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. larry

    Mr Obama, what exactly would you change? The war in Iraq, you already said you would not have all troops out by 2013; the economy, by raising taxes; healthcare, socializing medicine and wiping out an entire industry that employs millions of Americans,instead of working with them to mandate coverage and bring down the cost??? You see Mr. Obama the truth is your feeding off this 'false hope' of change that you ultimately will not be able to deliver. Why??? Because you 'false hopes' of change have no substance!


    January 7, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. terry

    JUst like a spoiled child he starts name calling. We don't need a little child running our beloved country. We need a strong adult leader . That would be Sen. Hillery Clinton.
    So when the economy starts heating up ,when we need jobs, when are borders remain wide open , whats He going to do? Not come out and play with the other kids. I think he is the depressing one . unless he shows as HIlery does that he has plans. not just words. He should stay home and write a book that would be action.
    We don' have time for on the job tranning. We will just have another know it all like BUSH. This country is not divided we all want bush out . and no wars

    January 7, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Peter Vaughan

    I'm a New Zealander watching closely the US Presidential campaign. I study a range of psychological mechanisms re human behavior. I have analyzed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in depth and openly state that Clinton is a bully and has hidden agendas, she would run the country 'all right' if elected, just like she runs Bill. Obama has a great deal of qualities the American people are looking for but I feel he is too young and has to wait another round. I have already predicted most of the results for the real contenders for the Presidential seat here in New Zealand for my followers and audience and am about to enter Bill Richardson's profile today (Tuesday 8th Jan 2008).

    In my view Mike Huckabee and John Edwards are the best and I have assumed a winner already that in my view will outdo "The Amazing Kreskin's" 'secret letter' indicating the next US President.

    Following with interest, Peter Vaughan.

    January 7, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Justin, Houston, TX

    Right now, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is in the Persian Gulf "harassing and provoking" our naval ships. The same Iranian Revolutionary Guard in the amendment that Obama derided Clinton for voting for. The same Iranian Revolutionary Guard that Obama said his judgement told him to skip the vote. How quickly our mistakes can come back to haunt us. This country is really ready to just hand the nomination to another inexperienced smooth talker. I guess nobody's paying attention to what's actually going on in the world – everybody's probably listening to one of his speeches. But I wonder is he gonna be able to speech away the threats that are looming right around the corner.

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Tristan

    Also, the people accusing the Obama camp of "cheating" in the Iowa caucus do not know how the caucuses are run. I haven't missed a caucus since 92, and wheeling and dealing for extra delegates is something that always takes place (except in 2000, when there were only two candidates running). Candidates often much official suggestions to their supporters regarding who they should choose as a second choice–Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards formed such an alliance in 2004. It's not cheating; it's just how caucuses work.

    While it's entirely possible that Obama did benefit more from being the second choice of supporters of non-viable candidates than did Hillary, it's unlikely that this extra support made up his entire 9% margin of victory/

    January 7, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Andres Rodriguez / Chicago

    Does being married to a Police Officer make you a capable crime fighter?
    What Hillary touts as experience is her husband's legacy. Sure, being in the Whitehouse for eight years can shade one's political career to a varying degree but her tenure as Senator in New York and Obama's tenure in Illinois seem to match up more than not. Further consider the "experience" bush-cheney have and the debacle of their combined incompetence. Get real, America. Experience means you have lobbyist's in your pocket and corporate america making donations to your campaign.

    January 7, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. D. Dantzler

    To those Democrats who are saying that Obama is not ready and too inexperienced, when would you expect him to run? After Hillary is in office for 8 years? 12 years from now since we typically change parties in between terms? Or maybe 16 years when he is 64 years old?

    January 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    Ok, I hate to tell everyone this, but Islam is not genetic. Obama's father was a Muslim, but left him and his mother when Obama was like 2!

    And besides, what ****ing difference does it make?!? This is the same stuff people pulled with Kennedy because he was Catholic. They had the entire country asking if he would be taking orders from the Pope! Are people honestly suggesting that a United States Senator is going to get elected president and then suddenly bust out a a prayer rug and change the national anthem to Arabic?!?

    Give me a break...come out of the stone age.

    January 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Bruce Taylor

    What is experience? Someone or some government or some corporation could come along and say you do not have the experience to vote or do this or that. Maybe not here in this country but in Russia or some other nation,that is always our hope. How many times have you the blogger or employee or youth growing up been told you don't have experience? What IS experience,what is its requirement? I volunteer it is a pre-condition set by others on judgment in order to hold their place,to secure their own destiny,while you are told you don't have experience. Maybe we need more than a change in governance,we need a change in definition and who defines us.

