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. pam

    ripper you are quick to bash hillary, what has the others done!!!! to gain such support from you? please talk issues.

    January 7, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Tadpole

    Lets look at backgrounds. Hilary has been a life long politician. Barack and his family have been pillars of the Chicago society. They're both either lecturers or professors at the University of Chicago Law School. They've both made strides to better the lives of the underserviced in the city. We have a saying in the service, when you do the little things well, then the big mission picture gets accomplished. If Barack can accomplish change in a midwestern city with his passion, then the team that he can assemble to tackle the bigger problems will also fall into place, simply because of the unity of scope and vision.

    Lets discuss experience, what experience does Hillary bring to the table? Has she affected the lives of individuals and poor families? Has she influenced the well being of actual "little people." You cannot argue a world historical viewpoint without showing that you can first manage the small premises. The world, history even, is toiled on the backs of us little people. I'm sure she has an idea and even forced empathy for the little people, but has she said, okay, I put them first instead of ideas? When talking about experience, lets not debate the mere conjectural, lets use pragmatic examples.

    Hope is powerful, it brought my platoon home from Iraq, even with high casaulties. Belief kept us men with honor, so that we can rejoin our families in good faith. When we were hungry, tired and bloodied, the common trust in eachother- transcended our race and beliefs, at the end of the fight we were all Americans. We included in that number of "Americans" our Iraqi interpretors, because they too had our common dreams and hopes of a better tomorrow. They shouldered arms and fought alongside us, they lost their families to fight by us brothers.

    You can argue for either Leftist or Rightist ideals, in the end of all of this, you must understand that it is my generation that has dog in this fight. Many of us have been deployed more than twice, it is our future, our children's future. I cannot stand to live in an America that my men died for, that has lost all hope and wallows in cynicism. What has this partisan infighting achieved? Our dollar has eroded, the EPA has been declawed, my retirement prospects are bleak, I know not what world my children will inherit. My men and I fight, and fight, but what can we give our families? Many came home broken, our children are sometimes fearful of us. Will the parties betray even its veterans?

    Give all of this meaning, give us Hope, Belief and a Sense that all of this is for a greater cause.

    January 7, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. James

    It's funny because I saw in one of her speeches during the ballot bowl, she was starting to mimic Obama by talking about believing in her and having HOPE for America's future. Her hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    January 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    That is a good picture for Clinton.. On her own while 3 old boy politicians discuss smoking cigars and watching football.

    Still would not vote for her, but it is a good picture for her.

    January 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Action vs. Words...

    The vote comes down to whether you believe the nice flowery words of someone who "wants" to change things, but hasn't "proven" he can do what he says..

    Or whether you will go with someone that has been fighting for change in Washington since she was First Lady in Arkansas. There she took issue with the republicans and acted instead of polishing the silverware and buying new china like other First Ladies. Hillary "acted" with conviction on the issues of the day and went after them in whatever manner she could. Look it up...

    The GOP has been attacking her all these years because she is the "real deal" when it comes to getting change done. No talking. No pandering and flowery speeches for the cameras. She works for the people every day.

    Where was Obama when the vote came up against the Iranian Revoutionary Guard Corps? Politicking instead of Legislating. Edwards voted and so did Hillary.

    Let's not vote for the prettiest horse in the corral. Let's vote for someone that can do the job and make real change... not just talk about it.

    Telling it like I see it,
    Loudon, NH

    January 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Mrs. Williams

    Clinton calls him "Senator Obama", he calls her "Hillary"

    Infantilizing, minimizing a woman?


    January 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. robby10001

    Point of clarification. Barack Obama has plenty of specific solutions to specific problems. Just got to his web site and click on "Issues." Try Energy and Environment as a first example. It's full of facts figures, more details than you might want to see. One of the things that convinced me to support Obama from the beginning was the specifics in his proposals, he was and is not afraid to take a detailed position like Hillary is in fact. It's amazing to me how quickly, one candidate can become "defined"
    by another and the press. YES, Barack Obama IS the candidate of inspiration and Hope, but he is also the candidate who has new and specific solutions to offer.

    January 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Les

    How long the media and neoconservatives like Karl Rove and his closest aide advising Obama how to defeat Hillary Clinton keep on propping up Obama?

    Karl Rove and his closest aide will not be advising Obama without reason of their own, we're talking about a person who swifboated Kerry without pausing and cheated Al Gore in Florida.

    What I find disconcerting is the naivete of people how easily they buy into rhetoric of Obama WITHOUT any track record to back it up.

    Like other lifelong democrats, I can't wait for NH primary to be over so WE registered democrats can vote who we wanted to represent our party not independent voters. 40% of NH primary voters are independent, they can go either way whatever rock their boat tomorrow. I hope they'll cast their vote responsibly instead of being totally jaded with fantastic oration from Obama.

