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'

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  1. goldchair32

    If Hillary Clinton says she has 35 years of experience and is the only one who has put health care ligislaltion together which gave coverage to children and low income families, then how come we have 47,000,000 people without insurance today, her programes never worked. John Kennedy was only 42 years old when he went into the White House, What ex-perience did he or regan have and yet were very great presidents, so Hillary,quite trying to blow smoke into the peoples ears and stick to your Feminist campagn, because this one isn't working.GO OBAMA HE IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT FOR 2008!

    January 7, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Vic Las Vegas, Nevada

    Looks like the Democrats and Independents are going to let the younger crowd determine who will run the country this election cycle.

    Where's the true Democratic Base!

    Obama's inexperience will not get things done in a 4 year term. Change takes time and experience, both of which he does not have.

    The choices in the 2008 primaries and election cycle are clear, IDEALISM or REALITY.

    Obama has captured the hearts of our youth, whose minds, it is unfortunate, have yet to be matured sufficiently to understand the realities of our extremley dangerous world.

    As much as I would like to WISH a viable solution to our current resession trend, it is not to be.

    As much as I would like to WISH a viable health care mandate to manifest itself before me, it is not to be.

    As much as I would like to WISH the vaporization of terrorism nationally and internationally, it is not to be.

    These issues are too important to be put on the shoulders of a junior Senator whose accomplishments are perhaps noteworthy but far from stellar.

    Aim for the stars, but be grounded in reality. This is not the time in our history when we should aspire to be on the trailing end of the learning curve.

    We're heading head strong into a RECESSION.

    WISHING that to not be the case, simply will not make it so.

    I'm voting for the strength, experience, international relationships and non-partisan capabilities that Hillary Clinton brings to her candidacy.

    If you do not believe the Republican political machine is behind the push to propel Obama to the Democratic Candidacy, just spend 15 minutes on FOX News Network, it will become crystal clear who they want to run against. They know they can win against Obama.

    The neo cons and Christian Evangicals, and generally the whole Republican Party is scared snotless of Hillary because they know she can make a difference for the average American.

    They know that if elected she will turn this economy around, establish a viable health care process, bring our soldiers home responsibly and do it all while securing our borders and ports.

    It's a huge job, and they know she can get it done. And guess what...that translates to a second term, and they hate that idea.

    On the other hand, if we put our stock in WISHES and HOPES we'll have a 1 term wonder (if the neo cons don't swift boat him during the election cycle), then another fascist regime in 4 years.

    Hillary scares the Republicans. She's been the target of their swift boat types of attacks and she's still standing, strong, proud and very capable.


    Vic in Las Vegas

    January 7, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Golemon

    First of all, people, Obama DOES have substance. He DOES have experience. He has nearly genius-level intelligence.

    He's taught constitutional law at one of the finest law schools in the nation. He was the first-ever African American editor of the Harvard Law Review. But counting his work as a community organizer, the man has been in the business of affecting change for over 20 years.

    Also, he's a Christian man. His father (whom he met twice in his life) was from Kenya where Hussein is a common name. Like Bill or John is here.

    But if you want to know about "substance" you're going to have to look for it. How much have you actually read about him? To the morons who are calling him muslim, I know you haven't read much.

    Don't blame him for not having substance when you haven't even looked past the comment page of the CNN political tab.

    January 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Val

    Simon, I was reading you comment and I was in SHOCK about something you said, and It seems as if you are the one walking on egg shells and do not want to offend anyone so let me help you out a little bit the proper term for Obama's race is BLACK not COLORED. FYI=for your information we are in 2008 not 1948.

    January 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. ltt


    January 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Sharon, Littleton, CO

    Obama is an inspriational figure with soaring rhetoric. That is all well and good but, folks, where's the beef? What do we really know about this guy? America has too many serious issues and too much is at stake at this point in our history to hand the reigns over to one who is not tested. I'm a life-long democrat but if Obama wins the nomination, I will seriously consider the Republican candidate.

