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.

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  1. Lynn

    Jim, if Hillary is the Ice Queen and Obama is the Manchurian candidate, then Giuliani is most definitely Skeletor. The guy makes me askeered.

    January 7, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Linda

    I think we should all be worried about another election where our votes are not really counted. An election where people can't vote and they are turned away. Why don't we have a standard voting method in every state of the United States?

    Mike, above, you are so correct in that Hillary is the best choice for president. Not because she is a woman or is white, but because she is the most intelligent one running.

    Most people are just to used to thinking what the media tells them to think..........remember the weapons of mass destruction that none of the media bothered to explore?? Well were is the exploring of Obama. All they can say is that he has big crowds and has a good speech. Maybe he is the weapon of mass destruction they were looking for.

    January 7, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. NextMogul

    She right. They KNOW that they are making promises that they cannot keep. I am not a Hilary supporter and for the first time since I turned 18, I will probably not vote, unless john Edwards gets the nomination. I am black and not supporting Obama because he cannot win. Michigan just abolished Affirmative Action last year. What makes anyone in this world think that this country will elect a black president? It is all much ado about nothing. They are all a consortium of rich elitest and the best I can do is to try to join the club.

    January 7, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Leah

    Let's see what experience got us:
    1) Housing Market Crash 2) $100 per barrell for oil 3) $3+ gallon gas
    4) soaring food and energy prices 5) record deficit 6) War in Iraq 7) World Trade Center Bombings
    8) Numerous White House Scandals (Clinton and Bush) 9)Shame and disgrace on the Presidency (Clinton) 10)Distrust and hatred (Bush) 10)Need I go on...

    I'll take my chances with inexperience and change.

    January 7, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Obama is all hype.

    Hillary is just plain nasty.

    I say we all vote for Mickey Mouse.


    January 7, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Disgusted


    I am 29 and totally agree with your comment I reposted below..

    (Seth January 7, 2008 12:58 pm ET

    "I am 27 years old, extremely liberal and strongly disagree with my generation's support for Obama. It is disheartening to see the democratic party make mistake after mistake in our strategy to reclaim America from the conservative zealots. As a person of color, I am insulted by Obama's claim that he is an "outsider" as if he grew up without privilege. His support by liberals smells of white guilt. His claim of "community activism" as experience is equivalent to a corporate lawyer citing his stint with the peace corps. The truth is, he captures people's imagination with his rhetoric and possibility of making history, but the truth is, people are naive about what it takes to lead this nation. We all saw first hand how voting for "likable" but inexperienced George Bush turned out. America's most important decision should not be a popularity contest. When will America stop falling for buzz words and buzz taglines like the ones Obama uses? Change? That is so abstract and misleading but people love these grandeur claims, remember "compassionate conservatism"? The truth is, elections are not won by the northern liberal states, they are decided in the red states and the swing states. If John McCain wins the nomination, we can kiss the White House goodbye for another decade because the truth is, I trust McCain more than I trust Obama since I value experience and don't see it as a negative aspect of a candidate's resume. Obama is not ready, he only entered the Senate to jump onto the Presidency, a claim people throw at Hillary all the time but refuse to hold Obama accountable for. If Obama wins the nomination, you can count me as an independent.")

    January 7, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Arun

    Obama missed 83% votes in the United States Senate. The only thing that is depressing is lack of work ethic. You might have fooled Iowa and New Hampshire with your empty rhetoric, but I love results, and the smooth talking is not going to work when it gets to Super Tuesday. Hillary will likely take California, New York and Florida as she will once again come storming back like her husband did – Ironically, on the same day. She will wear the underdog tag very well. You heard it here, Hillary comes wins her first, and wins most of the delegates in this election on February 5th.

    The Whoopi Golberg quote above was great – "Over confidence will be his downfall".

    This man has no specifics and piggy-backs off the responses of others. It will be funny when people ask him questions first in a debate, he stutters like a 4th grader.

