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'

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  1. Yolanda

    I admire Hillary Clinton for her courage and her strength in wanting to be our next President. She is ready and capable, very intelligent , and knows what is right for our country. My blessings are with her and I hope that God will see her through this time in her life. For all the other candidates, I feel that they don't need to put each other down just to get ahead. Just be honest and sincere about becoming our next president. Let us know what you can do for our country without having war against one another. God is watching all the things we are doing.

    January 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Mati

    Obama is a fraud with some talent to manipulate crowds in need of the therapy of hope. Apparently if you tell Americans that they have to work hard, they get DEPRESSED, Obama included. So, its easier to hang around and talk! No, Mr. Obama you are depressing with your empty left-wing talk that makes Republican thrilled.

    Hillary'08!

    January 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Mary Hammack

    I have stopped watching CNN because of the partially being shown Obama.

    January 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Mimi Stewart

    Please tell OBAMA to produce some credible work that can mirror 35 year's of experience. If anyone is depressing it is Barack Obama. Speaking well and attempting to get the American people to vote on EMOTIONS is not the road to the white house! Hillary for president 2008.

    January 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Anubis

    I saw a comment from someone proclaiming that Barack was a Muslim. THIS IS TOTALLY FALSE! THIS MAN IS A CHRISTIAN>>>FROM BIRTH!!!!! NICE TRY BUT THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE EVERYTIME. IF WE HAVE TO RESORT TO DEMAGOGING CANDIDATES THAT REALLY WANT TO CHART A NEW COURSE FOR THIS COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY>>>INCLUDING MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUNDS>>>HEAVEN HELP US ALL>>>>>THIS COUNTRY AND ALL ITS IDEALS WILL DISSAPPEAR QUICKLY!

    EMPIRES HAVE COME AND GONE THROUGHT WORLD HISTORY! WE ARE EARTHS LAST HOPE>>>>LOOK AROUND THE WORLD AT THE LEADERSHIP OF OTHER COUNTRIES THAT HAVE FAILED THERE PEOPLE AND ALL YOU HAVE IS ANARCHARY! AND LOOK WHAT ELECTING "W" GOT US AFTER 8YEARS...NOTHING BUT WAR AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIP FOR MOST OF US!!!!!?????

    BETTER LOOK AT BARACK VERY SERIOUSLY AMERICA>>>WE NEED SOME ONE LIKE HIM TO GET US OUT OF THE ABYSS WE ARE HEADED TOWARDS.....

    Anubis

    January 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Nobama

    Barack Hussein Obama is running on false hopes and promises. Hillary is right! It's one thing to have hope and promise with real solutions and another to just throw the words around to gullible citizens. This society is being dumbed down where you pick a President based solely on a couple words. Remember, talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words. His track record proves he is either a hypocrite or he's not up for the job. Why is his voting record only 15%? Couldn't leave the basketball game on the tellie? His words that he was watching a game on tv instead of the republican debates spoke volumes. I sent an email off his website asking point by point questions asking for specific details and the response I recieved was thank you for the email and they would get back to me. Two days ago!

    We don't need a couch potato slick talker for President....we need a LEADER.

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

    Every poll taken since the Clinton presidency has given Bill Clinton the highest ratings of any Democratic President. No matter what his faults personally, even Republicans have said he was the smartest politician there ever was. It would be a vicious lie to say our country wasn't in the best shape here and abroad during that time.

    Because Hillary injected an idea on Health Care while she was only the wife of the President – and it was voted down, and she was made to look foolish, she still is trying to make that a high priority as she strives to be our president. Like Bill, hate Bill, like Hillary or dislike her because she's not trying to be a popular, charming, handsome movie star who says something, flashes her smile and then waits for the crowd to applaud. She may not be tall, black and male, and I think being the first woman to succeed in such a high office scares the you know what out of some people. On the other hand – you can bet if she wore her hair in a ponytail, wore spiked shoes and was a black woman – they would go for her in a big way.

    The crux of this is that – do you simply want the first black person to reach this pinnacle over the first woman – black or white? Like some other readers have said, why don't we just give out an 800 number for us to call in and vote on who's the most popular like American Idol, and vote that way. Talent and experience doesn't count anymore.

    As President (in her own role) – she deserves a chance to show that's she's more than talk, and because she may not be Marilyn Monroe, I have every faith that she can deliver. I'm a democrat, but she's certainly not a Nancy Pelosi, who has turned out to be a wimp. She has stamina, fortitude and intelligence. Her attributes far outshine the others, although I think most all the others still are fighting the successful woman syndrome.

