interests MONEY and gotten more done FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS,” 100 million dollar donations mostly of Corpate and China.

    “We have to resolve that we pick a president who will be ready on day one to lead and as Democrats we have to resolve to pick someone who will win because we must take back the White House,” the New York senator told an audience in Keokuk, a town in southeastern Iowa. I AGREE NO ONE BETTER THEN OBAMA OR BIDDEN The two with the REAL experience and the RIGHT JUDGEMENT to lead America.

    Go Obama GO Biden for 2009

    IF you are a warmonger and a hate monger then Hillary for 2009

    January 1, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  6. xmarineinny

    Let me ask you all this!
    what has she done for us as first lady?.......nothing
    what has she done for New York?.......nothing
    You sheep vote her in and all we are going to get is all that nothing she couldn't get passed before jammed right down our throats and we all are going to pay for it. TAXES
    she doesn't care about New York
    she doesn't care about America
    she doesn't want our troops to WIN she just cares about getting them home before they can. God forbid Bush succeed.

    She is the one that said as I watched the Saddam statue fall"there's no way we'll beat him now in 04"

    January 1, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  7. kwame

    We need change. We don't need those hillary's and bushes anymore.
    change and its Obama for that.

    January 1, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  8. Mark Billingsley, Sacramento, Calif.

    Hey Bossman, when did we start electing people based on name recognition? If that's Hillary's greatest asset then she's in BIG trouble. And really, that's why the national polls are so huge for her. But when you get into the early states, where Obama has been organizing one of the biggest and most effective grassroots organizations in history you see him pull even or surpass Hillary in the polls. Once they know him they trust him and will vote for him. And when did we start electing people with only seven years of elected legislative experience TOTAL? It's so sad that Hillary supporters believe this experience crap that Hillary constantly spews. What special interests has she taken on and beaten? The same ones she garnered millions in campaign donations from? She always says that she's beaten these special interest groups but has never offered up any proof. Here's a quick homework assignment for all the Hillary supporters: go find me one substantive piece of legislation that Hillary has AUTHORED and then had signed into law by President Bush. I'm looking for just ONE piece that she came up with herself, that she didn't sign onto. For the sake of argument, let's assume that she had a security clearance (she did not) and attended national security meetings (she did not) while she was first lady. What foreign policy issues did she successfully negotiate or protect us from while she was first lady, and was busy picking White House China patterns and hosting the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South lawn? I'll need some proof and using or any other Hillary campaign site is not allowed. You have your assignments, now go!

    January 1, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  9. George Mayers

    Every single political candidate, regardless of party affiliation, wants the best for the United States of America. It is not fair to refer to any candidate as a terrorist and any such comment could only be uttered by an emotional person who has a hidden agenda.

    January 1, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. Helen

    How many others could take the bashing Hillary takes & still be standing? Obama gets a free pass,If he is in the general election .Would it still be the same?Obama is the media darling.Everything from Hillary is picked a part 24 7. here in my state we don't have any say in who is in the general election,In my 65 years i have never missed voting,but if it is obama i will either vote Rep. or set it out.

    January 1, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. TeTol

    Angela wrote: "Hillary has the experience and the grit to take on Washington"

    Angela – Think. Hillary is Washington. Now, how can Washingon take on Washington.

    If she wins, forget about your wish for change. It will be "business as usual".

    January 1, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Claude, Calgary

    Hillary does NOT suck!!!!!! Ask TIP TOE Bill!!!!!!!

    January 1, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. J. Harlund

    Obama more flip flopping and lies! His voting record shows that he supports the war, voted twice in 2006 against bringing America's troops back home. He votes for war appropriations as if giving our money to Halliburton and Blackwater is his sworn duty. His latest bit of posturing S 433 allows the Bush Administration to suspend any troop withdrawal, which if not suspended, still keeps the troops in Iraq for a long time to come. The suspension is written right into Section 4 (b). The bill tells Bush to bring the troops home some day unless he doesn't want to. The very name of the bill, "Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007" is a lie. This is par for the course for Obama. Bruce Dixon and Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report have written articles exposing Obama's fraud in pretending to represent the interests of African-American voters. Before anyone believes that Obama cares about African-Americans, they should read, "Barack Obama and the Winds of War," "Putting Black Faces on Imperial Aggression," "Barack Obama: the Mania and the Mirage," "Barack Obama: Hypocrisy on Health Care," "The Barack and Hillary Show Plays Selma," "Black America's Real Issue With Barack Obama," and "Barack Obama vs. Charles Hamilton Houston." From these articles and others, readers can see Obama come down on the side of the oppressors of African-Americans. For someone whose ancestors owned black slaves, Obama tries to put pressure on African-Americans and fails. Al Sharpton's reaction to pressure to back Obama was, "I'm not going to be cajoled or intimidated by any candidate not for my support." Instead of supporting African American's Obama is into lying to them and intimidating them. What makes him different than others who oppress African-Americans? Paul Street exposes the real Barack Obama very clearly in his article, "The Obama Illusion." Street shows how Obama, a Hamiltonian believer in free trade and supporters of globalization has lent his support to the "...Hamilton Project, formed by corporate-neoliberal Citigroup chair Robert Rubin and other 'Wall Street Democrats' to counter populist rebellion against corporate tendencies within the Democratic Party... ," how Obama provided valuable assistance to pro-war candidates (such as Joe Lieberman), and how he criticized the filibuster proceedings against Samuel Alito. Street shows how Obama voted for "... a business-friendly 'tort reform' bill that rolls back working peoples' ability to obtain reasonable redress and compensation..." from corporations. Obama considers single payer universal health care too socialist and has stated that he prefers voluntary solutions. Street's article goes on to discuss Obama's support for other aspects of the neo-con agenda, including neo-con propaganda against African-American culture.

