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'

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  1. rw

    Mark Columbus, Ohio.

    I find the photography interesting too, but unlike your comment, the photo reminds me of a gender, race and class course at Columbia U. in which I learned of "stoppers". Things that men and the establishment have said and done throughout history to keep women in their place. The 3 men, a White, a Latino, and an Afr.American, huddled together not inclusive of a woman, with Obama giving Hillary his back and Edwards speaking to the "boys" on "boys" issues because this a "boys" domain. I, a northeast apolitical, immediately signed up with her campaign when I saw this photo early Sunday. It triggered something visceral in me.

    Great picture, Hillary should use it to attack the pack.

    January 7, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. PJohnson

    Hillary has had 35 years to make a change. We are still waiting. Her votes run status quo in the Senate, her health care plan failed miserably , what changes has she made?

    January 7, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Dana

    As an undecided that originally was leaning toward Sen. Obama my views of him changed after seeing him at the debates. I then started thinking I am a Sen. Clinton voter. Now hearing what he has to say regarding Sen. Clinton's campaign I am no longer undecided. Senator Clinton all the way. Sen. Obama needs more experience.

    January 7, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Judy Liu


    I votie for President who specializes in problem solving, who has minimum of unnecessary problems, who can focus SOLELY on problems domestically.

    I see President as one of professionals who specialize in problem-solving. I am immigrant but I think this time the new president should focus SOLELY on problems domestically and leave out the international intervension for awhile until the domestic problmes almost diminish.

    All I need and want to vote for the president is
    "Specializing in problem solving domestically."

    January 7, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Deen, Brooklyn, NY

    The people that Obama appeal to are the smarter younger crowd. They look at people for whom they are. You may call them naive but look at what they had to grow up with A current president that lied to them, started an unnecessary war, infringed on their rights, allowed the sub prime mess to occur, and pandered to corporate interests (healthcare & oil industries).

    They have been growing up in all this negativity for so long. Of course they want a change and a brighter future. A future that is headed towards being environmentally friendly, peaceful, innovate, free from corporate influences in the way they are lead and most of all hopeful that they will have a chance to live a healthy life.

    Also, I have been reading a lot of the posts up above and many are saying that Obama has ties to Muslims that will come out by the Republicans during the election. I say so what. George Bush had been majorly supported by the evangelicals and look how bad he turned out. Does that say that the evangelicals are horrible? Absolutely not!! What it does say is that George Bush is a crook and a liar. The Republicans will use these scare tactics but they won't work this time. This younger more smarter crowd will not fall to those ways and the older crowds have.

    Voting for Obama in '08!

    January 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Buff Given Los Angeles CA.

    Change is one of those wonderful multi-ordinal words that can mean anything different things to different people. It neither quantifies nor qualifies.
    Please, my fellow Democrats, don't snatch defeat from the jaws of success. I have no brief with Sen. Obama, I plain and simply want a strong, intelligent, dedicated pragmatist as my President. Senator Hillary Clinton is that person.
    Soaring rhetoric and beautiful pronouncements does not get the job done.

    Do look back! Henry Wallace of Iowa and his ONE WORLD concept didn't make it to the White House although Democrats swooned over him. Adlai Stevenson from Illinois was a "silver tongued" orator who once more made Democrats swoon. He lost to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower the pragmatist. Shall I go on? Sen. Muskie, Sen. Mc Govern, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Sen. Al Gore and most recently, Sen. John Kerry never closed the deal.

    Remember Bill Clinton? He is the only Democrat to win 2 terms since FDR . Go with a winner GO HILLARY!!!

    January 7, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. pam

    bob in fl, sorry,, just shows how easily words and not research can mislead us. thanks for the correction.

    January 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. david,

    Most intelligent democrats/ people know that he is not a muslim. just take a look at his original birthcertificate. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and MSNBC has a record of it. They have thoroughly vetted him (not that he needs to be but the public should know who they are voting for) and once that is published to the citizens and the public hope all this will be settled once and for all.

    January 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. mbg

    I'm tired of hearing Obama and this "change" thing. He talks in circles and it's hard to grasp exactly what his change is. All the candidates of course want change. What Hillary said in the debate was a fact. She's been working for change for the last 35 years. We don't need another novice who doesn't know how to run a country like our current president. I'm like a lot of others on this blog. If Obama wins the nomination, you're looking at another four years of a Republican president.

