March 7th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
15 years ago

A fact check on Clinton's foreign policy claims

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/03/06/clinton.foreign.fact/art.clintonforeign.ap.jpg caption=" Sen. Hillary Clinton delivered a foreign policy speech at George Washington University in February."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, fresh off crucial wins in Tuesday's primaries, has been playing the experience card heavily, particularly in regard to her role in foreign policy.

Clinton said it's her 35 years of experience that make her the best candidate to take on presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain in November.

After losing primaries in Ohio and Texas, Sen. Barack Obama argued the media has not held Clinton's feet to the fire on foreign policy.

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  1. Dana

    Please fact check everything Obama says by the way. We would appreciate it.

    March 7, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. antonio

    CNN
    Clinton News Network

    Thats what CNN stands for.

    wake a joke.

    March 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Marc

    When all else fails I guess running to the media is what works the best for Barack.

    March 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Amy in Iowa

    Hillary Clinton has clearly overstated her foreign policy experience. If she wanted to prove anything to counter this, she would be transparent and release the Clinton White House records.

    March 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Patti

    So, where's the fact check? Typical CNN.

    March 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Rightsaid

    Where was this experience argument when Bill Clinton was campaigning against Bush senior?

    Obama '08!

    March 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Diana, Anacortes, WA

    She still voted for the Iraq. The biggest blunder in the history of this country.

    March 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Kelley

    A handful of meetings does not add up to experience, Obama is the only candidate that can meet with foreign governments and repair the damage created by the Bush adm. Let's keep in mind, George Washington had no experience. Obama has been involved in changing the lives of people since he graduated from College. Real change not just meetings with people.

    March 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Greg, Athens

    I am feeling sick. Foreign policy experience? 35 years? You idiots are buying this crap? Is that why you foolish democrats are voting for her? Obama is worthless too!

    March 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. carlo

    I looked at the "verification" of experience, and I have yet to see the extensive experience she has claimed. I am frankly quite suprised at the media's response to her latest set of claims, from her 35 years of experience to the "Ken Starr" comparison. However, you make "Obama's advisor apologizes" the top of the Ticker, while hiding the article about Clinton being behind "Nafta-gate". It almost seems like the Clintons have called in years of favors to the media and all of the big-wigs to have their way.

    March 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Kathy, Andover

    So should Angelina Jolie run for president?

    March 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. jill american

    Doesn't take much to have more experience than Obama.

    March 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. clairex

    "Sen. Barack Obama argued the media has not held Clinton's feet to the fire on foreign policy". ..,,CNN then what? I guess you media houses can't do much on your own except to dance to whichever music is playing. CNN haven't you guys swayed enough?

    March 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Jacqueline Samms

    Where is the experience???

    March 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Democrats wake up, Hillary is the losing ticket for our party and the republicans know it. Why do you think the Republicans dumped Giuliani so quick, too much baggage. It's time to get smart like the republicans, Hillary has too much baggage and still creating baggage. If democrats lose this election we can only blame ourselves.

    March 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. M.

    Clinton has as much foreign policy experience as Obama...Why does she continually tout experience she doesn't have?...And why isn't the media calling her on that?...Being the wife of a past president doesn't qualify as part of her 35 years of experience...Now, at the time, she may have thought she could do a better job than Bill, and I don't fault her for that one, but she needs to stop pretending that she is the one who was making the policy decisions for eight years and talk about her ACTUAL experience...Enough already.

    March 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Racewatcher

    So, let me get this straight; the Obama campaign is holding Hillary accountable for problems which arose during her husband's presidency, but denies her any role in its successes. I guess that's the kind of desperate tactic we can expect from a campaign which has nothing more substantive at its foundation than a few tired empty slogans.

    March 7, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Anonymous

    come hillary can u beat to obama suck!!!!! go 2008 hillary 08

    March 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Clilntonite

    Anyway you slice it.

    Hillary has more experience than Obama.

    She can play that card he cannot.

    Clinton 08

    March 7, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Tyler in Raleigh

    Good point... so who is the media treating favorably really? They post the Clinton's camps accusations about NAFTA to Canda, that now appear to have been made by a Clinton advisor and not Obama. They show all the photos and her comments that makes it seem he is a Muslim to raise anger among the Average Joe's that have an issue with that.

    But they let Clinton get away with her "experience" claims, the scandals, the campaign finance issues, where her money is coming from. Hillary Clinton is not vetted. Once she is the nominee expect McCain and that "Republican Attack Machine" she loves to hit her on her experience, her flip-flops on NAFTA and Iraq, her questionable ethics and far more.

    These are things Obama does not hit her on becuase he does not want to trash a fellow Democrat. McCain does not have to look good to the core of the party to win...

    March 7, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Mr. M

    Of course they would!

    March 7, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Hillary keeps referring to her 35 years of experience. Senator for 6 years, first lady for 8 years (and that is pro bono).....There seems to be some years missing.

    March 7, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Anonymous

    "If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope." – Bill Clinton
    Hillary is playing the fear and smear cards. So far, we have Clinton campaign personnel forwarding the false Muslim claims email, Bill’s racist comments regarding the South Carolina results, the Clinton campaign releasing a picture of Obama in a turban (Kenyan dress) via The Drudge Report, Clinton’s misuse of Media Matters to attack Obama on an issue of which the media can find no substance, Clinton making a case that Senator McCain is the better choice than Obama (and apparently unintentionally than herself and alluding to the fact that George H. W. Bush would have been a better choice than her spouse for the job) just to name a few. If she wants to answer the white house phone at 3:00 a.m., let her get a job as a night operator at the white house. Her willingness to go nuclear on anyone that might be a hindrance to her obsession with obtaining the presidency instead of on the issues and her willingness to make campaign commercials that will be used for the McCain campaign makes this voter consider staying home on election day if she is the nominee.

    March 7, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Chriss Miller

    "If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope." – Bill Clinton
    Hillary is playing the FEAR and SMEAR cards. So far, we have Clinton campaign personnel forwarding the false Muslim claims email, Bill’s racist comments regarding the South Carolina results, the Clinton campaign releasing a picture of Obama in a turban (Kenyan dress) via The Drudge Report, Clinton’s misuse of Media Matters to attack Obama on an issue of which the media can find no substance, and the latest is Clinton making a case that Senator McCain is the better choice than Obama (and apparently unintentionally than herself and alluding to the fact that George H. W. Bush would have been a better choice than her spouse for the job) just to name a few. If she wants to answer the white house phone at 3:00 a.m., let her get a job as a night operator at the white house. Her willingness to go nuclear on anyone that might be a hindrance to her obsession with obtaining the presidency instead of on the issues and her willingness to make campaign commercials that will be used for the McCain campaign makes this voter consider staying home on election day if she is the nominee.

    March 7, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Milly

    But what is she saying by comparing herself to McCain? McCain wants to keep us in Iraq for 100 years and bomb Iran. That doesn't make me feel safe. When you are willing to sit down and talk to people you don't agree with, they are less likely to decide to ring that phone at 3am.

    March 7, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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