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

Clinton seems to defend Obama after apparent Bush swipe


[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Mike - Texas

    President Bush's comments were right on the money!! He said that "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."

    Hasn't Obama specifically suggested face-to-face negotiations with iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? And isn't he a "terrorist and radical" who threatens to wipe Isreal off of the face of the earth? If Iran is the world's leading supporter of terrorism, doesn't that make their president Ahmadinejada terrorist also?

    May 16, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Hillary you are a true Patriot and has love for our country, but, the Iraq was necessary and appeasers a/k/a Progressive & Liberals can't run this country or America will find it self exactly where Bush said it would be.

    Obama Foreign Policy is clearly stated in his web site that he would talk to America's enemies and appeased them to change their evil ways.

    To all American how fast you've forgotten 9-11 and how fast have you forgotten Saddam Hussein and evil dictator who was a sworn enemy of America.

    Oregon & Kentucky vote for Hillary -please!

    May 16, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. keeol

    Mcain defend HAmas, please check it out

    May 16, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Chicago OBAMABOT

    Now that is the first lady that I know and admire.
    Democrats 08

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. BP

    Thats good of you Hillary! Lets unite the party

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. PCC

    Hillary is not the person that the media and Obama have tryed to make her look like.....Hillary has taken the punches from the media and from Obama and she still comes out looking like the winner she is....I don't think we would have seen the same come from Obama if it had been her on the other end..... Hillary is the only one that understands what the American people want......Obama has shown time and time again that he does not understand Obama was asked directly if he would negotiate with the leaders of countries that are labeled terrorist . His response was yes he would....Now he wants to say he didn't .....Haven't we heard all this before.....I did not....

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. BV

    Hillary herself said that she carried the vote of the less educated. It becomes so apparent when you keep reading over and over comments like.... If Hillary doesn't get the nomination I'm not voting for Obama I'm voting for McCain. Could some of you please listen. Hillary and Obama are not that different in their views. They represent a party and believe in that party. That party above anything else is trying to bring about change in our , in your country. You sound like little children who are not getting your way instead of responsible adults who have been given a choice in bringing about change to this country. Hillary wants change so why would you let her down if she isn't our nominee for President? Do you really think that Hillary is going to vote for McCain. Get a grip on what is really at stake here people. You still have time to get educated on the real facts. This is important stuff and deserves to be addressed as such. It's Hillary, Obama and the Democratic Way. It's not Hillary alone.

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Saif (Minnesota)

    It is high time for Democrats to be united. One should be thankful to Clinton for her growth in understanding – Party's interest is more important than self interest. It would be great to see the politicians to learn to put the interest of the country beyond that of the party.

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. Zoey

    You go girl !! - DEMOCRATS UNITE !!!

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Matt F

    "Thou does protest too much". I think all the republicans had a mini conference and told each other to use that quote as often as you you guys not have a mind of your own?

    By the way, to the lady who says there is no women leadership in the Democratic Party...gee who is Kathleen Sebelius and Nancy Pelosi... turn off American Idol and read a book

    May 16, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Mark Silvers

    First, Bush is an idiot. Second, good for Hillary!

    May 16, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Pat Durham

    Hillary, thank you for being gracious. Stay and fight for yourself though, we need strength and experience beyond hope and change.
    Hope and change are what we all want, but the will to make it happen against all the odds America faces need your fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Beverly

    I applause Hilliary Clinton for coming to the defense of the Democratic Party, especially for Barack Obama. I believe that President Bush, has no room to talk, so to speak. Experience is the best teacher, however, our own President has failed to use any experience, it has all been "fly by the seat of the pants." It is easier to continue to put fear in the American people by telling us that we must "destroy" the enemy. Fear is the element of the enemy, and God does not give us spirit of fear, but one of love, and power, and a sound mind. If President Bush fears this enemy, he need only look deep within himself, and stop judging how the next President will handle what he himself couldn't

    May 16, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Bill in Canada

    At the beginning of the week the talk on the news was about how fractured the Democratic party was. Thanks to George W. Bush, that rift has healed somewhat. His short-sighted swipe at "appeasers" in his address to Israel's Parliament has done more to help the democrats than anything else.

    May 16, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. Debbie,NJ

    I hope you Dems who vote for McCain to spite Obama and the party
    get drafted into McCains war that they are trying to start, lose your homes, jobs, pensions, medical insurance, and chance for education. That's what you deserve for being so self centered and immature.

    May 16, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. lzh - VA

    Jan from Boca Raton FL – Should'nt be so bitter. Seems as though you let these personal attacks between the candiates effect you more than it effect Hillary and Obama. I will bet anything the two of them and their family after the election will enjoy a nice time out on the town.

    Point – McCain is another BUSH TERM. Do you really want that just becuase you did'nt get your way.

    A little childish.

    May 16, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Anonymous


    May 16, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. After further review,Texas

    Neocons are the modern Nazis.

    May 16, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Tired of W, OH


    Dialogue never hurts. The democrats are not advocating negotiations with terrorists. Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela are sovereign countries with recognized leaders. We may not agree with the views and actions of these leaders, but it is childish to put out the message: "I don't like you, so I'm not even going to talk to you."

    Yes, other administrations have used this policy of non-dialogue and look where it has led us. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? It is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. If no one has the guts to try a different approach, nothing will change.

    May 16, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  20. Soldiergal

    It's easy to tell who the "Operation Chaos" bloggers are... they're the ones who can't spell or punctuate correctly.

    Remember, though, if you're threatening to vote for McCain because your candidate didn't get the nomination:
    1. 100 years in Iraq
    2. Bomb Iran
    3. A Supreme Court that looks a lot more like Roberts and Alito, and a lot less like one that will defend your personal freedoms

    So, if you'd like your children to spend their lives fighting for oil and having their phones wiretapped as a matter of course, by all means, switch parties and vote Republican in November. Good call!

    May 16, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  21. Helen

    Barack Supporter May 16th, 2008 7:50 am ET

    Obama, Clinton 08′

    Please....this will not happen.

    May 16, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. let's be real


    Blaising, not every single thing she says should be taken as a sucking up for a VP spot. If that were the case, pretty much everyone who hopped on Obama's bandwagon should be considered as sucking up.

    Voting for the Iraq war is done. Get over it. People can't take back their past mistakes, but they can prevent making future mistakes.

    I would vote for an Obama/Clinton ticket, maybe even Obama/Edwards. Other than that, no deal.

    May 16, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  23. Daniel

    I vote no to Barack – bush jr.

    I vote no to McCain – Brother Bush

    I am voting HILLARY – smart choice

    May 16, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. Bill Miller

    just a little note for the news people,,
    i will not be voteing for obama if he wins..
    and i have talked with people that support Mrs.Clinton and they have stated they will vote republican before they give there vote to Obama.
    and i plan on doing the same

    May 16, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Seth

    All of you Dems who say you will now vote republican... what is this to you, some sort of game. you are just deciding what team you want to be on. We aren't talking about a little league game, we are talking about the shape and direction of our country. In the last election you were pro-choice, anti-war, etc. and now suddenly you want to country to be anti-abortion and pro-war? Or are you so shallow and spiteful that you would injure your country to make some point? that is the opposite of a patriot. You should do what is best for your country, not destroy it to punish the DNC.

    May 16, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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