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. Jani K.


    I have an important question that has been on my mind..

    1. Why does the Republican media ( cnn, foxnews, msnbc) give Obama more positive media than any other Democratic candidate?

    I am worried that the Republicans want Obama to win the nomination. He is awesome about uniting people, but I am sorry to say that his weaknesses are that he has little experience and his record isn't consistent.

    I feel that a lot Democrats think the Republican nominee will be either Romney or Huckabee.. If in case one of them are the nominee, I feel that Obama can easily beat them. However, If McCain wins the Republican nomination ( McCain is getting more coverage in the media, and is gaining support in the "polls") the dialogue will change in the Republican media from "Change" to "Experience". If this happens Obama could fall into a trap and OBAMA COULD LOOSE. I don't know if I can take another defeat from the Republicans.
    Democrats need to be smart and think outside the box.

    Tell me what you think about this concern.

    January 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. OJC, Phoenix, AZ

    To the posters that say Obama is all talk and has not discussed how he is going to bring about change. Please go the Obama website and click on "Issues". There you will find more details than you would ever want on his plans

    You are not going to get details from a stump speech or a debate because they are not the forum to discuss the nuts and bolts of something like tax policy. Most Americans don't have the attention span for it.

    Do some research before you jump to conclusions...

    Oh and yes, Hillary is very depressing.

    January 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Azar

    Hillary states that she has been fighting for change for 35 years. Further, she has been fighting Republicans.

    What did she change during her husband's admininstration? For the record, she and her husband divided the country into red states and blue states. She accused the right wing Republicans of plotting against her and her husband without any proof. In this context, she has stated over and over again, that she has been fighting Republicans. As a result, how is she going to unite the country?

    During her husband's administration, her husband lost the Democratic majority in Senate and the House. The terrorists bombed Oklahoma City, New York City, USS COLE, American Embassies in Africa and killed Americans at Al Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda flourished in Afghanistan.

    Finally, regarding the Iraq war, and 9/11 her voting records in the Senate indicates that majority of the time she has voted with the Republicans in favor of GWB. So, where is the CHANGE? She is status quo senator pretending to be a positive change agent. Obama, Edwards and others are passionate about change, they mean it, and will do their best to make the positive changes and UNITE the country.

    January 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Frank P.

    Mrs. Clinton had a "huge" turn out in Nashua yesterday, however, according to Meet The Press moderator Tim Russert when they took a look at the license plate's of the attendees the majority were from Massachusetts. If this is a true, it really shows desperation on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

    Could this have been a staged audience? Smells like desperation to me ...

    Go Edwards or Obama or Richardson!

    January 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. 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 how 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 take them on.

    January 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Mike Smyth, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton Americans are tired of political dynasties. A Hillary White House would mean that quite possibly 28 years of American politics would be led by two families: the Bushe's and the Clintons.

    We have over 300 million people in our country. Surely we can shop outside the Bush Oil dynasty and the Clinton family to find a president.

    Although I think Obama would have a hard time getting elected (the neocons will play to racists) he is still better than anyone on the Republican side.

    In fact, my cat would be better than anyone on the Republican side. They had unbridled power for almost 8 years, and they gave us deaths and deficits.

    Time for a change.

    January 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Rasher, Seattle, WA

    I'm a lifelong Democrat. I'll support the Democratic nominee when we have one. In the meantime, I was wondering if any other Democrats find it a bit unsettling that, at this point, it looks like a bunch of independents in Iowa and New Hampshire have more say in deciding the DEMOCRATIC nominee than actual Democrats. Let's wait until Super Duper Tuesday to see what Democrats have to say about who should be the Democratic nominee.

    That said, I'd be happy with Hillary, Edwards or Obama– but most of all, I'd be happy with a Democrat selected by Democrats and not a bunch of cross-over independents and Republicans.

    January 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Jake

    Ahem... wasn't Bush elected because the majority of Americans found him likeable??! Come on. Not everyone in this world wears their heart on their shoulders. Hillary is our best choice.

    January 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. jp/michigan

    Obama talks of change but doesn't tell us what he has done so far to show he is the one to bring on the changes needed.. People on his team are from Bill Clintons presidency. Obama said he doesn't want what was in the 90's but he has the people influencing him and helping make his so call changes from the 90's. I'll give him he has the right words when he talks but no past substance to back up his convictions. President Bush talked of change and was sadly influenced by past adminstration from his father. I'm afraid we will heading in the same direction with Obama. He has been running for presidency since graduating from Harvard. Stepped quickly from Illinois legislator to U.S. Senate now to Presidency with not much to show what he is really done for change. We really do need change and all canidates say they will give it and some really do past substance to back up their convitions.

