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. J7


    It is not enough for you that a person has the accumen to inspire the type of demographic electorates in Iowa and NH to give him a chance.

    I am doubtful and suspicious of any candiate that has a solution to my concerns. I am content my concerns will be addressed. It takes a team of advisors to run the White House.

    Hope has left America under Bush, we all need to get behind a candidate who has gavanized the electorate with the promise of reuniting this great country.

    Linda, you are a little mean spirited.

    January 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Amirage

    It confuses me that people will vote for the unknowing as oppsed to the knowing. Our country is in great peril, and I would prefer a President who has a history of making changes. Therefore I know that my faith, and my vote, goes to senator Clinton. ROCK ON GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Terry Bell







    January 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Mike

    Obama is a perfect example of a great debater (see Denzel Washington movie). But being a good debater doesn't mean you can change the country like he promises. He is a first term senator with no experience and he can land us in similar trouble like John Kennedy did when he botched the Bay of Pigs incident and nearly got us all killed during the Cuban missile crisis. Let's not confuse enthusiasm with competence!

    January 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. dean

    Obama 08!!!

    He makes me proud to be an American again a feeling I havn't felt in ages. Believe America we can do anything if we are UNITED! That is what really makes us great. Anything is possible just work hard and believe!

    GO OBAMA !!!!

    January 7, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Ben

    I am embarrassed that we are not investigating Obama as much as we should. Once again, the media is pushing for a candidate, just as they did for Bush. As a nation, we are facing some of the most difficult problems we ever had to face, and the only answer we are getting is we need change???
    Wake up America, before we end up with a lame duck Prez again...

    January 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Babi Tinger

    It is very disturbing to me to hear that the people of Iowa tought that it was a joke
    going from canditate to canditate to add a vote, here and there, and laugh
    about it. They do not represent the country.
    This sudden surge of Obama? What is wrong here? What is wrong with the people of this country? This guy has no experience, and what I been hearing
    is that some Republicans are changing to Democrat just to vote against
    Clinton. Why do so many man are agains her?
    I guess this country is not ready for a woman??
    Once again we will end up with someone who lacks experience and
    has no diplomatic know how. Do we need an other stupid man?
    We are in a mess and will be even worse off unless Mrs. Clinton wins.

    January 7, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Me

    I believe in American people. We did it right twice (2000 and 2004). We'll do it again this time. LMAO. America will be soon asking for relief packages from the rest of the world.

    January 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. No Hillary

    I don't know who's worse here - the Hillary shills who are getting paid to post here, or the bigoted morons who keep calling Obama a Muslim.

    January 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. andy

    you mentioned drugs dang your so sorry! didnt Bush use drugs like someone else we know ?

    January 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Mike

    The comments that have been made against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama amaze me. I really hope some of you aren't old enough to vote because your intelligence level seems very low. Can't people have an intelligent debate about the candidates without such name calling and low blows?

    January 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. Fly Fishing Rick-Montana

    Just saying the verb "change" could inspire "false hopes" from listeners. Obama needs to define the exact activities for the type of “change” intended and the amount of time (durations) to execute the "change". The time frame (duration) to accomplish and execute the undefined "change" could take many years (more than the initial four years of presidential assignment) and an unrealistic completion date could raise "false hopes". Simple logic.

    January 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Kristin

    I'll tell you what's depressing – all of these moronic comments.

    While we love to point the finger, the fact is that we have a responsibility as voters and we completely blew it by putting Bush in office. WE blew it. So here's our chance to get it right. I've looked at the facts, the background, the experience and the drive. Its quite obvious that Hillary Clinton is the right choice to put our country in the right direction. Wake up America.

    Vote Hillary Clinton 2008!

    January 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. esther

    I have been following all that has been going on from the time the candidates declared their interest in the upcoming presidential election, that what happened in Iowa took me by surprise. Nothing happened the way it was expected or even close to what was expected, (at least to me). Although I felt that somehting was wrong, I could not place my finger on it. Then, it started all over again in NH and still nobody noticed.
    So much noise has been made about Obama "surging" in places where Mrs Clinton should have had solid leads that we have almost missed what has been going on right before our very eyes. Many people, especially the news media are beginning to write Mrs Clinton off for not delivering the votes and yet she has been worjing harder than ever to get those votes.
    So, what went wrong, and why is Obama suddenly the greater "unifer," the only one of all the democratic candidates who can get the votes? I finally realized what is going on and that is that there are so many interest groups in this country, especially the Republicans who will do anything to keep the Clintons out of the White House because they hate them that they will do anything to achieve that end. Others are just plain afriad of them and know that if Mrs Clinton wins the nomination for her party, that there will be no stopping her. Hence, the so-called Obama "surge" over Mrs Clinton . They are trying to kill two birds with one stone-stop Clinton and help Obama win since they know they can easily defeat him. If you don't believe me, all you have to do is look again at the news clip of January 06, 2008, of Obama in NH. Take a very good look at those people surrounding him and then, you will see what I saw. Those people surrounding him are not there for the long run, but to create mischief.
    Esther, Maryland

    January 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Hope

    "Given what we are facing as a nation today – the economy is imploding, we have critical mass in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and others we can not afford to have a president with a lot of speaking abilities and very little experience, this elections is not about who can be the best cheer leader it's about who can be the best world leader, one who is ready for the task from day one and not one who has to learn form scratch. American can not afford any more of that. Would you ever select a doctor simply because he was better at telling you what you like to hear or because they have a better hair cut and not the most experience one? That kind of selection could be disastrous for this nation. The republicans are all sipping bush's cool aid and banging on his war drums. Hilary is by far the best chance we have to shore up this nation during these very perilous times. I going to vote with my “children” in mind and what is best for this nation and that vote will be for Hillary !"

