January 7th, 2008
02:35 PM ET
12 years ago

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. amy R, Iowa

    The Clintons are experienced in making fools of us all. But it did not work in Iowa. And I hope it doesn't work in New Hampshire too. It is time for us to turn the page from the monarchy the Clintons are becoming. As well as we need candidates we can BELIEVE in and who can win the general election. I am voting OBAMA '08!!!

    January 7, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. WE THE PEOPLE

    HILLARYS IS IMPLODING. SHE KNOWS THIS, AMERICANS KNOW THIS.

    REAL CHANGE WILL COME TOMORROW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

    IOWA HAS SPOKEN…NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL TUESDAY.

    DESPERATION WILL BE THE "SOUP OF THE DAY" WITHIN THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN.
    OBAMA AND AMERICA ARE ABOUT CHANGE- NOT ABOUT "DIRTY MUDSLINGS" THAT HILLARY IS TRYING TO START.

    SHE WILL HAVE TO SAVE HER " THIS IS WHERE THE FUN STARTS CAMPAIGN" FOR BILL AFTER THE ELECTIONS. SHE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME THEN , TO HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS SHE WANTS 😉

    January 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. WE THE PEOPLE

    HILLARYS IS IMPLODING. SHE KNOWS THIS, AMERICANS KNOW THIS.

    REAL CHANGE WILL COME TOMORROW IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

    IOWA HAS SPOKEN…NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL TUESDAY.

    DESPERATION WILL BE THE "SOUP OF THE DAY" WITHIN THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN.
    OBAMA AND AMERICA ARE ABOUT CHANGE- NOT ABOUT "DIRTY MUDSLINGS" THAT HILLARY IS TRYING TO START.

    SHE WILL HAVE TO SAVE HER " THIS IS WHERE THE FUN STARTS CAMPAIGN" FOR BILL AFTER THE ELECTIONS. SHE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME THEN , TO HAVE AS MUCH FUN AS SHE WANTS 😉

    January 7, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Michelle

    What happened to that famous "Hillary cackle" Faded away?? Life's not so humorous anymore or the drugs ran out??

    January 7, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Say NO to Obama

    Obi, hindsight is always 20/20. The people were presented with what they thought were facts and made their decision on said facts.

    Barack was not even in the Senate when they voted on Iraq, yet he comes across as pretending he was. He claims to not have supported the war, well that's so opportunist of him to claim when he didn't even have a vote! He is such a snake!

    He wasn't for it, but had no problems passing laws to fund it and fund it. Flip flop flip flop.

    January 7, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Cal

    "Too bad that the 'youth of today' don't understand 'EXPERIENCE' and value the WISDOM of the other more qualified candidates of the Democratic party."

    E.C., you need to learn something very important: "experience" and "wisdom" are not the same thing. Hillary might have more experience than Obama (but even that is debatable; do we really count First Lady as a leadership position?), but she most certainly hasn't done anything to show wisdom. Wisdom comes from actually LEARNING from your experiences, and given that Hillary still thinks she made the right decision in voting for the war in Iraq (and has supported Bush's steps toward war with Iran as well), it's clear that she's learned nothing. She's continuing to make the same mistakes, which is inevitable since (like Bush) she doesn't believe her past blunders WERE mistakes.

    January 7, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. OTEGA IKPO

    HELLO" I AM OTEGA GD " A REFUGEE IN MOROCCO"" so i have to add to the comment by every reason of good tought of all " i'm real against , how the cnn present news about the recent nominating election " american 2008" which the american must n't look the colour of skin" lets the american , when i say americans , imeans the citizen " lets those that rule before go on bed and have a rest " give room for those that are coming up" i mean how hillary clinton compagain, by saying she is the doer and obama and edwards are the takers, ithink her time is gone so let go on bed with her husband clinton.
    THANKS
    GD WAFFY
    A FORGETTING REFUGEE IN MOROCCO.

    January 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Wes

    Make no mistake, Obama is a product of the Daley Political Machine out of Chicago, one of the most vile and corrupt organizations anywhere. Obama is my senator, but I'm ashamed this scam artist is from my home state. He's done NOTHING for us here but flirt, smirk and cut deals to enrich he and his wife.