    January 7, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. dan

    Barak Obama used Cocaine for his depression and claiming Hilary's campaign is depressing. What a country , this man redefining the freedom of speech.

    Obama's middle name is Hassan, his father was Hussain these are ardent Muslim names. Barak change his religion to fit the convenience and political correctness, AMERICA ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE A muslim PRESIDENT ?

    Heavy smoker who secretly still smokes some stuff and quit in public claimes he is a master mind of Hope.

    Dont you see Barak is walking on Clouds, deceiving . Real world needs saine balance minded president like HILARY CLINTON.

    You voted from looks to George Bush.........Are you going to vote again for looks and talks of Barak Obama.....?

    Well you know what to expect then ?

    If you Vote Barak you too are smoking soe stuff and walking on clouds .

    January 7, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Alana

    Does anyone on this board think Presidents make decisions all by themselves?

    Do they sit alone in a dark corner??

    The argument of EXPERIENCE has meant very little in determining the outcome of an election. Presidents have advisors and cabinents to assist them. Check history. Look and see what "experience" various presidents have brought to the table.

    Then consider what Presidents that have "Experience" actually accomplish or do in office. How successful was their presidency?

    Then figure out if your arguments make sense.

    There is a lot required of being President. Today, consider what is required. You need someone that understands the country and the people in it. They understand what is needed to improve and fix long standing issues (healthcare, education, crime, etc). They must be able to work with all elected officials across both sides of the aisle. They must be diplomatic. They must have a strong but fair hand. They must have a new outlook.

    The political system in this country is failing. There is far more bickering across the aisle than work getting done. You have senators more focused on stereroids in baseball than on terrorism, poverty, and the decline of the US education system worldwide. We need an advocate that can work with people, all people to get the job done.

    I stopped taking the words of the media and the trash talking by candidates to heart long ago. I listen to candidates agenda's and look at what they have been able to accomplish in all of their roles.

    I think Hilary is an intelligent, motivated, person that would be a quality president. I also think John Edwards is capable (more capable than Kerry was in 04), but the candidate I will be casting my vote for in February is Barack Obama. He brings something different to the table. A new way of doing things that I believe is better than what we have historically seen. He is a unifying force, and will continue to be one if elected President. He has a vision, if you want specifics go to his website – don't just take what you hear in debates and on the news as the final word.

    January 7, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Obama's Rhetoric

    but he delivers a good speech for a preacher!

    January 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Barack Hussein Obama Sux

    It's a new day so let's ask Obama how he is going to bring about change. Oh yeah, his script writers haven't spoon fed him the lines yet. Why? Because nobody is asking!

    Wake up America! This guy is all hocus pocus with no real answers or goals. I wouldn't trust shaking his hand, he'd probably steal one of my fingers! This country doesn't need a one trick pony we need a real leader who will stand up for us and fight for us! I can't even imagine giving this guy the reigns of our national security. He is skerry!


    January 7, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Obama's Rhetoric

    but he delivers a good speech for a preacher.

    January 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Michael Whitston

    You know that expression..."the devil you know is better than the unknown "devil" . Haven't we observed the best the Bush administration has to offer over the past 7+ years and look at the "state of the union" and then look at the "state" of the world as it were....DO we want another 8 years of the same old Bush/Clinton agenda. Moreover...do we want to add to the 28+ years of Bush/Clinton hegemony? I've had enough of the Bush/Clinton legacy and change is good. Moreover...we now only should embrace "change"....we should run with our arms extended like lost lovers on the beach and pray to our higher powers that it's not too late for change. We also have change w/progress but not always progress with change.....but this election is THE most important election in America's history and with out change...substantial re-direction in America's policy ......the only change we'll have is new names but the same old agenda. Wake up America....tick....tock....our future is at stake and Mr Obama is the BEST hope we have for REAL change.

