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.

Related video: Clinton: 'I am a change agent'

soundoff (823 Responses)
  1. ed


    January 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    to Paul (10:11 am). People are not bringing up "the fact that Obama is a Muslim" because Obama is not Muslim. I don't understand how people can't get this straight. I'd like to refer you to an entire chapter in his book, The Audacity of Hope entitled "Faith". Obama is Christian. Whatever religion, or lack thereof, his parents held is irrelevant. This is AMERICA. It doesn't matter who your parents were, it matters who you ARE.

    Also, I'd like to remind you Paul that not all Muslims are terrorists. And, though I doubt our country would elect a Muslim president, I'd like to remind you that freedom of religion is one of the central tenets of America.

    I think you have the wrong idea of what is "Anti-American".

    January 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. R, Boston MA

    haha this photo is amazing. it's insane!

    Clinton saying that real change can never happen is pretty depressing. Her vision for this country – if she's even got one – is scary and sad.

    Obama '08!

    January 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Mike, Eugene, Oregon

    Hillary and Bill started this whole outsourcing nonsense. The H1-B visa began under them. The L-1 visa was altered from being a "training/educational" visa to begining another work visa with a 6 year limit! We have lost over 50 million jobs, 5 million of them our most critical technology sector jobs, directly as a result of the Clinton's policies, their insane "free trade" delussion. Couple that with the daily shrill racist comments and male bashing by her "feminist" supporters and no one sane is going to go anywhere near Ms. Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Dean St. Louis

    As an early Obama supporter I have over the course of the past several months listen to what he says and most is negative about the other canidates. He has no substance in his speeches, only change. What do you think you can change? Now he says that Clinton is depressing because she makes a statement that calls him out to tell the people what change he is talking about. He is about change but when an experienced candidate say he/she made a switch for one line of thinking to another that is a flip-flop. Come Barack you can't have it both ways. As I said I was an earlier supporter but he has pushed me to a vote for either Hillary or John Edwards. He only talks about change because that is the word of the day, and he knows it will draw the younger vote. We have one in office now that talked of change 8 years ago, well we got the change but I don't think it was the change the American people wanted. Also remember in order to have any change in Washington there has to be bipartisan support, and Barack I don't think you can pull that one off.

    January 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Aidyn

    There is no reason for Obama to say that about the campaign that was unnecesary!

    January 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Tom

    To be perfectly Honest I'm scare for the US with any of the Candidates we have.
    I don't see any of them as stand-outs! If I had to Vote today I would probably stay home!

    January 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. freeworld23

    Why are we surprise at the Sen.Clinton? She is a threatening, deceitful pointless politician who is more concerned about legacy, her legacy, than the welfare of her constituents. She is a desperate person using desperate tactics-she is truly the status-quo candidate. Tomorrow New Hampshire voters should send a clear message to Clinton by reject her a win.

    January 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Jane

    Everyone is for CHANGE! What change are they talking about. Not one has said what they are going to change. Obama WHO? What specifics are you talking about? Talk is cheap. Let's get the subjects on board so we can all know what your change is for the future; if you are elected. Go Hillary .

    January 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Rich

    I'm a died in the wool Republican and swore that I would never vote for a Democrat. However, there is just something about Obama that makes me consider voting for him. I know I don't agree with very much of what he says but the hope and optimism that he has are a refreshing change. Basically it's anyone but Hillary for me, I couldn't think of anything worse than 4 more years of a Clinton. The Republican candidates are boring me to tears !!!!
    Obama '08 – yeah, I'm thinking about it.

    January 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Tim J


    We are not at war. Bush is at war. We (young people and old people alike) are looking for someone who has wisdom and experience. Perhaps even someone who will represent the will of the people and get us out of Bush's Iraq invasion. The problem is that we are all tired of the "same old" politicians and Hilary is lumped right in there. She has no vision and nothing new to offer. I think Americans are looking for someone completely opposite from GWB.

    I think we're all tired of the status quo; it isn't working.

    January 7, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. jay

    Please someone tell me what experience that Hillary Clinton has except sleep with a former President? This country has been in the hands of the so called experienced leaders and look where it has taken us. Lets stop the smear and welcome the new President Barack Obama and the Vice President John Edwards this will be real leadership and real change for this nation.

    January 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Alex

    Experience, experience, experience... Bush had experience, yet he made many mistakes..

    Lincoln was inexperienced, but he is considered to be one of the greatest presidents ever.

    January 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. angel

    Obama, Edwards and Clinton are extremely close on the issues.
    Obama is charismatic and a great speaker.
    Hillary is just an experienced workhorse who will win the election and not let us down on substantive change and intelligent governance.

    January 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Terry, College Station, TX

    FACING a double-digit defeat in New Hampshire, a sudden collapse in national polls and an expected fund-raising drought, Senator Hillary Clinton is preparing for a tough decision: Get out of the race?
    "If she gets too badly embarrassed, it will really harm her. She doesn't want the Clinton brand to be damaged with back-to-back-to-back defeats." accordint to drudgereport.
    They also predict that Obama could be the frontrunner on national polls by next week given that Hillary is losing about 2% everyday.
    Obama will be the democratic nominee !!!!

