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. Steve Stronge

    MEMO TO HILLARY

    You want to effect change? Try this. Sit down with your husband, you know the
    ex-President and tell him that it's imperative for both of you to have the White House papers, from his Presidency, released immediately. Doing this, will enable Americans to get an authentic view of how you effected change during your White House tenure as First Lady.

    January 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Sean, Detroit

    According to Hillary: "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."

    Translation: "Lower you expectations America. You dont deserve anything better than what I and the current Bush administration have given you for the past 8 years. Dont hope for a better tomorrow. Dont dream of a brighter future. Dont try to imagine an America that the world can look at with respect again. America you deserve nothing more than business as usual. Abandon all hope and vote for me!"

    Yeah. I can see how that would be pretty depressing if that were our only choice. Luckily we have Obama: a force for positive change!

    January 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. BG

    Meh. Obama using the old bait and switch. Again, he cannot counter the factual arguements that he doesn't have any ideas or responses how he is going to bring about "change" in America. Instead of saying it's depressing (his answer is depressing) why not take the high road and say something like, look, here is how it's gonna get done people! Instead the man shows he has a glass jaw and appears whiney. Wait until the Republicans start unleashing the dogs.

    January 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Garry Lemons, Benton, Arkansas

    I like Obama, enough to vote for him, NO..give him a few more years and then maybe. But right now, he has NOT enough experience to lead this country out of the mess that Bush and his backers have gotten it into.
    I woul rather back someone who KNOWS what to do rather than give my vote to someone who has not gone up against what is facing this country now. Experience is what is needed...not vague promises of change. I just cannot figure out what these folks in Iowa and NH are thinking...it is really scary that they control so much and the rest of us have to deal with what they decide or who they decide is the best.
    The rest of us would like to have a vote in who we elect.

    January 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. d dixon

    Ghost Howl

    January 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Joann, Cranston RI

    Hillary is absolutely Obama! You are raising false hopes. You have no experience and that's exactly what we need. We cannot afford to make another big mistake and I think you are a Big Mistake. Also, Hillary and any other candidate has a right to "point out flaws or differences" – Isn't that what a DEBATE is!! It's not a discussion – it's a Debate where you agree or disagree and the people of this country must know the facts and you do not supply any of them. No sir, you do not have my vote.

    January 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Ike Woodbridge VA

    As an African American and a life long Democrat, I whole heartedly believe that an Obama nomination is a sure win, 100% and absolutely for the Republicans in November. Obama sounds great, he is exciting and he generates lots of energy. However, he does not have what it takes to withstand and subsequently survive the mighty Republican inferno during the general election. Suffice to say that if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, we will have a Republican president come January 09.

    January 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Joann, Cranston RI

    Hillary is absolutely right Obama! You are raising false hopes. You have no experience and that's exactly what we need. We cannot afford to make another big mistake and I think you are a Big Mistake. Also, Hillary and any other candidate has a right to "point out flaws or differences" – Isn't that what a DEBATE is!! It's not a discussion – it's a Debate where you agree or disagree and the people of this country must know the facts and you do not supply any of them. No sir, you do not have my vote.

    January 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Roger

    Yay Hillary!

    I don't know what I like about her more, her desire to change America direction (well, to change America's military direction from Iraq to Iran, anyway), or the valuable experience that she's garnered by standing behind Bill Clinton and George W. Bush while smiling and waving for the past 15 years (nevermind that Obama has more REAL experience as an elected official, but we won't discuss that...)!

    This is truly the type of leadership America needs!

    January 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Bill W - PA

    Sounds like Hillary has no hope. If she had been president instead of Kennedy, America would not have gone to the moon, because, according to her, "We can't go to the moon, its a false hope." I'm not sure what her message is there, but it really makes no sense. She is more of the same, she just flip-flopped yet again – she claims to be for change, then says "don't feed America false hopes, get a reality check." So what is she saying, America can't change? It certainly won't if she is the candidate, or god forbid, the president. She is just more of the same, beholden to special interests, more outsourcing, (which she had sponsored and favors) and more taxes, mandatory health care that she and Bill will make money on, etc.

