January 7th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
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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. Robert Bell

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

    Do you?

    When did it become a law that you have to wear an american flag pin your lapel?

    Sounds like the Seinfeld episode where Kramer refuses to wear the AIDS ribbon.

    Silly nonsense. This is how you pick a President?

    January 7, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Pat

    It appeared to me that Hillary is hearing change, change, change and is wanting to see action instead of lip action. Hillary is using her past health insurance legislation as an example of her action for change; from no insurance to at least something affordable for the public in which she represents. We can all talk the talk but lets walk what we talk. Go girl!

    January 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. hawk

    Hillary Supporters,

    Please tell me what experience Hillary has! Don't worry I'll wait!

    OBAMA/EDWARD for a better America the hell with Hillary

    January 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Jennifer, San Francisco, CA

    I don't dislike Obama necessarily but that comment seems like a smear to me. Why shouldn't Hillary try to distinguish herself? This is an election, not "American Idol," as a previous poster pointed out.

    I'm also tired of hearing people compare Hillary's level of experience to Obama's. She has been in the Senate longer and had a much more active role, gaining bipartisan support for her actions. He helped pass one piece of legislation, and was otherwise mostly absent or abstaining from voting on important legislation, including that dealing with Iran and a woman's right to choose. He really was running for President from Day One in the Senate, and thus has no record to run on. His only asset is the "hope" he inspires.

    Who knows, he could be a great president, or he could be the next Jimmy Carter, who was also elected because people felt inspired by him. Well, we all know that went south pretty quickly, though I still think JC had more integrity than most presidents. We get the president we deserve.

    January 7, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. democrat

    We really need to focus on who has experience, and can do the job, and that is Hillary Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Gerald

    The choice between Obama and Clinton is not a difficult one for me. Clinton offers us the same old tripe on a new plate in the hopes of fooling us, the people. She has perfected her subtle art of fear mongering... it is all more of the same, and as Obama noted, just depressing.

    Obama on the other hand is unafraid to tell us to reach for the stars. That excites people, as Iowa clearly made evident. His ability to unify the nation can only be helpful. We have seen what we are capable of achieving as a unified nation in the past. We desperately need a leader who can show us once more what we are capable of achieving as a unified nation by putting an end to the detrimentally partisan politics we have fallen victim to in the recent past, and Obama fits the bill.

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Robert Bell

    More Facts:

    Hilary Graduated from Yale Law School at the BOTTOM half of her class and FLUNKED the bar exam.

    Barack Graduated from Harvard Law School at the TOP half of his class and PASSED the bar exam.

    So much for "the smartest woman in the world!"

    There's more. Do the research. It might shock you.

    Barack Obama did not get elected because of a famous name or the fact his spouse was a former President.

    Hillary got EVERY JOB she ever had because her husband was Governor or President. She never had to earn it on her own.

    Is this the example of "woman's liberation" we want to elect?

    You've come a short way, baby!

    January 7, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. teresa

    You are Americans are ridiculous. You will jump on any star studded band wagon t that is out there. Just because Barak Winfrey – is the fad of the day, you all jump. Would someone please challenge this man on his issue – any issue. The media in the US seems happy to stick with the easy story to write which is – The Obama wave or the tide is turning Baraks way. Does anyone know or CARE where he stands on the issues. Where is the journalistic integrity with the tough questions that allow the public to know what they are really voting for. The press is giving him a free ride. If you Americans get another 4 years of disaster you deserve it. ASK HIM WHAT HE REALLY HAS DONE -does his political reflect that he is capable of any of the change he is talking about – NO WAY. Are you guys afraid of being called racist is that why he is getting a total pass from the media, while Hillary is courageously and calmly dealing with everything thrown at her.
    AMERICANS – AS USUAL – look for all flash and no substance – you deserve what you get. RIDICULOUS.

    January 7, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Johnetta Harris

    I strongly do believe that Obama will bring change to America, and he is the right person to lead the white house.

    January 7, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Roger

    BG, I'm pretty sure it's Obama's bigoted detractors who are fixated on his name, not his supporters.

