January 30th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama hints at a McCain nomination while jabbing Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/30/art.obama.ap.jpg caption=" Obama campaigned in Denver Wednesday."]DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Whoever wins the Democratic nomination for the presidency will be battling Republican John McCain, Barack Obama implied Wednesday in Denver.

Obama also criticized opponent Hillary Clinton in the same sentence, seeming to imply that Clinton and McCain share similar positions on a variety of issues.

"It is time for new leadership that understands that the way to win a debate with John McCain or any Republican who is nominated is not by nominating someone who agreed with him on voting for the war in Iraq," Obama said, taking a swipe at Clinton's 2002 vote in favor of the Iraq war resolution.

McCain, fresh off his win in Florida Tuesday, is now being billed as the GOP frontrunner.

Obama continued the attack on Clinton, implying she also agreed with McCain when it came to giving George Bush "the benefit of the doubt on Iran," and criticizing her for "embracing the Bush-Cheney policy of not talking to leaders we don’t like."

The Illinois senator implied that he "actually differed with McCain by arguing for exceptions for torture before changing positions when the politics of the moment changed."

The Clinton campaign was quick to respond — so quick, in fact, that spokesman Phil Singer emailed a rebuttal to reporters before Obama had even delivered the comments.

Responding to what the Obama campaign sent out as remarks "prepared for delivery," Singer wrote that, with a single exception, the promotion of Gen. George Casey - the two senators have nearly-identical voting records on Iraq.

He also added that Obama is misrepresenting Clinton's position when it comes to the issues of Iran and diplomacy.

In terms of torture, Singer wrote that Obama "couldn't be more wrong." After meeting with various military officials and reading defense reports, he said, Clinton "concluded that torture cannot be part of the American policy, period."

- CNN Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (518 Responses)
  1. irma

    Yes Joe! Good point on Obama not taking a stand and voting, waiting until someone gives him a clue as how to vote......Obama is saying that Hillary is like a Republican? Huh, dude, you're the one who is kissing up to them, and they are responding by saying Democrats should vote for you. I think you're an infiltrator.

    January 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Fem4Hillary

    Dave C – N.J. January 30, 2008 2:59 pm ET
    I am still begging someone to explain:

    How does Hillary have 35 yrs experience?
    How does being First Lady count for anything?
    Would she have been elected Senator if she didn't move to NY?
    Would she be in this race if not for Bill?
    Would you have even HEARD of her if not for Bill?

    I dare any of you to answer these questions

    ~~ I DOUBLE DARE YOU....no no .... I TRIPLE DARE you ...QUADRUPLE DARE YOU to tell us HOW OBAMA will do everything he plans to do???? LOL!!!!!!! Do your homework and stop asking people to do it for you.....

    HILLARY 08'/12'

    January 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. eddie

    Hey Democrats. Keep voting for Obama and let the Republicans steal another election. Think what you want, but the fact remains that this country will not elect a black man as President.

    January 30, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. irma

    CALIFORNIA 4 HILLARY, Sorry about John. He is a great man. Welcome aboard the Hillary camp! We are so happy to have you!

    January 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. Nicole

    LOL go Obama GO, tHE Irony of all these people acting like Hilary is an angel reality check!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Shari Loe

    Eddie, Tim McVeigh was a Christian. Shall we think all Christians murderers, then? Please READ something. Muslims are deeply charitable and moral human beings as most Christians are. Your statement is so densely wrong it is hard to even address without falling into the muck of your lack of information. Obama's father was not a practicing Muslim, he only met his dad once when he was 10, he was raised by his Unitarian/secular mother and grandparents in Hawaii unti he was 6, went to Indonesia where Islam is blended with animist belief and he was no more moved by what he learned of that religion in school than he was by any other until as an adult he found his heartfelf personal salvation at Trinity Church in Chicago. READ Dreams from My Father. I also suggest you go visit your local mosque and see how eagerly and warmly you will be welcomed by the folks there, who are as good Americans and will be so eager to have you know them as people and to get to know you as well.

    January 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Joy

    Source: Disney "fairytale" Bambi...