    January 7, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Mike, Fort Washington, MD

    Experience! What Experience does Hillary really have? Was she in on every meeting while Bill was president! You are right, Obama has no experience being a First Lady!! Everyone knows she and Bill are not really together. There relationship is all for show just like she will be if she became president.

    January 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Jason Smith

    Voters are not educated because media refuses to discuss the real issues....at no time in Iowa leading up to the caucus was any candidate questioned about Iraq (at least not as reported by the national media)......

    At no time were any candidates questioned on any of their main campaign issues...it was all just talking points and short clips and negative "mudslinging"

    For example, Hillary runs mostly on her health care plan which is regurgitated from 1993, which was unaffordable then with a budget surplus and with, I would guess, at least fifty million fewer Americans "who are legal" and would have to be covered under "universal" health care....now we are in a huge budget deficit thanks to Iraq to the tune of approximately $40,000 per American which will have to paid back at some point in the future...how would she propose to do that while supporting her very vague and broad health care plan.....other candidates have a lot more specifics, which she then attacks without defending anything she says....

    She says a lot of unsupportable things....and questions anybody who dares contradict her.....she tried to be tough...and then she just totally breaks down when some supporter comments about her hair, how tough campaigning is, how unfair everybody is to her?????

    Is she bipolar???? Are her advisors telling her to pull these stunts??? Was this staged like that question in Iowa???? This type of campaigning makes me want to puke......it is sickening...I have had enough of these stunts by the GOP in the last election to have a repeat.....

    Like Yogi Berra said, "it is deja vu all over again"

    January 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Billie Hasty

    Look at the picture above this news article. The three men are standing together while Hillary is standing off to the side by herself making contact with the audience. The picture speaks volumes about what is happening in this campaign. Hang in there Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Tom Davie

    Nobody can make a case that Obama would make a better president than Hillary Clinton.

    Nobody has even made a case he would be better than John Edwards.

    They all AVOID the subject . Does it even matter if the candidate has the EXPERIENCE to do the job?

    You take a low level assistant manager who is popular and intelligent and then all of a sudden make him PRESIDENT OF THE ENTIRE HUMONGOUS company?

    no. Of course not.

    The Republicans are DANCING in the streets .

    Republicans are going GO OBAMA GO !!!!


    Here. Have some free coke on us !!!

    January 7, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Say NO to Obama

    Umm, if anyone wants to know about Obama's family and Muslim past please read Debbie Schlussel's blog on Barack. She is a highly respected journalist and has been published in the Washington Times, New York Post, Jerusalem Post to name a few. Don't take me, an anonymous person's words for value, read Debbie's blog, she knows her stuff.

    Also, Barack got a cut rate deal for his house with the help of a Syrian business man now under indictment. This man is also business partners with Elijah Mohammad's son.

    January 7, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. dsommer

    Senator Obama is from my home state. I must admit I was really excited when he announced that he was running for President. As time has gone on and I have researched the data, it is clear that he is all about media hype. Our vetrans need help desparetly and Obama who sits on that commitee has done nothing. Our transportation system is nearing a dooms day deadline, nothing from Obama.
    He's missed 177 votes in a 2 year period. He has not stopped or attempted to stop the bleed of jobs from our state.
    He is not the candidate of change, thats obvious here in this state. Even as a state senator he did very little to improve jobs,healthcare,the economy etc.
    Expeirence does count, and a record of changes made to improve the lives of the people he says he represents,WE"RE STILL WAITING BARACK!!!.
    My vote is to Hilary and her expeirence, strength and passion for this country!

    January 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. tim

    Obama Is a do nothing, done nothing windbag. Let's not trade a Know nothing
    President for a done nothing President.

    January 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Free, Rochester NY

    I see people in this comments section as labeling Obama Polarizing, or claiming he is "Muslim", or saying that the Republicans "want" him to get the nomination.

    This is all fear mongering and unbacked claims. If some people claim that he is "polarizing" and some do not, it just shows that he's making an impact.

