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'

soundoff (823 Responses)
  1. nikolai

    Hillary made a very telling statement:

    "We don't need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what can be delivered."

    So, if you want more "politics as usual", vote Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. jo, florida

    Obama is all media hype.....I hope that we as a country are buying into this. Hillary is the only one who is able to lead from day 1. She is a strong, intelligent and can MAKE change happen not just talk about it. My vote is for Hillary!

    January 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Julian Sanchez

    I notice Hilary Clinton broken down seeing she’s up against a hard rock in the polls. Many people like Barack Obama but say he doesn’t have the experience. Well, that’s just exactly want we want. We’re tired of the same ‘old stew’ in Washington; thirty years experience is just what we don’t want! Barack Obama is young, with new ideas, he owes nothing to anyone, doesn’t carry excess baggage, is genuine, and with good moral principles! He will be the one to defuse what Bush has created that has devastated the world and our country! He will be the one to up root illegal immigration in this country! He’s the man we want; he’s the man for Washington!

    January 7, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Raphael from Detroit

    I saw the vide where Clinton made the comment about "false hopes" and I was appalled.

    I did not have a very favorable opinion of Mrs. Clinton to begin with, but after she derided the American Public about hoping too high, I cemented my attitude that she MUST NOT become president.

    Our country has been about HIGH HOPES from its very founding, when a band of revolutionaries took on an Empire. At every great juncture in our collective history, America has been able to not only HOPE HIGH, but to ACHIEVE what we have HOPED for. How dare Mrs. Clinton condescend to us that we are nieve to hope. I would never vote for her.

    I HOPE that Mr. Obama's message of hope and unity infects us all.

    Raphael from Detroit

    January 7, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Betty

    I have been watching TV and reading the newspapers and all I know in the end is that I want the best candidate and most qualified candidate to get the Democratice nomination not the most popular. We need an exit plan for Iraq, a new economic plan for the middle class of this Country and a medical plan for all Americans. We need to support that candidate and put all of the personal quips aside.

    January 7, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Justin

    Listen... is that the fat lady singing...

    January 7, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. LeeAnnO

    The picture says it all...three (men?) against one. I support Clinton and could not be more thrilled that she is running but what depresses me is way she is being cut apart by her own party!! Keep it up guys and we will get another president who is as qualified and wonderful and the one we have now!!!

    January 7, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Kevin - Indiana

    Hillary is a joke as was her husband. I'm not an Obama fan, however, if all else fails I would rather him be there than her. She is a disgrace as was her husband. Their only goals are money and power and she is just plain mean!

    The entire political system is disgraceful and needs a major overhaul. They are all crooks so we need to vote them all out. If you vote for an incumbant you are voting for the same ol same ol and don't deserve to complain.

    We all say we want change, yet, most still vote on the party line. If you like or dislike someone just because of their party affiliation you should stay home on Super Tuesday. Your doing yourself and your country a disservice by voting Democrat or Republican. Vote for the person and make it your choice.

    By the way, if you don't know how to use a voting machine your not smart enough to vote. An IQ test should be part of the voting process.

    January 7, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Tristan

    Obama is not a muslim. Anyone who is trying to tell you otherwise is either lying or misinformed:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslim.asp

    January 7, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. carole

    IS AMERICA LOOKING FORWARD TO A MUSLIM STATE, IF SO VOTE FOR OBAMA

    January 7, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Gregory

    I'm so tired of people in either party saying that Obama doesn't have the experience to be president; He was an accomplished three-term state senator, completed his J.D degree magna cum laude, lectured on *constitutional law* (which is an area of expertise that any president should be intimately familiar with), and represented a number of voting rights, community organization, etc. groups

    The man is smart and works well with everyone; to hell with whether he's been a governor or served longer in the Senate. George Bush was an inept governor of Texas...did that result in him being a better president?

    The caliber and capabilities of a president matter just as much as what they've managed to accomplish before they run, and Obama has got intelligence and *detailed* proposals in spades. Some people simply don't want to acknowledge that...

