January 18th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama sharpens critique of Clinton in final hours before Nevada

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/18/art.obama0118nevada.ap.jpg caption="Obama is sharpening his critiques of Clinton."]RENO, Nevada (CNN) - Presenting himself Friday as the candidate who can make the correct decisions the first time around, Barack Obama cranked up his criticism of Hillary Clinton, hitting her on issues from the war in Iraq to the economy.

"Sen. Clinton has said she is ready to lead from day one," the Illinois senator said, "but it's important on day one to get it right, whether you're talking about war or you're talking about economic proposals."

Obama often tells crowds that he has the judgment needed to serve as president, and adds that he was against the war from the beginning.

At a Reno campaign stop Friday, he also said that his initial economic stimulus package was the right plan, since it included tax relief for middle-class Americans, while Clinton's did not.

"Today, five days after she released her plan, she said 'Well, you know what? We need a tax rebate,' because now apparently she agrees with me."

Obama said he was using that example to illustrate a larger problem that he called "political speak."

"It is easy to be for policies that help working families when its popular on the campaign trail, but the American people don't want a president whose plans change with the politics of the moment."

"This is what you learn in Washington from all those years of experience," Obama added. "It means that the American people are constantly having to sort out what do people really mean."

"It's why people mistrust our politics. And part of my job in this race is to restore people's sense that you say what you mean and you mean what you say."

–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Nevada
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  1. Glenn

    My daughter(Mercer Univ. student) my wife and I attempted to attend a rally for Hillary Clinton(Bill was speaking) at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. earlier today. We waited two hours in the bitter cold until we were turned away at the door. Then we had no ide if we were to be let in or not. At least 1000 people were turned away after waiting for 2 hours!. The Clinton campaign totally mismanaged the entire affair and left scores of people furious at the lack of concern shown to the public that took a day off from work to see President Clinton speak. It turns out the Clinton campaign knew all along how many could be fit in the arena but did not count out to that number in the line and have the consideration to tell the others to forget getting in. The cops came out and threatened to taser the peaceful crowd of elderly and students if they did not clear the building in 5 minutes. The Mercer students were not given any kind of preferential treatment for entry even though it was on their campus. The crowd began chanting Obama! Obama! as they were removed from the building. Shoddy treatment by the Clintons.

    January 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. wanda

    I do believe Hillary would be a good president, she has not shown her strength, she has not shown her wisdom. I have seen her wipe tears from her eyes twice and I cannot imagine her sitting down discussing a peace plan and crying over what the outcome was. She did not display tears when her husband openly flaunted his female affairs for the world. I do not think I can stand another Clinton in the white house again.......having her is getting him back again..that is not change..... same pot of soup just reheated on a different burner.We need a freshness and strength and that is Obama.!!!!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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