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. lynn R.

    What a mentality! Clinton is scary!
    And i would really like to know if the 35 years of experience includes
    first lady positions. Where did the number 35 come from? She was so rude to Obama over the "debate with yourself" comment it was a real turnoff.
    I can just see international negotionations now.
    After the debates on saturday it is very doubtful I will vote for her even if
    she gets the democratic nod.
    I say Go Edwards or Obama.
    On the Republican side–McCain is the mack no doubt! What a pity if he
    doesn't get to the convention.
    They were the only ones who really had anything impressive to say.

    January 7, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. dp

    I personally am more interested in what each candidate has to say, more so than what one candidate has to say about another. They all have their opinions of each other today, but when it comes to the nominee picking a VP, all opinions change.

    If, as Americans, we want change, then we have to pick the candidate that can win the White House, otherwise, we will end up with another Republican president. I listened to the NH debates again last night, and there is not ONE Republican that I would want to run the country for 4 years.

    We need change. Change in the form of a party that can manage money, and not only bring our economy around, but can change the opinion the rest of the world now has of the US. That change means we need a Democratic president.

    So, again, if change is what everyone wants, listen to the facts, and when you vote, vote for the candidate that can win the White House. At this point, I am not sure if that is Edwards or Clinton, but I know that it is not Obama.

    January 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Harry, NY NY

    Its true. Hillary sounds more and more like "Debbie Downer" from a Saturday Night Live skit.

    If there is a bit of sunshine or hope, here comes the wet blanket to make you feel glum again.

    January 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. BG

    Ginny CA I applaud you! You know, I made a couple posts here that never went thru about Obama's voting record and lies. He certainly has left us from Illinois, behind. Interesting enough, he didn't vote "present" for the early release of convicted sex offenders, he voted "yes" for their early release. I tried to research his background to no avail. I looked into some excerpts from his book on those he mentioned from his past. He used fake names for confidentiality, but when asked about certain people, he stated he couldn't remember who they were or upon further investigation (Google about it, lots of information) the people don't even exist. He claimed he was a professor , except the U of C website had him listed as a lecturer on leave and not a professor. He claimed at a Selma speech his parents got together during the march and if it wasn't for the Selma march, he wouldn't be here. The problem with that is Obama was born in 1961 and the Selma march was in 1965. Oops! The list goes on.

    January 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Jackson, Monrongo Valley, CA

    Obama is a darling of the Media ... and the GOP is hoping that he is the candidate ... because they know they can beat him!!

    January 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Gbryant

    Call me a bigot who remembers 911.

    January 7, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. WomanWithHope

    Looking at these blogs I am thinking WE WOMAN ARE SOO STUPID. WE listen to the BOYS CLUB AND MAKE DECSIONS.......... NO WONDER THE BOYS CLUB WINS MOST OF THE TIME...

    January 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. From the Heartland

    Paul, in response to your comment: "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." Sometimes we do well not to show our ignorance for all the world to see. Had you listened to Senator Obama or done a little research, I think you would have had your questions answered. Specifically, no one has talked about Obama's being a Muslim–because HE'S NOT! Also, Senator Obama has discussed his family and his childhood at great length. You might want to learn more about him (all of the information is readily available online) because he is an amazing individual. You assumed that because Barack Obama sounds like a Muslim name that he practices Islam. However, we know what happens when one "assumes." Also, did you know that many very loyal Americans are practicing Muslims? It's not anti-American to be Muslim, it's just anti-American to be a bigot.

    January 7, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. J.Wheeler

    Hillary. Take note: I recommend that you stop using the word "change." Everyone running for President talks about "change." Change, change, change. That is a tired phrase and an empty phrase. And it's hard to CHANGE Washington and/or politics. How about using the word "results"? You are really talking about the results you have had in your various endeavors. Results is much more positive. I hope you hear this.

    January 7, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Wang, Oklahoma

    To handle the current complicated world affairs, to repair the damaged image of our country to the rest of the world are much bigger challenges than bringing human to the moon. The latter only took money and technology, but the earlier take a lot of foreign relationship experience. It takes a more experienced person than Obama to do the job right.

    January 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Browny

    How can we tolerate a quarter century of uninterrupted Bush/Clinton presidency? Hillary is a divider. It is time for the country to move on.

    January 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. California voter

    I agree with PBR . . .Obama says he is a Christian and belongs to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, go to their website to learn more about him and his church. Decide for yourself after you do your research.

