January 7th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama says Clinton campaign getting 'depressing'

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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. 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 ARE DESPERATE!.

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

    Thankfully, all this Obama 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 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Michael

    Barack Obama is not a Muslim. He is a Christian for the record.

    January 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  3. Brian Des Moines, IA

    Obama/Edwards 2008 equals same result as Kerry/Edwards 2004!!

    Flip-flopping is the same, but then you add in the fact of little experience and no action what do you think will happen!! If McCain or Rommney get the Republican nomination and Obama gets the Democrat nomination we will have another Republican sworn in, in a little over a year!!

    OBAMA CAN TALK A GOOD GAME, I WANT TO SEE ACTION!! HE HAS HAD TWO YEARS WHERE HE COULD HAVE SHOWN THIS "CHANGE", SO WHERE IS IT!?

    A FEW EXAMPLES:

    Saying Clinton made mistake by voting on Iran Revolutionary Guard….Obama didn't vote!!

    Clinton already put through a plan for universal health care, but Obama has just talked about it!! Someone should tell Senator Obama that while in the Senate he can submit bills to make universal health care available to the American people (THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DOESN'T HAVE SOLE CONTROL OVER THIS)!!

    Obama has talked about bringing people from the other side into his office (i.e. working with Republicans). I remember seeing this from HRC during the 90's, most notable with the healthcare issue. I have never seen Obama work with any Republican to get a bill introduced!!

    JUST REMEMBER THESE TWO THINGS WHEN YOU VOTE!!

    CLINTON STANDS FOR CHANGE THROUGH ACTION….OBAMA ONLY STANDS FOR TALKIGN ABOUT CHANGE!! SO WHERE DO YOU EXPECT THE REAL CHANGE TO COME FROM????

    ALSO REMEMBER THAT IN THE 90′S IT TOOK A CLINTON TO CLEAN UP AFTER A BUSH….I THINK IT'S GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER ONE THIS TIME!!

    January 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Danny

    How can Clinton bring about change when her family has been one of two families that have ruled this country since 1989? (George H. W. 1989 – 1993, Bill 1993 – 2001, George W. 2001 – present) How can there be change if we default back to the same sort of ideas we had in the 90s? It's clear that Obama and Edwards are here to bring about change, and let's be honest, they've had a much cleaner campaign than ol' Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Esther

    Obama will not be the first black President of a black descendent. All those Kenyan oppositions hatching peoples arms and legas belong to Obama's father. don't worry people, the southwest will nominate Hillary and will not let the east coast nominate the wrong Demacratic president, again.

    January 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. David, Dallas Tx

    Hillary said, "We don't need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what can be delivered."

    Wow, talk about setting low expectations.

    Linda in Kansas City, MO said, "I'm not a Democrat but Hillary is much more intelligent and competent."

    That you aren't Democrat says it all. Hillary's pro-big-business, deeply tied to special interests money, supported the Iraq invasion that got us so deeply in debt, supported complicating diplomacy by voting to label Iran's military a terrorist organization, and calls negotiating with our enemies without preconditions "naive" and doesn't have any idea how to create real change to benefit America–just like Bush.

    I'm not saying you're a bad person if you're for these things. I am saying you aren't a very good Democrat if you're for these things.

    Fortunately, Obama isn't any of these things. That's why she lost my support and he picked it up.

    January 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Jack K.

    My fellow Democrats.

    All politicians are talkers!!

    What distinguishes between political leaders is nothing more than any other leader:
    –Set of skills to do the job of President
    –Passion for service to the nation.
    –Trust in our system of government, faithful obeyance of our laws.
    –Self-sacrifice, passion to create positive change.

    My question is this: Before you folks in New Hampshire strike your votes consider which one of these candidates is the most willing to sacrifice their all–for you?
    Which candidate is willing to "lead the charge" in everyway they can to make our country a better place for you, your kids, and your grand-kids.

    The one candidate with the "fire", proven commitment (over the YEARS), and the willingness to launch what will be an "epic battle" (we surely don't believe the powerful business entities who are getting freebies, subsidies from local, state, and federal leaders–are going away without a fight) to steer our nation in a new direction–redefine a few captialist "concepts"–while being attacked "DAILY" on every conservative media forum!!! Who is that candidate? Does Hillary have the will? Does Obam have the will?

    The only candidate who has committed to ( "and offered" to wear this mantle)to lead a "renewal" of the value of average Americans–ensure faithful representation at every decision point while in office–is John Edwards.

    My fellow Democrats in New Hampshire–don't let this opportunity it has taken us a lifetime to attain slip through our fingers. Please vote for John Edwards. I'm a retired military veteran who served six Presidents–and John is the first "genuine article" I've seen in over 30 years of voting.

    January 7, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. joseph

    When u talk of change, u talk of obama.He is GODS sent and that is what america wants and needs now.

    January 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Chris in Orlando

    What's depressing is that the Obama lemmings keep multiplying, while CNN and other media outlets continue to give him free publicity and an apparent pass on any scrutiny.

    Has everyone been sucking helium in Iowa and New Hampshire? When will someone stand up and ask Barack the tough questions?

    January 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Robert Bell

    Hillary needs to shake up her campaign staff – fire Carville and a few others to clean house, and develop a new, positive strategy. She also needs to do a heartfelt apology for her campaign so far.

    IF she does this, she *might* make a comeback. If she keeps the present "let's lie about everything" strategy, she will most certainly lose.

    A friend of mine who is no Clinton fan said that what he felt was the worst part of her campaign was the phoney "Softer Side of Hillary" tour of Iowa. As he put it, it came across as phoney. "I'd rather see her being comfortable being herself, and if that means she is a hardarse, so be it – at least it is real, and I could respect that".