    January 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Ken S

    Bob from Florida – I am talking about Democratic delegates to the national convention in August in Denver, CO. This is when the nominee will actually be chosen. Go to this CNN link and you will see what I am talking about:

    http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/

    Please dont insult me and think I am referring to the electoral college. I know the difference between the party selection process and the national election.

    January 7, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Derrick

    I can't even bear to listen to Obama speak, let alone vote for him. His over-rehearsed, stilted and wholly unnatural speaking cadence is like a childish mind control experiment out of Nazi Germany. He's trying to emulate MLK, but it's not working.

    January 7, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Tim

    I couldn't agree more with Leah's comment's.
    I feel exactly the same way.

    Leah January 7, 2008 2:41 pm ET

    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
    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 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Mark, Brown Summit NC

    All of you saying Obama has no substance are as backward as the Republican posters.
    Our next President, Mr. Obama was the president of the freakin Harvard Law Review. Give some credit to him for at least being brilliant.
    It seems that the only arguments for our current primary season are hate and fear.
    using the tactics from the past elections will no longer be tolerated. If Shrillary wants to attack or Mitt wants to do it, the lets just compare voting records for anyone that wants to use fear of the unknown. We know what we are getting with many of the candidates, including Clinton,Bush again!

    January 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Larry

    Watching this nominating process from North of the 49th parallel allows me a different perspective on issues and candidates in the run for the White House.

    First of all, the Republicans can nominate anybody, they'll never see the White House except on visits. Ron Paul makes the most rational arguments and sense and it is truly tragic that Repubilcans won't allow him a real seat at the table. Truth hurts and last time avoiding it gave the American people George Bush.

    There is a paucity of details on the part of Obama camp on many issues. Obama is a mix of JFK, Martin Luther King and Booby Kennedy. Hence he appeals to many in the Democratic Party and independents. John Edwards with his folksy style and blue collar upbringing draws the working and middle class. Bill Richardson is running on bringing the troops back from Iraq. Hillary Clinton has the most experience and the toughest task. She is the only one who has even a hint of knowing what it takes to be President simply because she was next to someone who was President. And yes, she has made mistakes and errors in her political carreer but what politician who has been around hasn't? For those who think she represents status quo, let me ask you, " If you believe in change spoken like Obama states, what makes you think that Hillary hasn't changed for the better since her earlier years?"

    If one is a parent for the first time, there are many miscues in raising a child and most parents would tell you that the second time around having had the experience helped them make better decisions. Is politics so different?

    Barrack espouses hopes and dreams for the American people. What's the plan, Barrack? There has to be more meat for the American electorate to bite into or as much as I personally like you I would question your ability to marshall the resources necessary to run the United States of America.

    On issues, what about gun control? The Kyoto Accord? Free Trade? The Military Industrial Complex? Racism?

    Here is the opportunity to have both a woman and black man in the White House. That would be change. What would be wrong with a Clinton-Obama democratic ticket? Experience and hope all in one. If successful the Democrats could have a 16 years of Presidential occupation at the White House.

    "In a Democracy, the people get the government they deserve"

    January 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. JBB

    Hilary and Bill have always thought that they were smarter than the American people. They knew what we wanted, we were just waiting for them to accomplish it! Do not forget Hilary's aborted socialized health plan – she has not!

    I do not necessarily like any of the candidates – they all have their faults. However, I do not trust Hilary for anything. So far me, it is back to the motto – "Anybody but Clinton!" (ABC)

    January 7, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Aaron, Sterling VA

    I love how the candidates sling mud at Ron Paul and yet they're all starting to regurgitate his message, that he's been spreading since day 1, of change. Ron Paul's the only candidate, on either side, that's had a steady, non-wavering, stance about changing things.