    "TALK" about "UNITING" or "CHANGE"...ACTIONS certainly speaks louder than WORDS...

    January 30, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Angie

    How the heck is Obama a racist when he is half white? And raised by white grandparents? People will say anything. He's a racist Muslim right? Give me a break people. If your going to be against him, that's your right, but don't make up outlandish accusations to do it. I have a feeling that all these people screaming racist and doing a little deflecting or projecting. Which is it?

    January 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Boomer

    It's just scary to think of Obama as President. Because of the economic situation in the world, rogue nations with nukes, and the general negative image we have around the world, it seems to me that we should push aside personal feelings about an individual and think about what's best for America. The Clintons are loved in Europe and basically all around the world. When Bill Clinton left office we were not in a war and we had a surplus in the national budget. I don't have a problem with people in the White House, male or female or both, who have a proven track record. We DO NOT need someone who comes in learning on the job. Not now. Things are too volatile.

    January 31, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. virginia nielsen

    Hi guys, would you like to see Bill Clinton doing his third term ? I wouldn't !!!
    GO OBAMA 2008 !!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. F. Comeau

    You, the media people, are to blame for the total demise of the American
    democracy. You propped up Bush as young, not only likable, VERY VERY VErY
    likable, you were even trying to picture a possible tear on his cheek , absolutely
    phenomenal in his jump suit backed by MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (even
    when the so great aviator had to be helped to come off his suit) and while this
    great guy was lying to you and everyone else about Iraq. It just didn't come to
    your mind that all this was just stupid and manipulating. Same thing with Obama,
    you are creating a leader that he is not instead of putting the straightforward
    questions that you should put to him. You are leading your country in the same
    pitfall. The man is young and fine, but we have yet to hear the content of what
    he is all about. He should mature before leading America into another nightmare.
    Who drafts the questions for the Debate? You are only precise with Hilary Cinton
    and ambiguous and non probing for Obama. Scale 1 for a man, scale 2 for
    everybody else. Is this the way to help people make a judgment?.
    We will see!

    January 31, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. sterling

    I'm not sure why everyone refers to Bill's lack of experience when it's suppost to all about Hillary isn't it? Now that we are on the subject though I do believe that Bill was a gov. that should count for something. Hillary keep your head on in the debate tonight . Your benifite from that. He's going dirty but you'll be the one accused of it if you come back at him. Keep it real and about your plans for the furture of America. One race at a time. It's not about MCain yet

    January 31, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. sterling

    'NickNas: take sometime to read about Hillary history and then maybe you will not keep asking the same questions

    January 31, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Nation's Capital

    As we watch the Democrats, in particular, history unfolds before us. There is – and will be – a lot of background noise on race and gender: both sides will exploit the obvious issues (along with the media.) Their challenge will be not to appear like they're exploiters (which is why Bill is now wearing a choke collar).

    However, under such circumstances, American voters have a unique opportunity to judge more than the candidates – you can judge the media: read what they write, determine their bias, ascertain their infuence on your judgement.

    Remember, it's a lot easier to write about people than it is about policies.

    Rarely have the issues been so delicate – and you can bet the spin-meisters are kid gloves.

    January 31, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |

    I think it would be complete unfair for the FL delagates to count at this stage. None of the candidates were suppose to campaign there. I don't think Hillary Clinton would have won if Barack Obama would have campaigned there. Hillary knows this that is why she is trying to get these delagates. Florida is always in the middle of an election scandle. And this time it is Hillary Bush, I mean Hillary Clinton. Sometime it is hard to tell a Bush from a Clinton.

    January 31, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. mich

    he lost my vote after today .... hypocrisy doesn't deserve a vote ... claim honor be honorable. Boo to the double talk

    January 31, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Garry

    Obama did campain in florida . I live here and saw his campain ads on cable tv for weeks. SURPRISE, He still didn't win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And now we are seeing ads that Obama is John Kennedy reincarnated, GIVE ME A BREAK not even clsoe.

    January 31, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. A Democrat

    CNN, why is my comment from this morning still in moderation? Are you short on staff or do you disagree with something I wrote? Please post my comment. Thank you.

    January 31, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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