    ANYBODY BUT HILLARY '08

    January 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. joe

    Everyone wants Obama to get nominated, even Republicans because the republican party knows that they can beat Obama on elections. They also know that, they cannot beat Hillary on elections. This is one reason why everyone talks good about Obama, (Fox, republicans, etc.) Republicans are smart, they know that if they get Obama nominated. Then, they stand a better chance of winning the Presidency. This country is not ready for Obama yet, and know that an unexperienced president cannot bring about big change. Now, republicans are afraid of Hillary Clinton because she is to powerful for any republican nominee right now.
    I am trying to decide whom to vote for (republican or democrat or independent) I like Romney, so far but I am afraid he may not bring about change. I will hope that he can reach both sides of the party line??? First time Voter (no party affiliation yet)

    January 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Uba

    Go Obama!!!!! America will hopefully move in the right direction with Barrack Obama!!!

    January 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. demwit

    wzup with that picture? A new band perhaps?

    Is that Run DNC??

    January 7, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Alex Chicago

    As a republican and not having a dog in this fight. I agree with Obama 100% percent. Clinton is so full of doom and gloom ,it is DEPRESSING. On the same note Obama is articulate and uplifting, but pretty clueless about foriegn policy and it would be scary as hell to be in a time of war with OBAMA in charge. Sorry Barrack we can not give hugs to our enemies, we need a tough person in there and sorry Barrack that is not you.

    January 7, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Robert

    CHECK THIS OUT:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yuzMYIXhTE&feature=related

    January 7, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. C Sampath Kumar

    I stay in India and have been following the american elections very closely. Particularly the comments made by the candidates on international matters. I find Obama's comments naive and lacking appreciation of situation on ground. In contrast Clinton's observations have been very well informed and shows that she has a clear understanding of issues we are grappling with. In this context her comments about raising false hopes is very apt.

    January 7, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Jon

    He's right.

    Hillary's kafka-esque new message seems to be "Please, don't hope." She wants to remind everyone that the system is broken, and there is nothing anyone can do about it, so you might as well elect her, cause she already knows how broke the system is.

    January 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Elana, Melbourne Florida

    When Hilary said that "words don't inspire" (or something to that effect,) in the debate on saturday night, I almost fell over. Is she serious? Has she heard, "I have a dream", "We have nothing to fear but fear itself", Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country" Is she that out of it? I can't wait for Obama to win again tomorrow- then maybe she'll realize just how much words inspire.

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. frankly0

    Well, when all it takes in an audience to make them go crazy with enthusiasm is "Fired up! Ready to go!", then I think Obama is going to have a big, big advantage. (And how did he come by that stroke of genius? Did he lift it from a middle soccer coach?)

    There are huge advantages to being the "It" guy, including a vastly overrated reputation for just about everything. It's great while it lasts, Obama. Let's hope your fantastic ride lasts longer than "Who wants to be a Millionaire".

    January 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Judy Bruce

    The Republicans are hoping Obama gets the Democratic nomination because the negative attack ads will be terrible. They will defeat him with his name and Muslim background alone. It makes me furious how the media is promoting him knowing that he can be defeated so easily in the general election.

    January 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. frankly0

    Oops, meant

    middle school soccer coach

    Sorry Obama!

    January 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. On Borrowed Time, Atlanta, GA

    There is something depressing about a politician who is willing to win at all costs. The Clinton legacy should not be remembered as the stop at nothing, amoral campaign that mirrors the abuses they personally suffered at the hands the destructive politics of the 1990s. I liken it to the once abused child, growing up to become an abuser as an adult. While my heart may weep for the child lost, I can have no sympathy for the adult who continues the pattern to attempt to destroy another.

    I would prefer to remember them as more than that.

    January 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Charles, Phoenix Az

    Hillary you and Bill should crawl back under the rock from which you sold you sould to the devil. Yes, you guys are VERY boring.

    January 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. C.Meisner

    Clinton represents experience and she represents change (the first female president is indeed a massive change). Obama may be experiencing success now but it is still a long way.

    Americans taking a gamble on a young inexperienced new person is not what America needs now.

    Vancouver,BC,Canada

    January 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. LeftyLoosey

    Hillary has been our best agent of change for the last 35 yrs.
    No wait.., I mean, Hillary stands for a change in the way Washington does business. No wait.., I mean, Hillary will put America first. No wait.., I mean..

    January 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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