May 16th, 2008
07:47 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton seems to defend Obama after apparent Bush swipe

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[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/09/art.clintonindiana.jpg caption=" Hillary Clinton took aim at President Bush Thursday over his overseas comments."] RAPID CITY, South Dakota (CNN) - Hours after President Bush made an apparent swipe at Barack Obama’s foreign policy in a speech to the Israeli Knesset, Hillary Clinton seemed to come to his defense.

“President Bush's comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is both offensive and outrageous on the face of it, especially in light of his failures in foreign policy,” she told reporters in Rapid City, South Dakota Thursday. “This is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address and certainly to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced; unfortunately, this is what we've come to expect from President Bush.

"There is a very clear difference between Democrats and Republicans on foreign policy and that difference will be evident once we take back the White House.

Bush had made a historical parallel between those willing to engage in dialogue with countries like Iran and pre-World War II appeasers. He did not mention any names, but it was widely viewed as an attack on Obama, who has said that move could be part of his foreign policy as president.

Clinton also told reporters she had not spoken with former presidential candidate John Edwards since his Wednesday endorsement of Obama’s White House bid.

“I haven’t talked to him,” she said. “I’ve spoken with Elizabeth Edwards, and she’s a friend of mine and I have a high regard for her. And I think it’s important that she remain a strong advocate and real champion for universal healthcare.”

Both Clinton and Obama had actively sought the support of former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards, who has not publicly backed a candidate, has spoken positively of Hillary Clinton’s universal health care plan.

soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Donald

    Let's support the democrats until the Whitehouse 2009.

    May 16, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. Elisabeth

    Poor little Barack, the favorite child of the Main Stream Media cannot walk on his own legs yet. This man cannot even take a descent debate! What a disaster he will be if he becomes President. But I really doubt that is going to happen. Hillary Clinton is a extemely strong personality capable to walk forwards without crutches.
    Excuse bad English!

    May 16, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. Barack Supporter

    Obama, Clinton 08'

    May 16, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. Elisabeth

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Poor little Barack, the favorite child of the Main Stream Media cannot walk on his own legs yet. This man cannot even take a descent debate! What a disaster he will be if he becomes President. But I really doubt that is going to happen. Hillary Clinton is an extemely strong personality capable to walk forwards without crutches.
    Excuse bad English!

    May 16, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Frank, MO

    Did Clinton not share Bush's position – just without the Nazi-Reference ?

    May 16, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  6. A New Hope

    This is very encouraging, and should be considered a step in showing party unity.

    May 16, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  7. bp

    It appears that the women in this message are the more astute.

    This will become abundantly clear after we get 4 more years of poor leadership.

    Women, wake up! The DNC has zero women in charge. This is a obviously a problem.

    HILLARY 12

    May 16, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  8. Independent

    I am glad to see Sen. Clintons' statement regarding the Republican smear tactics. It appears she is finally working towards a cohesive Democratic party and unite to make sure the Republican war mongers do not get back into the White House.

    May 16, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. gjarnold

    Really ironic that the idiot in chief would draw this type of comparison.

    Especially since his grandfather Prescott Bush helped finance
    the Nazi war machine via the Herriman Bank.

    Fortunately for Dubya the folks who vote for him are not very
    well read.

    May 16, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  10. Jane L.

    Senator Clinton is a strong, gracious and intelligent woman. Let's just Obama doesn't respond by saying, "Thanks, sweetie."

    May 16, 2008 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  11. Rick

    Of course Hillary will defend Barack on this. Neither wants our allies in Israel to know the truth: that a vote for either will lead to a failed policy of sitting down to tea with dictators that want to wipe Israel off the map. And, despite Bush not mentioning anyone by name, he was right to do what he did, when he did it. Remember the Dixie Chicks, you cry babies?

    May 16, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  12. ChicoSez

    The Obama camp thought Hillary was touogh on their guy, well welcome to the big leagues boy, or should I say sweetie. Anybody but Obama 08

    May 16, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  13. Mike - Texas

    The thing is, that the President's remarks are right on the money!!

    How soon you Democrats forget.

