[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
His is so full of himself. Does this junior senator with no foreign policy experience and 2 years of Congressional experience really think he's a better candidate than Hillary? Oh please.... perhaps someone needs to pop that huge male ego of his. Leave it to a man with little experience to think he'd be better than a woman with years of experience. Lame.
Hillary Clinton is the only Democratic candidate to, until just last year, support torture.
(See the Politico.com story "Hillary backs off support for torture" [www.politico.com/news/stories/0907/6050.html ])
Bill Clinton still supports the abominable practice–and I am not referring here to his campaign style.
That is one reason, among many, that as a long-time human rights advocate, I am supporting Barack Obama.
Inregards to all of the previous comments......just a group of people who need the Democratic party to take care nof them ...yes ,the Democratic party stands for DEPENDENCY and TAXES.
Obama will be running against insane McCain, go Obama!
Hillary = a house divided=another do nothing congress=scandal
TURN THE PAGE
YES WE CAN
SO MUCH FOR BEING THE UNIFIER?
YOU WERE UPSET WITH HILLARY RHETORIC AND
NOW LOOK AT YOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHERE IS THE CHANGE? YOU ARE LIKE ALL THE OTHER POLITICIANS
TWO FACE....I SURE HATE TO KNOW YOUR PERSONAL TRUTH
SO MUCH FOR BEING A UNIFIER....I AM CHANGING MY VOTE
obama is still the best to beat the repubs, are you gonna send someone who always votes like repubs to go take em down in a general election? not gonna happen, obama opposed the war from the start and if the dems wanna win you need to send someone who was against the war from the start, it was a wrong war and waste of American blood and treasure! obama can use that arguement and win, WE NEED OBAMA DEMS!
To all who make comments. Although you will have no problem using Hillary's FULL name, do not use Barak's FULL name as the moderator DOES NOT LIKE THAT.
I wonder why???
Just more CNN bias. CNN shame on you.
SC for Hillary January 30, 2008 4:02 pm ET
COrrection here: Obama never voted on Iraq because he wasn't in the senate.
O'bama, it is time for you to stop riding on you voted against the Irag war, enough already, Do you think that voting against the irag war and yet voting to fund it will get you nominated, well let me tell you, you need to start addressing the issues that voters want to hear, economy, health insurance etc. you always escape those issues, by giving those I have a dream speeches, because you are very very weak
when it comes to the issues, it shows during the debates. You can't win on attacking Senator Clinton, because you have no experience, and you talk about the AUDACITY of hope. AUDACITY IS THE CORRECT WORD TO USE FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND HAVE NOT SERVED IN A WAR OR HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING TO HELP THIS COUNTRY, YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE SENATE FOR ONLY ONE YEAR, AND HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING BUT LOOK FOR A WAY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, WHAT NERVE YOU HAVE TO THINK BECAUSE YOU KNOW OPRAH WINDREY PERSONALLY, THAT THIS WILL HELP YOU, THE AMERICAN VOTERS WILL SEE THROUGH THAT, THEY WILL SAY YEAH YOU KNOW OPRAH, AND YOU ALSO KNOW TONY REZKO, THE INDICTED SLUMLORD OF INNER CITY CHICAGO.
Yes to the posts above. I have noticed that he looks angry when he makes speeches. This is inspiring? At least he doesn't do the stiff neck, chin up in a conceited manner and mechanical scanning across the audience like he did when he first hit the trail. Yes! He does change his stance quite a bit. Chameleon from Culture Club seems accurate for one of his rallies.
I still just don't get you Obama supporters. I also can't believe that you still have not figured out what is truly happening here. The Republican's want us all to go against Hillary Clinton so that we'll nominate the 'easier to beat candidate', Obama. If the Republican's are saying Hillary Clinton will never win the general election, why do they continue to attack her so much. Karl Rove is still attacking her, yet he's not attacking Obama. Obama is more liberal the Hillary Clinton, shouldn't they be attacking him too?? It's a shame that none of you will get it. If Obama gets the nomination, the Republican's will have a field day with Obama. They'll eat him alive! Obama can't even keep up with his own party in the Democratic debates, how do you think he'll hold up in a debate with a Republican????? Look forward to another Republican in the White House. Hillary Clinton is the best chance of winning the White House back from the Republican's. Just think about it... think about all the Republican tricks in the past. Obama will NEVER win the general election, hopefully more people realize this before February 5th.