    January 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. William

    WOW! Whats sad is that he can attack Hillary, and get praise for it.

    People wake up. the Republicans are setting a trap. if Obama gets the nom...they will crush him regardless of who they nom. Heck i'm sure Jay Lenno would beat Obama.

    P.S. Oprah shut up!

    January 7, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. OverTheRainbow, KS

    To: James, NY

    First off, I could care less what you think. An FYI -> I voted for Slick. But the day he pointed his finger at the American people and lied to us about having sex with "that woman", that changed everything. For Hillary, knowing it to be true, to then go on national TV and blame everything on a Vast Right-wing Conspiracy, that foreshadowed what the Clintonistas are truly all about.

    Childish? Immature? How about the president of the United States turning OUR Oval office into his oral office to satisfy his narcissistic pleasures? That is sick beyond belief.

    Have a nice day.

    January 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. LeeAnn N. Taylor, San Francisco, Ca

    Obama supporters are delusional. He speaks in generalities and has been given a free pass on everything. The only thing we can "hope" for is that if he does get the nomination he doesn't lose by a landslide.

    January 7, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    I love this photo of the four. Three Men and a Baby. Hillary can't even get along with her fellow Democrats let alone most of the country. We're better off voting for Mickey Mouse.


    January 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. andy

    Its hope that allows a lot of people to get up each morning. Hillary is worn down by the price she paid to gain power. She surrounds herself with the same people who have had power for 50 years. She believes all hope is false. All common people are stupit and her right to be e royal family. HC solgan on her bus should be," ALL Hail the Clintons."

    January 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    Right on Leah.

    January 7, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Alien

    Re: Obama Cheated

    That's what a caucus is all about. That's like saying the other team cheated by faking a punt and scoring to win the game.

    Lengthy prose of no use. Sorry please try again.

    January 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Bob - Florida

    From Chicago January 7, 2008 2:34 pm ET

    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 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. CK

    Apparently Clinton doesn't have a good memory when she says:
    "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."
    Apparently she has forgotten all about her tragic proclamation that she was going to overhaul the healthcare system back in 1993. She did not follow through and her remarks created havoc for many. Then she seemingly disappeared from public view in the aftermath of that. Now whenever she mentions 'healthcare' in whatever context, I cringe.

    January 7, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Richard Staniszewski, Fayetteville GA

    Just like bantering children. No substance or anything constructive for Americans to hold on to. Nothing but smoke screens and no substantive discussion on issues. Vote Ron Paul.

    January 7, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Annie

    Didn't Bill Clinton run on a message of hope? Remember, "I'm from a little town called Hope!"

    January 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Frances Cantey

    For the undecided independent voters, “America needs this movement” of change in order for it to survive.

    The question is, am I willing to accept change, or will I compromise the very thing I have wanted to see take place in a very long time? Change. No one knows that better than our military men and women who fight every day to bring change to a nation, that is in bondage to a system that no longer works for the good of us all.

    For 10-40+ years the “experienced,” allowed the unthinkable to take place in our country (i.e. lack of secure borders; illegal immigration; 9/11; no health care; education failure; the exportation of our jobs; dependency on foreign oil/ financial aid; global warming (Al Gore was right there, they ignored him); sex scandal, sub-prime mortgage debacle, etc.). They did not do any of what they are promising us again.

    With their global initiatives, foreign nations invest in our economy. WHO WILL EVENTUALLY OWN AMERICA? America is at stake of being taken over.

    Remember "Humpty Dumpty.” Look at everything that has happened with the “experienced.” Others will control America. We need a change from all the “experienced” who has gotten America in this shape for lack of judgment to say, “No to corporate greed and power.” If you can, get a copy of The Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2007 issue or visit http://www.augustreview.com. Then you will know the truth about why they are fighting so hard to get back in.

