January 7th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama says Clinton campaign getting 'depressing'


Obama is taking issue with comments Clinton made at a recent Democratic debate. (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - With only a day until the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, Barack Obama says the manner in which rival Hillary Clinton's campaign is being run is getting 'depressing."

In an interview that aired on ABC Monday morning, Obama said Clinton does not make him angry, but the Illinois senator took issue with how her campaign is being run.

"I find the manner in which they’ve been running their campaign sort of depressing lately," he said.

Obama specifically took issue with a comment Clinton made at a debate Saturday, when she suggested Obama and John Edwards were raising "false hopes."

"We don't need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what can be delivered," she said. "The best way to know what change I will produce is to look at the changes that I've already made."

Obama has derided Clinton on the campaign trail for the statement, and in the ABC interview, suggested it runs against the American "tradition."

"Sen. Clinton saying, 'don’t feed the American people false hopes. Get a reality check.' You know? I mean, you can picture JFK saying, 'We can’t go to the moon. It’s a false hope. Let’s get a reality check.' It’s not, sort of, I think what our tradition has been," he said.

Meanwhile, Clinton maintains she has a record of change, and said repeatedly over the weekend that she is a "doer" compared to Obama and Edwards who are "talkers."

The back and forth comes as several recent polls indicate Obama's win in the Iowa caucuses last Thursday has given him a bounce in the Granite State. A new CNN/WMUR poll released Sunday night shows Obama 10 points ahead of Clinton, 39 percent to 29 percent.

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soundoff (823 Responses)
  1. sam a

    Clinton is depressing...

    she's depressing for America.

    January 7, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. ben..west memphis ar.

    clinton will never be president. she is to hatefun and hot tempered

    January 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Frank P.

    Mrs. Clinton had a "huge" turn out in Nashua yesterday, however, according to Meet The Press moderator Tim Russert when they took a look at the license plate's of the attendees the majority were from Massachusetts. If this is a true, it really shows desperation on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

    Be careful NH if you don't vote for Clinton you will be considered by her and her campaign as irrelevant and uninformed and maybe don't even deserve to hold a primary as they did with Iowa.

    Go Edwards or Obama or Richardson!

    January 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. ben..west memphis ar.

    clinton– hateful

    January 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Janet

    I dunno – I just don't get a warm and fuzzy feeling about Obama. He is just too polished and too shiny.

    January 7, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Esther, Virginia

    Hillary, you're going to lose, accept it and move on. Obama '08

    January 7, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Linda, Kansas City, MO

    Obama is all fluff and no substance. I'm not a Democrat but Hillary is much more intelligent and competent. This man is running a campaign on charisma and fluff, however he's the least qualified candidate.

    January 7, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Gary

    I heard that comment she made during the debate and believe it really shows Clinton's status quo approach. One gets the sense that with her the presidency would be more about babysitting the country as it continues on its current trajectory, rather than about making real any of the serious shifts required.

    January 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Paul

    Why has not anyone brought up the fact that Obama is a Muslim (and his Parents back ground) and why are we voting for this guy? Talk about being Anti -American.

    January 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. ANN

    False hopes? Hillary Clinton ought to know; instead of facing reality, she still has false hopes of becoming president of the United States!

    January 7, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Jr., California

    So predictable of HC. She seemed a little "rattled" at the N.H. debate .... Just imagine her in office?......Hmmmmm?

    January 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |

    Given what we are facing as a nation today – the economy is imploding, we have critical mass in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and others we can not afford to have a president with a lot of speaking abilities and very little experience, this elections is not about who can be the best cheer leader it's about who can be the best world leader, one who is ready for the task from day one and not one who has to learn form scratch. American can not afford any more of that. Would you ever select a doctor simply because he was better at telling you what you like to hear or because they have a better hair cut and not the most experience one? That kind of selection could be disastrous for this nation. The republicans are all sipping bush's cool aid and banging on his war drums. Hilary is by far the best chance we have to shore up this nation during these very perilous times. I going to vote with my “children” in mind and what is best for this nation and that vote will be for Hillary !

