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. Dwayne Mesa AZ

    “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,”

    hmm... about time hillary.. about time! I guess the "fun part or the campaign"backfired. Kindergate didn't work, drug-gate didn't work, and your campaign's recent racial slur didn't work either. America is tired of the same old Washington politics... this means America is tired of you!

    December 31, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. tennessee gurl

    Yes she keeps her head down by criticizing Edwards today on the stump.
    Stop spreading the lie that she is above the fray
    Without mentioning him by name, Clinton also appeared to mock Edwards's fired-up speaking style.

    "It's not something you have to do by yelling and screaming. Save your energy. Get the job done," she said about battling special interests. "Instead of generating a lot of heat, rolling your hands and jumping up and down, sit down and figure out how we're going to beat them."

    Who do you think she was talking about? Americans are not stupid. Stop trying to frame the campaign.

    December 31, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Stephen

    Hillary is a phoney baloney. Third place finish in Iowa.

    December 31, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!

    December 31, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. xtina chicago IL

    Hillary says her "two leading opponents are spending a lot of time ...talking about each other,"

    I say Hillary is also spending time talking about others. Even Republican candidates are doing this, so my suggestion to all these people running for Pres. is to tell the voters what you have done that's successful, what leadership you have shown, what difficult decisions you've made and what obstacles you've had to overcome that show you used principle. Do not spend time talking about what you WOULD DO as Pres., because promises are easily broken. Tell voters what you HAVE DONE.

    December 31, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Danny E. Gonzalez

    I invite you all to go to Hillary's video site and see what people think of her, this is a person who has spend her life trying to make this country a better place for ALL. people like this should be respected and honored. just like the candidate of your choice, please respect all candidates.

    Hillary is working very hard, this is the kind of candidate we all deserve, she is not the type to give up, she I feel will be the best person to lead this country.

    December 31, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Ava

    The Biden campaign just ripped Edwards on his electability argument. See below for the link to the memo they sent out. Edwards is doing the same thing he did in 2004 where he bragged that, as a southerner, he’d be able to deliver southern states. The Kerry/Edwards ticket didn’t win even ONE southern state. They didn’t even win Edwards’ home state of North Carolina. Heck, they didn’t even win his home COUNTY.

    December 31, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. sal

    She gives the worst speeches...Nothing could be more important then picking the president? Should vote in a congress that actually does something, that sound alot more important to me...Whats even more important then that is point out that these politcains are meaningless and they want to keep you poor and hungrey

    December 31, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Aware

    Go Hillary!

    December 31, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Craig Finnegan, Madison, Wisconsin

    The issue of arguments and criticisms between Democratic front-runners gives me pause to reflect on the different emotional undertones I sense from the three. From Clinton I get a sense of confident conviction. From Edwards I get a sense of conviction but with an underlying self-uncertainty, compensated for by too much forcefulness of tone. Obama, for all he's touted as a gentle messiah-type, seems to be more forceful in conviction with every passing week, but to my eyes and ears it's beginning to border on outright hostility. The difference in underlying emotional messages between Clinton, Edwards, and Obama is NOT splitting hairs, in my view, because wherever our next President is deep-down coming FROM, that's where they're going to continue going TOWARDS, and, whether we like it or not, we're all to some degree going there with them....wherever it turns out to be.

    December 31, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Mike, Austin Texas

    Riiiiiight. Because she never ever talks about other candidates.

    December 31, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  12. andyt2008

    Clinton political jargon dictionary for the politically naive

    "taken on more special interests and gotten more done"
    taken on = laid down for
    gotten more done = gotten rich

    December 31, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Nick

    Go !! Hillary Go!!!

    December 31, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Gallant

    Hillary Clinton will be a very good President if elected, Obama will be a dangerous one. Imagining just his name " Obama Binladen ".

    EVERYONE WILL BE SHOCK TO HEAR THIS NAME "OBAMA BINLADEN" . Will you let this terrorist senator to lead our great nation. No way, let him go to hell.

    Wake up fellow american, we cannot afford to have a terrorist President, again NO WAY.

    Henry Gallant

    December 31, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Damon Albarn

    How rich: the woman who has run more attacks on Obama taking the moral high ground.

    This woman is sickening. America doesn't need more Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton politics.

    After this very story, America, I've just made my mind up: I'll vote Obama.

    December 31, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. AJ, IL

    Having a woman president would be cool, but not Hillary. If Obama wins Iowa and Edwards comes in second, and then Obama wins New Hampshire with Hillary in second, I am willing to bet that Hillary's campaign will be the most negative of the year (overtaking Mitt Romney as the slimiest) between Jan. 8th and Feb. 5th.

    Any takers?

    December 31, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. steve michael

    I'm switching. Obama is attractive, but an empty suit. Hillary may be flawed, but she is the brightest, most competent, most experienced.

    December 31, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Grace Smith, Charlton, SC

    So, Hillary criticized the back and forth between Edwards and Obama, and ended up getting into a back and forth with Edwards. Wow!

    December 31, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Paul

    What special interests has she taken on? What really has she gotten done? If she has done more than the rest that would certainly explain why we are in the mess we are in. As for as hate, there were more Hillary haters even before she started campaigning than any of the other canidates. Her polling percentages are dropping, what are her likability numbers doing?

    December 31, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. Chris S - Gerald, MO

    Is it just me, or does she always seem to come off as a little paranoid? Hence the finger pointing. Don't look to closely at what I am doing – Hey is that Obama and Edwards over there?

    December 31, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. Ava

    Edwards’ problem is electability. A poster on another blog by the name of “Phil J. in Iowa” said it very well (and I will paraphrase a bit).

    “The issue with you is electability, Mr. Edwards. You couldn’t even carry your own state in 2004 for Kerry.

    By foolishly accepting public financing instead of foregoing it, you will put yourself in a tremendous disadvantage with the GOP candidate who will be able to outspend you 3-to-1.

    Your argument suggesting that running even with Clinton and Obama after being outspent by them is an “accomplishment” is ridiculous, especially since you have been running for president in Iowa for over 7 years. You should be winning this caucus by a much wider margin than you are. You won’t, unfortunately, have 7 years to campaign in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Missouri and other battleground states. You’ll have to campaign there on the airwaves, and by accepting public financing, you’ve compromised your entire general election campaign.”

    December 31, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. MAH

    Hillary's campaign is run by the money from interest groups/lobbyist, and will be driven by those groups, if she is elected. i definitely will vote republican, if she is the candidate....

    December 31, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |

    i think that we dont need another clinton in office. WE NEED OBAMA

    December 31, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. X, Madison WI

    Oh please go home woman, I also predict a 3rd place in IOWA for her.

    December 31, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. Winter_mike

    What a hypocrite! Ignore the obvious fact that saying "Look at those people in the corner arguing – I'm too good for that" is a paradox in pointing it out, because the real morally honest person would be too good for that. Note that this comes from the mouth of the lady who 'smear campaign' refers exclusively to, when used in the present tense, and express disbelief that her campaign can even bring this up without realizing the negative implications this will bring when associated with her. A phony does not stay front-runner for long, Hillary. McCain and Obama will beat the mudslingers in that area.

    December 31, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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