    January 7, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Manuela

    Obama is an idiot and people voting for him are idiots too. You are following what Oprah is telling you to do. why don't you just get off your couches and exercise some more and lose some pounds and tavel the world and become more open minded. better yet why don't all of you people educate yourselves to treat each other better and treat the rest of the world better too. I feel sorry for what America has become: people bashing easch other like crazy, people are killing in the name of God (voting for Bush), people are sexist, people want to kill each other on daily basis here in america too. look at yourselves and how the rest of the world is laughing at what you have become: you are electing a candidate because Oprah told you so.
    your election system makes me laugh too. you get influenced by your media and you vore for the popular candidate.
    I am afraid if Obama wins the democratic elections, the republican party will come into power again because people will start voting for teh white guy. so if I were you I wouldn't celebrate your winning yet, because with Obama as the front runner of the democratic party, there will be no democratic party in power next and again the republican party. I am wondering how come Clinton raised so much money before Oprah told the nation to vote for Obama. I wonder how come Clinton had so much popularity back then and now everybody is turning to Obama. is this probably because a lot of republican people are turining democrats ad vote for Obama so he gets elected and then later they go back and vote for the white republican guy for the presidential election???

    January 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Michael

    I find it very disappointing to listen to people say that Barack Obama has no experience. If you really give a good look at all three Democratic leaders you will see that Barack Obama has the most impressive resume and experience. He graduated Columbia University with a political science degree with a specialization in international relations, went to Harvard Law and became "Harvard’s Law Review's" first black President, and completed his Juris Doctors degree magna cum laude . He was a community organizer for low income families and a civil rights lawyer. He was a lecturer of constitutional law at the university of Chicago law university, and later became an Illinois Senator for 8 year where he worked both Democrats and Republicand helped get 100 million dollars of tax cuts for working families in Illinois. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases. He later beccame a US senator where continued his fight for change for immigration reform, boarder security, and special weapon. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Obama made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In August 2005, he traveled to Russia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan. The trip focused on strategies to control the world's supply of conventional weapons, biological weapons, and weapons of mass destruction as a first defense against potential terrorist attacks. Obama also introduced the "Iraq War De-Escalation Act", a bill to cap troop levels in Iraq, begin phased redeployment, and remove all combat brigades from Iraq before April 2008. Senator Obama has been involved in making change for a very long time and has a very extensive track record of doing so. He's even done a lot more then I just mentioned. You can find more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama, http://obama.senate.gov/, and BarackObama.com if you really want to see how qualified he is. I also encourage you to look up Mrs. Clinton and Edwards too, and tell me who is the most qualified for president!

    January 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Mike

    I think a lot of Billary supporters are enamored with a women possibly being president. I am an independent voter. I voted for Clinton his second term and I voted for Bush because I thought they were best for the job. I will never vote for Hillary. The country needs a new direction, and so far I am leaning toward Obama.

    January 7, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Chris- Ohio

    funny, how once people get to see all the candidates (Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina)

    Hillary's leads melt away

    January 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Greg

    Ok, I just read two comments about Obama not putting his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance. Do people believe every chain email that comes their way?

    It is false, do some research. he's not muslim and he does hold his hand over his heart and say the pledge of allegiance like every other American!

    If you don't want to vote for him because of lack of substance or disagreement with issues, fine, but don't smear him with false allegations.

    January 7, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Mikey Boy Dayton OH

    Paul, stupid people need not put comments on the website.

    Obama is not Muslim = if you want to check it out, look at his website.

    This is the same thought process that people use to tie 9/11 to Iraq!!!

    January 7, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Suman Lingappa

    I have been watching all these debates from both parties. No one No one has raised Hilary 35 years of experiance.. What EXPERIANCE is she talking about. Don't fool American people.. Enough is Enough Hilary, Get your mind checked... You some how fooled New Yorkers and got Senate post, lets see for how long..

    January 7, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Heather from Chattanooga, Tennessee

    What the youth today do understand is that "experienced" people, like the Bush and Clinton families, are why we can't afford gas in our cars, heat in our homes, healthcare to go to the doctor, and why we keep burying our friends and family because of this war.

