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. Rob

    Everyone speaks in rhetoric – wake up. If it was about action, BIden wouldn't have had to drop out this early. Bush won on one topic, 911. He called his opponent a flip flopper for saying something... meanwhile saying nothing. It's why governors tend to win elections over senators. Senators have a voting record against them – facts. You pick apart your opponents records, and speak in generalities, until you're forced to defend yourself. Unless you "take the high road".

    It's the same thing every year.

    I personally am for any democrat – besides Hillary – but I do prefer Obama, I love the enthusiasm that he's generating. Bush has really beaten the country into the ground.

    And BTW, Obama isn't Muslim.

    January 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. andrew M

    Bush and Clinton?? USA WAKE UP!!! WAKE UP!!!! WAKE UP!!! WAKE UP!!!. 2 FAMILIES TO LEAD THIS NATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS??? A POPULATION OF 300 MILLION PEOPLE??? WHAT DO YOU THINK THE REST OF THE WORLD THINKS????? some kind of a 2 family monarchy?? Worst change and foreign policy approach.

    Makes me wanna run for presidency promising for a change domestically and abroad!!

    Good luck

    January 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Jimenez

    Who cares about Obama's dad or that he is a member of trinity united chruch of christ in illionis. What we should care about is the democrats who are being lured by lies and deception into his camp. We knew the republicans and independents were going to fake support for him. But the democrats? Come on. Clinton campaign is far from depressing. It is also true that Obama hasn't been on CSPAN – hardly answered any questions on the debate. Did you look at his body language this guy was so laid back. He doesn't like to talk on the debates because he doesnt have a clue.
    So we can call these people that are going to listen to him sheep. We can pretend that this is a remake of the body snatchers and these people who are going to support him are only clones. We can envision the pied piper leading these people to another republican in the whiteshouse? We can go on about what happened in Iowa and what may happen in NH. I do not foresee him winning and if he does not by much. The numbers will start to dwindle the more and more he talks. This guy says "hey elect me and we are getting our troops out of Iraq". don't forget to look for the footnote. "So I can send them to Pakistan."
    This Obama wave will bring nothing but destruction. The media frenzy – him not talking and when he does he preaches. Hope and change. He is beginning to sound more on more like some preacher on TV. He may find Hillary depressing – he may say she is dull. What he knows deep inside his sould is that Hillary is a far better candidate.

    January 7, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Marsha, Portland, OR

    That's because Obama lives in a fantasy world of his on making where everything is happy la, la and he will "change" the world with all of his hope. He will not have to do it by working with congress, he will not have to do it with working with foreign countries, he will do it purely with words, and the inspiration of hope! Yes, that's right.

    C'mon now people, get a grip. How does change take place in the American government. Well, we aren't a monarchy, so most of it has to take place through the congress. Congress...hmm..yes, Obama knows a little about this, but not much because most of his time was spent as a state congressman. And International Relations, please growing up in another country and having been (past tense) muslim doesn't give you more credit in the internation political arena. Experience in working with congress to get the bill passed that will put forth the CHANGE that you want to effect, experience working foreign countries to change international relations...not hoping them into better relations. Enough with this pulpit message of hope! I have hope for American but not that it will be change by a novice senator like Obama

    people – WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    before it's too late...

    January 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. andrew M

    Bush and Clinton?? USA WAKE UP!!! WAKE UP!!!! WAKE UP!!! WAKE UP!!!. 2 FAMILIES TO LEAD THIS NATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS??? A POPULATION OF 300 MILLION PEOPLE??? WHAT DO YOU THINK THE REST OF THE WORLD THINKS????? some kind of a 2 family monarchy?? Worst change and foreign policy approach.

    Makes me wanna run for presidency promising for a FAMILY rule Cahnge in the USA and abroad!! thats real Change.

    Good luck

    January 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Teresa, Kansas

    Seems like all of her "EXPERIENCE" would have taught her not to cry in front of camera's while running for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

    January 7, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Grow up

    It looks like Barack has kids posting on every blog in his favor. It's the same copy and paste over and over.

    I am outraged this shell of a man is using young adults and children as a pawn. No sensible educated American would vote for this guy. They just wouldn't. It's like an election at Disneyland. I'm pulling for Senator Hillary Clinton, but if she doesn't make it past Feb 5th (I think she will) I'm going to look outside my party for the first time ever and still vote, but it won't be for Barack.