    January 7, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    To the Hillary supporters and other deriders of Obama's candidacy:
    We will NOT lose the general election if Obama gets the nomination. Clinton is not the only person who can win, and may be one of the few who could lose. The Obama critics are the same people who told us all to get in line and support Kerry in 2004 and Gore in 2000. Your strategy lost both times to a person who was easily beatable. Despite their weak candidacies, Gore still should have won (and actually did) and he would have won by a lot more had it not been for the scandals of the Clinton administration. Clinton was a better president than Bush and HRC has done good things. However, this brand of politics has to go, and I don't think that the HRC strategy will work. It will narrowly fail, just like Kerry and Gore. I've stood by as a good Democrat through these uninspiring times and now I am watching you defame the one person who has inspired more political participation in our country since the days of Kennedy and JFK. What is more cynical than that? You folks were wrong when you told us Gore would beat Bush, when you told us to support Bush's war in Iraq, and that Kerry was the only one who could beat Bush. I am tired of the corporate, poll-tested, politics of division, and I think that you all are completely wrong when you say he is not electable. It's time for a change in our party and in our nation.

    January 7, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. david

    Barak (H for Hussein) Obama is lucky that the Amercian people have not raised the issue of him being a born Muslim. How can we expect Obama to push the button when the time comes against his Muslim brothers ( terrorists). I think the American people need to see his heritage because believe me, the Muslims will not let him forget it once he comes to power.

    January 7, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. tyler

    i loven how she says she has 36 years of experience. Being a quarterbacks wife doesnt make you a quarterback. She only been a senator how long?

    Edwards 08

    January 7, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    MLK, not JFK (duh)

    January 7, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Dan

    When will you stupid ignorant Hillbillies stop thinking that Obama is a Muslim? His mom is from Kansas for Gods sake! He is a member of the United Church of Christ, a mainstream Protestant religion. You wonder why this country is in such bad shape, it is because you bone-heads fell for Bush's lies and fear-mongering. get an education and stop being so stupid.

    January 7, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Cynthia

    If I had ever thought about voting for Clinton, the past few weeks would have changed my mind. The way she instantly goes on the attack is just horrible! Watching the debates, I have to agree that Obama doesnt handle them well. He fails to get to the point, but is it truly a lack of the experience supposedly necessary to be President, or because he simply fumbles. Can anyone really have the "experience necessary" to be the President until they have actually become President? As a 28-year old mother and democratic voter, I want Obama to be the next President. I want someone that doesnt have the complete political "persona"; someone different!

    January 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Tom Davie

    Obama will NOT beat McCain or Guiliani.

    When its pointed out that loving Obama actually means he gets to run the country and face world leaders, Americans will have to come back to their senses and elect someone CAPABLE of doing the actual job.

    Someone who is a first terms senator is NOT qualified to be president of the united states. No matter how intelligent or 'charismatic' AKA unlike the others , he actually is.

    They just want to get rid of the HATED Hillary more than they want to really elect a forest gump into the whitehouse.

    We have had a forest gump in the whitehouse for 8 years. Now we want another one?????

    January 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Steve O

    Mid way through reading Audacity of Hope, I was leaning Obama. But after viewing the prime time debate, it was clear that Senator Clinton was the only one on the stage with an actual grasp of issues and an ability to clearly articulate her points. But it went beyond the ability to close the sale or being a good debater.

    I found it so annoying that Obama and especially Edwards re-framed each question and found a way to respond with their canned answers and campaign talking points. It was as if they were on SNL reading from cue cards. Only Hilary was present in the moment. She was actually listening and reacting to what was happening. Not searching for her lines. Imagine a therapy session where the shrink has a bunch of feel good cliches at the ready. To me, that's how Obama and Edwards come off. Hilary is the only one of the three that seems smart, thoughtful, intimate and deep. Don't be swayed by the sales pitch. Look closer and vote for the only real candidate – Hilary.