    Obama '08; it's going to be a good year

    January 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Kevin Coad

    what would they say and how could they talk around it if the polls turned empty? They would probably just make numbers up if they could, but if we all know the polls in our neighborhoods were empty, how could they? it would be interesting.

    January 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. From Chicago

    Want a President that can't make a decision or doesn't even show up for work but is all hype and soundbytes? Vote Obama!

    People need to look at his voting record where he either didn't bother to show up for work and VOTE or he voted PRESENT which means "I don't know how to vote on this!"

    He is LAZY and it's a disgrace how he wants people to vote for HIM but he never votes for US. Real Presidental there.

    IMO he won't win the nomination, but if he does, he will be slaughtered like a sheep by the Republicans. He wants to cry now over the big bad mean lady Hillary Clinton, wait until the play dirty Republicans get ahold of him. You think their fear tactics worked in 2004, you haven't seen nothin' yet. And yet..all she sheep follow so blindly...

    January 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. LANCE CORDIAL

    I PARTIALLY AGREE WITH OBAMA. WHAT CHANGES HAS HILLARY MADE IN PUBLIC OFFICE? HER ADDRESS? OH, THAT'S RIGHT, SHE DECIDED TO TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN NEW YORK TO FILL A GREAT, DECEASED SENATOR'S CHAIR, BUT NOT MUCH ELSE. OBAMA NEEDS TO GET OVER HIMSELF, HOWEVER, AS HE IS HARDLY THE SECOND COMING OF JFK, AS MUCH AS WE WISH THE CONTRARY WAS TRUE. I LIVE IN ILLINOIS AND AM HARD PRESSED TO THINK OF ONE THING THE GUY HAS DONE FOR US IN THE U.S. SENATE. HE RATHER REMINDS ME OF A MODERN DAY WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN (THE GODLY HERO) WHO WAS A FINE ORATOR BUT A POOR SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER WOODROW WILSON. I'M ALMOST TEMPTED TO VOTE FOR THE GUY JUST TO SAY "I TOLD YOU SO" FOUR YEARS FROM NOW. NOW THAT'S NOT PESSIMISM INASMUCH AS A REALITY CHECK. TALKING AND DOING ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS. HE CERTAINLY CAN DO THE FORMER. THE LATTER? I GUESS WE'LL FIND OUT. SOON.

    January 7, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Jason Smith

    Clinton depresses everybody in upstate NY when she promises a lot, but does nothing....it is not like we were just totally devastated by flooding in June 2006 or anything!!!

    It is not like there continues to be a mass exodus from her home state or anything!!!!

    She has ignored her own constituency while Senator, so why would I vote for her for President, so I can be ignored some more????

    Pakistan has 75 nukes and is approaching anarchy...yet all readers on this and other "news" media get is Hillary's tearful response to some female supporter's gushing comment about her hair, and how campaigning is tough, life is tough, and so on and so on????

    Are we now entering the Paris Britney Jessica presidency????

    Just when I thought the Bush presidency was the end of the world and could not get more embarrassing, a Hillary presidency would take the cake!!!!

    January 7, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Tony, Wilton, ME

    Linda sez:

    "Obama is all fluff and no substance. I'm not a Democrat but Hillary is much more intelligent and competent. This man is running a campaign on charisma and fluff, however he's the least qualified candidate."

    Straight out of the latest Republican talking points. The Republicans want Hillary to win the nomination. They've spent two decades demonizing her and it will all be for naught. LOL

    January 7, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Russell

    When will the media call Hillary Clinton on the fact that she has not been an agent of anything "for thirty years", and that she is not the one with the most experience? She was somebody's wife, and then she used that to become a senator, and then she did very little except vote for the war and respond to polls, and then she decided to run for President. She has a thin record of anything, and she gets away with claiming that she has been doing something important for thirty years. There is nothing wrong with being someone's wife, but it should not be construed as having achieved something in the public realm.

    If the issue is experience and a record, then Joe Biden and/or Bill Richardson should get their due. But of course they have been ignored by the media, and one of them is already gone, with the other to follow shortly.