    January 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Carol Wandrey, Bearsville NY

    I am always amazed at the "lack of experience" rap on Obama. He has as much political experience as JFK did when elected. The "lack of substance" is also a strange charge: he worked as a community organizer for years rather than take a high paying corporate job, he worked as an Illinois state senator rather than a a high paying job. He spoke out against the war BEFORE WE WENT IN. His health care proposal is rational and reasonable–only differing from Clinton & Edwards on the issue of a mandate for adults to opt in–something he has witnessed as very costly and problematic for the state of Massachusetts. The money spent trying to enforce the mandate would make the plan more expensive than it is worth. His plans to pump billions into alternative energy research is quite specific. His plans for minimum wage increases and educational reform (dump no child left behind, etc.) are quite specific. He has a specific policy on every issue the other candidates have proposed.

    I find it appalling the assertion that he is a Muslim in an effort to scare the voters. His faith as a Christian is a matter of record, although I suspect anyone who thinks being a Muslim makes you a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer probably is not going to be able to be open to the possibility that because someone's father was a Muslim and their mother a Christian they could possibly be a patriotic American.

    January 7, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Rhetoric

    Obama delivers a good speech for a preacher.

    January 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. TERRY A.

    How can folks stir up the race factor??? Obama is of mixed race... so how can the racial issue factor in? The ONLY problem with Obama, No Plan, he is all talk and no substance. Just look at his record in the Senate, OH wait there is no Record....

    January 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    Obama is riding a populist wave and people are blindly following him by his likeability and excellent delivery in conveying his message. I listened to one of the town meetings of Clinton where she answered lall kinds of questions. I have to admit that she is much more smart than what has been portrayed by the media. Obama is straight forward guy, but has no experience in foreign policy nor any creditable achievement in legislative matter. If he is the nominee for democratic party, republicans will "swift boat" him within no time.

    January 7, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. John From California

    American voters are easily seduced by smooth, actor-like presenters. The job of President is way too critical to hand to someone who isn't deeply ready for the task. Before we vote for any of these candidates, let's put aside affect, race and gender and vote for the one who is most capable. For me that person is Hillary, but I respect that others will differ.

    January 7, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Michael

    Wow! Some of the things I see people write ... and obviously think! Someone mentioned Obama is anti-American because he is Muslim - both are wrong. You can't be any more American than to have a European-American, Kansas-born mother. Also, since the person is a little uninformed, Obama is and has been a member of the United Church of Christ - he's a Christian. Those of you also who keep chiding about experience, experience, experience. What kind of experience should he have? Governor of a state that could not be re-elected there? Twenty-four years in the senate and can't tell you who some of the most prominent foreign leaders are in other countries? I personally prefer someone who can articulate himself well enough to rally people, and therefore effort, towards accomplishment. More importantly, I appreciate someone who is SMART enough to surround himself with people who can provide him with the kind of advice and counsel that Bush obviously did NOT - something that ANYONE who is elected will have to do, regardless of how much experience they possess. A calm head is a plus.

    January 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Les

    I'm surprise to see some posting here saying, "vote Obama for leadership."

    Obama is Subcommittee Chairman for European and Foreign Relation in the US Senate, he has NOT held a single hearing. He did NOT show any leadership in the US senate, in fact he is a FOLLOWER, he follow how Hillary votes all the time EXCEPT in the confirmation of Mukasey, Obama voted for it while Hillary and others voted against it. Obama has not shown any mettle while in the US Senate, he was elected in 2004, he start running for Presidency as soon as he's in the US Senate. He spend MORE time crisscrossing USA selling books he wrote than in Washington; that's the reason he missed a LOT of votes, he was busy pimping his self across America enriching his self at the EXPENSE of US TAXPAYERS. YES, we are PAYING for his salary and healthcare benefits.

    None of you talk about the church he belong to TUCC, his church is the opposite of White supremacist organization. You have to BLACK to join TUCC, the church of Obama.

    January 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. billm

    As an interested observer from Canada I see Hillary as another lawyer not a woman. Obama seems like someone with a vision for the average American. I am not a socialist but I do believe the US needs to get business out of government and put it's considerable resources toward improving education etc for the poor. bm

    January 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. LSD Saint

    Obama 08" Perfect Love casteth out all fear...

    January 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Mari Torres

    The media and the republicans have distorted the data to try to convince us that Obama is ahead of Clinton because once she gets the nomination, there is no stopping her. We are not stupid. Fellow democrats and especially minority women please do not listen. We have the power to change the course of the country and make history.

    Fellow educators, one promise should be enough; she will get rid of No Child Left Behind.

    Vote for Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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