    January 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. obama 08

    Change is good!!!!!!!!! Go obama and America.

    January 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Denise

    If it is true that Obama tried to "buy" votes in the Iowa caucus.......Shame on him. Do we really want someone of this nature "running" our country? I think what the country really needs is a WOMAN!! GO HILLARY!!

    January 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Carol

    wow, 700+ comments! Get back to work America..!!

    January 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Nobama

    Stop comparing JFK to Obama. Obama is NO JFK! Good Grief!

    JFK would NEVER belong to a church for whites only like Barack does for blacks only.

    Research and learn.

    January 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Barbara B., Leesburg, VA

    I think Obama should spend more time outlining an action plan that clearly defines how he plans on accomplishing what he says he's going to accomplish, rather than slinging mud at his competitor's campaigns. He should not stoop to smart aleck tactics; he needs to remain above that rhetoric. Talk is cheap, goal setting and action plans are what make things happen. Does he understand that he makes no laws or changes without the approval of both the Senate and the House of Representatives...he needs to tell us how he plans on working with both houses and all three parties (including Independents) to put his yet-to-be-defined plans in place?

    January 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Mark McConville

    Until this year, when has it ever been suggested that being First Lady constituted experience which qualified one for the Presidency? Even the most die hard Reagan supporters, depressed that he couldn't have a third term, never suggested that Nancy was qualified to take his place. Most members of any president's cabinet are present during discussions of importrant issues and giuve input, but whoever suggested that being in the room and taking part in the discussions was necessarilly "training fior the Presidency"? What did Senator Clinton actually do, on her own, between 1992 and 2000? And while she has a record as a good senator since she was elected seven years ago, what particular "changes" can anyone here point to that she has accomplished. I mean actual major bills that she introduced that were passed? She had no elected experience when she first ran for Senate, and it's well known that she was seriously considering running for President in 2004, when she had tghe same time in the Senate as Obama. I'm not anti-Hillary, and I could be okay with her as President, but let's get real. The posts here that suggest she is massively qualified to be Commander-in-Chief and that Obama is just some kid who's a good speaker are off base. His record in the Illinois legislature, which admittedly is a pretty small stage, shows that he's smart, committed, scrappy and good at seeking common ground with op[ponents. It's easier for me to imagine him seeking and finding workable compromises with moderate Republicans in congress than Senator Clinton who is extremely polarizing. That's not her fault, but it's true nonetheless. That's why I'm backing Obama.

    January 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Jaymes Garcia

    When Voting for President as American's we must do the responsible act and vote for the Person that has the Know how and experience, What experience does Obama think he has? Common people the only choice for the democrats is Hillary Clinton she is the only one who can with the General Election she is the only one with the know how of being able to run this Country. The Clintons braught this country out of debt once what makes anyone think they cant do it again!! If we do not improve our econonmy so many more people will be without jobs, healthcare and even a place to live for that matter. We need a Woman President for once she can lead this country into a better future!!! If Obama gets the Democratic Nomination we will be stuck with another repbulican in office.. Obama does not have what it takes to Win... If he Wins the Democratic Nomination I will have no choice but to jump the fence and Vote Republican I cant chance leaving my country to someone who would actually give false hope. Its good to have hope but common things cant change if The Congress and Senate dont allow him to change and we all know that is what will happen if he is elected we need to depend on what we know can get done.. If this were a perfect world and Obama could change it hell I would be on it but lets get back to reality already . New Hampshire voters need to Support Hillary Clinton or they will end up with another Republican in the End and the same mistakes of the Bush election will begin all over again we cannot afford to go any further with False Hopes..

    January 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. nomad fr: oak cliff

    rw or mark from columbus ohio did u ever think about her not wanting to hang around the men in the picture above because she is a hateful feminist. you are going to help her and the hateful feminest movement that she supports continue to destroy our country's men. she is a predator you moron.... check out the statutes she endorsed that erode the rights of men....

    January 7, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Michelle

    Post: 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).

    If they are of voting age, they remember Clinton as well, so they do have comparisons, by the way.

    January 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Linda

    I hate watching the news and seeing the media joing in the on the Obama band wagon. They act like he is the next coming of Christ. Not even two states done with their primaries and some of the media jerks are calling the end results. Maybe none of our votes count now, before we even vote.

    I like the comments that have been posted here. Is not it great that we can voice all of our opinions without fear of being shot??