    January 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Obama cheated

    Senator Barack Obama won the Iowa Caucuses. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson placed fourth. But did they really earn their finishing positions? The answer may be surprising. In the now past ABC New Hampshire debate before the January 8th first-in-the-nation primary, the rules were that only the candidates who finish in the top four slots in Iowa could participate, meaning that second-tier candidates who placed fourth could live on to continue their campaign another day. In the last hours before the Iowa caucuses Obama, who wanted to pad his victory and hedge his bets, approached Joe Biden with this, proposal: In precincts where Biden had a local official loyal to him, and if Biden wasn't viable, then Senator Biden would tell his organizers to move his supporters over to Obama en mass. Conversely, in precincts where Obama had more than enough supporters, he would lend people to Biden to ensure Biden a fourth place finish so that he could,continue Joe Biden actually considered the proposal. An anonymous source close to Biden told the Washington Post that the strategy could be "viability for victory."When the media found out, Obama's camp admitted that the conversation took place. Biden, who when asked about the proposal at a campaign event said that the deal could "probably" help both campaigns; however he later rejected the deal on "moral grounds," a source in Biden's Iowa organization told the Rev. Rob Times on condition of anonymity. History recorded that Joe Biden placed fifth in Iowa, and subsequently dropped out of the race. On January 4, the day after the caucus, the New York Times reported strong rumors that Obama made the same deal to Bill Richardson that he previously offered to Biden, only this time the deal was accepted.The Times article describes not only the rumors, but gives an eye-witness account and confession of an Obama official telling Richardson supporters that a pact had indeed been made between the two candidates. "That's what the leadership has said," admitted Deb Copeland, an Obama volunteer as reported by the New York Times. "What we're concerned about is we heard of a few people going to Hillary. And we want to keep you together," she told the Richardson supporters at the 64th precinct. Volunteers for the Biden campaign told the Rev. Rob Times that Obama organizers used the same speech about a "pact" to lure supporters in at least two precincts where Biden was only a few supporters shy of viability.Representatives from both the Obama and Richardson campaigns deny that such a deal was ever struck, yet first hand testimonies clearly paint a far different picture. The Effect in the end, the effect of backdoor wheeling and dealing between campaigns is that Richardson's fourth place finish could be artificial, and Obama's victory margin is larger than it would have been in a democratic system. Our democracy is based, in part, on the concept of "one man, one vote," and a vote by a secret ballot, free from the judging eyes of neighbors and the media, free from bribery, and free from the influence of political activists. Had the Iowa contest been based on a ballot, and had caucus voters cast a single vote for the candidate of their choice as is the most fair method of picking a president, then Obama may have come in second and Richardson in fifth. If Obama's victory margin had been smaller, or if he placed second, then the dynamic of the race would have changed drastically. Edwards, Clinton, and even Biden may have all come out of Iowa in stronger positions than any of them have.In part, the system is to blame, but those who took advantage of it and exploited it for their own purposes, namely Barack Obama and Bill Richardson, are not without culpability and their misdeeds should be remembered in the minds of voters.

    January 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Nancy Wilson

    I like obama but it seems to me that a lot of people want to give him a free ride. It seems that it would be a crime to mention his drug use during high School. What about his muslim upbringing. . Romney had to explain his relilgion , why not Obama? I have watched the news very closely but it appears to me every reporter jumps on every candidate accept Obama. and they handle him with kid gloves. Think for a minute . Are people afraid of being called a racist? What's going on?

    January 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Politics Nerd

    I would say desperate rather than depressing. But when will Obama start to speak about specifics?

    January 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Chuck Norris, Tucson, AZ

    Her face always disturbs me in all of Cnn's photos. It looks like a disturbingly happy clown face.

    Maybe its because she knows she'll end up in the funny pages like Ron Paul in a few more months and we can all move on in our lives to kind of, sort of, in some way remember that there was a person from the Clinton family that ran in 2008 but no one will ever remember the name.

    January 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Gbryant

    Obama thinks it is depressing because he is running out of the CHANGE motto being so wonderful. He has no clue how to change anything. He will be overwelmed at how the white house is even run for the first year if he should happen to win. Time wasted on a president that needs to come in and start right away. If he is nominated, I for one democrat will not vote at all.

    January 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. BCNU purple state, usa

    99.99% of the changes she's made have been to the names of public buildings and post offices.

    January 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. 270TX

    what's depressing is going to be watching the Democrats lose a 3rd straight White House. Obama can't win the electoral college which means we get stuck with another crazy Republican. Thanks Obama supporters! Grab a high school civics book and look up 'electoral college' or give Al Gore a call. History repeating itself!


    January 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  20. R.Smith

    Don't believe all of the poll numbers. Clinton supporters will make sure that she gets the nomination. What we see on TV is simply a well planned diversion on the part of the Obama team. Making the numbers look that way as to try to persuade people to vote on the so called "winning team". This will not work, Clinton supporters are smarter than Obama and the media give us credit for. We will not fall for these obvious pranks. Also, it appears to me that John Edwards is attempting to entice Obama with all of his negative comments against Clinton for his ambitions of being his running mate. Well, it's too bad that he is stroking the wrong tree.

    January 7, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. S Williams, Tampa

    When Hillary said during Saturday's debates . . . "stop giving the American people false hope. Let’s get a reality check" . . . I really felt sorry for her.
    I knew then that she was not the person we need at this time in our history to take our great country to the next level. Kind of sad really, though deep down I think she may be capable, just bitter.

    Like Obama said, don't discount 'hope'. Don't discount 'dreams'. To deride him (or us) for thinking we can accomplish so much more than the status quo was just wrong.

    Of course dreams and hope need action, everyone knows this. But just like our journey to the moon, the dreams and belief in our country comes first, followed by a concerted action by the American people – not just the president alone. It takes all of us to move our country to the next level. All she talks about is 'fighting'.

    What Obama wants for us, is to believe that we can accomplish amazing things as a country. Then our brightest and most positive minds can work together to bring about this change. But to come from a perspective of 'fighting' is just more of the same old politics.


    January 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Jeremy

    Somebody need to reign in this arrogant. You might get away with New Hampshire and Iowa, but the majority of Americans are not that gullible to buy your empty words, no action.

    January 7, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. ANN

    Moderate away -it's your prerogative.

    January 7, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Tim Sunderland, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I can't believe Hillary would even refer to making false hopes! That is ludicrous! She's like a parent telling a kid to forget about their dream!

    Hillary only buttressed this image with her speech Thursday in Iowa when it became apparent Obama was the winner. She was flanked by Bill on one side, and Madeline Albright on the other. Okay, these are brilliant people, but they represent the past. America wants to turn the corner. We need a leader who lets us believe we can do it!

    Obama! '08!

    January 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Anonymous guy, Austin, TX

    I certainly hope that Obama maintains his lead through Super Tuesday. We already had her in the White House for eight years, and she was an elitist snob and negative person back then. There is no reason to hope she will be any different the next time around. Obama is a candidate for the people.

    January 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
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