January 7th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
13 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.

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soundoff (823 Responses)
  1. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Typical, lying trash. First he says he is not going to go negative, then he starts deriding hisopponents campaign. He does raise false hopes, but most of his followers are too stupid to see it. He is an empty suit that can make a good campaign speech but has nothing but arrogance to back it up. Much like George W. Bush. Havent we had enough of that? If this creature wins the Democratic nomination I will either have to vote Republican for the first time in my life, or sit out the election. What a choice....

    January 7, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Edward

    I luv this photo. whoever took it is a genius.

    January 7, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What record do you want to look at for each candidate? Clinton's time while her husband was president? Obama's time in Illinois legislature? Hope can be a powerful thing to motivate people. Change can be good and bad. We can't predict what kind of change any of the current candidates will have.

    January 7, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Go Barack!!!!

    January 7, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Paul Mathews

    Obama's response to Clinton's comment about "false hopes" is exactly right. Indeed the fact that Clinton keeps making this comment shows how out of touch she is with the mood of the younger demographic with whom she has so obviously failed to connect. This generation is all about trying to make the impossible possible and dreaming the big dreams (even more important in light of our disastrous current circumstances). Her "reality check" is just more of the same insipid thinking that we have come to expect from just about everyone in Washington. She just doesn't get the notion that Obama might truly be that "Mr. Smith" who goes to Washington and makes some real changes (or, more likely, it is precisely what she and her ilk fears most). Also notice from Iowa that Obama has done something that very few politicians in the last few decades have managed: He has actually generated interested in the political process by the young, the disaffected, and by the (justifiably) cynical members of the public and, as a result, has increased the size of the voting pie. Howard Dean had a similar, though smaller effect by exciting the activist student crowd (although his abrasive and less than stable personality attracted precious few others). It is no coincidence that Obama is compared to JFK. He's exactly the right person for this moment in time. Hillary? Not so much.

    January 7, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Obama can 'think' what he wants, but in my opinion, it's totally Mind wretching and Depressing to even think of Obama as our President! This man has NOT stated one concrete or positive 'change' that he would make. "Obama Change" is a loaded term, meaning.........? Who knows? Obama doesn't know either. He knows political speak and 'buzz words' only: Change, Hope, New Beginning......
    Too bad our young people don't REALIZE that they are backing a man with NO experience and NO direction. Obama will definitely need 'on the job training' while we are at WAR. Edwards states what he will do and how he will do it; Hillary Clinton states the very same. Too bad that the 'youth of today' don't understand 'EXPERIENCE' and value the WISDOM of the other more qualified candidates of the Democratic party. Obama has NO vision or any conceptual interpretation of what the word "Change" will be..................this is BAD NEWS! 'CHANGE' is merely political speak.

    January 7, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Josh

    Hillary does not understand the type of change that Americans want–we all have successes and failures in life–I applaud you for your 35 years + of experience and being an agent of change–however the change we crave is more then just that–its the dynamics of our politics, the excitement of our hearts and souls, and uniting this country behind common issues to find solutions–and frankly Hillary you are too polarizing and most Americans just don't like you.

    Obama 08

    January 7, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Susan Keller, TX

    I find Obama's speeches to be big on generalities and low on specifics. I agree with Clinton. Change is great, but how are you going to make these changes? This and the fact that he shows little understanding of foreign policy, and like we need another one of those in office,our foreign realationships are in the condition they are now becasue of Bush's lack of understanding, are the reason that I will be voting for Hillary Clinton. I think Obama is a nice guy and all, except for that shallow remark he made towards Clinton at the New Hampshire debate, that was a cheap shot. I really hate to see Dems fighting amounst each other, but he is claerly not qualified for the job. He started his campagion for president only after having completed 1 year of his first term. I for 1 want a president that has alot more qualifications.

    January 7, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Clifton Dukes

    I feel the more she attacks Obama the weaker she looks. It is too obvious that Obama is a threat to her chances of becoming the president of the United states of America. She should relax and stick to the issues and come up with solutions to Americas problems.

    January 7, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Kevin,FL

    I HATE WHEN PEOPLE STARTS TO JUMP THE GUN.. AND THATS WHAT OBAMA IS DOING DONT UNDERESTIMATE HILLARY CLINTON, DONT DO IT.. SHE WILL HIT YOU LIKE A TONS OF BRICKS.. SHE MAY LOOSE NH... MAY... OBAMA CAN BE NH'S HOWARD DEAN LIKE IN 2004 SURGE IN THE POLLS AND END UP LOOSING.. NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE HILLARY AND BILL CLINTON AND THE CLINTON TEAM.. CLINTON 08!!

    January 7, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Mark - Atlanta, GA

    We thinks so too! Thx Obama – Great in 08!

    January 7, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Susan Keller, TX

    And hopefully, they will type slower or use spell check as I clearly did not!

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. Tim in Arkansas

    Hurray for Obama!!! Finally, a candidate that understands the American People and can unite both partys for a better America. Obama is the One!

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Simon

    Why can Obama speak against Clinton and it's permissable but she can't say anything negative against him? The minute she does, she's publicly attacked! Is it because he's colored? If that's the case, what happens when and if he gets into office? Other countries aren't going to walk on egg shells, he's going to have to learn not to be so sensitive to remarks!