    January 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Jenny Craig

    To PAUL:

    Do your homework. Obama is NOT a muslim. His fathers parents were, but his father left the faith when he was a teenager and never practiced it even before Obama was born.
    Obama was and is a Christian and was raised in a Chistian household. Stop speading these lies.
    Fortunately most people know the truth and know Obama is the best man for the job. He has vision and that is what we need.
    Lincoln had only been Senator for 2 years when he ran and won his Presidency and look what he did to change the United States for the better. He was such an agent for change that they killed him.
    Sometimes it's good to still have hope and vision. Hiliary has become too entrenched in the system. Obama is the lightening rod President Clinton was in 1992 and there is nothing HRC can do to stop him.
    Go Obama !!

    January 7, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Robin Robinson

    Some here wonder why Obama is considered African American. In fact, it's Obama himself that has defined himself as a "black man." In his "Dreams" book he even describes someone he met as follows: "There was something about him that made me wary,” Obama wrote.“A little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.”

    How interesting and dangerous it would be to have a president who felt "wary" around whites.

    January 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Robert Day

    All I can say forOboma He is just like santa claus to all but the bag he carries is EMPTY.All he is about is change change ,change.When is he going to tell the voters what change and how to do it.I liked Edwards until I watched him join forces with oboma so they could take Clinton out of the race. What dirty politics.I hope that neither one of those two people make it to the finish line. I am a Democrat but if that is the only choice I have I will become an independent..

    January 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Barack Obama will bring a fresh new young perspective to American politics that is untainted by pre-White House experience. Of course Hilary Clinton knows a thing or two about the White House and WOULD BE EXPECTED TO BE READY ON DAY ONE.........SHE LIVED THERE FOR 8 YEARS!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Jake, California

    Obama cheated,

    why don't you post your source so we can verify...its easy to come up with any stories like this.

    If you think Obama rigged the votes in Iowa then keep an eye on the next states...

    And for those of you who bring out negative attacks against Obama, just bear in mind that it wont work. This is how he defeats Clinton and the rest.

    What you don't know is that a lot of the people following Obama are educated and intellectual like the Senator himself so the only way to convince them otherwise is to make COMPELLING PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS. Anything insulting like he being Muslim will not work, if any at all, it will be against whosoever you support.

    Think again before you write or speak.

    January 7, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. rez

    look Clinton might depress you, but Obama is too polished and smooth. Just because you like the guy does not mean he knows how to deal with the republican political machine. A machine that has taken the country into war over oil, is killing our kids in a country we shouldn't be in, and is preparing to take us into war in iran over , yes you guessed it, more oil.

    yeah Clinton isn't as "likable" but if you remember people just "liked" bush too. At least with the "Clintons" you get a team that knows how to take on the republicans and actually get some change done. We are facing issues like global warming, energy, a diminishing middle class, an attack on our civil liberties, and healthcare.

    we all need someone in the whitehouse that can actually do something about all these issues. and if you find all these issues depressing , well you should be! and if someone is painting us a rosy picture of "no worries elect me and we'll just change it" we should be suspicious. For Pete's sake, we are about to run out of oil, our kids will have to deal with billions of starving people due to global warming, and the baby boomers are about to crash our healthcare system. Be depressed, be worried, and be careful with the smooth guy that makes you feel ok with all that.

    January 7, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Fred H

    Obama has no substance, He just makes people feel good. Its just so sad that this is what will win the democratic nomination.

    But Obama will get beaten by the Republicans... We have too much hate still in America for their to be a black president.. So sad....

    January 7, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Stevensvox

    God forbid that Hilary tell us the truth, it took us a long time to get this country so unbalanced, divided, and crippled. Guess what it will take us a while to heal, and she has the chomps to get us there.

    Unfortunately, we live in a world of instant gratification. And we want it yesterday with no real work and no real plan to get there.

    And the comment about her campaign being depressing, whatever. We are coming out of a depressing dark period of American history. I think we need to get out of the 'Ra-Ra-Ra' and just become real. And the reality is, no matter who gets in office they are going to have to roll up their sleeves and wad through 8 years of mismanagement and lies.

    January 7, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Mareasha

    Barack Obama will bring fresh new idealism to American politics and given his background and upbringing can identify with people of many backgrounds, races and classes on a personal level.

    January 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. p.h,. Riverton ,Wy

    There is NO crying in politics!

    January 7, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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