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. Chris- Ohio

    to believe that Hillary Clinton can win the presidency is naive

    MY GOD-Look at all the venom and angst against her (IN HER OWN PARTY!)

    I am an independent who will not vote for Hillary
    Republicans will turn out much stronger than they did in 2004 to keep her out of office.
    The Youth of America will turn out in record numbers to keep her out of office
    (trust me...i am in college)- i know people who say they will only register to vote to vote against Hillary

    January 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Annie

    Don't we tell our kids that they can do anything when they grow up if they work hard and study. Isn't that hope! That they shouldn't listen to people who say "It can't be done." So now Hillary is telling us "It can't be done."

    January 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Kimberly Peacock

    We can see from the fast facts listed below, that senator Clinton has practical experience in education, in healthcare, and business. Hillary has not promised hope but delivered hope to many. This has been her life’s work. No other candidate is as credible as she is on these issues, nor have they done it.

    Clinton was a Wal-Mart's Board member.
    She was also on the Board of TCBY.
    She has also served on the boards of the Children’s Defense fund which she also chaired. Additionally she was on the Arkansas Children’s hospital board.
    She co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and families.
    She chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee.
    She also served as congressional legal counsel.

    January 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Jim Hildreth

    Clinton sounds to me like a "spolied brat"

    January 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Harry, NY NY

    Actually Mr Denner, the Clinton Administration did open the door to outsourcing of jobs. It was Bill Clinton's vision of a global economy and how it would present "more opportunities for the American worker".

    That is what he stated in a speech when he signed NAFTA. The North American Free Trade Agreement that has been anything but a source of jobs for the US auto industry.

    If you are going to be honest, you have to admit that she is running on a "nostalgia" platform of her husband's legacy. You should ask yourself if that is applicable today.

    1. The Clinton Administration did not sign the Kyoto protocol that was on his desk
    2. No energy policy which was one of his campaign promises
    3. NAFTA
    4. Involved in more separate global conflicts than any other administration
    5. More terrorist attacks than any administration: USS Cole, African Embassies, World Trade Center 1

    Not to mention that Sandy Berger, who was the National Security Advisor for Bill Clinton and was convicted of stealing classified documents from the National Archives is the foreign policy adviser to Hillary's presidential campaign.

    Isn't that enough to make you say "No thanks, let's try something else."?

    Her resume is thin. 35 years of change? What exactly has she been elected to? You can't list your husband's resume as yours and vice versa. You can't marry into experience.

    I am just not buying her argument. And she doesn't seem that knowledgeable on the issues. Just a bunch of pre-canned answers.

    January 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Keith

    Can someone tell me what foreign policy experience Bill Clinton had before being elected?

    January 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Tim

    Everytime Clinton speaks is disappointing on this matter. Our country was built on the foundations of hope. To diminish those that speak of this is just mind-boggling.

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    January 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. ltt

    By watching and listening Obama for first time it recall me “Chavez” rhetoric. Soon we will see red shirts

    January 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Bob - Florida

    "Experience? Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson they have tangalble experience not HRC" Don't confuse Judgement with Experience the later is not a substitue for the first!

    Leadership is the process of influencing others in such a manner as to accomplish the mission.

    Go Obama '08

    January 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. CSC

    GO OBAMA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Roger

    John, what experience does Hillary have? You are aware that Obama has 10 years experience as a Senator, while Hillary only has 7 years experience, correct?

    Vote for EXPERIENCE – Vote for OBAMA!

    January 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    If Obama is the democratic nominee, I will vote Republican for the first time in my life.

    He cannot beat the Republican nominee and heaven help us if he did -– he has not a clue about guiding this country through the stressful times we face.

    He reminds me of a teenager - he has all the answers and none of the experience.

    If the roads were snowy and icy, would you putt your brand new teen driver behind the wheel or would you want experience behind the wheel?

    He is superb at rhetoric and oratory, but the derisive, derogatory, snide looks he sends Hillary Clinton's way say a lot about him.

    January 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Maggie

    Let's talk about Hillary as an instrument of change. She is the woman who wouldn't even change her own lifestyle and remove herself from an embarassing awful marriage. She lost all of my respect then, and she hasn't done one single thing to recoup it. If she had any bravery at all she would have stepped up to the plate and stood up for herself and her daughter in the clear light of day. Don't get me wrong, I am not a conservative republican, I am a 50 year old professional woman who voted for "slick willy" twice. Maybe she made a deal with the devil, but that deal didn't include my vote.

    January 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Sue

    Try saying something about Clinton without personal attacks. You sound like the Republicans.
    Everyone should challenge each others record. This is a job interview for the next American President. I would like it to be issue based not personal. Name calling is for children and bullies.
    Obama needs to answer the issues addressed at him, this is a test for if he can get the Dmocratic nomination. If he can't handle a Democrat attack then the Republicans will crush him. He needs to quit ducking behind, your picking on the American People when you pick on me. There is no "we" yet. Answer for yourself Obama, let's see what your about. I'm tired of the constitutional speeches.