    January 7, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Lori

    I will sit back and laugh at all you fools who vote Obama as our Democratic Candidate, becuase there is no way in HELL America is voting in a black man, EVER and we will end up with the same old same old, OLD RICH WHITE MAN who doesn't give a CRAP about us or America, just themselves. So be careful, kids don't show up on voting day, Obama is young, come back in 8 years and we'll talk but for now, I'm going with experience but due to a lot of missinformed people out there, we'll be sharing the inauguration with another rich old white man sitting in the WHITE house!

    January 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  9. Ann

    There is no possible way Obama has the experience whether it be academic, political, or life to run this country.

    January 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. marymarlene gaskill

    Give me a break! Race isn't supposed to be an issue. Remember????????
    I getting really sick of the media and it's coverage and it's debates. You should
    understand by your own poll. 83% of the voters are not swayed by New Hampshire and Iowa. Why doesn’t the media speak of the issues??
    Obama has never been vetted. Why isn't his record being reported?? How about his 131 "present" votes in the Illinois senate? How about the foreign relations sub-committee that he chairs? Especially, the fact that he has never convened the committee except to confirm individuals?? He is truly an inspirational SPEAKER. If he wins the nomination, the republicans will kill him. Because his record and past has only been report until about the age of about 25. What has he actually accomplished in his political career?
    I have never seen anything like Hillary's treatment by the media. She has been scrutinized for years. I don't see any other candidates being ridiculed and made fun of on TV on a regular basis. It is reminiscent of media treatment of Al Gore in 2000 and Howard Dean in 2004. But, it goes way beyond that. She has been kicked around for the last 15 years. What about her accomplishments in the US senate?
    She is by no means out of the race. She has more delegates than all the other democrats combined. I've only seen that once and have been glued to all political shows of all media outlets for the last 2 weeks.
    I also want to complain about the treatment of the unknown or "second tier" candidates in both parties. Shame on you!!!!!! It is a disservice to the American voters and public.
    By the way! One person can not enact CHANGE, they can only set the agenda!

    As previous New Hampshire resident, I am jealous of their opportunity to be up close and personal with all of the candidates. We in Georgia feel that it doesn't make a difference by the time we get to vote in our primary, because the media has manipulated the process by tabloid reporting because it's inexpensive

    January 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. katie

    A few points:
    1. Many people try to equate Obama's (lack of) experience with Bush's inexperience. Come on, that's a smoke screen. Bush has come to become the worst president ever not because he was inexperienced but because he was (and still is) lazy, uninformed and uninterested, arrogant and stubborn, a very bad combination. Obama, on the other hand, is the entire opposite.
    2. Change does not come from experience. It comes from the desire to change. Clinton and this perfect-haired guy started talking about the need for change only after it became clear that the majority of Americans were demanding it – from the Iowa results and people's subsequent reactions. Clinton kept talking about her experience, and her past experience clearly showed that she supported all Bush's foreign policy, including the Iraq war, Iran and the all-important unquestioned support of Israel with its apartheid policies.
    3. Some people kept criticizing Obama for his lack of specifies. We all know that once someone got elected to the WH, many of the campaign promises go out the window. Reality has a way of making that happen. Specifics are less important than good ideas which include hope.

    January 7, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Amirage

    Yes, Hillary was shown on CNN to have gotten emotional. It was her concern that our country "would fall backwards." Wouldn't you also be upset at the thought of a newbie becoming President? I'd cry to! LOL!

    H I L L A R Y * C L I N T O N '08

    January 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. Anthony

    Obama is inexperienced, it's true. How about Hillary? What has she done? Name it. Not her husband – her. She failed with Health Care reform. The other defining moment of her political career was her vote on Iraq, and she got it wrong.

    If she thought it would help her win, you get the feeling she'd become a Republican tomorrow. I'll take Obama's inexperience over her failures and cynicism. Or, I'll take anyone else who is running.

    I loved Bill, but he ain't running, people!

    January 7, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. marymarlene gaskill

    There we go again. The guys ganging up on Hillary. Let's talk about her record. The republicans don't want to run against her. Because the voters know everything about her except the color of her underwear. With her there won't be any last hour scandals next fall! I saw her answer question for two hours in Penacook, N.H. Please name another candidate that has done that??

