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. nightmare in New York

    I know that all you concerned with Senator Clinton's campaige failure have loosed the dogs on Senator Barack Obama, and 'WE THE PEOPLE' for Barack Obama want to thank you for making our jobs easier by confirming to the world your true nature and ONE of the reasons why we want you OUT! ! !

    YOUR party's status quo strategies used to decieve us won't work this time.

    It's YOUR system
    It's YOUR stategy
    It's YOUR party that you serve

    Hillary! stop crying on national tv. Making yourself look pathetic. You are in a Presidential Election. Go home and cry like we all do EVERYDAY.

    How does it feel Hillary to be IGNORED?

    Say what you want you have already had every chance to do what you are saying you'll do. In your own words I have been in it for 35 years.

    Our children want better they deserve better. You and your kind will not continue to DICTATE TO US giving us or them the same tormentuous pains and sufferings.

    no more STATUS QUO! ! !

    January 7, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. concerned citizen, Mesa, Arizona

    Obama has crowned himself President already and we have not even voted. If Hillary said some of the things he has said she would be crucified. Talk about being arrogant. In his speech this morning he said a light would comd down and shine on undecided voters and they would vote for him. Give me a break. I want to see him when republicans start going after him. Eventually he has to give some specifics and not just talk about hope. Does he realize what it will be like if he is elected trying to deal with Republicans. I guess he really does think he is a rock star and they will just fall over and give him what he wants.

    January 7, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Fly Fishing Rick

    From Livingston, Montana – Just saying the verb "change" could inspire "false hopes" from listeners. Obama needs to define the exact plans activities and resources for the types of changes and the amount of time (durations) 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 an unrealistic completion date could raise "false hopes". Simple logic.

    January 7, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. LCSpan

    I really love the path the Democrates are on...to destruction. Our country is not dumb enough to elect any of those clowns. As a happy Republican & Bush supporter,lets call Dick Chaney.

    By the way, I noticed that CNN is at it again, trying to make news where none exists. Your guests are not informed on the political issues so why have inexperienced "talking heads" as guests with insights that are not accurate?

    If you are in the news business, report the news–stop making up news issues...


    January 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Kimberly Peacock

    Nomad we did with Regan. I was a Regan democrat. I was young, and he did inspire. Regan was a great ceremonial President. I think we need a practical President today.

    January 7, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Teri

    False hopes? A man on the moon is not a false hope, it was a reality check. Obama needs to stop feeding himself false hopes and check his own reality.

    January 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Mark, CA

    dear all obama-haters: go ahead and say he's all fluff, go ahead and call him out for being muslim (which by the way is the most ignorant thing you can say, considering 99.9% of muslims are peaceful people and hate that idiots like you throw them in the same category-and by the way, here's a newsflash–HE'S CHRISTIAN NOT MUSLIM!)......call him out for being too slick, etc. at the end of the day, he gets people excited about politics and he is the only one who can make people believe in the political system again, and thats a very powerful thing. listen to the experts when they say that they've never seen anything like this since JFK. go ahead and vote for hillary if you'd like but just sit back and watch history being made this year. one day you will look back at this election and realize how big this was. Lincoln, JFK, Obama. He will be that historical of a figure.

    January 7, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Hakim

    Please someone tell me all the foreign policy and "experience", President Bush had when he came to office. Zip, zilch. His Father had experience as a VP and led this country into a recession. I get so tired of "experience". What experience does Huckabee or even Guliani have, none to me. Obama is a Senator from a major state and the key will be the advisors he surrounds himself with WHEN he becames President. Also I saw on here earlier talking about him being Muslim, which in fact his Father was Muslim and Obama is Christian and has been the majortity of his life. Also people will try to scare the most ignorant of this country with using his whole name as a reason he shouldn't be elected. I have no problem with Hillary but let's have a real reason not to vote for someone vs. what their name is. Oh and yes I am Christian have been all my life and the son of a United Methodist MInister. You can't judge someone by their name, see George Bush, doesn't get anymore American than that.

    January 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Bob - Florida

    pam January 7, 2008 2:26 pm ET

    Pam get a grip! Its was the Congressman from Minnesota that used the Koran!

    January 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. CWW, Phoenix, AZ

    Hillary has more experience (barely, she can have 25% credit for the White Hose years she so adamently claims) but she won't change anything. Honestly I don't think the direction this country is headed in will change with her as President.

    January 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Jennifer

    Clinton needs to win for the simple fact that we need a big change in America.
    Women have a different way of thinking and doing things. Clintons biggest mistake thus far is not playing the gender card enough! We need a strong mutitasking woman in the whitehouse to clean up this mess of a country. She is
    serious and may even seem unapproachable at times and thats OK!! I don't
    want an easygoing, nonthinking, pushover leading this country. Being a wonderful
    speaker is a blessing and Obama does represent youthful thinking, but lets not
    gamble on the chance that he is really inexperienced-we can't afford that. John
    Edwards may be capable, but his wife is sick. God bless her, but her illness is not going to go away. The chance of her becoming gravely ill and even passing in the not so far future is a reality. We should not elect an official at this crucial time who we know is going to be left devastated and vulnerable. Not to mention the young children he has that will desperately need him.
    Clinton in 08- Get the job done!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Jim, Carbondale, IL

    PAM and others making similar false statements:
    Barack Obama NEVER SWORE IN ON A KORAN!!!