    Obama voted to bring low-cost foreign labor into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. This was a slap in the face against the African-Americans who were displaced in that city. Obama also voted to place Michael Cheftoff, the man responsible for the Katrina catastrophe, in charge of Homeland Security. Obama voted for the bills that gave Blackwater the funding they needed to shoot the people of New Orleans who were only trying to save their own lives. He voted to allow Michael Chetoff to waive all laws, including murder, torture and kidnapping.

    In voting for the Real ID Act, Obama voted to end political asylum for people seeking shelter in this country because of terrorism at home.

    African-Americans consider Dennis Kucinich, not Obama, to be their candidate. See Bruce Dixon's article "Is Dennis Kucinich the "black candidate?"

    Obama voted more than five times for USA-PATRIOT's renewal. This is a bill that is patently offensive to most Americans. City after city has passed resolutions condemning USA-PATRIOT. Obama chose to side with tyranny over freedom and Bush over the people on this issue. The Real ID Act, which would allow Michael Cheftoff to declare martial law and imprison all Americans, was supported by Obama, as noted above.

    Obama's record on choice is less than 50%. He pretends to be pro-choice while voting for anti-choice justices who have vowed to end choice. Obama even voted for cloture on Priscilla Owen, a justice Alberto Gonzales felt was too far to the right.

    January 1, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. vivian losser

    Review all world leaders and you will find that men are interested in power and women in solving problems.

    January 1, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Liam

    Edwards could not handle Dick Cheney in the 2004 debate, but now we are supposed to believe, after he has done nothing for the last four years, that he is going to dictate to the entire ruling class, and change Washington for ever.

    Do you believe in fairy tales!

    January 1, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    Amazing that she said that after all the crap she has thrown at Obama. Even more reason why this person can not be trusted in office. Disgusting.

    January 1, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. c-ray, webster groves, missouri

    perhaps cnn and all the other networks should consider focusing on ALL of the candidates. the media-cracy is obsessed with mc cain, giuliani, obama and has been that way from the outset.

    there seems to be token coverage of edwards, romney and hickabee as of late.

    but what about the other candidates? particularly, ron paul and dennis kucinich...but also richardson and biden. the DFA poll last month was overwhelmingly won by kucinich (with obama and hillary in single digits, as i recall)...why have stupid americans allowed the media to serve as the "candidate filter" based on sound bytes or which candidate is most "tv-genic"?

    wake up, people. READ something besides tv guide. shape your own opinions without the corporate bias "news coverage" provided by cheney-bush propaganda purveyors (FOX) and ratings-conscious networks (everyone else).

    otherwise, we get what we deserve - an america where more people vote for american idol contestants than presidential candidates.

    this brand of "journalism," combined with a population ignorant/naive/stupid enough to think they the world's news can be covered in 22 minutes every day, explains how america has "elected" evil, arrogant, terrorist "public servants" like george bush and dick cheney.

    if journalists (broadcast/print/interactive) could provide americans with news beyond all this "he said, she said" conjecture, speculation and punditry, it might just make a difference in the lives of our children, and our children's children...instead of just the ratings.

    January 1, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. andrew k, RI

    thats a good edwards quote...

    the rest of the article is baloney, clinton isnt folling anyone...
    well , hopefully she isnt.
    still like obama more than edwards though

    January 1, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    "Former" Senator Edward can honk/attack and suggest ALL the programs all he wants from the "outside" and Hillary will get things done from the inside by becoming our President in 2009!

    Thats called a polite political SLAP in the FACE Mr Edwards! Edwards and Obama can try all the issues, raise any objection, run all the 527 third party ads, but with public money Edwards is no match for Hillary and/or Obama in 2008.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    January 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. xmarineinny

    vivian losser wrote:

    "Review all world leaders and you will find that men are interested in power and women in solving problems."

    Are you serious??????

    So when she had her choice of what was it 3 states to run for power (I mean senate) she picked NY cause she thought the I luv NY bumper stickers were cool????
    She picked NY because she thought it would be the best chance to get back in the white house. She doesn't care about new yorkers just the power they gave her, stupid sheep. she didn't fool me.

    We haven't seen a quest for power like this in over 40 years and frankly it scares me. God help us all, if the sheep vote her in. They are what she is counting on, and she'll tell you anything she thinks, you want to hear.

    January 2, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |


    January 2, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  22. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    "I submit to you there isn’t anybody running who has taken on more special interests".

    I believe the entire quote should be "Taken on more special interests money".

    Just to make that point clear, finally an honest statement from a Clinton.

    No more Bush's or Clintons EVER.

    January 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Barbara, New Jersey


    January 2, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Thomas - New York

    I love Hillary, and she will be our next president – Thank GOD!

    January 17, 2008 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  25. Irene

    Before you rush to vote for Obama, take a moment to check out the church he joined. :www. In order to be a member you need to be black and have a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. Talk about racisim.
    As a member of The Church of Christ I can assure you the real Church requires no commitment to any man or race.
    Hillary is the best person to lead this country.

    January 19, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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