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'

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  1. Justin

    The dynasty thing doesn't bother me at all. Bottom line is, in spite of her last name, Hillary Clinton would make a great president b/c of her experience and intelligence.

    January 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Stacie VanOosterhout, Grand Rapids, MI

    William Jefferson Clinton ran on a campaign of hope and change. I voted for Mr. Clinton both times he ran for president, DESPITE the fact that he promised much more than he delivered. The reality is that political Washington DC is a very difficult quagmire to navigate, and the VAST MAJORITY OF THE PROMISES ALL CANDIDATES MAKE NEVER MATERIALIZE INTO ACTION, POLICY OR LAW. And it isn't necessarily the individual elected official's fault; often it is simply the labyrinthine bureaucracy that disallows simple deals, straightforward laws and ethical policies. Mr. Barack Obama will no more be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat of Washington DC than Ms. Hillary Clinton. At least Ms. Clinton has the tenacity to admit that fact. She is a realist, not a pessimist, in a sea of foolish optimists, or at least fool some optimists.

    It is difficult to admit we can not achieve of anything we dream, but it is a fact. Because I hope that if I flap my arms hard and fast enough, that hope allow me to fly?

    The United States has much work to do, domestically and internationally, and I'd rather have a realist at the helm right now than an optimist. George Bush is an optimist (look where his "hopefullness" has gotten us), and other than Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, the only other realist in the race is Ms. Hillary Clinton, and she CAN win the White House.

    Support the most intelligent, most honest, most direct and most realist-minded person for president, Ms. Hilary Clinton, because if you do, we just might see that brighter tomorrow to which Mr. Obama is referring.

    And to Chris whose comments were posted at 12:16 pm ET – is this articulate and grammatically correct enough for you?

    January 7, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Gobama, NY, NY


    PLEDGE delegates, like pledge monies, DON'T COUNT! LOL

    What's pledged can as easily be un-pledged!
    You'll see. LOL

    The money HAS TO BE in the Bank to count, BG.

    January 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Becky

    I am an Independent from MI and I would like to ask a SERIOUS Question.
    I was watching Ballot Bowl yesterday 1/6/08 and Hillary was at a question and answer rally, and there were planted question and people. It was quite obvious to me as a viewer at home but didn't get any rebuttal or question from CNN. The episode I am talking about was, the story Susanne Malveaoux was covering and the biggie was when a question came from an audience attending who came all the way from Ireland to NH and attend one of Clinton rally's just to Thank her for her role in bringing peace to his country. If you replay this piece I am sure you will agree with me that Hillary's deception and dishonesty has reached desperate levels and she should not be allowed to deceive like this without being checked.
    Why is she being allowed to spew venom thru the media but not being made to answer to her deceit

    January 7, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Joann, Cranston RI

    Come on everyone – Obama does nothing for me either. The media is hyping him up to be god and he hasn't done anything. They are not going after him like they do Hillary who, by the way, takes the ribbing like a "lady". She's the one who walks the walk and can actually make those changes. Remember, "Obummer's" health care plan leaves out millions of people – Hillary's does not – to her, everyone counts. I'm not getting on the "Obummer" band wagon, he does nothing for me, haven't seen one thing he's accomplished!! Oh and, Oprah takes a lower rung on my ladder now too for having to hold Obummer's hand and pushing her political views on the rest of us. Oprah, stick to day time tv and stay out of politics. Obummer you bummer go home.

    January 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Jessie

    I am not 100% for Obama, as I am not 100% for Clinton. I am teetering between the two of them. With that said, anyone who is against Obama because "he is Muslim," is poorly informed and just plain ignorant. He is a Christian. He's lived in Muslim-dominated countries, but was never a follower of the Muslim religion.

    January 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Rick, Maryland

    What will be really depressing is he keep's saying what he'll do when he
    becomes president and when it comes down to it, if he get's the nomination,
    democrat's turn to the GOP for the experiance factor.
    I don't like Romney but he has run a company, that's more experiance that
    Obama has
    The thing is if the democrat's don't have a real majority, Congress will be
    deadlocked again.
    I simply don't like people comparing him to Kennedy, he's certainly no John
    Kennedy, havn't we heard this before? he's controlled by his wife, remember if he doesn't win he said he won't run again.

    January 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. peg

    I met both Obama and Clinton. Both nice people. They both want the job. Unfortunately, we only hire one person.

    January 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Justin, Houston, TX

    It’s hurts me to say it, but I’m kinda glad things are going the one they are. It seems Barack will get the nomination and then go on to lose the election. Should set things up nicely for Hillary in 2012.

    I love how Obama’s supporters are all clammering about this change he’s gonna bring. I don’t know if people are ignorant of the issues or just choose to bury their heads in the sand. Obama is the most liberal of all the candidates. He is to the left of Pelosi. Yet he’s gonna somehow magically get Republicans to move all the way to support his views. Around May, June once the hype wears off and voters wanna know about real issues, they’ll take a good look at the two candidates (Republican vs. Democrat) and conclude this man has no experience at all and not a plan the first for running this country. And we’ll have another Republican in office.

    Then Hillary can go continue her work in the Senate and “soften her image” so people will like her and come back in 2012 and save this country.

    Remember 2000 Gore vs. Bush. Exact same script, only different characters. How soon this country forgets.

    I just hope we aren’t in too bad of a mess by 2012.

    January 7, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. rw

    I agree with Nancy Wilson that Obama is being given a free ride. And with others that question the lack of scrutiny on Obama by the media. But, then again, we all know the media doesn't report the news, they "make" the news, they manipulate the news, they do leading reporting.

