April 25th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton touts commander-in-chief credentials

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) – Hillary Clinton touted her commander-in-chief credentials across North Carolina Thursday, again bringing along a delegation of retired military officers to testify on her behalf.

"If she has to pull the trigger, General Shelton and I know she'll pull it," Brigadier General John Watkins told a boisterous crowd in Asheville, a liberal enclave in more conservative western North Carolina.

Native Tar Heel and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Hugh Shelton made his debut campaign appearance on behalf of Clinton saying he had a "deep and abiding concern" for members of the military.

"Few members of Congress can claim a better record on behalf of those who serve our country," Shelton said, as he stood in front of a 'Solutions for a Strong Military' banner. "Senator Clinton is the only candidate in the running for president of the United States that has the wherewithal and the leadership ability to carry America back to its rightful place."

Clinton started her day in Fayetteville, right in the shadow of Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. A caravan of veterans will spend the days leading up to the May 6 primary traveling the state talking in VFW halls about Clinton's plans to increase benefits and access to health care for veterans and easing hardship on military families, issues that dominated the senator's question and answer session in Fayetteville.

While the focus of the day was on all issues military, politics was just under the surface. Clinton called herself the "underdog" in the North Carolina contest and said her "opponent" should agree to a debate here.

"I'll debate anytime anywhere. Look, I'm so sleep-deprived it doesn't matter, anytime, anywhere I'll show up," she said. "This is going to be a hard fought election here in North Carolina. I know that I'm starting off behind. I get it. But I'm still going to work as hard as I can to reach as many voters as I can."


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  1. checkthisout

    If he faces a problem that requires pulling the trigger, I am afraid that OBAMA would rather make a speach and try to arrange to talk to the enemy.

    He wants to talk to many people.
    Syria and Asad is the new addition to the list.

    He has had adequate training over these past 20 years with
    JEREMIAH WRIGHT.

    April 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Greg

    Understand she recently read a book about Truman.

    That definitely adds to her Presidential credentials.

    Think her team is looking to put her up in a hotel once occupied by Roosevelt.

    She is sooooooo experienced!

    April 25, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Woohoo!

    Tubby the Tuba – it can also be said that Barry Obama is only where HE is because of Jerry Ryan's sex life. If that scandal hadn't broke when it did, Barack never would have won his first election.

    April 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. JJ

    Hillary is commander -in -chief of lying.

    April 25, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. RuthieM

    Yeah, she'll pull it all right, and for no reason whatsoever just to say she was tough and then she'll say she did it because there was sniper fire all around her!

    April 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. RFB

    Frank and Tubby, BLA , BLA, BLA, BLA.

    April 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Pepou

    She has the uniform (ugly pant suits) but experience ? Please. 8 years in the White House, so did the pastry chef.

    April 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Hussien for America

    FUNNY, both Hillary and McCain "CLAIM" to have "all these decades of experience" – –
    My question is, then HOW COME THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO "SOLVE" THESE SAME PROBLEMS WE HAVE HAD, FOR ALL THAT TIME.
    With ALL their so called "experience", NOTHING HAS CHANGED ! May be, just may be, ALL THEIR "EXPERIENCE" IS OF THE WRONG KIND!!!!

    April 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Working Gal in Big D

    Frank, are you talking about Medicare? Sounds like your gripe is with Medicaid (the poor?). All Medicaid she be abolished. I'm, quite frankly, tired of my tax dollars going to support losers and lazy people!

    April 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. CB in Florida

    If Hillary has to pull the trigger, I truly hope she will use good judgment in doing so. Hillary has already admitted that she would attack Iran over Israel. Hillary would rule out any prospect of negotiations simply by threatening them with complete evisceration. When will the media look into Hillary’s claims of her Commander-in-Chief abilities minus her husband's? It would be nice to know how the Clinton administration's BRAC weighed on North Carolina’s economy. Hillary said it and We Already Knew It! Yes, We Can! OBAMA "08"

    April 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Debbie

    If she would have been a good commander-in-chief for her campaign – she wouldn't be owing Tom, Dick and Harry all down the streets in this country. Rumbling over small business, she has not paid. Shame on you Hillary!

