February 25th, 2008
09:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama hints at Democratic race ending soon

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - In what could be described as a fairly typical rally for Democrat Barack Obama Monday, the Illinois senator seemed to imply that the fierce battle between him and rival Hillary Clinton will all be over soon - exactly how soon, he didn't indicate.

The Democratic frontrunner made the subtle comments just as he started to delve into a portion of his stump where he lays out various arguments leveled at him from both "Sen. Clinton and others."

"I've got to say," Obama began, "in the waning days of this campaign a lot of people are saying 'no, no, no, don’t believe."

He then went on to give his rebuttal to the criticism that he doesn't have the necessary amount of experience in Washington.

-CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. JT

    Obama Right now, he is All Things to All People. And, yes, I do think his supporters are delusional.

    People are protective of Obama because they've built him up so much.

    I think he lacks experience. Those of us who've worked on campaigns know what a "community organizer" is: an idealistic, inexperienced young person willng to work long hours for little pay. It's not a management position, despite the fancy title he had. Keeping mailing lists and knocking on doors qualifies him to be president?

    Do Americans know what his real experience is? That he got elected because his opponents dropped out? That he was the heir apparent personally selected by his predessesor for his Illinois senate seat? That he only actually worked as an attorney for a few years?

    What about the company he keeps? Rezko – un indictment for a host of felony charges related to influence peddling, set to go on trial this week and the man who helped Obama buy his expensive house. His pastor – a man he's claimed to be close to who has his own close ties to Farrakhan. Richard Daley – of the infamous Chicago Daleys. George Soros – Republican bugaboo and billionaire who sees himself as a Democratic kingmaker. Maybe Democrats don't want to think about this but the Republicans will. It won't be pretty.

    February 25, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. richard

    I used to vote republican but Obama, you have my vote!

    February 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Belle

    Obama's photo was on his OWN website in December.

    How quickly he jumps in an accuses Clinton of a photo HE HAD!!!

    It sure does detract from the issues, though, doesn't it Mr. Obama?

    February 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Typical CNN spin. I love/detest how this article implies that Obama's words are absolute. No kidding the primary season will be over soon, but it's a little too early to be crowning king Obama and his xerox machine.

    February 25, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Huseinn 08


    February 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Huseinn 08


    February 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. somkey73

    I believe in a better future for my kids. I believe I want the troops home. I believe that you healthcare plan sucks. I believe you just like every other politician we have. I believe you would do more harm than good if you were the President.

    I believe I DO NOT trust you!!

    February 25, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Another Huseinn 08

    Go!!! Yes!!!

    February 25, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Another Husseinn 08


    February 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Willie

    I dont get it. Whats the point of this article? Hillary's, McCain's, and even Nader's arguments are valid. Obama has no experience. Obama has never once said that he even has the experience needed to run this country. Why do you ask? Because he knows that he is not as experienced as Clinton, McCain, or even Nader. Obama is running his campaign based on rallys, speeches, and the media. Louis Farrakhan said exactly what non-Obama supporters were thinking. Louis Farrakahn said that Obama is transforming his people. That is a very weird thing to say, but it seems to be very true. Still, there is no real point to this article.

    February 25, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. LaLainKCMO

    The sooner the better than we can be a united Democratic party and go on to win Washington!

    Go Obama!

    February 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Matthew Shoemaker

    Let's hope so. She is becoming a saturday night live character. What was up with Hillary wearing that yellow and black jacket? She looked like Morris Day in Purple Rain. GO BARACK!

    February 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  13. Chris Mannoia

    I really hope these are the "waning days of the campaign," and that Hillary Clinton, being a professional, realizes that the unity of the party is paramount, and will end her bid for the Presidency.

    Barack Obama is the future, and it's time to realize that.

    Chris Mannoia

    February 25, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  14. Cyndi, MD

    Can't wait until March 5th!!

    Say Goodnight – er, Goodbye, Hillary!

    February 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. v.ananthan

    -Hillary 08.-

    February 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Zack, CT

    JT -

    Please stop putting the same message in every blog. At least change it, it's spam otherwise.

    No hard feelings.


    February 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Another Husseinn 08

    Almost there! yes!!!

    February 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. ab

    Why is it that EVERY negative claim or LIE that hillary says (no matter how racist–see Bill Clinton and South Carolina) they call " DISCUSSING DIFFERENCES" but when Obama does the same thing, its "Karl Rove like tactics?"

    Hillary can release pictures to play the race card, but if Obama cites her own book and advisors in a mailer, he's being unethical.

    IF Hillary was male, she'd NEVER get away with such lying, hypocrisy
    and double standards.

    Even then I don't think it's working. Hillary has lied to much, been
    too hypocriti al and been too much of a slimeball for any of this
    recent crap to stick.

    I just hope she loses one of the states (ohio and texas) so that her
    lying and connivingness ends.

    February 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Peter Kavanagh

    Its already over . Someone just forgot to tell the Clinton's . She can't run a campain and she can't run a country . Do any of you Clinton supportes feel she got her $5 million worth in political consulting in Jan ? .

    February 25, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  20. Jab

    when you are an employee with a company, do you consider that is a experience?!

    February 25, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. HD

    I hope this will be over soon so the Clinton supporters can all sit back in their retirement communities and stop filling the blogs with total crap and false accusations.

    The Clintons have one last stand tomorrow night at the debate. She lost the last debate at the Alamo after chanting, "meet me in Texas."

    Let's get real and meet me in Ohio is the new slogan as Hillary is "strengthening America" as her campiagn support is weakening.

    Go Obama/Edwards ticket in 2008.

    February 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. forpetessake

    Hmmm. HT, Belle and Patrick seem to be from the Hillary campaign with designated job to blog negatively on anything about Obama. If a candidate really believes in what she/he stands for, really knows in their heart they are the best, then they should be spending their time talking about that and not using energy and resources to tear the other candidate down. Particularly when resorting to lies JT.

    February 25, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  23. Another Husein 08

    we are going to win!!!! yes!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. HD

    This is the third time I have seen the post made by JT above and it does NOT relate to the article at all.....c'mon CNN.....thought these comments are moderated by someone out there....must be Clinton supporters at CNN the Clinton News Network. lol

    February 25, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |

    Nothing but the truth here. Tomorrow night will be great entertainment again and then March 5 we will no longer have to deal with the Hill supporters any longer. Or will we?? What are you all gonna do when she turns her support to Obama?? That ought to be funny.

    Go Barack – You Rock!

    February 25, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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