    As far as the "Muslim" backround, regardless of any country in which he "once" lived where that might have been the dominant religion, it has no bearing. He is Christian under the United Church of Christ, and has been for quite some time, so again, just fear mongering. The same holds true for his name, "Hussein", it's just a name, and also his middle name. Just because it matches a name that had bad connotations with it in the past does not mean that this now reflects on him. Again, fear is the cause of this. The Kennedy family ancestors were once heavily involved with the Slave Trade, does that mean that we should denounce them now soley based on their name?

    Lastly, the claim that the Republicans want him to get elected so that they can have a better chance is so weak that it borders on stupid. That would be like if I was running for president myself, knowing that I could never get elected myself, plan to help Obama get elected so that I would have a better chance.... As you can see this makes no sense whatsoever. Any group wants to be electable or win in the FIRST PLACE, not hope someone else wins, and THEN hope that the winner in quesiton could then propel THEM to victory, wow, absurd. Not to mention that the country vibe is already turning so anti-republican, that we could put a duck, and ordinary Mallard, up as the democratic candidate, and it would probably get at least 1% due simply because it was "the lesser of 2 evils"

    Seriously though folks, trying to discredit Obama through these methods is pointless, I like others see through them quite easily. The only halfway valid observation is that he has no presidential experience... yeah, well, neither does any other candidate at this time, so again, a wash. Their other political backrounds are all otherwise rather equal, other than the fact that Obama's has some of the least amount of corruption, and at least appears to have integrity. A lot of the other candidates do not.

    I wish Obama luck, and hope he gets elected. O yeah, I also donated to his campaign, so I actually "did" help him directly 😉

    January 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Phyllis

    How can Obama lead this country in foreign relations when a lot of those countries would condemn him to death for turning his back on his native religion? These countries will not be willing to negotiate with the USA if he is president!

    January 7, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. June

    Voters need to realize we only have this one chance of getting Ms. Clinton in the White House; Obama can run next time. Let's have both!

    January 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Taylor

    Based on the immature attacks on Obama by Clinton supporters and attacks on Clinton by Obama supporters, it makes me wonder if some of the people commenting here are even old enough to vote. I'm a Democrat and have yet to decided who I will vote for in the primary, but no matter what I will be voting Democrat in the general election. I just wish Joe Biden was still in the race. Here is a man who is qualified to be running this country.

    January 7, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. susanwilson

    no one should presume to speak for the american people- not even obama. it always inspires people to hear talk of hope for the future but do not forget that President Bush also spoke of change and he had such little experience that it is absolutely scarry to think of the mistakes that he has made once in office.

    frankly, i am always inspired by positive thinking and positive talks about the future but i want someone that knows what they are doing this time around.

    January 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. CHKL

    YOU can never deny Hillary for helping Children,and familys...one thing is Obma huseein is getting a free pass,we dont know him all he says is hope change,well,i think he cheated in iowa 20k from illnois were there...i travel seen busloads of kids heading to iowa...now the MSM are crooks for letting him get buy for voters without being vetted.American people we do not know him...

    VETTING is the first thing now everyone do the job, he has a one PAGE RESUME IN crucial TIMES what a disgrace.

    I HOPE BILL RICHARDSON gets in,I will not vote for Obhuseein until hes vetted and at that i will vote Bill Richardson,or i will write in BIden....we overlooked the second tier you American's let the media do the voting again now were gonna get stuck with a republican canidate,there gonna eat ObamaH alive thanks demorcratic party..letting Independents come into our party,and then switch back to republican,Dirty TRICKS.

    January 7, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Ann Freed

    While I must agree that Hillary is getting shrill I have to raise some important questions about Obama. Just yesterday I Iearned Obama belongs to an all Black Church devoted to AFRICA, no loyalty mentioned to AMERICA. I would like to know:
    1.. what is the racial composition of his immediate staff, support staff etc.
    2. What, if any problems does he have with an integrated Church?
    3. I have been an Obama supporter from the beginning altho I am a Republican but I need to have these questions answered.

    January 7, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Lexi Levy

    Experience, experience, experience .... everyone continues to mention Obama's "lack of experience". What about ALL the experience Cheney, Rumpfeld and other "long time experienced" folks in Washington hold .... is our country, communities, sons & daughters, healthcare, education and employment opportunities, etc., in any better condition due to ALL that "EXPERIENCE."????
    What should be more vitally important is .... good judgment ... good listener ... extremely intelligent (wrote two great books) ... excellent communicator ... honest ... solid ... consistent ... decent .... and smart. Obama has my vote!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. tyler

    if every one is voting for Hillary or Obama, this country will stay in the status que that is America.

    January 7, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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