The ranting and the raving and the howling of these Clinton haters who claim to be Obama supporters , I suspect are closet republicans. They seem to be foaming at the mouth and need rabies shots. They could become a danger to their families and the public. If they are really Obama democrats, they ought to be ashamed of themselves, because all they are doing is feeding the republican attack machine. Thet need to get back in their cages.
DAVEC, yes I heard of Hillary long before Bill ran for President. She was on the Prosecution against Nixon. I knew of her then, and I was only eight, but very into Politics......Would she be Senator if she didn't move to New York, uh noooo. Her experience as first lady, well considering she was married to the President and more than likely has a higher IQ than any of us posting on this site, I'm going to say, she may have learned a few things. Considering that she was involved in politics long before she ever met Bill, I would say; Yes she would eventually have gone for the Presidency. She may have gone for it sooner, were it not for Bill.
There, now you can vote for Hillary with a clear and informed conscience.
I thought he represented the politics of "hope", this is the same negative politics the Obama camp decries, yet they perpetuate it.
Too bad Edwards has left the race – I will vote for Hillary.
In an editorial posted on the paper’s Web site Wednesday, the conservative editorial board said the Illinois senator “sorely lacks seasoning,” adding “We don't agree much with Obama on substantive issues.
Neither do I – vote for Clinton on Tuesday!
Hillary, you may take all your votes in the house back, but your vote to authorize president Bush for the war in a Iraq cannot be retrieve. Our organization will vote against you million time. Sorry....
Obama can take swipes all he wants now, President Hillary Clinton is beyond that , she is far beyond the noice he makes... The issue matter, she outlines them on her website. Obama shows NOTHING on his, where is the facts with all the nice words. Good salesman, bad leader, Obama should lead with action not words, Opps he has not done it yet..
Prediction Hillary 62% Obama 38% collectively in all states Feb 5th.
I will love Obama choose Edwards as his VP
I am sorry to see John Edwards leave the race – I was actually pulling for both he and Hillary. Either would make an excellent President. But, I just want to say, now that he has withdrawn, my full support goes to Hillary.
Senator Obama is the best candidate to compete with McCain for independent voters.
CNN, go ahead and fact check what Obama is saying about Hillary's Iran record. Obama knows what he's talking about.
I'm sure Hilary can do a lot of things. Problem is I don't think she'd be doing the right things.
I'm a woman and I'm supporting Barack Obama for president.
Go Obama 08
I've BEEN trying to answer Joe C in NJ, but CNN wont post it. They are sooo biased.
Nobama 2008, no way, no how. Welcome to southern hospitality, we Texans are just getting started 🙂 No need to recap all the show down, everybody's been watching. I'd suggest everybody watch the candidates closely, especially Obama since we don't have much of a government track record to judge his performance by compared to his competition relatively speaking. His personality and gestures during this election expose his moral fibers and true character on a deeper level. The guy is all words, no meaning. I don't care how much the media wants to play him up, how many endorsements he grabs, or how much the endorsees want him in the Whitehouse so they can accomplish their own personal agendas at our expense, because ultimately that would be what it would come down to, we would pay the price, I am not falling for it. Actions speak louder than words, gestures send so many signals, and this guy is so arrogant, so loyal to himself and those in the game, he will say anything. They are just words. Watch his actions. Actions speak louder than words. Bush just says he is from Texas, but he was born in Connecticut...real Texans aren't stupid.
#2) How does being First Lady count for anything?
See the answer for question #1. Hillary did not just hold tea parties while in the White House. She was actively involved in public policy.
#3) Would she have been elected Senator if she didn't move to NY?
YES. She was asked by retiring Senator Moynihan to run as his replacement in the Senate. Although people were skeptical of Hillary being a Senator, she won over her fellow Senators, Repulicans and Democrats alike. She has worked with BOTH parties. When she was up for re-election, NYers voted her back in by a wide margin. Obviously, they liked the job she was doing.
wake up. we don't need 20 (24 if re-elected) years of the same two families, bush clinton bush clinton, in the white house! this is a democracy, not a monarchy...
please, wake up.
AMY; People refer to Obama as black because he is black. I have black blood too, but look more white. I was called the N word growing up, but only because I lived among Hells Angels type kids in the neighborhood, after coming from an all black school. From Junior High on, never heard that word used negatively against anyone I knew. My friends joked with the word at each other, but they grew out of it when they realized the injustice of it's history.