    January 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Horatio; Las Vegas, NV

    Anybody who is not going to vote for Obama because he is black is not going to vote for Hillary (or any other Democrat for that matter) anyway. The Republicans have spent the last 30 years and hundreds of millions of dollars courting the votes of those lost souls.

    January 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Azar

    leslie, Queens, NY:

    You and Hillary want to divide the country between black and white, red states and blue states, religion, and even names of people, etc. You belong to the America of the past. We need a real change. We need someone with a positive attitude and vision for the future of America. Therefore, we need someone other than HRC. I really feel sorry for racists like you.

    January 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. PBR

    Thus far in the comments to this board, Obama has been referred to as a Muslim at least three times–he is Christian, folks, look it up; always has been, always will be–as "colored" once, and with a snide reference to fact that his middle name sounds similar to the former head of Iraq once.

    Seriously, is this the level of kneejerk, uninformed discourse–in comments on a political blog, no less–that any of these hard-working candidates deserve? At the very least, get educated on the issues and examine your own prejudices before casting your ballot in your state's primary or in November this year.

    January 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Joe Bowman

    I live in Tn&Fl. Cannot envision Obama winning .either. I'm white,educated,retired, and have everything my wife and I need. Since we "own" everything, our largest problems will ultimately come to our Wellness factor, which seem "great "at the moment. However, NO MATTER how much money anyone has , most are only one illness away from being in the REAL America! This is a country who believes" vote Republican and THEN SWIPE", meaning the 1% engage in Robbery, The REST CHARGE!!!! Some of the others make good money , yet have no health care. Most working folks are backing up in life trying to raise two children making $8-$15 an hour. I retired in 1996 and have paid for our Health Care.In 97 it was $350, this year $1150 per month! Thank God for Medicare? We hope its there for me in July, but if not, we'll manage. You see, I was one of that 1%. Before I retired I got so tired of Brown&Root[Cheney] never bidding $200-&600 million projects. He politiced-my word for the CROOK!!! I will vote for Clinton and if Edwards or Obama ever spoke to me or my wife as they did the other evening, they would need their RICH HEALTH CARE plan!!!! America is going to the dogs, started years ago[1982].. Good luck to all JB

    January 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, CO

    The time is running out and Sen. Clinton lectured her experience to citizens more enough. When enough is enough, it is much better to look at the other side of the reality not the same thing. She may want to slowdown or somewhat reduce her criticisms of Sen. Obama—this is going to potentially hurt her campaign even more. Reaching out to voters with clear and positive ideas is the only solution in this election. In my opinion, reasoning is better than mind-set.

    January 7, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Dave

    The vast majority of you commenting are spewing only what you've been told by your relatives/friends or have seen on TV, rather than digging into the real info yourselves and becoming an educated voter. Many of the candidates – Dem or Rep – are for some reason not going into their specifics in the debates, but they DO have their specifics listed throughout their web sites. It's a click away, please use your time that you've spent on your emotional posts and instead LEARN before you post. For the love of all that's holy, will you (insert candidate name) bashers without facts please READ their freakin' positions, plans and details? Until you do, please, please, please refrain from posting. After you've checked out all details on the issues, I invite you to come back here and post all you want and make points about their points. This bs about Barack in particular - again READ his positions and read the Factcheck page (http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/category/), which lays out specifics to some of the recent claims being made. I'm an Obama supporter, but prior to being so, I STUDIED THE CANDIDATES IN DEPTH. Please either make sound arguments for your candidate or quit posting. It's unfortunate there's no ignorance filter on here.

    January 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. A. Elfner

    What changes could Clinton have made. She never ran an public office.

    Her experience is mainly of being the wife of the president and and Governor that doesn't qualify as experience. But I am assume Bill was the real Pres and Gov. May not. How did she calculate her experience. I t would be interesting

    January 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Checkthisout

    If Obama wins the Democratic nomination, I am certain the Republicans will retain the White House. Any one of these Republicans can tear him to pieces!

    And not only in the Presidential debates, but also in the popular votes and electoral college.

    He will pick up the majority of independent votes and many democrats will vote Republican!

    The work for the next President has already been cut out.
    Iraq, the economy, the environment, health care, fuel prices, real estate, terrorism, the value of the dollar, immigration, the borders, the poor, job exportation etc.

    Where does the Obama change fit in?

    January 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Todd

    When a man can't hold his hand over his heart to pledge the flag, EVERY TIME, there is a problem. Sorry – but I will NOT vote for Obama in 08, as will most I talk to down here in the south. That means our only option will be to not vote, or vote in the Republican candidate. I think the rest of the US should get on board with an electable candidate if they want a democrate, and a competent one in office. If not, prepare for a republican president.

    January 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Kath

    I don't believe being a muslim makes you anti-american although Obama's refusal to place his hand over his heart and NOT reciting the pledge of illegancee to the american flag which represents America is in fact anti american!

    January 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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