    We're more than ready for a little change.

    What we do understand is that every campaign has promises, most of which will never come to fruition. But most of all, what the youth today still understands is hope. We still have hope. And we are going to embrace whoever gives us the brightest beacon of hope in these dark times. I can't speak for all of today's youth, but I am more than capable of speaking for myself. I live in a Super Tuesday state, and as "inexperienced" as everyone may say he is, I will be voting for Barack Obama in my state's primary. I will hope for the best.

    January 7, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. No Hillary

    Hillary, NO!

    We don't want your "experience" of cheerleading NAFTA and Bush's war mongering!

    No thank you!

    January 7, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Bob - Florida

    BG –

    Wearing an American flag on your lapel is a matter of choice.

    During the ABC/Facebook debate Hillary did not wear one and on the Foxnews debate John McCain was not wearing one.

    Ever see the North Koreans??? Every one of them is forced to wear a picture of their beloved leader on their left side over their heart!

    I was an American Fighting Man, I am an American Fighting Man, I will always be an American Fighting Man and I support Barack Hussein Obama for President of the United States of America!

    January 7, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Chris

    Four years ago pleople wanted someone THOUGH, people were so focused on the politics of fear that this goverment planted in our heads and we needed someone who was going to stand "strong" for us... look where that took us, slogans and media tags never help, don't be a sheep, think, reason. Today everyone is talking about EXPERIENCE, what experience did Bush and Cheney had and how did that help us? I don't agree with the experience argument, because goverment is not only about that, It is about CHARACTER, it is about ETHICS, VALUES ( and I don't mean those values some people use to attack others), it is about HEART, I am tired of a government that cares more about war and its profits while we are all struggling to fill up our tank of gas, pay for food or even get the chance to see a doctor! where is the FREEDOM we are all so proud of? where is the freedom we hire this president to defend????
    Honestly, I want something new, I want a fresh start for this nation and that means chosing and supporting someone who is willing to unite, goverment is not one person, it is a TEAM, we need someone who inspires and unifies and we all need to be willing to work hard to get this country out of the mud. Politicians need to stop being so selfish and start thinking about the welfare of the country.
    Think people, open your minds and forget about tags like color, religion, status, experience, we are all America and we need a CHANGE!...

    January 7, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. teresa

    That picture reminds me of the three stooges. Hillary stands out in that crowd as the person who can and will stand on her own. I am a Canadian sitting back watching this nonsense and can't believe you guys are prepared to vote for Obama because Oprah says so. She puts more stock in her puppies than in any common sense. Give your head a shake. You are a bunch of sheep just being led around by Oprah – If Obama wins what will his first day in the white house entail – read a book of the month and find the right fitting bra. – She knows nothing and you that are prepared to follow her are undoubtedly the uneducated masses who will do whatever Oprah says. You shouldn't even have the right to vote. He is the puppet and she will be holding the strings. Why don't you just vote for Oprah – that is exactly what you are doing.

    January 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Matt, Chicago

    anyone who doesn't think Obama has given substantive, detailed outlines of his tax, health care, education, and foreign relation agenda either aren't listening or only hearing what they want to hear. anyone who says he's never done anything relevant has not looked at his achievements in a bitterly partisan Illinois Congress, or as aCommunity Organizer. I'll take judgment and forsight over Beltway-Insider experience any day. Teresa – sounds like you're the one with the paranoid race-issues. Doesn't matter to me.
    Can't wait to see the misguided hatred keep flying. Obama '08.

    January 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Fran

    Honestly we should take a hard look at the canidates running and their background also. Barack Hussien Obama has been a muslim ever since he was a young boy. Honestly do we want someone in for President that has the muslim beliefs? When sworn in he used the koran bible instead of the Holy Bible! Many people i dont think know Obamas beliefs and i hope the american people will soon know what Obamas beliefs is all about. He has so far hidden what his beliefs are.

    January 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Too

    UP OBAMA!! STICK A FORK IN THE CLINTONS AS THEY ARE DONE!

    January 7, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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