    Remember Lot’s wife. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOOK BACK. America will not survive. We need someone who is really going to bring us together as a nation. This is a once in a life time movement for us; to have “an audacity to hope,” and regain our respect and integrity as a beacon of light and hope to the world.

    Iowa showed us the way. Will we follow?

    January 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. James, Mountain View, CA

    Wow, the distortions here about Obama's past are simply appalling. I'm shocked to see people spreading the myth that Obama is secretly a Muslim or has radical Islamic connections...it's amazing how far a lie can go with Web 2.0's lack of authority. For anybody who would bother to do even a moment of research with reliable sources, Obama briefly attended a school with majority Muslim students as a child, but the school was not a religious school. Otherwise, Obama studied in Catholic schools as a child, and he has been publicly identified with the United Church of Christ since the 1980's. If you honestly think he has been attending services held by the United Church of Christ for over 20 years and attended other Christian services for longer than that as a ruse to fool people for the purpose of winning the 2008 presidential election, you're far too gullible (and bigoted) to be voting in such an important election.

    January 7, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Kevin Coad

    I think everyone should be horrified when presidental canidates are not allowed to join in debates. Hunter this year, Nader before. Ralph Nader has proven himself more able to push policies to better life for all of us, and keep us safer than any elected president in who knows how long. Can anyone say they really have any true respect for Bush, Clinton, Gore or any of them? They all flip flop and have no backbone. How much worse can it really get? We all know the truth and just refuse to deal with it. I believe we should all boycott the elections and prove we will not stand for it, not just to show here in America, but to show the world that we do not believe in the people we are givin to chose from. As Mayor bloomberg said, we should elect our officials based on their competence!

    January 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Salita, SC

    I have scrolled through all these posts AGAIN I dont see an ANSWER from the Obama people of how he will get 270 electorial votes. Hillary needs to start ramming that fact home.

    Hillary supporters is it just me or does Obama remind you of Bush...he's a UNITER not a DIVIDER. And Hillary supporters do the Obama and edwards people remind you of Bush supporters? As a dem it makes my stomach turn to see the Edwards and Obama supporters spewing right wing talking points to make their case why Hillary should not get the nomination. It is also just as sick to see Edwards and Obama egging it on. I would not want a single vote that didnt come to me because they thought I was the best person for instead of voting for me because i'm not Hillary. It even gets worsewhen all is said and done they will be over trying to shakw our hands and asking for our votes. I say NO!

    At this point as an African American I refuse to vote Obama even in the general election if he gets it.

    January 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Jim, CT

    Giuliani is the ONLY viable candidate. He is the only serious candidate with any EXECUTIVE experience. Except pretty boy Romney.....and Huckabee.....who has a weird eye.

    January 7, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Marcus, Great Lakes

    I am a Veteran and a proud member of the VVA.

    I have watched Sen. Obama closely, much more so than the other candidates.

    In June I attended the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans conference in Washington, the only annual conference that addresses homelessness among veterans. Sen. Obama announced that the Homes For Heroes Act of 2006 was being introduced in the Senate.

    This has not been the first time Sen. Obama has backed us veterans. This is due to where he comes from.

    DoD/VA Collaboration and Cooperation to Meet the Needs of Returning Service Members” was the focus at the initial oversight hearing of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Why does this matter? Because readers ought to know that, in addition to Sen. Akaka, six of his Democratic colleagues—Rockefeller, Murray, Sherrod Brown, Jim Webb, and Barack Obama—attended the hearing. On the other side of the aisle, only Larry Craig of Idaho, now ranking member of the committee, bothered to show up.

    If anyone wants to read more, go to the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) web site. Put in, Obama and you can read the two full length articles. This paper is not biased nor does it put it's own, "spin" on things.

    January 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Marcus, SF CA

    this is all perfect. let him take both states..let him think he's ahead of the pack.

    on feb 5th Super Tues..Hillary will smash him and he will feel the blow hard and really be "depressed"

    January 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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