    January 7, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Bob - Florida

    Manuela January 7, 2008 1:56 pm ET

    Your comments are some of the most narrow minded that I have read in the 400 plus in this blog!

    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 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Matt

    Fran – Your ignorance is alarming. Obama is a Christian – probably like you considering the only Americans with paranoia regarding candidates' religion, and everything Muslim seem to be Evangelical Christians. Try reading a book that isn't the Bible.

    January 7, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Nomad

    Can't we really see that Sen. Obama is using MLK cadence in his speeches - he's getting people worked up to a emotional frenzy – FORM over SUBSTANCE!!! He's learned his part very well!!! Probably took drama in school at some point!!! Please use your heads and look at verifiable INFORMATION - look at his record. We can't elect a President based on his performance of part in a play or movie!!! One of the politial pundits put it correctly - it "show biz". He wasn't even a good Senator - rarely voted - some of his peers called him lazy!!! It's sooo sad that we're drinking the cool-aid!!!

    January 7, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Gbryant

    Heather from Chattanooga says:
    January 7, 2008 1:59 pm ET

    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.

    When Bill Clinton was in the white house, you could afford gas in your car. But if you are of the youth of today that would have been when you were not driving. Things were really good for the economy while President Clinton was in office. Hillary knows these things. She was there and Bill will be there also if she is elected. Now, you can go into the problems in their personal life during office, but that is only because any other president was not terrorized by the republicans like Bill was. Presidents through history have made marital indiscretions and you do not really know where they were carried out as they were not made public when in office, only after.

    January 7, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    I'm shocked that CNN would even allow such misinformation on Obama to be posted.
    His father was not religious, his mother came from a Christian family. HE himself is a MEMBER OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST! He was a street organizer in Chicago FOR A CHURCH!!!

    Enough already with the innuendo and falsities!
    Smear attacks just indicate a fear to actually engage the issues and ideas central to this election, and are a page right out of the Rove/Bush Playbook. The politics of cynicism and division must go!

    January 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Peter

    If Hilary becomes president of America, everybody, and I mean everbody, will have NAILS IN THE BACK

    January 7, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Diane, Whitestone, New York

    We now know Iowa and Wyoming belongs to Obama, so say he goes on to win New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Hillary could very well still win the nomination. Don’t forget a nominee needs 270 of the 530 electoral votes to be elected president. And with 166 electoral votes she is promised, she needs 104 more to go before the presidency is hers, whereas, Obama needs 204 more electoral votes to cinch the presidency.

    January 7, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Fran at 2:04 pm

    WOW. How can you be so horribly misinformed/ignorant and at the same time ask people to take a close look at the candidates?

    PLEASE, Obama is NOT MUSLIM, he was NOT SWORN IN WITH A KORAN. Get your facts straight. You can't just make stuff up!

    January 7, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    From Livingston, Montana – Just saying the verb "change" could inspire "false hopes" from listeners. Obama needs to define the exact plans and activities for the types of changes and the amount of time (duration) to execute the "change". The time frame (duration) to accomplish and execute the undefined "change" could take many years (more than the four year presidential assignment) and the completion date could raise "false hopes".

    January 7, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Tom

    Since when did being a Muslim means being anti-american. For those ignorant, undeducated, hate-mongering, individuals out there, and there are a ton on this forum, just because someone is a Muslim doesn't exclude them from being an American. Barack is of Christian faith and even if he was Buddhist, Hindu, or Pagan, I would probably vote for him then Clinton. Don't bring your radical religious agenda to distort the election process. By the way, don't vote for any Catholics, they will molest your children. I hope you idiots get the point.

    January 7, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Roland, Clifton - NJ

    When JFK went into the White House 1961, he had been in congress since 1946, as had Richard Nixon. JFK was no novice, he knew his subjects. His policy statewments were very clear and concise. Do not confuse Obama with JFK

    January 7, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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