    If you look at the history of the past 4 years, the Democrats have belittled our troops, belittled our country and have been looking for ways to blame the President for everything while they look to appease and strengthen the enemy by giving them hope by demanding that our troops be pulled out immediately. If that is not appeasement, I don't know what is!! If you don't believe me, go to youtube and search for "troop bashing" and hear it from their own mouths

    May 16, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  14. Karl Rove

    OBAMA 0'8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  15. X-Dem

    Way to spin it CNN. She did not defend Obama, but just point out the distasteful comment by an incumbent president during an election campaign.

    The Democratic party has completely driven me away. The powers that be are so obsessed with getting back the white house they'll put Hitler there if he was a member of the democratic party with a chance to win. Obama has no chance of reaching the 2100 plus delegates needed to win, which is the official count needed. Hillary has an extremely good chance to overcome him in the popular vote, especially when she wins Kentucky, and all but 2 of the remaining states by sweeping victories. Obama knows this and has threw a plethora of lawyers to block any chance of a revote in 2 states, which last time I checked, are part of this country and have just as much a right to make their voice heard as the majority of you elitist hypocrites.

    Just like 2000, this election has been stolen from the better candidate and the entrenched establishment and you people are too blind to see it because that empty shell of a candidate throws words like "hope" and "change" at you.

    I would rejoin the democratic party if they re-vote in Florida and Michigan, and then see where the numbers fall. Till then I'll be supporting McCain as will I'm sure 50% of Hllary supports will be doing this November.

    May 16, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  16. Karl Rove

    George Bush gradfather had funded the NAZI's

    do some research

    May 16, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  17. Doug

    This latest Bush-ism is just another in a long list of disappointments in his administration. It is one thing that he even made those comments in the first place. It is quite another for his underlings to try to deny his real meaning.
    The "appeasement" comments don't even apply to Iraq. If they did, some country would be attacking the United States as we speak in order to defend Iraq's freedom and liberty. After all, we just went ahead and attacked Iraq with no provocation. Not unlike what the Nazis did to Poland in 1939.
    Interesting hypocracy in all of this.

    May 16, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. The Truth

    Obama is weak on foreign policy, but is weaker on domestic economy. v VOTE HILLARY OR MCCAIN 2008. . I don't think Obama would make a good president.

    May 16, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  19. USAF

    I'm glad to see the Demo's pull together somewhat on this issue.

    May 16, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  20. Kevin

    You expect comments like this from a "C" student and he struggled to get those comments out like everything else he does. You expect this from his administration. Can anyone name one accomplishment they have done in the last 7.5 years except for the capture of Saddam. Let's see.

    War–that is a lie
    Unemployment is up
    Inflation is up
    Gas prices are way too high
    Food prices are up
    Financial markets are horrible
    Houses being foreclosed everyday

    Well I guess they feel like they have done great things..........GOP stands for "God Awful Party"....

    May 16, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  21. IKE

    These two (Clinton / Obama) are heading toward a joint ticket. Edwards' incredibly nice....actually, complimentary words about her makes sense. You shouldn't bad mouth your future VP candidate. Nor should the VP bad mouth her Presidential candidate. This ticket is all but locked in.

    May 16, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  22. Carolyn

    Democrat united!

    May 16, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. Joyce in Florida

    As usual, this was a much stronger message from Senator Clinton about what President Bush said abroad. This shows her firm stance on foreign policy and I believe that she is the better candidate to run for President and hopefully be our eventual nominee. Senator Obama does not have much experience in this category (nor anything else for that matter). He needs to step back and let Senator Clinton do what she does best. She NEEDS to be our next President. She is more qualified to run against John McCain. Enough said. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  24. Dave in Atlanta

    The real question isn't whether Bush has the right to say what he did after his many foreign policy failures. The real issue is that saying something like that makes Bush sound like an uneducated idiot who doesn't know the meaning of the word appeasement, and doesn't know his history. The big mistake in 1939 wasn't negotiating with Hitler. It was giving him half of Czecholovakia. It's not negotiating with your enemies that becomes the problem, it's making concessions that you shouldn't. Bush has cultivated a foreign policy where he sees negotiation as a weakness, and that's why we are in the mess we are in today. Bush obviously doesn't know the meaning of the word appeasement. Come on George! If you are going to live in America, at least learn the language.

    May 16, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  25. Dee

    Face it -even the President in his wrongness was counting Senator Cinton out of the Presidency contest. His staff has done the math for him.
    The reason President Bush said this over there because over here he is ignored. The poor man's big event was his demonstrating how was going to walk his daughter down the aisle.

    May 16, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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