    January 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Michael Guinn, Port Hueneme, CA

    The nay-sayers that proclaim they'll "just have to vote Republican this time" if Hillary isn't nominated are showing another reason why this old negative politics as usual won't work anymore. For the most part, the American people are saying let's see what we can accomplish together. The one's who sitck with the "it's my way or the highway" philosophy should take the highway they tell us to take! CHANGE is coming, and it's about time! OBAMA 08!

    January 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Antonio

    I'm a first time voter in 08 – I'm glad to say my vote goes to Hillary because, I want someone in the White House, that has experience and can also deliver change.

    Good Luck Mrs. Clinton

    January 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. leslie Queens NY

    Obama HUSSAIN – get it? Wake the hell up people.

    Obama is selling SNAKE OIL and people are gathering around the huckster's wagon eager for a cure for what ails them. Snake oil is not going to do it folks !!

    Obama is an empty bag.
    Smoke and mirrors.
    The emporer has no clothes.
    And it seems the American people never learn.

    Hillary is right..
    The country is being "wronged" by Obama who has zero presidential qualifications.

    Don't stand up for Obama....instead make him step down.

    January 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |


    January 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. KIrby

    HIllary was demanding accountability from her opponents in the recent debates.
    She is willing to present her political record to the American people. I can respect that openness in a candidate. I candidate who wants the American people to be informed before they go to the polls...that shows respect to the voters.
    I have all the faith in the world in HIllary that she will hit the floor day one and be able to restore America's good name abroad and greatly improve the economic conditions in our country.
    And by the way – Obama will draw upon old, experienced political figures from past administrations to be his advisors. Status quo? Change? The only change will be that he is a new face in town. Obama will have his day in the sun but as bad off as our country is at at this time that day needs to be in the far political future.
    HIllary is more than experience – she is a devoted, caring public servant who can
    lead America to a better future and lead America NOW!

    January 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. brenda..from Ohio

    this is a e-mail that I recieved from a friend of mine Fw: Who is Barack Obama? (Need to read this!)
    Subject: Who?

    Who is Barack Obama? Very interesting and something that should be
    considered in your choice. If you do not ever forward anything else,
    forward this to all your contacts...this is very scary to think of
    what lies
    ahead of us here in our own United States ...better heed this and
    pray about it and share it. We checked this out on "snopes.com". It
    is factual. Check for yourself.

    Who is Barack Obama? Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack
    Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu , Hawaii , to Barack Hussein
    Obama,Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel , Kenya and Ann Dunham,
    a whiteATHEIST from Wichita , Kansas . Obama's parents met at the
    University ofHawaii. When Obama was two years old, his parents
    divorced. His father
    returned to Kenya . His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL
    from Indonesia . When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocated to
    Indonesia . Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta . He also
    spent two years in a Catholic school. Obama takes great care to
    conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that,
    "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school."
    Obama's political handlers are
    attempting to make it appear that that he is not a radical. Obama's
    introduction to Islam came via a his father, and that this influence
    was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to
    Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct
    influence over his son's education. Lolo Soetoro, the second husband
    of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam.
    Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta . Wahabism is the
    RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are
    now waging Jihad against the western world.

    Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking
    major public office in the United States , Barack Hussein Obama has
    joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his
    Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into
    office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran. Barack
    Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he
    show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands
    over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.
    Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential
    candidacy. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US
    from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest
    level – through the President of the United States , one of their
    own!!!! Please forward to everyone you know. Would you want this
    man leading our country?...... NOT ME.....you decide americans

    January 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Bonnie Sciulli

    I have always been an independent voter. I have been watching all the debates,educating myself on what particular candidates feel about the issues. It seems to me that if you really listen to Edwards & Obama their issues are the same.. They are just saying them differently, so I don't understand why one is doing so much better than the other. Clinton clearly has other ideas about how to tackle the issues. Why is she in more contention according to the polls than Edwards if the message he has is the same as Obama? He actually has more experience fighting the system. Does he have more visual appeal?(Obama) or the gift of gab?) ** ALSO
    Art Rascon, did a piece on how the undergroung is bringing illegals into the US via the Balkans to the tune of 100 per month, It is extremely exciting video you definitely should get ahold of it. Shattered me to my core. Downright scarey!(channel 2-Houston) ** ALSO we have heard what the Rep. think about imigration, what do the dems feel?

    January 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Chris


    January 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Jeff - Plainfield, IL

    I'm baffled by the people, including Hillary herself, who keep pointing to experience / lack of experience. Doesn't Barak Obama have a great deal more elected office experience than Hillary? She is a dolt, and her nomination is the Republican's best hope to retain the White House.