    Shall we say the speech of Obama is enchanting to the nth degree he can't make any woman fall in love by just listening to him. Obama was a college professor for many years, in fact Obama consider his position as state legislator of Illinois as PART TIME POSITION. It means he didn't take it seriously because it was just a PART TIME JOB. Think what he would do if he's the President, that poses a danger which a lot of Obama supporters don't want to ponder.

    I have nothing against Barack Hussein Obama, but two years in the US Senate with over 70% not casting his vote in important bills/resolutions says a lot about him. I want a President that stands up and be counted instead of a President making all kinds of excuses why he/she can't vote.

    The EXCUSE of Obama for not casting his vote on Kyl-Liberman resolution, he was busy with his campaign he doesn't have time to fly to Washington. Yet, Hillary Clinton and others cast their vote. Kyl-Lieberman resolution was a NON-BINDING resolution which declared Iran Revolutionary Guard as terrorists. Our soldiers in Iraq KNEW Iran is the SUPPLIER of IED in Iraq that have been killing and maiming our soldiers. Since the passing of Kyl-Lieberman resolution in the senate, there was a sudden decrease of IED attack against our soldiers in Iraq. The reason for that is simple, Iran Revolutionary Guard is the economic backbone of Iran, when you declare the said organization as terrorist group, foreign countries will hold back their investment in Iran. Iran Revolutionary Guard through their intelligence are backing up HEZBOLLAH, Al Qeada, Al Jillamayah, Abu Sayyaf Group.

    I support the Kyl-Liberman non-binding resolution, it is SAVING lives and LIMBS of our soldiers in Iraq right now. Of course Obama couldn't care less with our soldiers, he is ONLY out there for his self, not for the American people.

    That is REALITY, death of our soldiers and our walking wounded soldiers is REALITY. I don't buy hopes and dreams with NOTHING to back it up.

    January 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Salita, SC

    All of you Obama people are TALKING TALKING TALKING...Now of you are tellin us how Obama gets 270 Electorial Votes. Hillary is right those promises are hollow if you can not win the Presidential general election. At Best Obama might get 3-4 states as Carter did.

    January 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. heather holmes

    I am very concerned with the turn out favoring Barack Obama. This country needs to see the important issues that are being discussed. Good looks and charisma is not going to lead the American people, experience and realistic ideas are. I want someone with experience dealing with securing our nation. I am skeptical in Obama's inexperience, lack of foreign knowledge, and flip flop decisions. I hope the American people learn that popularity does not mean an efficient leader. I am terrified that the American people will fall for all these false hopes that Obama is feeding the people.understand politicians are going to fill our heads with false hopes, but the question is can they act on those ideas and I don't believe Obama can. Politicians are going to tell the people anything they want to hear. The media is trashing Clinton for being realistic. She may not have the likeability factor but comeon we as American's don't need mr or mrs popularity we need a real leader to run this country.If Obama wins the votes to run for the democratic party I will have to vote Republican.

    January 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Dale

    The picture looks like Gladys Knight and the Pips!

    January 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. ST

    All you Hillary supporters are pathetic. She has no ability to inspire people and gets enraged when someone dares to beat her in a caucus. Keep complaining you losers and get out of the way– there's a freight train coming and Obama's on it. She should crawl back to her hole and continue her joke of a life.

    OBAMA 08

    January 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. LaMom

    Yes, I realize now I had a typo in the last paragraph,but the message is the same.

    This woman flip-flops more than a dying fish. Also, did you notice that fake smile she had plastered on her face when she was introduced at the debate on Saturday night?

    Her husband may be a "political genius" according to so many pundits, but he's an immoral lying cheater.


    January 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Viki

    So NOW Obama is going to talk about TRADITION? What happened to his stand on CHANGE? Aren't the two polar opposites? How can he promote CHANGE and in the same breath talk about TRADITION?

    It's TRADITIONAL for Presidential candidates to tell the public what they think we want to hear, and to make promises they know they aren't going to keep. Is that what Obama is saying? Let's following TRADITION and fill the American people with hope, then do whatever we want once we're in office.

    ALSO, both Obama and Edwards keep talking about the "Status Quo" and awful that is. What I saw during the debates Saturday night was a stage FULL of MEN - the epitome of Status Quo! - and one strong woman willing to talk them on.

    January 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. brenda

    come on people.the bible speaks that a woman to sit back and be silence.I dont want a woman running my country .but if it was my vote to put obama in are clinton I would vote for clinton.I dont see him helping out country maybe the country where his father is from ...people open your eyes .think before you vote .some folks is talking about experience.well you better believe it will take a person of experience to run the united states.I truely believe that if obama wins the united state will hurt like we have never hurt before..I know my vote counts.I truley hope God will keep his loving arms around the united state..my question would be why dont obama go back to kenya and be presdient. I for one dont want him for my presdient..people wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. John

    Hey Obama, your no JFK! Get back to reality!