    April 25, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Sam

    Why is there a Hillary fundrasing ad on the politics page for CNN? Talk about media bias!

    April 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Hillary The True Leader!

    N A S C A R Fans Love Hillary!!!

    April 25, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Johnnie f

    I notice that Hilary seen to fit every situation no matter what. If someone was a sharecropper she is too. Why are people so blind to her tactics. Well maybe they want to be blind.

    April 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. fr: Canada

    YOU PEOPLE IN THE USA HAVE A PERSON NAMED BARACK OBAMA WHO WILL GHANGE THE POLITICS IN THE WHITE HOUSE,IF YOU DON'T VOTE HIM IN ,WE WILL TAKE HIM HERE IN CANADA.(HA) WE WISH.

    GO OBAMA ,08/12

    April 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    She needs to debate for free publicity. Obama is ahead in the polls he doesn't need to debate. So NO debate. He would be foolish to do so.

    April 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Fred up north

    I voted for Hillary and watch her win the nomination and the Presidency, but then the alarm clock went off ! Its been 4 days now and am afraid to close my eyes !

    April 25, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Susan / PA

    Yes, she'll "pull the trigger"

    "Obliderate Iran" yes, that is what we need. a trigger happy President.......NOT

    April 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Larry Buchas

    How can she be trusted as Commander in Chief. First she caved in to Bush with Iraq. Next she voted with the Lieberman bill threatening Iran. Then she lied about her Bosnia experience multiple times. Finally, she mentioned "obliterate" Iran if they attacked Israel.

    That last comment can only encourage recruits to jihad. Hillary and McCain do not show the temperament necessary in dealing with foreign policy or our national security.

    April 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Ehsanul Haque

    Well she also has experience voting in favor of invading Iraq. Over 4000 thousand American life's lost, tens of thousands wounded, and hundreds of thousands suffering mentally. I still do not have any accurate number (proper count was never available in any of the reportings) of Iraqi deaths, Orphans, Woundeds, widows, refugees and much more. Oh! what a democracy she voted for. What a kind of judgement she's proud of.

    Vote Americans, vote for Hillary!!!

    April 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Brian

    I've never been commander-in-chief before, but I slept with a former one so elect me!

    McCain/Clinton '08 The only thing we need to change is our seats in Washington!

    April 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. What

    What Commander and Chief credentials, Oh thats right, Hillary used to be a fish slimer that landed under sniper fire after the hospital turned her down, right after the NAFTA vote and before the 109 million from talking to the Columbians.

    OK, I understand now..........LOL

    April 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. DNC screwed up

    The DNC, the democratic party elites, screwed up.

    They fixed the election for Obama- then...
    All the Kennedy, Kerry , Shriver endorsements advantaged Obama.
    The Celebrity bandwagon led by Oprah, advantaged Obama.
    The infatuated Media and their biased coverage and scrutiny of the candidates, advantaged Obama.
    Flawed caucus format- advantaged Obama
    Discounting Fl and Mi voters- advantaged Obama.

    All that and he STILL just has a narrow, narrow lead.

    Now the DNC will force the Superdelgates to go against the rules and vote for Obama- in hopes of salvaging this chaotic primary mess.

    They do that, not because those are the rules- the rules are quite the contrary. They do it because they are afraid of alienating the newly registered democrats and the very vocal African American community.

    They should worry more about alienating the REST of America- including 50% of the democrats who will not vote for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. John Smith,TX

    HILLARY IS THE BEST CHANCE FOR THE DEMOCRATES TO TAKE BACK THE HOUSE. CLYBURN NEEDS TO GO AHEAD AND ENDORSE OBAMA. I AM SICKED AND TIREDS OF HIS RACIST COMMENTS ON PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. OBAMA AND HIS WIFE ARE RACIST AND THEY HATE THIS COUNTRY.

    April 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Johnny

    Parading image launderers, political office seeks and sycophants make the whole thing a water shed. Hillary Clintons' wasted years while in the white house and claiming for an advantage on experience, can not be redeemed now. It is just too too late . We need a total turn around and change for the betterment of the American people. We need something different from the usual and the answer is OBAMA.

    April 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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