February 19th, 2008
08:03 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: Democratic primary fight is 'speeches' vs. 'solutions'

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(CNN) - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is planning to tell an Ohio audience tonight that the choice in the Democratic primary this year is between someone in the “speeches business” and someone in the “solutions business.”

"This is the choice we face: One of us is ready to be commander-in-chief in a dangerous world,” she is planning to tell an audience in Youngstown, Ohio, according to excerpts of the speech provided by her campaign. “One of us has a plan to provide health care for every single American - no one left out… Finally, one of us has faced serious Republican opposition in the past. And one of us is ready to do it again.

"Both Sen. [Barack] Obama and I would make history. But only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans. Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice. That is what I would bring to the White House. That is the choice in this election... It’s about picking a president who relies not just on words – but on work, hard work, to get America back to work. Someone who’s not just in the speeches business – but will get America back in the solutions business."

Clinton and Obama are locked in a tight race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Oregon Voter

    Obama has WASTED his power as US Senator. Who in their right mind would promote him to president when he has shown himself to be lazy and incompetent in the US Senate. If he were employed at profit minded company he would have been fired by now.

    It's ridiculous to think that people are falling for his speeches instead of asking for solid solutions and past accomplishments as proof. Being a community organizer does not qualify you for the highest office in the nation (and arguably the world).

    February 19, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. arleenbenson

    Dirty politics? Get real. There is no 'rule' that says each candidate can't destinguish themselves from each other. The press seems to like the perception of mud slinging... it sells. It seems to me the press has already manipulated us into beleiving Obama is the one... discounting Hillary much as 'The Press' discounted Howard Dean in 2000. I'd rather have this type of 'dirty' politics than have the press continue on its run creating imaginary scenerios and serving up Hillary as the Ogre and Obama as a Saint.

    February 19, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. davey

    Oh man are the Clintons desperate! This whole issue with Obama sharing lines from speeches of one of his close friends! Scandal. Pleeeeze. I urge Hillary supporters to take a long hard look at Hillary, and see all the lies and desperate deception that she puts out there. She offers nothing as a candidate except a united Republican party that will bring back all that ugliness from yesteryear. To steal a line form Senator Obama, ... 'its time to turn the page..."

    Please don't accuse me of plagiarism.

    February 19, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. Ras Kente

    If Hillary really believes it is about "solutions" and not "speeches" then she really needs to stop making speeches.

    February 19, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. fair tax in la.


    February 19, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. Kevin Lane Phx, Az

    Hillary care!!!! Do I need to say more?? I guess so!! A newborne baby has a better chance of survival in cuba then it do in the U.S. why is that? Please watch Sicko!!

    February 19, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Leo

    They are both in the “speeches business”!!! They are not in the White House yet! One speaks about "me," "me" and the other one "let's work together." One is in the negative-putting down emphasis and the other in a conciliatory message. It's time for Clinton to step down! She is is NOW hurting the party and giving more resources to Republicans!!!

    February 19, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. Ben

    Hillary...please go away.

    Obama won. It's over. Your only chance was to wrap it up early based upon "brand name". You didn't. You couldn't. He's won more states, more votes, and more delegates. And that will be true come convention time as well.

    Now, you have a chance to help the Democratic party unify around their chosen candidate...or try to divide the Democratic party with these attacks.

    One of those choices is selfish, and the other is a "solution". So...are you in the solutions business?

    February 19, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Nick

    Go Hil. You did a great job fixing health care 14 years ago. Oh wait... you got paid off by the lobbyists to shut up.

    If only someone would pay you to shut up again...

    February 19, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. rita re

    Hillary appears to be a sore loser (not that reality has hit home and she cant ride on the Clinton name alone)> I believe she expected to
    be the clear front runner and wipe Obama early in the game..
    I am surprised she is so petty..she was my choice at first. Isn't the way you play the game as important as how u look when u win??
    Alls fair in love and war

    February 19, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  11. Alex

    Who is Senator Obama? He's a man who has overcome tremendous odds to become the man he is. He has worked for change and for progress in the streets of Chicago, in the Illinois legislature, and in the United States senate. He's man who knows the law and knows the constitution (he taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago, one of the best in the country). What's the difference between Obama and Clinton? On paper, not a great deal. Do your research, look at both records and both platforms. Who's more capable of inspiring? For me there's no contest. All things being equal, we have to look to someone who can inspire, and who can attract independents and a handful of republicans. Why do you think McCain is already focusing on Obama? Because he's not worried about beating Hillary.

    February 19, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Conrad

    Lots of these comments are so negative to Obama which I find odd. I thought the goal was to unite the party and take back the White house. However, it looks like lots of these "Hiliary" supporters now want to vote McCain? C'mon now get serious..if you think these last 8 years have been great you are living under a rock. It's obvious that Obama is a guy, who I agree might not have 35 years in politics , but has the power to bring about a fresh change in Washington. Change is always scary for people and that is why you want the same OLD people in the White house. Times have changed and this is a movement that could define our country for years to come

    February 19, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Ferdinando Perez

    Although the thought of a dream team is awesome...Obama as President & Hillary Clinton as the Vice President, it will not happen. We can only promote 1 Senator during these crucial times, the Democratic Party cannot afford to lose the Senate lead to the republi-cants!

    February 19, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. christina hatfield

    people should study hillary's history since her youth working since to help- those less fortunate and she is brilliant and would stop at nothing to turn this country around from day one wake up america don't vote for obama cause he's male or whatever every country has had a woman leader but us its time!

    February 19, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. grace

    "... and I can defeat the Republicans" ( from the speech of Senator Clinton of why the party should choose her instead of senator Obama.)
    It is a sad day for our nation when an American who is a major presidential candidate still has so much animosity and divisiness in her soul, and the delusion that only one party holds all the right answers. I hope many will agree with me that election is about choosing a candidate who can best lead us in a particular slice of time with its attendant problems, challenges and opportunities; and not about defeating a certain party. Each of us has different needs, aspirations, convictions, beliefs and ideals (or even an agenda) that spurred us in choosing a party or a candidate. We need the collective will as a nation, to give voice to what we rightly call, 'the common good'. This should be our focus and not in defeating a certain party. If one of her strong point as a candidate is being able to defeat the Republicans, then partisanship will be set from day 1 if she wins the presidency, and with it at least 4 years of wasted opportunity for our country.

    February 20, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  16. mainstream_media_ shut up

    "If your whole candidacy is about words, they should be your own words."

    February 20, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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