    January 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Clare

    Its time for Hillary and Bill to retire to the country, and become golfing buddies with George and Laura. Talk about the past and count their milions.
    The Clinton/Bush era is over. This is not a Monarchy.
    I would vote for Ron Paul before voting for Clinton.

    January 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. smarterThanPaul

    Paul stated:
    Why has not anyone brought up the fact that Obama is a Muslim (and his Parents back ground) and why are we voting for this guy? Talk about being Anti -American.


    You've either won "the biggest idiot EVER" award or the "i like unusually subtle sarcasm" award...

    I'm going with the former.

    January 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Linda

    There is more than one Linda on this blog, so the time would nice in reference to your comment J7 @ 4:43

    I will comment either way:

    Did not Bush promise to bring this country together? A team of advisors like Karl? Lies from advisors in regards to weapons of mass destruction? And on and on I could go................those kind of promises the people don't need.

    No, I don't want false promises again!! And that is all Obama is giving the people. He is not competent to be president.

    January 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Linda Feldman

    Why is everyone so afraid of the Republicans? They are saddled with George W. Bush's record and no attack machine is bad enough or ruthless enough to convince the American people that it can be defended. That's what this election is all about - a condemnation of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and how they put our armed forces in harm's way by falsifying intelligence, how they used our constitution as so much scratch paper, of how they abused the world's support after 9/11 and how they enriched their own on the backs of average Americans.

    I say we win with any Democratic candidate but we rejuvenate our country with Obama.

    January 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Billie

    Hillary stay strong in your convictions in what you can do for our country. You have the experience through your years of public service. You have my vote for sure.

    January 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Chris

    Anyone who thinks Obama is "all fluff", "all talk", "no substance", or whatever, only needs to watch his bio on the Biography Channel. In Canada, it's available on-demand from the cable providers. This is guy is unique – brilliant, committed, indefatigable, honest – who grew up with an understanding of what it's like to be white, black, asian (stepfather's family is from Indonesia), african (dad was from Kenya), middle american (mom was from kansas), christian, muslim.

    He's a great family man, he's been a community organizer, first black president of the Harvard Law Review, a civil rights lawyer, state senator. Man it makes me feel very humble.

    January 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. wxs3

    I'm concerned that "maybe" Obama might be getting set up. To me it doesn't make sense to bring in an unexperienced President with all of the tension in the world today. I believe in my heart that Hillary could defeat anyone on the Republician side, but I'm not sure of Obama. I think the inexperience card would be a major campaign issue and I think that Republicans are low enough to under mind the Clinton campaign so that someone they feel they have a better chance of beating will win the nomination. All of the Republicans that are now supporting Obama, will they be there in November?? Something tells me they won't and America will be faced with another Republican President. Let's listen to the candidates on the issues and if they want to go after someone, let it be the Republicans, not each other.

    January 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. esther

    Hillary for 2008!!!

    Most nations of the world view the United States of America as the most liberated and forward-moving nation in the world and so look up to this nation. What a laugh! The thing is that although in some aspects the above is true, in others, (especially where it counts most), nothing could be further from the truth. How else do you explain why in its entire history, America has never had a woman head of state or why Sen. Clinton, although very qualified, is having so much trouble getting people to take a chance on her? Germany, Brazil and many other nations have women as their leaders and even most Muslim states with their strigent sharia laws have had women leaders. But not this country and the funny thing is that even women who are supposed to be rejoicing because finially their moment has come to help shape this nation in a different directions are deserting her. What a shame.
    Margaret Thatcher, Indira Ghandi, Golda Meir, Bhuto all did so much for their country and I am sure Clinton will do no less if given the chance. So, why not take a chance on her?

    January 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. ida

    I agree. Do we want another inexperienced leader in Washington? Also, why didn't the press run with the Richardson-Obama pact in Iowa???? lis

    January 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Missy

    Why is it that no one says anything about Baraks father is it because he is Muslim. I personally do not want to vote for someone that does'nt have that much experience. I also wonder what this country would do if Barak becomes President and we have another terrorists attack from muslims and he goes easy on them because his father is Muslim. Why is it that no one asks him about his father are all the news people that afraid to stir things up does Barak have you under his spell an inexperienced Senator that has spent 1 year on the job do you really think that he can lead the USA?

    January 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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