    Two years in Congress and Obama wants to be president. It reminds me of my dermatologist's son, who when given a choice of colleges would only consider attending a military college if he could be general. I guess Obama and my dermotologist's son feel they are owed the top prize from the start....no such thing as working your way and acquiring experience. Should the Democrats disappoint me again, and not having the choice to vote for Nader, I will vote Republican for either Rudy or McCain. With the state of our economy and the continued Al-Queda threat to our civilization, we need an insider seasoned in politics and not a preacher.

    January 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. kevin, san jose california

    I just wish people would actually do some research on Obama before they start calling him a 'Muslim'...hes christian get it right. or talk about his inexperience... he was a lecturer of constitutional law...president of harvard law... he’s a father that you see with his family? when was the last time we have seen Chelsea with her parents? i don’t want a bitter president of any race or gender. It’s just sad that you can read these comments and see just how ignorant the american public is... read and think before you speak please. he stands for so much hope.. i just dont know if the majority are willing to accept a minority, and that part of it should not even matter Obama 08'

    January 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. mike, dallas,tx

    If you want to understand the state of Hillary's campaign check this out


    January 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. marc

    OBAMA "08................................ENOUGH SAID

    January 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    I find it funny that HRC said nothing about change in her speeches before Iowa. After Iowa, that is all she is saying. Of course Obama has been about changing the status qoe from the start.

    So what that is telling me is she watched Obama win Iowa by a landslide, and then changed her speeches to reflect what the country wants.

    If experience were what the country wanted, then she would have won, not finish third.

    This country is not on the right course, and Obama is the guy who will get us back on track. Not NRC, who changes her platform to suit whomever she is speaking to

    If you cannot vote for Brack because he has a muslim name, then you are a bigot.

    January 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. sabrina

    Rather than talk about how depressing he thinks HRC's campaign is, perhaps he'd like to spend that time explaining to us, IN DETAILl, what he means by change?
    He's an American Idol nomination, to be sure, all style, no substance.
    The dumbing down of the electorate has occurred.
    Lifelong Democrat here, who along with my spouse and adult children will not vote for this celebrity as candidate. He has absolutely no credentials for the job.
    So, now I'm wondering who the Republican president will be in '08?

    January 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Isaac T. Settro

    Obama was looking depress during the last debate and Hillary was agile and i hope Dem will vote experience over rookie. We need a change but we need somebody who will has a proven record to effect that change...Go Hillary and God bless America

    January 7, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Dave

    Message to all HRC supporters. Please provide specifics and proof of all of HRC's legislations she drafted, supported or nay votes that have became law and made a change in America. I know of her vote for the war in Iraq, and her vote for the patriot act; which she didn't read. Name others...? PLEASE! No spin, deflection, rumors, Bill Clinton presidency or attacks. I want to know what has she accomplished as senator. Unless I'm mistaken, that is the only time she has held a public office. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    January 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Joanne Meyer

    Using words like "depressing" and likening himself indirectly to JFK is clever, but not helpful.

    Guess what? It is depressing that we have allowed our country to fall into the hands of these elite thugs.

    Clinton knows how DC works, and she can use the system to create the change we long for. That's the only way it's going to get done.

    Unfortunately, we're stuck with a corrupt and bloated system and we have to work with it while change happens.

    I thought the picture above was telling. The "boys" yapping at each other and Clinton answering questions.

    J Meyer, California

    January 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. M, Waterbury, CT

    I find this amusing that Hillary cannot negatively campaign. If she does, she is called depressing, mean, arrogant, etc. Do you people not realize that Obama, Edwards, and everyone else has been negatively campaigning for years?

    Clinton HAS experience – she has worked with GOP's and Democrats in congress – What exactly has Obama done since getting office? Just prepare his presidency run? He is no better than Hillary – but is worse. The GOP can't wait for a nomination of Obama – they will tear him to shreds. He was right about one thing – swiftboat them they will.


    January 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. souther voter

    some of the rhetoric to vote against obama is ridiculous. he served 8 years in the IL senate before going to congress. how does he lack experience? what has experience served us? people we need fresh ideals and maybe someone who is unspoiled by the foolish behaviors in washington.

    also the man is not a muslim. he is a christian and attends a very prominent church in chicago. keith ellison representing minnesota was sworn in using a koran.

    January 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Supporter of truths teller

    Those who try to mend things around is not going to work that way, there will be no Clinton in the white house no whatsoever.

    January 7, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Lana

    Fellow citizens, the focus on likeability is dangerous. George Bush was elected because he was a good ol' boy and likeable. Look where that got us. Let's focus on intelligence and ability and experience. Vote for Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Eric

    Why does Obama mimic John Edwards campaign??? Is he really ready to be President?

    January 7, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. katharine ryan New York New York

    Your picture looks like a rock concert: Hilary the lead singer and the three men as back up.

    January 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. v

    Job: President of United States
    Resumes requested. In most situations, resumes are accepted and the chosen applicant has the most credentials and work experience–unless the applicant is pushed into the pool with less experience but knows someone. This is the case in many corporations–nonetheless it is wrong and is favoritism. Much like what has happened with Obama. He has way less experience and should be judged experientially on every aspect of the job. One main question at this time in American history might be:
    How many times in your career have you met with foreign leaders to discuss american interests and how did you negotiate american interests. Compare and contrast these discussions with world situations. ( most likely Obama would stumble and have to get on the job experience).

    This country does not have the time for Obama to get ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE. Of course he would depend heavily on his advisors. Who will they be?????? maybe the Jessie Jacksons of the world. Now thats really scary....In the case of Obama, it is not "what you know" but "who you know"....Its wonderful that our young people are getting into the campaign process but they do rally towards those that cater to them. Motivational speakers do rally the young voters.

    Democrats: Keep the faith and work harder towards getting Hillary elected in NH. Dont change mid stream because of Iowa voters. Hillary is leading nationally and NH voters can only strengthen the democatric win...

    January 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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