    January 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Leye

    I think what is depressing is how people have turned on Hillary.
    Doesnt it sound fishy to you guys that the republicans and neo-cons are routing for Obama? Do you really think that republicans will vote for a democrat even if he was an angel? These guys have done their homework and I want to believe that they feel that they can easily defeat him.
    Moreover, there is a lot of hypocrisy going around. You guys are always criticizing Hillary. There is nothing that she will do that you guys will approve of and that is a shame. At least try and be objective.

    January 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. AtomicZ...

    When all of this has been decided... The dust settled... Our country will have become “involved” as citizens, as “fellow Americans” like no other time I care to remember... This particular election is wonderful for our country and our freedom... Lets not forget we as a nation are going against the “ruling class”... They wield a great power... They are used to this power and will not let go easily... We are learning as “fellow Americans”... When we are provoked with wars and corporate predatory banking laws that shield usury and oppressive social respect for our choices and ideals... Well... We will win this one! Enjoy the sunlight... It’s a new dawn... AtomicZ

    January 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Jayne

    The only change that Hillary offers is her for Bill. Her whole campaign has been run on bashing Bush, her platform comes from taking plans from other candidates, none of her own for example when she found out Obama courted the young, she would tell them anything to get them to like her. You can't respect or like Hillary, she has made no changes, just tried to self serve herself. I also think her daughter is just as arrogant as her and Bill, Chelesa couldn't lower herself to answer a sweet young girl. Hillary as president would ruin this country. The Clinton background and her future for this country is socialist. She is not intelligent enough to run for anything, she's not for change of anything good. I still wonder what role she has promised Sandy Berger if she were elected, he has to be paid for stealing documents, and as predicted is waiting in the background. Who ever is elected president, let it not be her. We need new not old the Clinton way.

    January 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Tim Sunderland, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    There has got to be a caption for this photo. It looks as if Obama, Richardson and Edwards are singing backup for Hillary, and it looks as if Richardson forgot the words.

    January 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. donna

    Has anyone pondered the question......"What is the overall affect if Obama is elected President?" Think deeper than the war in Iraq, the economy, healthcare, etc. It is already evident in the mindset of some of our citizens.

    January 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. localjim, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

    For all of you afraid to fight for change. and are afraid of the "Republican Machine"
    don't worry. maintain your stance of cowardness. sort of like many of our fellow democrats in congress now.

    Vote for someone that has a history of corruption and investigations. Will continue to be influenced by lobbyists and just really maintain our nations economy. because it just so wonderful now

    Our country doesn't need change. we are all very happy to continue this leadership path of bush sr. as VP for 8 years(1980-1988), then bush sr as pres for 4 years(1989-1992), then Clinton for 8 years(1992-1999), then bush jr for 8 years (2000-2008). so it must make sense to you. why not have another Clinton for at least another 4 years. later we can work on nominating bush's drunken daughters or the sweet and innocent Chelsey. (note i put the parentheses to show how difficult it was for me to check my facts, didn't want to trow out lies)

    History has long shown people to be afraid of change. so i understand you.
    Thats why it was important to win in Iowa. to let people such as yourselves feel better and not so scared into thinking of standing up to real change. Thats why if Obama wins in NH. then you will have a larger force to stand behind so you wont have to be scared anymore. I will fight for you by putting in my vote for Obama and you can stand behind me regardless of what the Republican Machine tries to hit us with should he be nominated.

    And if change comes about and our country rises back to destiny of greatness that we want it to be. then how will you look back? afraid of change or fought for it.
    and what if Obama doesnt change anything. will any of the other candidates that can really win do any better. Edwards might but he would make a better VP. Richardson the same. good men but not leaders.
    And hillary. maybe she has the making of something great but its not the healthy change we need.
    Things change, its our job as citizens to try to make the best possible decisions to steer us towards the best for this country. It shouldn't just always be about you. Thats the republican thinking

    January 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Eric

    Is anybody out there still buying the Obama as unelectable argument that Clinton supporters are still trying to make.

    * Numerous polls have shown Obama (and Edwards) defeating the top 4 repubs in a national race, Hillary beats none

    * Hillary already has a 50% negative rating.. is that electable?

    * Obama has a huge draw among independants and moderate repubs, Hillary gets none of these

    * Obama's canidacy is a historical movement that people are clamoring to get on board

    Please, someone tell me again why Obama is unelectable and Hillary is?

    January 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Bill

    None of these candidates is going to make significant changes in the way our country operates. Look closely at what they say about foreign policy. Even Obama thinks we should have the Clinton- and Bush-inspired right to do as we like when it comes to "national security," regardless of what the rest of the world thinks. Our hubris will be our undoing. We should lead in peace-building, not in bomb-sharing. "Change" is a buzzword that we all love to hear after getting sick of our incumbents, but it is something that happens mostly outside of politics (see NYT/Week in Review analysis yesterday).

    January 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Tom, DC

    go away Hillary. we are sick of the Bush/Clinton rule/regime/dynasty of the last 20 years. we need it to continue like we need a hole in the head. your campaign has one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel and you know it and you are showing it. go away Illuminati fool.

    January 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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