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. Bill, OHIO

    Ike Woodbridge VA...WELL SAID MY FRIEND!

    Everyone here should scroll up and read this mans comments. It is spot on. Couldnt have said it better myself. Think people...THINK!

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Tom Flagstaff, AZ

    I'll teel you what's really depressing–Ms. Clinton in the White House. America will be sour on that before she even takes office. On the other hand, the prospect of Mr. Obama heading to 1600 Pennsylvania is uplifting. This will be a very easy choice for me on Super Tuesday.

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. v hanna

    Lets get serious here!!! It frightens me that so many americans have gotten on the Obama bandwagon. If you listen carefully you will here nothing more than a good motivational speaker. He complements New Hampsire voters to bring them towards him giving the audience the impression that they will run the country. HA ! HA!–what a joke that is. Where was he before Oprah? What was his standing before Oprah? Oprah has done him an injustice, why? Because Obama will never know weather he made it this far on his own–she robbed him. But then again, they dont care as along as they win. Since when does this country put so much faith in an unknown in such a time of crisis. Hillary is the only qualified person to lead this country. She was leading before Oprah–who obviously supported a woman president before Obama. Oprah pretends to love our white women of america, her heart is at her roots, as is Obama's. All of you Obama supporters, just wait you will see what a mistake you have made. I have never voted republican in my lifetime, but I will not vote for this green motivational speaker named Obama. WAKE UP DEMOCRATES BEFORE YOU REQRET IT.....

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Milagros del Rosario

    It is sad to know that many Americans are being persuaded by this guy Obama. They don't know really where he came from. It"s a danger to have him as our President. We removed a dictator in Iraq named "SADDAM HUSSEIN" and now we are electing a man name "BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA" How crazy is that.? OBAMA IS A MUSLIM who swore in the United States Congress using a Koran instead of a Bible. MAny Americans do not know that OBAMA wanted to run for office so he just converted to Chritianity to be more appealing. However, when you are a Muslim you are a Muslim. We never heard him say that he is not a Muslim because in his heart and mind he is still a Muslim and still have that ALQUEDA idealogy that's why he could not be trusted with our NAtional Security. I just can'e imagine our Congress will be infiltrated with Muslims who has always that ALQUEDA idealogy. Because if you read their KORAN, ther is a verse there that says "Strike terror into hearts of Jews and Christian until they are subdued and dead" These are the verse that BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA molded in his mind when he attended a "MADRASA" (term for school in ARabic) in Indonesia.
    So we should not vote this man. He could not be trusted running our great country and could not protect us from terrorism which is infiltrating the world now.
    He will be soft with his fellow Muslims that always have this ALQUEDA idealogy.

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Harold Bishop, NH

    Go Barack! The American people love you!

    We DO believe in hope. We will NOT give up on hope no matter what Hillary et al say.

    Obama 08!

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. pam

    tim – great comment

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Mary Hoban

    I've just been reading Senator Obama's comments on Senator Clinton's call for a "reality check."

    Clinton made the point–during Saturday night's New Hampshire debate– about needing a "reality check" in specific response to John Edwards's touting his work in the Senate for a Patient's Bill of Rights. Edwards presented his work as if it had achieved something significant and lasting, when in fact, while the bill passed the Senate, it never passed the House. That was Clinton's point: Edwards was distorting reality, suggesting an accomplishment that was incomplete, at best.

    I am astonished at the way in which debate points–like the one concerning the reality check–are taken out of context. That a man with only three years experience in the Senate and another with one term there and little to show for it–that these candidates might best a strong figure like Clinton is truly depressing. But then, George W. Bush was elected (sort of ) twice, in spite of weak to terrible debate performances. Please, voters, Americans, pay close attention to the candidates and what they say: It is our country, our lives at stake.

    January 7, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. JK

    Yes, that picture is hilarious–I'm sure some CNN.com readers can come up with a few captions 🙂

    I have doubts about Obama, but I have no doubts about Hillary: I have no intention of voting for her. "False hopes"? That's a good one, coming from her. We voted Bill Clinton into office in 92 with the hope that his energy and intellect could produce some real change, like reforming our healthcare system. We even gave him an all-Democratic Congress. And what happened?

    Hillary messed up healthcare reform in 93-94, and Americans ushered in an all-Republican Congress. Yes, Hillary does indeed have experience in raising false hopes. I'd rather take Obama's relative lack of experience over that.

    January 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. rt

    Hillary and any of the candidates would make a better president then any republican on the other side. Republican conspiracy? There is nothing in the world the Republicans could do to win the Whitehouse in the Fall of 08'. People have truly suffered under their majority and unwilling to compromise way of running the country. No one one I mean no one in their right minds would even consider putting another republican in the Whitehouse. Watch the Sunnu race he will be kicked out of office in the fall of 08' as will a lot of republicans it will be 2006 all over again but worst. The funny part about all this the Republicans who blindly followed GW only have him and themselves to blame for what's coming in the fall. I for one couldn't be happier. Whoever our nominee will be will be the next President of the UNITEDS STATES you can mark this one down as done.

    January 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. John, New York, NY

    Obama should be careful. There is nothing like a dose of over-confidence to lay yourself open to a downfall.

    January 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Thompson

    What did Bill Clinton have coming into the White House? Can I answer my own question? Hopes and dreams... The same as Obama and Edwards. Anything historical that has happened in this great nation has come from hopes and dreams.