    Hillary comes across as most pained at the types of events where her husband came across as most sincere – dealing with plain, everyday ordinary people. Bill loved the masses and loved people. It is clear that Hillary is not like Bill in that regard.

    Just be yourself, Hillary. That actually might work.

    FWIW.

    January 7, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Nancy

    Hillary is dishonest and evil. Rudy gets my vote this time.

    January 7, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Greg

    Paul wrote: January 7, 2008 10:11 am ET

    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.

    The Muslim stuff was a smear campaign that was proven false. Obama is a Christian. His father was raised a muslim but was atheist and he was not brought up under any religion. He found Christianity in his early 20's and has been baptized and a member of the Trininy United Church of Christ.

    The smear campaign worked pretty well tho since there are still a lot of people who still think he's a muslim.

    January 7, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. v

    Obama church: Trinity United Church of Christ:
    Where is the vision of the whites, this is from their website:

    We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

    The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

    A congregation committed to ADORATION.
    A congregation preaching SALVATION.
    A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
    A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
    A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
    A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
    A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
    A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
    A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
    A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.
    Click here to read about Dr. Wright’s talking points for Trinity United Church of Christ its Web site and the Black Value System.

    You decide??????????????????

    January 7, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Bob - Florida

    "Experience? Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson they have tangilble 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 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Alana

    Some facts for those who like them:::

    US SENATE EXPERIENCE:

    Hilary Elected to US Senate – 2000

    Barack Elected to US Senate – 2004

    This gives Hilary a 4 year advantage in US Senate Experience. Since they have both been in the senate, their records are nearly identical.

    ~~~

    PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:

    Barack served as Illinois state senator from 1996-2004

    Hilary was First Lady from 1993-2000

    -

    Hilary Graduated from Yale Law School

    Barack Graduated from Harvard Law School

    January 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Seam, Philly PA

    Funny now that Obama worked his butt off to become the front runner, all of a sudden people say the media is giving him a free pass. PLEASE. Have you people been around the past year? The fact that he is accused of being a Muslim, lacks so-called experience, and being a black candidate is enough scrutiny. Amazing how quickly do people forget. You people are desperate for something bad to happen to Obama.

    Get a life. Go read the bible or something.

    Obama 08'

    January 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Someone said: Somebody need to reign in this arrogant. You might get away with New Hampshire and Iowa, but the majority of Americans are not that gullible to buy your empty words, no action.

    Actually, the American people are that gullible – that is the overall reality check. Not downing Americans, just disappointed in how people vote without having any clue as to the ideals that they are truly voting for because no one actually LISTENS. Look at the support for a lot of rhetoric, from ALL sides, that makes no logical sense whatsoever. PLEASE LISTEN and vote on what is best for this country, keeping in mind that the power ACTUALLY is in Congress, in the end. We are not voting for a king, but a leader. Rise and fall, we have a long way to go...vote for yourself and pray over the electorals. Love, West Palm Beach, FL resident (noted for obvious reasons) who thinks that they both will be found out to be full of fluff with no real, consistent message to stand on.

    January 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. BG

    Obama supporters need to stop being so paranoid about his middle name: Hussein. If you are going to embrace him you need to embrace the whole package, huns. His name is Arabic thru and thru.

    Btw, why doesn't Mr. O wear an American flag on his lapel?

    January 7, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Michelle

    By the way, the ones who are trying to up each other with a message of "change" – have you noticed are the ones who CHANGE THEIR MESSAGES the most depending on how the votes come in?? Give me consistency over change at this point – this is about a leader who can make decisions, that's really what matters in the job.

    January 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    What gall!

    "Dr. Feelgood" finds the Clinton campaign depressing. I hope New Hampshire and other voters are paying attention.

    These folks are running for the most important position in the land, not trying to sell Amway or running a religious revival. We don't need a national cheerleader, we need a serious qualified President.

    I get physically ill when I think how many people have been convinced by this snake oil salesman that he is somehow qualified to be Presidnet, when he is absolutely NOT qualified.

    God save the Republic!

    January 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. milehigh

    The name, Clinton, is disgusting. Anyone, absolutely anyone, would be a better choice than Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. William

    I think that it is interesting how people have criticized Mitt Romney for being a Morman. However, look at the church that Obama goes to. It is interesting that it is not considered racists!! This is taken directly from the church website!!

    We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

    January 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. ratt

    Being an independent I really need to know what is wrong with you democrats. This summer when Clinton was ahead in the polls you dems were fretting that she is exactly who the repubs want to run against in November because they can beat her. Now that Obama is ahead in the polls HE is the person the repubs want to run against. Why don't you dems grow a spine. The vast right wing conspiracy is an urban legend..

    January 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. CalifDems

    I agree with Joanie in California. The media needs to provide more substantive coverage of Obama's life and record.

    As for the Trinity United Church of Christ, it looks like they exclude white people, is this true? Imagine the uproar if one of the white candidates belonged to an all-white church.

    As for Hillary's 35 years of experience, I think she needs to elaborate and give the voters more details. I can't imagine her sitting around the gov's mansion or white house for all those years baking cookies. She was probably working long hours behinds the scenes on all sorts of projects that benefitted the public because I do believe she has public service mindset. It's too bad that those years of experience were not as an elected official and therefore hard to claim as actual experience. But I believe it should count.

    January 7, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Gbryant

    Azar says: 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.

    Azar: Only the strong people can step up and state the obvious. The Muslim religion is the basis for all of the problems in the middle east and does not belong in the white house.

    January 7, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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