    January 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Patrick

    Um, a comment to Paul... Obama is not a Muslim (his father, while African, was an atheist and his mother did not practice religion). He identifies with the Church of Christ. Check your facts man and stop spreading false rumors. And yes, I agree that Billary's campaign is sadly depressing. While he doesn't have the most experience, Obama is still a far better choice than her.

    January 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. Peggy

    I love this picture! Obama, Edwards and Richardson look like back-up singers for Hilary! I can almost hear the do-wops...

    January 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Joan Butt

    I've watched every televised debate, Republican and Democrat, and it is becoming increasingly clear that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who consistently hits issues right on the mark. Obama is a nice guy, and I'm sure his philosophical positions and rhetorical comments have great appeal to those who are simply looking for "change for change sake". However, our country faces many devastatingly complex issues: Iraq/foreign relations, economic recession, dependence on foreign oil, the implications of global warming, and failing infrastructure across our nation. These serious problems will not be solved by those who have good intentions, but have no proven record of being able to "get the job done". Obama's snearingly voiced "you're likeable enough, Hillary" last night proves that his "nice guy" image is just that, an image. American can't survive another likeable, but incompetent President for the next four years.....we need Hillary far more than she needs us.

    January 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Chip Williams

    After watching the debates Saturday and the forum on Sunday-none of the dems are anywhere near as inteligent or experienced as the other side. The dems are continually blaming Bush, talking our country into the gutter-there is no hope if you listen to any of them. The blame game is really tiring and I am just plain sick of the 4 stooges you got on the left.

    I am not entirely happy with those on the right either-but honestly, who would you rather have fighting the islamo-facsists....Rudy or Obama.

    Change-give me a break-the only one with experience at truly changing anything is Rudy and what he did to NYC-big change for the better.

    January 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. J7

    Obama will win in NH. I do not think the Republican will win in Nov. If the epublicans were manipulating the Polls, they would have Hillary ahead. I am going to canvass for Obama in SC. I think the electorates in Iowa and NH for giving hope a chance.

    All of you people talking about experience, what impact have you felt delivered by Hillary. I have felt the passion of change from a candidate who dared to run and offer this country hope.

    I just hope teh Democrats not do the Tax & Spend thingy on me.

    I am Independent tire of the politics of exclusion and division. Supporting Obama is almost like supporting a third party run but this time it is timely, and successful.

    I think he will be a President we can all be proud of and the world will respect.

    Why Hillary is crying? Is she ashame of teh dirty politics she is trying to sling at Obama?

    January 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. Isoprene

    SHAME!!!!!! OBAMA. A candidates who says to be the change candidates and running hope politics, says an opponent campaign depressing. Come one Americans!!! We are smart. We cannot be folled by a cheap slogan like Change. Change is the cheapest slogan used by the worst politician in the world. It is because they want to exploit the frustration of the public, saying they will change everything. Never. If Omaha says he can bring change in washington, why doesn't he works four more years as a senator in washington and prove he is right. HE wont do that as he cannot bring any change. He is a liar just like any other smart politician. Lets not fall in his false hope and smart speeches. STOP OBAMA BEFORE HE TEARS THIS COUNTRY APART.

    OMABA IS TRYING TO EXPLOIT THE AMERICANS FRUSTRATION FOR HIS POLITICAL BENEFITS. LET'S NOT TAKE A CHANCE.

    STOP OBAMA

    January 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. arthur

    IF OBAMA WIN THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL

    NOMINATION. I THINK THE REPUBLINCAN WILL

    EASILY WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

    WITH A WIDE MARGIN.

    January 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Iowa Democrat

    Replying to 'Obama Cheated' {earlier comment on this site}

    I'm not sure where you came up with this gibberish...but in my experience (and experiences many Democratic friends in different precincts- shared with me last week during the caucuses), some of the Biden supporters moved to the Richardson camp at that point where they learned their candidate was not viable. Others move to Clinton's side or Edwards. A few came to us and Obama. There was certainly no majority moving to any one candidate!

    A pre-arranged agreement as you suggest is ludicrous. Do you realize how difficult it would be to identify all the supporters of one group beforehand and persuade them to move en-masse to another group like this? Iowas precinct doors open at 6:30- the caucuses start at 7:00. These agents you're trying to conjure are working that crowd pretty quickly....

    My experiences with these candidates in the weeks they spent here in Iowa? Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Richardson are all honest individuals. What you're trying to imply is ridiculous.

    Speaking for everyone who was out there that night and knows the truth...don't waste our time.

    January 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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