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. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Only if the credentials required are arrogance, dishonesty, and nastiness. Additionally, I find CNN having a Clinton ad for donations on their politics home page to be extremely offensive.

    April 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. becky

    Hillary voted for the war. Hillary lied about it. She just spit in the face of my brother who is Iowa National Guard and the 4,000+ that we have lost, and this General has the nerve to stick up for her. I wonder how his men feel today!

    April 25, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Micheal

    Every time Hillary Clinton touts her commander-in-chief credentials, I think about her Bosnia comments.

    April 25, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. LifeLongDemocrat

    CNN: fix your page. You have a script problem and it takes forever to view the pages. Thanks

    April 25, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Clinton said last week that we would "OBLITERATE IRAN"

    This woman is nuts. I am sorry but I am angry at the media for not talking about her hot button comment in Iran.

    I am tired of being the World Police. She is no different than a Republican at this point in my mind

    April 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. Willis, Texas

    Shameless! This woman is a total mess and now she is parading a bunch of "senile old men" around to play in her imaginery world!

    The woman is bipolar!

    April 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Clinton said last week that we would "OBLITERATE IRAN"

    Do not let this woman push the button. She is a Republican in sheep's clothing!

    April 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Tricia

    This woman worries me. Now she's manic. Imagine her at an international conference when she doesn't get her way. She'll start hurling irrelevant insults. She'll be laughed at and make a mockery of America. Compare her with other woman leaders past and present. She is simply not the right material.

    April 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Clive

    What is the difference between Hillary Clinton, John McCain and George Bush? Nothing! They are all war mongers. Hillary is such an Lyying deceiving woman! Preaching against the war in Iraq while voting for it. Telling Americans that she bring changes and will create a great foreign policy while stating that she is going to "Obliterate" Iran a sovereign country?. Wow! Is she for real or what??

    April 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Peter

    Well new Rasmussen tracking poll today, shows Hillary has not gained ANY momentum at all. Obama still leads with a significant margin national. Also, Obama has gained 4 supers since PA primary, Hillary 1. Her arguments are just BS. Obama will win, every super knows this, but hillary stays in the game because she is so desperate to win, which she has no chance to do.

    Everyone in the Democratic party knows that republicans and independents HATE hillary, Independents are important to seal the general election and we need someone who can attract them. Obama does that.

    April 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. joyce

    hillary you are one sick ====/ you have lost so do our country a favor and get lost. who care what these people say for you. you have never been in the millatary and you are not exper. i was for you and you have campaigned so stupid,chained my mind, you can't manage a piss aint. i will go obama and all of ne arkansas has become to hate you

    April 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. Janet

    I am glad to see that CNN and contributors have become a little more objective in their postings-except for Cafferty File, most blogs are open to frank and objective discussion and have cleaned up the language-thanks, CNN, maybe we can have fair and intelligent discussions after all–for those of us "undecideds". This is not a popularity contest–just a vote for the Leader of the free world!

    April 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Peter, DC transplant

    Clinton, in her self-hype, is omitting one MINOR fact... the constitution requires that a president has congressional approval for a declaration of war. So all this bull about Clinton having the huevos to "pull the trigger"? Its just that... nonsense. Unless, of course, you want another president like Bush... which, after her fear and terror driven add she released in PA, is looking more and more like a reality. Seriously America, are you buying the trash she's feeding you? No American president, who by the way sits on top of the most powerful armed services in the world, will not have the guts to do what is necessary, IF it is necessary. The question is, who do you trust to determine whether it is necessary? The ballsy woman with a chip on her shoulder and something to prove? Or the responsible one that has shown his moderate and intelligent approach to problems? One other question for you... Which one of the two candidates actually read the intelligences reports on Iraq? Wake up America, we're not stupid and we shouldn't let Clinton treat us like we are.

    April 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Susan MO

    Hillary is experienced and very intelligent. She wish her well in getting the nomination.

    Yes, we did think about Obama, but decided not to want him to be president after the critical remark to the people of Pennsylvania. We need a president who is 'for all' Americans.

    Hillary 08 🙂

    April 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. AJ, IL

    Here we go again! Hillary is touting her commander-in-chief credentials. What commander-in-chief credentials ?!?! Hopefully Hillary is not including being under sniper fire in Bosnia as credentials?!

    Mainstream media do your job! Hillary needs to be vetted for such claims!

    April 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Trish- PA

    What a joke! So Clinton thinks that getting flowers and a poem read to her in Bosnia is experience?? Oh, wait. What about the sniper fire? LMAO!!! What a nightmare this woman is! She lies, she cheats, she is about to be sued (Clinton vs. Paul). She can't raise enough money to cover her expenses. Yeah, that's who I want to manage my economy!!! WOW! If she steals and lies and cheats her way into the presidency, you people who voted for her will get what you deserve. Another four years or maybe even 8 years of HELL!

    April 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Peter

    . . .Hillary touts her credentials of having more war experience. Yet she runs a fear mongering ad showing Bin Laden, but he is still able to roam around because SHE voted to go to war in the wrong place, along with George Bush. Bin Laden doesn't live in Iraq.

    Obama 08.

    April 25, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Diane

    She can't even run a campaign, how can she be POTUS?

    April 25, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. For Obama

    Yeah debate about NON issues?? Like a initiation beating, thinking Obama doesnt know what he is getting into so we have to prep him to be like one of the Clintons. No thanks! Obama doesnt have to agree to anything. Clinton just likes to attack people and yeah I believe in real life she will pull the trigger on anyone and anything that gets in her way. She is like a mobster. Its the history of her can be protrayed as a mobster movie. Hits on people, money laundering, lies and deciet all rolled up into one.

    And people are voting for her? I am amazed at how ignorant this country really is. Other countries have more brains than the ones voting for her.

    April 25, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Steve

    Sen. Clinton has exactly zero credentials to be commander in chief. The only experience she has over Sen. Obama or Sen. McCain is she knows where the White house staff stores the silverware and the coffee service. Give us a break; would you please? Drop out now and give the presumptive nominee, Sen. Obama a chance to prepare for November.

    April 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. carrie

    have you been watching the commander in chief series for inspiration?
    i regret to inform you its been axed.
    just like you

    April 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Debbie, NJ

    Yeah have another debate with 2 of Obama's backers doing it like you had 2 of your backers in the last one and let's see if you want debate again.

    April 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. jerral

    whos credentials are you touting? the way i understand it, you are bragging on the people who served, big difference./ you have no exper.

    April 25, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Superdelegate

    If she has to pull the trigger?

    Her campagn needs to be put out of it's misery, pull the trigger Hill.

    April 25, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. Peter Kavanagh

    Great is she going to tell some more of her sniper stories ?
    I'm reading this morning that the 10 million she has in debt doesn't include the 5 million she loaned herself the way it should .
    Why Can't she stop lying to everybody ?

    No more lies .

    Obama 08 !!!

    Come Indiana , you're' on deck to take the shot .

    YES WE CAN !!!

    April 25, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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