    Let's demand something besides tabloid reporting from the press and media. This election is not about the hosts and comentators. This election is to important to voters of both parties.There responsibility should be fairly and accurately reporting facts and issues! No, wonder congress has such a low ranking with the public. The majority of opinions are formed by misleading soundbites.

    January 7, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. judy


    You can't have CHANGE without EXPERIENCE!!

    Vote for CHANGE and most importantly, EXPERIENCE–Hillary 08!!

    January 7, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. andrew M

    30 years white house families BUSH and CLINTON. Out of 300 Million great Americans.
    I guess thats a good example of Cooperate America System.

    I cant stop shaking my head.

    January 7, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. Tammy


    No thanks. Watch the debates, not experienced, talks alot about change but is not offering how he is going to bring it about. It is not as easy as
    he is making it seem for all the younger voters just getting into politics.

    Hillary is smart, thinks on her feet ( a nice change from the boob in office today).

    And yes, alot was done while Bill Clinton was in office for health care in the way of federal mandates for womans health care and children. (you really think Bill was behind that)?

    I belive most people just don't want a woman as president.

    As a mother of 4 boys ages 16-25, shame on you.

    January 7, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Lynda - NYC

    There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Clinton is the most convincing of all candidates. She has the track record and EXPERIENCE to prove it. – Our country is in desperate need of an “Experienced, Well-Trained and Accomplished Politician” to be able to take on the disaster our country has become, not a junior, inexperienced senator with good intentions.

    Hillary, you have earned my vote.

    January 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. davodd

    Obama reminds me of a high school kid trying to win class president by promising more vacation and pizza everyday for lunch. He'll says anything to anyone to get elected.

    He is the epitome of politics as usual.

    Anybody but Obama.

    January 7, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. Royale Kidd

    I am registered democrat and an African American, if Hillary doesn't get the nod, im voting Republican- Huckabee, Rudy... McCann. She is the only one with the backbone to run this country.

    January 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. rob

    What a cacus or circus this is turning out to be. People going crazy on a man who most voters have not heard of but only a few months ago saying he can change Washington and the world if elected. He's promising all kind of things to get elected. So I searched most of his speeches,never did hear one change he could make, except hope. It's pretty risky voting for a canadiate just on hope, I know these words to young voters are refreshing I think that's the word Oprah used. But for voters who have voted a few times in their life time surely woundn't fall for that line. We have some of the most violent leaders in the world that are more than ready to take the us to her knees. I't will take more than refreshing , hope, and change to protect our nation. For the life of me I can't understand our country that's willing to put a two year Senator with little to none experience in his life to world affairs In the White House. I'm sure Ben Laden Is grinning about now along side Iran,North Korea, Paskistani, Argentina, Russia,just to name a few. But If you want change elect Obama and your sure to get your change . So get ready they will soon be gunning for us.

    January 7, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. jeff

    obama is shamelessly inflating the promise of change. he is driving this dog as far as it will hunt with little regard for what he will really be able to accomplish as president or what strategies may or may not work, for example the troop witrhdrawal.

    January 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Erik

    As a lifelong Democrat and 20 year naval officer who lived through the Clinton administration's shoddy treatment of the military, and the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld exploitation of our fighting men and women, I am voting for Obama if he gets the nomination.

    If Hillary gets the nomination I will be voting Republican despite my extreme distate for the platform and policies.

    Hillary's record as a US Senator is a bag of air, and anyone who counts her tenure as First Lady of the US or Arkansas is deluding themselves. She never held elected office until she carpet-bagged herself into my home state.

    If you think she's experienced leading or inspiring people, you will turn over the White House to the GOP in 2012 to Jeb Bush for a term or two.

    January 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. Missy

    Cry babies oh don't you like the fact that someone is saying Obamas daddy is Muslim well he is if he wins the Democratic nomination Rupublicans four more years in the White House. Last time I checked this was a free country so if I want to say his father is a Muslim so be it you might couldn't say that in a Muslim country think about it.

    January 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. James Brown

    Obama has won my vote , because i TRUST him. Clinton is yesterdays news and i see her as a very dishonest person that will say and do anything to get elected.

    We need someone new , with fresh clean ideas , and Obama brings that to the table.

    Personally i would cross party lines to keep Clinton out of the White House , and i KNOW , i am not alone in this thinking.

    Jim Brown

    January 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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