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. Atome

    Well, well, well, the election is getting funny and I love it!!!

    January 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. JSE, Omaha NE

    What change has Hill accomplished? How is America better off because of her leadership in the Senate (she gets no credit for being married to a president)? I'm more interested in a candidates good judgement than a track record (or lack thereof) in the senate, governor's office or wherever. Obama can ressurect America's role as an international leader/partner and also strengthen our communities here at home. The president set's the agenda. Congress acts upon that and the judiciary (should) ensure that nobody gets out of line. It's ALL THREE BRANCHES WORKING TOGETHER that will change our Country. No candidate can do that on their own. We are electing a president, not a god.

    Go Obama!!!

    January 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. John Denner

    Gotta say i'm going with Clinton


    January 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Dave, Williams

    I am afraid that the DEM will lose if Obama is the Democratic nominee. Here is why, for now, everyone is afraid of saying something negative about Obama because of his race. Nobody wants to be called Racist. But come general election, Republican will focus on Obama's Illinois' sentate record.

    For instance, Obama voted against requiring medical care for aborted fetuses who survive.

    http://www.orangepower.com/archive/index.php/t-5400.html (Obama voted NO to Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA).

    January 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. John Denner

    January 7, 2008 12:29 pm ET
    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.

    Not sure how why anyone would go this far??


    January 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Bill, Montgomery AL

    Yes, Hillary, you are a change artist; everytime the polls come out that shows a different opinion than the one you're pushing, you change positions!

    January 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Todd

    Repubulicans will respect and applaud the fact that Obama wins over Hillary, because they know that Christian Groups will NOT vote for a muslim who was taught specialzed religions. ARE PEOPLE CRAZY!

    January 7, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. stan pitts pa

    hrc can deliver what??? More white house scandals? you bet!

    January 7, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. meggan

    What a farce and ridicule to the highest and most powerful office in the World!

    Obama is a mere chameleon, in the pocket of the vested interests that are bankrolling his campaign, namely the republicans.

    The republicans are desperate, they well know their party is done. Obama is just a pawn and doesn’t stand a chance! The strategy here is to tilt the scales in their favor so that they turn around and crush the poor guy

    Thankfully, all this hype is almost at its end…The nation will speak on SUPER TUESDAY….….hence, anyone with half a brain knows, IT WILL NOT BE obama

    January 7, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Ginny, Ca

    If this man is crying foul over Clinton's remarks about not giving Americans false hopes about what can be delivered, how will he ever be able to stand the heat of a national campaign or the presidency? She speaks the truth: he has spoken in generalities about lofty goals but never gives anything specific about how he plans to acheive those goals. He is a charismatic speaker delivering his message of "change" and "hope" everywhere he goes, whipping crowds into frenzies with promises that he has no idea how to attain. Folks, there is more to it than just words, one needs the knowledge, understanding, and most importantly, experience, of what it takes to bring about this change of which he speaks so eloquently.

    I'm sorry because there was a time I was excited about Obama and I wanted to believe he was the breath of fresh air we needed. But I've listened carefully and read a great deal about his time in the Illinois and United States Senate and can find nothing of substance. I have, however, uncovered skeletons there: lobbyist contributions, lobbyists on his campaign payroll, missing votes or voting "present' on important measures and bills that were for the common good (in order to play it safe, I believe, and avoid taking a stand that could be pigeon-hole him on issues later), his EXELON connection, and, over his few years in the political arena, his changing position (flip-flopping) on many issues including:
    (1) The Patriot Act, (2) Relations with Cuba, (3) The Death Penalty, (4) Gun Control, (5) Health Care and more. If you research it carefully you will see exactly how he has flip-flopped.

    The whole idea that he talks a good game but doesn't deliver is most evident in his failure to vote one way or the other on measures important to the voters. Example: he cast "present" votes on a series of anti-abortion bills, a hot-button issue important to millions of Americans. This is an example of a man who will not take a stand on hard issues, will not tip his hand on his positions, and has put forth calculated efforts to avoid having to answer why he voted one way or the other later.

    Clinton is right, we need a reality check: on every single candidate who wants to run our great nation. We need to open our eyes in order to single out the doers from the talkers. We simply can't make a mistake again. Eight years of presidential abuse of our nation and the trust of its citizens makes it imperative that we get it right. Please listen for concrete, substantial policies, not just beautifully delivered hopes and dreams for change. Please listen to all the candidates with your minds and intellect, not your emotions. Please!

    January 7, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Rev. H.L.Tarver

    It is time for change and Obama is the one.

    January 7, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Kelly W

    I was sent this earlier... http://www.highlanderthesource.co.uk/fun/viral?gameID=3138 – the sci-fi take on the latest political events.

    January 7, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Hope A

    Thanks Jim, Carbondale, IL.

    I wondered about that myself. Thus far, my comment has not been altered. But! I am watching closely!
    By the way, WHAT'S WITH THE DEFEATEDNESS surrounding the "If so-and-so wins, the Republicans will take the general election".
    I think Democrats have decided to participate and win the White House in 2008. I also think Republicans are posting comments that suggest or state the opposite of that declaration. It is what it is and I will not react to the Democrat's "in-fighting" by jumping ship! Anyone that has already resigned themselves to voting Republican if the Democratic primary does not produce their desired outcome is actually throwing the baby out with the bath water. I suspect that kind of voter doesn't truly care for the baby, after all. Don't forget PEOPLE the goal is an administration that respects the American people regardless of economic status, race, gender, and religious preference and one that will work to promote the GENERAL welfare and not an elitist agenda. Oh my goodness, sounds like I want an Administration that actually reads and references The Constitution! How dare I!