    January 7, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Wes

    Finally a tru statement! The comment Sen. Clinton said about giving American false hope has been the only true statement made so far. Every election we have to hear hundreds of lies to get our votes. "I approve this message" Sen. Clinton! You have my vote!

    January 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Chuck, Miami Fl

    In 2006 I voted for the Dem’s to bring an end to the war and I’m still waiting.
    Obama will not change Washington because the old dog’s in Washington refuse to change.

    I agree with most of the post on this board. The Republicans will hammer Obama.
    And I like the guy too.

    January 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Sandi

    I think Obama is very depressing and disgusting. He is already acting like he has won the nomination and he has yet to even get to his second state in primaries and caucuses. He had better not put all of his eggs in one basket. People need to realize that just because HE says Hillary is this or that does not make it so. Try looking ahead and think of all the country in their voting booth. Is he going to be electable at that point? Maybe yes, and maybe no. He needs to get his head out of the clouds and come back down to earth. He is campaigning now riding the same horse he came in on. If he is really for change, maybe he could change a few words of his speech. Maybe he could speak from the heart.

    January 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Cole Munsterman

    i live at 1818 sewell st come get me!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i live in lincoln Ne

    January 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Nick

    Listen, we have a clear repeat of 2004 here. Obama = Kerry. We need to look past the primaries, and make sure that when we head to the polls now – before the general election, we are sure to nominate a candidate that can win against a Republican contender. The last thing that this nation needs is a democratic candidate that is not ready to go against a republican. We need to realise, that today, unlike any other election, we stand at the doorstep of great change for our country. Regardless of looks, or popularity, we need to keep our eyes on the prize. Clinton is clearly the ONLY contender that can beat out Romney, McCain, or Huckabee. She has taken on men like them before. Primaries are relevant yes, however, whoever procures the democratic nomination for themselves needs to be an individual who is sure to hand defeat to the Republicans, on a silver platter of course!

    January 7, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. anthony


    GO OBAMA.....

    January 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Eileen

    I think that Hillary Clinton would make a better president than Obama. He seems to have no real answers to the major problems of our nation. Obama has that same say nothing good ol boy approach that George W Bush had when he ran for president. I do not want to drink beer with my president. I want to see someone elected that will do more than say a bunch of fluffed over dung and never give us anything more that a headache and a hand shake. Where is he really from any way?

    January 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Steve

    It's downhill from here. Obama wins by 20 points tomorrow, rolls over the republican in November, and will be watching the Bulls next season in the White House.

    January 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Dan, TX

    Obama will win the general election with at least a 10 point advantage. The more people learn about Obama, the more the microscope focuses in on his past and what he's done, and what his plans for America are, the better he looks.

    The more you learn about him the clearer it is why Iowa and New Hampshire find him the superior candidate. Just go to his web site and read in detail his plan for action. More detailed plans than Clinton has by far.

    January 7, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Dan, NJ

    Where do Hillary supporters get off continually saying only she could beat a Rep. in a general election? All the facts are to the contrary. Obama polls far better among independents and republicans than Clinton. More importantly, Clinton is despised by so many Republicans and her polarizing effect in polls would operate to mobilize the Rep. base.

    But look one step further, the sheer volume of voters that came out to support Obama in Iowa would have a ripple effect on a Dem. ticket. If record numbers of voters come out to support Obama, it could lead to record votes for other Dems on the ticket as well.

    Here's to hoping NH puts Hillary further on the ropes.

    January 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Ray, Collingswood NJ

    I think Obama is Depressing. Why is it he can attack her and she cant him?
    If he wins the nomination, we loose the White House. Juat because people in Iowa voting for him, dosent mean he will get Republicans to vote for him.Wake up America. We are not voting for the Next American Idol. We need someone who can bring change based on what they have done, not what they THINK they can do.

    Look at his voting record with the Illinois state legislator. He voted present numerous times vs. for or against something. What kind of voting is this?

    Vote with you mind, not your heart.

    Hillary 08!!

    January 7, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. scott

    Does anyone think Obama can do any worse than the current administration we have had the past 4 years? I believe many of you and the republicans are underestimating an Obama/ Edwards ticket; which can truly win in November. If you are looking for change at least the Democrats show that in their canidiates. I am an independent but looking at the republican debate all you see are the same type of people that have always been president; look at the democrats and you see the diversity that is now this country. Listening to the repubican debates and forums reveals just how out of touch they are with the general American public with the exception of Huckabee and Paul, but the republicans do not want them to win the nomination.

    January 7, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Chloe, Austin,Tx

    Why is it the Hillary supporters are contantly harping on the things that can't be done? And, the twisted logic ...Obama is the choice of the rebublican party because he will be easier to beat in the general election. Who are you to speak for Americans as a whole?

    This is the problem with Hillary and her supporters. You are too old mentally to get it. I am not talking chronologically as there is a huge difference.

    You say that Obama will not win in the general election because he is African-American...yet, he won in Iowa, a state that is more than 90% white. And, I disagree with the premise that they do not represent the country as a whole. They are an exact representation.

    You sell Americans short. You have no confidence that Americans will vote for a candidate they see best able to lead this country in a new, and positive direction. To use the rhetoric, that Obama supporters are some how star struck, insinuating some how they lack the intelligence to make an informed vote. We are not interested in a president who looks down on the people from some lofty position. Remember the president is an elected official who is employed by the American people. Edwards and Obama get that!

    Obama and Edwards supporters are not

    January 7, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Mike

    With a full name of Barack Hussein Obama, I guess we can count on another Republican US president if he gets the Democratic nomination.

    January 7, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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