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Now Sen. Obama runs on tradition? come on! so Hillary is depressing? listen if you are going to win is because people find your message to be the best and perhaps find you to be the best. Sen. Obama has raise the hopes of a lot of people, he also has failed to show his experience for this job, we are in the middle of a war and will be for some time, the notion that the first Democrat that comes into office will be able to get the troops out quickly is ridiculous, Obama was not a fortune teller when he was against the war, he was a critic and like such is easy to stay above the rest, I do not agree with the way the Bush administration handled the war any more than anyone else in the country, but we have some serious problems they will not be resolved with the kinds of hopeful speeches Sen. Obama may be able to deliver, we need action and we need change! and don't give me this depressing bull about Sen. Clinton her message is one of hope and leadership. Spin it all you want but you are starting to look like the very polirazing figure you are supposedly running against.

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. Albany Liberal

    It seems to me we've finally reached a low point in the American electoral process. I think we will have our first American Idol Presidency. Who wins in November will not be decided by an intelligent voting process, but rather by popularity. There is little coverage of the substance of the candidates, rather what is happening is the media is telling us "this is the most popular candididate that we (the media) are in love with today and this is who you (the apparently uninformed, unintelligent populace) need to vote for because we (the media) control everything and we know best". The media could just as easily put up a 1-800 number and viewers can call in every week between now and November and kick a candidate off each week until there are two left. Then we can have a panel of celebrity judges pick our new president. God help us all.

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. WE THE PEOPLE

    HILLARYS IS IMPLODING. SHE KNOWS THIS, AMERICANS KNOW THIS.

    REAL CHANGE WILL COME TOMORROW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

    IOWA HAS SPOKEN...NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL TUESDAY.

    DESPERATION WILL BE THE "SOUP OF THE DAY" WITHIN THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN.
    OBAMA AND AMERICA ARE ABOUT CHANGE- NOT ABOUT "DIRTY MUDSLINGS" THAT HILLARY IS TRYING TO START.

    SHE WILL HAVE TO SAVE HER " THIS IS WHERE THE FUN STARTS CAMPAIGN" FOR BILL AFTER THE ELECTIONS. SHE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME THEN , TO HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS SHE WANTS 😉

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Scott

    Here's what we've seen in the first 48 hours since the person who claims to be "ready to lead on Day 1":

    1) Saturday night's debate: someone DARED to question her on her experience and on the tens of millions she's taken from lobbyists. What did we get? The most arrogant imperious response I've seen from a politician in awhile. It was as if she was saying in her angry (and non-presidential) response: "don't you people know. you're SUPPOSED to vote for me. Why are you questioning me?"

    2) the past 48 hours: she has authorized mailers twisting her opponents' records (she should be embarrassed of the mailer about Barack) and making charges in her speeches that indict her (this nonsense about Barack speaking out against the war and then voting for $300B–that's called leadership and support of the troops Hillary).

    That's what we'll get from a Hillary Presidency? No thanks.

    January 7, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Paul, Tampa, FL

    Shouldn't Obama stop worrying about Clinton and how she is running? By discussing her at all only keeps her in the mind of voters and affords her the opportunity to call him on any (mis)statements he makes. If he is gonna win this thing, he needs to start acting like a president, focused on the issues at hand, not the management of his opponents campaigns.

    January 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. eNews Reference

    I think it is unfortunate to see the Clinton camp resorting to the tactics of the 90's. I think her campaign is retooling for after a huge lose in NH to get even uglier as time goes on. She is going to be given the GOP a lot of talking point when Obama is nominated... http://www.enewsreference.wordpress.com

    January 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. BG

    HRC a doer? What has she done besides Bill Clinton?

    January 7, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Khandaker Mustaque Ahamed, Rome, Italy

    I hope to see some real changes in American politics, domestic and foreign policies that will be good for American and the rest of the world.

    American peoples know how to do it.

    January 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. RICH, NY

    I THINK CLINTON IS LOSING HER COOL! TO SUGGEST THAT ANY OF THE OTHER CANIDATES ARE NOT DOERS JUST TALKERS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE! TO BE INVOLVE WITH POLITICS AND WANTING TO SERVE IN PUBLIC LIFE IS PROOF THAT A PERSON IS ABOUT ACTION AND WANTING TO GET SOMETHING DONE! WHEN THEY SEE SOMETHING WRONG THEY DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND RUN FOR OFFICE TO MAKE A CHANGE! MR. OBAMA HAS PROVEN THAT HE IS A DOER BY BEATING MRS. CLINTON IN IOWA HE HAS PUT TOGETHER DEMS, REPS, AND INDEPENDENTS ALONG WITH FIRST TIME VOTERS YOUNG AND OLD! THAT SHOWS HE IS A MAN ABOUT ACTION AND WHAT HE SAY HE CAN DO HE HAS DONE IT!

    January 7, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. RD

    Sounds like a republican tactic to me. They know if Obama is the nominee the republicans will easily beat him. They want him to be the nominee. Hillary or Obama would be a loss for the democrat's in 08. and republicans know it. Hillary has too much baggage and Obama has muslim ties that he will not admit to and no experience. Our only hope as democrat's is that Edwards wins the nominee and he picks Biden or Richardson to be VP. If that's not the case Republicans win the White House in 08

    January 7, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Corey T.

    Barack Obama has a problem with this because he knows it is true. Hillary has already made change in her past, and she has the proof and the experience. The change she has made in the past shows America that she can and will do it again.

    The same cannot be said about Obama or Edwards.

    Hillary 08!

    January 7, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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