    January 7, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Matt, Houston, TX

    Interesting comments. The Hillary lovers/Obama haters are out in fine form. It's obvious that the Obama haters have not done their homework, they are just parrotting the Hillary political machine's talking points or the RNC talking points . . . hmm, not so different, are they?

    First off, Paul, Barack Obama is not a Muslim and if he was, so what? This is America and a person's religious beliefs are immaterial when running for government office. Just because someone is not a Christian, it does not mean they are anti-American.

    For those of you who think Barack lacks specifics on how he will accomplish his vision, you haven't done your homework. Just go to his web site and you'll see all of the specifics you want. Stop listening to Hillary and check it out for yourself, she is only trying to knock him down because he is leading. My personal preference would be that anyone who hasn't done their own research should just be quiet, you don't know what you're talking about. It's one thing to be quiet and have everyone think you're stupid, it's another thing to open your mouth and prove it.

    Electibility? Just ask the closest Republican if they could support Obama and you'll most likely get a yes. Ask that same Republican if they could ever support Hillary and then stand back and prepare for an extremely negative diatribe. Now, ask several Democrats the same questions and chances are a few of the Democrats will say they could not support Hillary.

    Hillary is way too divisive (just look at how she is running her campaign) to be able to win the general election. Have you heard of one single Republican who supports her? I have not but I have heard of many Republicans who support Barack over their own candidates.

    New Hampshire will tell the tale, it doesn't matter which party you are in, or not in, you can cross party lines to vote for who you really want. Watch for how many Republicans and Independants actually vote for Obama.

    January 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Mack

    I agree with Todd. The Republicans are using Obama to get Hilary out of the way. They know that they can defeat Obama. Wake up Democrats. We don't need four more years of the same GOP garbage.

    January 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX


    Bill clinton lost Iowa and New Hampshire in 1992........

    January 7, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. angelina_ MN

    I am not just fed up with Hillary's same old same old political game........but also disgusted about her whole attitute, tone and inability to face reality....... what change has she made? it is so sad that she takes credit for other's work and can not be honest about and more so then she moves to take credit for Bill's presidency and she has a 35 year experience ............ of what?

    I hope the people of NH see through that.
    GO Senator Obama, the people of the US wants change, the world awaits ............

    January 7, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. stanz

    Please do a little reading on Barack before any comments are made. Barack has always been Christian. What kind of victory would it be if you had to lie and scare people to win, instead of defeating them in a debate?

    January 7, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Jen

    Go Hillary!!!! As a woman, I'm proud she can hold her own in a man's world!
    And speaking of men, I doubt if this comment will be posted........

    January 7, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    To John Denner:

    Outsourcing, in earnest, started at the end of Reagan's second term and continued at full throttle under Bush, Sr.

    Just like the base closings Clinton is blamed for, too; they started under Reagan and continued through Bush, Sr. and Clinton.


    January 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. richard

    Not that I'm an Obama fan, but I hope Hillary gets her clock cleaned (to the point she does not attempt to run for President again!). She claims to have so much 'experience', and has helped bring about so much change, but that's just plain nonsense. So she was the wife of the President for eight years – she was not a decision maker. In my opinion, her whole 'experience' during that time involves having slept at the White House, and attending high class tea parties. As far as being a Senator is concerned, she has not been a Senator that long. So, what is this wealth of 'experience' Hillary says she is bringing to the table? As far as I can see, she does not have any more real experience than Obama, and frankly, he presents himself way better than Hillary. Obama's beautiful wife and lovely children also play well to the media (an old looking President Clinton, and fully grown Chelsea, does not play so well to the media).It is certain the 'likeability' factor will play a huge part in Hillary's demise. Lastly, Hillary is seen as an insider in Washington. For her, being President would be palying footsies with all the other insiders – people who have no desire to change the status quo. Obama is at least a fresh face. I predict Hillary is going to lose the nomination, and lose big. If she loses, I hope they don't consider her for the VP slot. She would cause the real nominee all kinds of problems.

    January 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Jerry

    Go Barack. We need a man of hope just like Jack Kennedy.

    January 7, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. BG

    I find it interesting that the media doesn't report the delegate figures.

    This is taken off CNN's 2008 Presidental race:

    Clinton: 169 – 56%
    Obama: 66 – 22%
    Edwards: 47 – 16%
    Richardson 19 – 6%

    Those are the totals thus far including the Iowa delegates. So far Clinton is creaming Obama and Edwards. You'd think by reading the headlines that Obama was winning the race so far. Or even that Edwards was ahead of her. Come on, this is not fair reporting when you don't show the delegate numbers. It's like reporting only the popular vote and not the electoral vote during election night.

    At the end of the day, the delegates choose the winner for the ticket. Why is the media so focused on polls etc?

    January 7, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. R. Pacheco

    In watching the debate last night in NH, for me H. Clinton was the clear winner. Her "lets get real" comment was right on target! Every election we are bombarded with promises from the candidates that are not kept or "can't" be kept. Its time they get real and stop telling us what they know we want to hear and for a fresh change just do it. I agree that Hiliary has done a lot for this Country and I believe that if elected she will do great things for us all.

    January 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. RJ

    I do not understand what someone is trying to convey when they say that he/she has 35 years of experience,bringing about change. In my opinion, anybody who has been bringing about change for such a long time, should have been able to do so by now.

    Also, personally i think that when people want change, they are not talking about passing some pieces of legislation. What change means to me is a change in attitude as to how things are accomplished. It is a fresh, new perspective best brought about by people who have not been part of the system for so long, that they have become the system which people are trying to change.

    January 7, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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