    Before you vote for anyone find out as much as you can and don't just listen to the media talking heads. My biggest concern about Obama is that the media has not really challenged him and therefore, we as voters really don't know much about him except he gives a great speech. The media that runs for 24/7 needs to get on the stick!

    Think before you vote!

    January 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Tim Weisman

    Clinton is corporate controlled corrupt democrat. She accepts campaign contributions from special interests, socio-ethno-centric groups and lobbyists. She will always give preference to the interests of lobbyists and the interests of those whom these lobbyists represent over the interest of common American. She has accepted lot of campaign contributions from reckless and greedy wall-street’s executives. Sooner she and her campaign understand that Americans are literally sick of special interests, lobbyists and socio- ethno-centric groups in Washington, better for her and her presidential bid. Right now it seems that Clinton is history.

    January 7, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. NMB


    >Hell, Bush wasn't experienced either.

    Hence all the mess and his approval rate, not only in this country but hatred from other countries.

    But I agree with you that whether the experience factor should be so emphasized.

    January 7, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Warren Houston, TX

    Just where does Hillary come off saying that she has over 30 years of experience? It seems to me that she has been a Senator for 6 years. She will keep saying it over and over and over until people actually believe it.

    If she counts her years of experience as first lady, why don't we see Bret Favre's wife as starting QB this weekend? She has similar qualifications......

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

    I think the American people need to decide if the middle class is worth saving. If they think it is, then John Edwards is the candidate to elect. If they do not think it is worth saving, then vote for anyone else and the lower class with obsorb the middle class.

    January 7, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. J.Wheeler

    Obama is sneaky. Why didn't he bring this up in the debate and discuss it with Hillary. Why wait until the next day and then make a derrogatory comment behind her back. He had a perfect opportunity to be open and public about his feelings. Instead, he chose to launch a stealth attack on her after the fact. Talk about negative campaigning.

    Shame on him. I don't trust him. He's two-faced.

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

    BARACK OBAMA IN 2008!!!




    BARACK AND ROLL IN 2008!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Jen

    I am a registered Republican so I won't be voting in the primaries, but I have been closely following this race. I would like to know where all this experience and change has come about that Hillary constantly says she has? Aside from being first lady and a senator for NY for a short time, I don't really see the experience.
    As a New Yorker, I don't see all the positive changes she is said to have made. Maybe that is because I am a middle-class member of society. Don't get me wrong, as a woman and mother and three young girls I believe it is important to have female political figures to look to, but this certainly shouldn't be the only reason she pulls in votes from some.
    Don't choose your candidate based on their sex or race, or by the experience they reportedly have. Take the time to do a little research of your own and compare your own beliefs on the issues with those of the candidates running, whether they be from your party or not.

    January 7, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Denis, NJ

    The only scenario where I might vote for Obama is if Republicans nominate that nut Huckabee and Ron Paul is nowhere on the ballot.

    Obama is hip like the MP3 players/iPods, but you have to ask whether there is substance behind the dreamer's claim to fame so far, other than the ability to give great, inspiring speeches. Teddy Roosevelt said, "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." Obama is trying to get the voters focused on the stars for the lack of a solid platform to stand on.

    Edwards is a solid choice for the Dems and could carry the South in the general election.

    January 7, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. John

    Why would people say that Hillary is very smart but turn a and vote on someone with no experience, and only sounds good when he speaks. The question is,"Can he make those things he speak of happen?" Vote For Hillary because she is smart and has the experience to be President of The Unites States of America.

    January 7, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Lila Wisconsin

    If Hillary Clinton wants a chance at winning the nomination, she needs to force Bill Clinton firmly into the background because he's a better campaigner than she is and because he represents the past...and Americans are clearly seeking a different path.

    Having said that, I'm supporting John Edwards because he has specific ideas to effect change and he has a passion for helping the middle class which has been taken advantage of for far too long.

    January 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Spencer

    Paul...no one has brought up the fact he is Muslim because he isn't!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. AJ, San Diego, CA

    Hillary is awful, but compared to Obama, better. How can Americans actually vote for Barack Hussein Obama. Is White Guilt that powerful? He is such an empty suit who says NOTHING of substance. I expect it from collegians, but the fascination with this novice from the rich, middle aged libs is tragic.

    January 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Carol

    I see the trolls are here too. The repeated incorrect statements that Obama is Muslim, (with the underlying prejudice that all Muslims are radical terrorists or somehow linked) is incredibly old.

    Obama is not Muslim, never has been. His father who was raised Muslim but a confirmed atheist and has barely participated in Obama’s life. Obama is Christian and belongs to the United Church of Christ.

    January 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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