February 15th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama hits Clinton on lobbyist money

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/15/art.obama0215.ap.jpg caption="Obama returned to the trail Friday on the attack."] (CNN) - Barack Obama accused opponent Hillary Clinton Friday of “defending Washington lobbyists” and special interests.

“Yesterday, Sen. Clinton unveiled her latest in a long line of slogans, which argues that she’s proposed solutions while others have not,” said Obama, who returned to the campaign trail in Wisconsin after a one-day break.

He said both candidates had good ideas but that Washington was a place “where good ideas go to die. They’re the victim of petty, partisan politics, point-scoring, and special interest influence that’s out of control. …

“You know, after defending Washington lobbyists as people who ‘represent real Americans’ at a debate in August, Sen. Clinton said yesterday that she would take them on as president,” said Obama, who alleged the New York senator had taken almost twice as much money from lobbyists as any other presidential candidate this cycle.

“That’s not being a part of the solutions business. That’s being a part of business-as-usual in Washington,” said Obama.

The two candidates have been locked in an increasingly bitter war of words as they battle for pledged delegates awarded in primary and caucus votes, and superdelegates, who can shift their allegiance at any time.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. CST

    As a life-long democrat I'll be voting for McCain over Obama should he secure the nomination. He wouldn't even be a factor if he was running against anyone else. It's akin to a middle manager interviewing for a CEO position.

    February 15, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    Senator Barack Obama has profoundly stated that his presidential campaign, does NOT in any way, shape or form, take or accept money from lobbyist and special interest groups. Obama does NOT accept pac money.

    Obama's campaign is funded entirely by the American people. People who are very proud of him, as I am, and who know that he is the best candidate by far to lead this nation of ours.

    February 15, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Sara

    How can Obama even begin to talk about slogans? The man is nothing but a catchy slogan speech giver. While giving speeches and talking about dreams is always inspiring how about we talk about what we are actually going to do, Obama? What is it exactly that you think you are gonna change? Obama in the white house is going to be worse for America than anyone will know, especially for anyone who is in the military (which I am!). Talk does nothing for Americans, action is what we need!

    Clinton Can!

    February 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Sam, Houston, Texas

    All his money is coming from Oprah hahahaha. This guy ias a joke. GOP has a lot to show about this guy if he get the nomination. Just wait and see. Then I want to see the face of his supporters . That will be priceless .

    February 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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