    January 7, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Heather from Chattanooga, Tennessee

    His marital indiscretions are not why I feel he was a bad President. He shouldn't have lied about them. His marital indiscretions are also not why I feel his wife would be a bad President. I think that the people that say "she couldn't even control her own marital bed, how could she rule a country? blah blah blah" are idiots. You can control one person and that's yourself. And some of us have problems doing that. Everyone is going to make mistakes and I don't base my entire opinion of someone's Presidency on their personal life. And I actually was driving towards the end of his term. 🙂

    I don't feel that you can group everyone together and generalize everyone as bad as you want to. And I don't mean you individually, I mean all of us. Everyone does it from time to time. You can't group all conservative Christians as Republicans. You can't say that all women who want female equality want Hilary Clinton to be their President. You can't say that all Muslims are violent, angry people that want America to disappear off the map. Just because someone is of Hispanic decent doesn't mean they're here illegally. And just because someone has the middle name of Hussein doesn't mean that he's a bad, evil man. You can't say that all of today's youth will vote for whoever the biggest celebrities tell them to vote for. Don't assume that just because someone is young that they don't know how to think for themselves.

    January 7, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Bob

    I agree with Hillary Rodham. She is a proven agent of change. Change for the worst that is.

    She is a GENDER FEMINIST (as opposed to equity feminist), which means she believes that all women are victims of "patriarchal control and oppression." Men are bad, women are good. Fathers are irrelevant. The laws enacted during the Clinton administration reflect this feminist religion. The Violence Against Women Act – a Hillary invention – is the best example. People talk these days about how their civil rights have been diminished as part of the war on terror. But all men's rights were demolished as part of the War on Men.

    Hillary is full of hate. And that hate has driven her to be an agent of change to the detriment of fathers, children, and families. If she were elected, her victim-oriented feminism would be the final nail in the coffin for fathers.

    Thankfully, her campaign is in a free fall. People – not the Democrat part powers-that-be and the hateful gender feminists, but real people – are finally seeing the real persona behind the phony, stone-faced smile.

    January 7, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Richelle

    Comment to Paul: Do your research, Barack Obama is not Muslim. He is a practicing CHRISTIAN!!!! If you did your homework, you would know he attended a Muslim school as a child because that was the only alternative for him when he lived in Indonesia with his stepfather. Indonesia is primarily a Muslim country. If you're going to attack someone, at least have the facts straight!

    January 7, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Karmavision.tv

    Obama needs to take a hard stance at Hillary because as the deadline gets closer, she will try to label him as soft and incompetent. Obama won't fall for that.

    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Daniel

    Belgium
    Luxembourg
    France
    Netherlands
    Germany
    Portugal
    Greece
    Spain
    Italy
    United Kingdom

    Ask Barack Obama about the significance of these 10 nations. See if he has an answer. I would LOVE to hear his response. Ask ANY of the candidates about these nations significance.

    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Robert NYC & Miami

    I hope we are not making a mistake.

    Obama could be another Jimmy Carter. Even though Carter is my hero.

    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. pam

    lets talk qualifcation, not experience or change. no two people have the same experience or thoughts on change (good or bad). look at qualifcations, as if you were hiring an individual to do your most important job. don't discount experience or ideas for the future, but if you had to judge strickly on qualifcations who would you pick. like many others state on this blog do your homework before making emotional decisions and comments. stop the bashing on both sides and give fact not opinions .

    undecided voter

    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. richard williams

    I was imressed with Senator Clinton's performance in the debate – I was particularly impressed with her willingness to engage when attacked by other candidates – not with rhetoric, but with real detail based on experience.

    I was also very glad to hear her state without hestitation that any country harboring statelesss terrorists would be a target for retaliation in the event our country is atttacked. I found this very "Presidential".

    I was further encouraged that while other candidates said the same things again and again ("...This is very personal to me...", or "...folks are ready for a change...") Senator Clinton (and Senator RIchardson) spoke with the voice of experience – not campaign rhetoric.

    When Senator Clinton becomes the first woman President in our country's history, I'll have confidence that she has the experience, qualifications, and intelligence to perform the job.

    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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