    And, Anonymous above:

    "President Barak Hussein Obama, how does that sound?"

    It sounds great. Some of us in this country are more concerned with having a president who will do good for the nation and defend the Constitution than we are with whether a few mindless goons want to make fun of his name.

    You just continue living your anti-American Confederate fantasies while you rot in your precious broken Neocon economy and eroding freedoms. It is well-known that many of you Neocon freedom-haters are obsessed with lying, name-calling, and Oxycotin, but many of us still believe in this nation and what it stands for.

    January 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Derek, IA

    This debate between Hillary supporters and Obama supporters has departed from logic and entered the realm of bizarre. Somehow Hillary having more experience is now supposed to mean that all of Obama's positions are uneducated. Actually, Obama is the best candidate because of the issues, not because of his speeches. Look at Iraq, for example. Barack is unique in this debate about who opposed the war more thoroughly in that his positions were based on the evidence. Hillary's experience means absolutely nothing if she was just one of 65 or so senators that completely ignored the clear evidence that Iraq had no WMD. Barack's argument was that the Bush administration provided no good evidence for WMD in Iraq. That argument turned out to be surprisingly true. Imagine that! Now why would anyone want to elect a president that actually takes positions based on facts and opinions of experts? Then there's this issue of taking a more aggressive position with Pakistan. Hillary criticized Obama early in the campaign, but at the debates all four Democrats agreed with his position. It was actually the "inexperienced" candidate that introduced this obviously correct notion that could result in getting Osama if Pakistan refuses to do it. On a final issue, Obama is the only Democrat that supports expanding nuclear power–not a very popular position, but the only one that is likely to solve global warming. He takes this position because of the advice of experts, experts who tell him, for instance, that coal ash is at least 20 times more radioactive than nuclear waste. All this despite being a senator from a state with massive coal reserves.

    When you really look at the issues for yourself, you will find that Obama is anything but an idealist. His positions have the most substance (compare to Hillary, for example, whose platform does not include a detailed economic policy), and his speaking ability is a real asset in negotiations. What we're seeing in Iowa and New Hampshire is that when the voters are really exposed to the candidates, Obama is the clear winner.

    January 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. gussy

    Hillary came across like america was her husband, snapping and telling us not to do this or that.

    Its like she only cares about being the first woman president and no one should question her ?.

    Obama is fresh and wants the vote not demanding it.

    And for the person for who used obama's name as a bad thing, just maybe a obama hassein will be taken seriously in the arab world and he will have a calming affect.

    He can say he voted against the war and will have a great chance of bringing peace to Arab lands and getting the moderate muslims to listen.

    He could fix the problems and get us back to talking about USA not the Middle east.

    so his name is a ++++++ for america in the world.

    January 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Eileen

    Hillary Clinton has always been willing to risk everything to help the people. In 1992 she was burned in effigy by the blow-hard Republicans for daring to present a healthcare plan to congress. She knew she was stepping on the toes of the insurance and drug companies, but she cared enough about the people to do it anyway. Today, she is still doing the same thing she has always done; she is telling about her plan for a better life for Americans and using very specific words as she discusses what she can and will do. How sad for America that we have reached a point where logic and experience mean nothing next to pretty words and glitzy promises when looking at the highest office in the land. How quick would anyone be willing to hire a contractor who claimed very little experience and was quite vague about what he could do, but offered a great deal of hope? Wake up Democrats and Independents! Nominate Obama and we are looking at another four years of Republicans.

    January 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. kwnash

    I'm at a huge loss as to how Hillary Clinton is perceived to be more experienced than Barack Obama. He has served more time in elected office than she has, including his Illinois state legislature experience in addition to his U.S. Senate experience. She was the wife of the Governor, then the wife of the President before deciding to run for office. She did so poorly at health care reform while her husband was President that she wasn't allowed to spearhead any other directives while he was in office. She constantly flip-flops on statements and has proven to be available to anyone who has enough money to offer. I am a woman, and I have always voted Republican. I would love to see a female President at some point and time. However, I will never vote for Hillary. The way things are going, I'm planning on voting Democratic for the first time in my life...for Barack Obama.

    January 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Anonymous Vermont Girl

    Go Obama!! Hillary looks and sounds like a disgruntled employee.

    January 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    hillary, you are so 20 minutes ago.....

    January 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. plh

    I have witnessed policitics for many years. I am a conservative democrat who believes that the country does need someone new and energizing that will point our country in a new direction. Hillary is intelligent and prepared but she also voted for the war in Iraq. I'll never forget the day we invaded Iraq. I knew our envasion was wrong so why didn't the so-called pro's know it. While Hillary may have the experience she has also become a true politican. It's time for something different.

    January 7, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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