    January 7, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Andrew, NC

    Teresa – A Canadian criticizing American politics? That's a laugh. How about you guys develop an international policy instead of depending on us for everything. Once NAFTA is rid of, you're economy will experience a harsh recession as you all bicker about how to raise your income taxes past 50%. Canada is the laughing stock of North America and it is no wonder that no one care, nor needs to care about your politics. The fact that the Edmonton mall has more submarines than the Canadian navy is funny in itself. Get ready for more disrespect heading your way once Quebec finally votes to secede. Canadians have no right to get involved in our politics. As the British say: "Canada got all of our bad habits and none of our good."

    January 7, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Cindy

    Wake up people. We're selecting a President, not the winner of American Idol!!!

    January 7, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. From Chicago

    I think it's a valid question why Barack Hussein Obama doesn't wear the American flag on his lapel like the rest of the "boyz".

    He's such a flip flopper it's not even funny! He claims to be against outsourcing but he voted for outsourcing all the jobs for the cleanup after Katrina!

    I cannot wait for super Tuesday when the rest of the country has spoken and shows Dumbo Ears the door!

    January 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Erin

    Pam: Obama did not swear on the Koran, it's a false rumor: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/238/

    January 7, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Prithi

    To Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    You bet the world was laughing at America !
    BUT NOT because of what Bill Clinton did but because America WAS PRUDISH enough to care and repudiate a fantastic president who brought prosperity even to the common man ,and who was admired and respected in the rest of the world for his efforts to bring abt peace among warring nations!

    It is indeed a joke that a country that enshrines personal liberty and privacy in its constitution would deny it's own president a personal and private life and hold Hilarys right to make her own personal decision regarding their marriage against her !

    Witness France..Sarcozy is in the midst of a divorce and publicly seeing other women and NO ONE CARES!!!

    And more importantly Its a joke that America is stll debating whether they are ready for a female president when a MUSLIM country like Pakistan has had a female prime minister and that developing countries with historically patriarchial soceties like India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also had female leaders .

    And it is indeed a joke that while Hilary was first lady she was critcised for having too much power and now she is criticised for "just being first lady" whatever that means.

    Wake up America, I can say with conviction that the rest of the world does not want an American President who talks so casually about attacking a sovereign country on the basis of "actionable intelligence" . (reference Barrack's statement on Pakistan) Isn't that what got you into Iraq ?

    Prithi (India)

    January 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Linus

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

    January 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. d, Chicago, IL

    As the HRC banner says: "Ready FOR change".
    In other words, she'll wait for change to come to her and not the other way around.


    January 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. nomad fr:o.c.

    it is hard to understand how one could build a coalition so powerful as to dismantle the clinton (political war) machine from the grass roots level and not have leadership experience or skills. the Clinton camp is showing a total lack of class and appear to be sore losers by resorting to these mudslinging tactics. one of the natural defense tactics of one who is filled with panic is to lash out with panic filled attacks towards their opponent. i dont think HC is as ready to lead as she may think. wooosaah....

    January 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. russ

    my comment is for anyone voting for clinton. she is an uncompassionate liar who has cheated to get to where she is. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfUajhL24I&feature=related). She is bad for america because she is the same type of person who has been ruining our name and standing in the world. She would not even be where she is if it weren't for her husband. now for people who say that she is the mastermind behind him.......thats true but how can we respect anyone who can't even keep her own family together and under control.

    vote for change........vote Barack Huessein Obama '08

    p.s. im from iowa and hopefully everyone will follow our lead.

    January 7, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. EM

    Can Obama run our country? NO

    Can he be able to uplift our economy? NO


    January 7, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Michael - Stamford, CT

    The majority of the media in my opinion has been bias in favor of Senator Obama over Senator Clinton and I don't think it's right. I respect the fact Hillary has listened to what the American people have said and is now clearly against giving driver licences to illegal aliens however in the previous debate Senator Barack Obama openly admits that he supports giving driving licences to illegal aliens yet the media has and still is giving him a free pass on this important issue. The majority of the media has also been giving a free pass to John Edwards because he claims to be for the poor and the middle class yet as an investor John Edwards has ties to lenders who have forclosed on hurricane Katrina victims, he has turned his back on true liberal values and stands for nothing. If we want serious change in this country then we need to support Senator Hillary Clinton as President because she has the experience to bring us that real change and her record proves that she is sincere about helping the middle class and the poor. Senator Clinton also has the best chance to win the national election which is another reason why voters need to think long and hard at the big picture. If Senator Obama or John Edwards were to get the nominaton that would handing the Whitehouse another Republican victory which would result in more of the same. Obama also doesn't have the experience to deal with national security issues and the Republicans will have a field day with this one should Democrats be foolish enough to give him the nomination over Hillary. It's a shame the media has been bias against Hillary because she would be good for America and help us gain back the respect at home and around the world which is something we lost due to the failures of the Bush administration.

    January 7, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Bill W - PA

    "Right now Hillary and Barrack's job is to run for President."

    Good point – Aren't they both senators? So why are they getting paid by the public to neglect their offices while they run for president – bothof them??

    I think a senator should have to resign their seat if they want to spend so much time running for president. Let someone who wants to work for the people have it.

    January 7, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. tyler

    Eveny one is all talk and the man with the least amount of MONEY is Edwards and actually nows what hes talking about with issues. Please people i urge you to pay more attention to Edwards

    January 7, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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