    January 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. shlomoamir

    As a Jewish-American, I wholeheartedly like Barack Obama becuse he is the right person for the right job at the right time. Whethr he is a Muslim or not is totally unimportant because he is the best person for the job. In fact, as a doctor, I would have to say that if he is a Muslim, that is a plus because Muslims are generally very hardworking, have the least amount of spousal and child abuse, most sense of family values, and the highest education and average incomes of any single group in America. As a doctor, I have seen that in every hospital across this great nation of ours that a large percentage of fellow physicians are also Muslim. These are good people and share the American dream, and racist attacks against them are completely un-American and similar to what Afro-Americans faced like the greatMohammed Ali when he declared that he was a practitioner of Islam. I see a political Mohammed Ali in Barack Obama – he is the right man to follow in the footsteps of THE GREATEST Living American!!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Howard, Westport CT

    So Obama is a Christian with a muslim father. Big deal. Anyone who mentions that his father was a muslim, and does not acknowledge that he was raised by a American Christian mother is just trying to veil their bigotry in a religious argument. What would be wrong with a muslim president anyway. A muslim could not have screwed this country up anymore than the compassion conservative Christian we have now!!!!
    I ask how can anyone have any experience as President??? No one of the candidates have been President. Hilary was the first lady and she did not make any hard decisions. Remember Kennedy was a one term senator and he move the country forward. What this country needs is a little hope and a little more dreaming too. What we have witnessed for the last 7 years has surely been a nightmare.

    January 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Azar

    For the information of all the anti Muslim posters, Zalmay Khalilzad, Our Ambassador to the UN is a Muslim. In addition, there are many Muslim Americans who are in the government or were in the past. Religion, color, ethnic background, gender, etc. should not matter if the person is qualified to lead. Only weak people resort to these things when they cannot win in a civilized manner.

    January 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Linus

    The congressman who took the oath of office on the Koran was Keith Ellison, D, Minnesota, not Barack Obama.

    January 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Jeff from Jersey

    Face facts people.Do you believe for a single second that if Obama became president that Congess will let him do ANYTHING?ANYTHING AT ALL?Not a chance.The president's power is severly limited on it's own.Without any deal making capability in Congress he can't advance social issues,health care issues,housing,poverty,discrimination,have any credibility what-so-ever with even a single foreign leader ,control over corporate america or Congress.His only real power is his veto power and a congress united against him can take even that away!His complete lack of ANY experience in anything and everything isn't a good thing no matter how much he claims it is.It just proves how woefully empty all his promises and "false hopes" really are.He would be a disaster for our country!

    Edwards will also have credibilty problems and very little support in Congress as well.He's been nothing but a "me too" candidate all along.He did NOTHING in Congress and he has tried to claim credit for being the first to have a plan for this and a plan for that when he's done nothing but copy plans that have already existed for years,plans that other people did ALL of the work on.He just plagerized them and put his name on it,probably with Elizabeth helping him to spell his name right.

    I'm not real fond of Hillary Clinton but she is the best qualified for the job out of the three.She was not only the VERY FIRAST to try and tackle the healthcare mess in our country but people like Dodd ,Romney and McCain made sure to torpedo it before they gave it a real chance to work.She has always spoken her mind which is sometimes not so good in the short-term but has always been good in the longrun!She's made her share of mistakes but they have been mistakes of trying very hard to change things.

    You show me a politician that hasn't and I'll show you the biggest liar and fool ...next to you....and George "Worst" of course.

    January 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. shlomoamir

    It is HILLARYOUS to hear the desperation in Hillary Cinton`s voice as she calls herself an agent of change for the past 35 years. 35 years? I have my birthday cake from last year, and would like to offer you a piece. Honestly, it is still fresh!!! 35 years? And Hillary is saying that she is an agent of change, heh,heh,heh....Do you still want a piece of my ¨fresh¨slice of my birthday cake from last year, bwahahahaha....35 years and an agent of change? Israel-Firsters like Hillary thinks that they can have their cake and eat it too.... 35 years? Heh,heh,heh.....

    January 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Danielle

    For the people that say Obama is a muslim, you are WRONG his father's side of the family are muslims that does not make him a Muslim. Islam is a religion not a race.

    Also he has no more control over his name than you or I, heck my mother wanted to name me lovejoy (that would have sucked) but it was not my choice or decision.

    I like Obama he is inspirational and so what he lacks experience. What has experience done for this country. Bush was a governor for years before he became president.

    January 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Roger

    Gbryant said "Call me a bigot who remembers 911."

    Okay, Gbryant. You're a bigot, and if its ignorant people like you are calling the shots, then the terrorists WON on 9/11.

    January 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Mike

    ALL the candidates suck. Each and every one of them. Again, the American people are left with trying to choose the best of the worst. Will we ever again see a candidate that can show true leadership, impress both sides of the aisle, and steer America back to her rightful place as a world leader? I certainly hope so, because at the rate we're going, things are not looking good for the US of A.

    January 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Anne

    Not only did Obama answer the "talker" attack Saturday night with the correctly stated – don't underestimate the power of words, but I find Clinton's oft repeated record that she has been a "doer for 35 years" misleading. She has not been an elected official for 35 years. She has worked for the past 35 years – but is she referring to her age or to the fact that she takes credit for everything her husband has accomplished? If the latter, as I suspect, then can Obama take credit for his mother's actions? She has done many things in her life – but not many as an elected official. Obama has done many things as a community activist, for example. Her desperation to claim experience covers her inability to inspire action in others, and the problems in this country will only be fixed by a concerted effort by all of us – led by an inspirational talker and leader.

    January 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Hockster

    Regarding Hillary's achievements as New York Senator these past years................sorry..................there's nothing that I can mention......

    January 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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