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. Jan from Boca Raton FL

    This still won't stop those ignorant Obama supporters to stop
    bashing Clinton. Somehow they will try to blame Hillary for
    Bush's remarks. I'm sure happy face Cafferty will say Hillary is
    lying again.

    HILLARY OR MCCAIN 08

    NO OBAMA

    May 16, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. james

    yes hillary, UNIFY the party...this is what i expect from my senator.....make us proud.........get em HILL

    May 16, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  3. Blaising

    Obama won't give her a VP spot.

    She can try to play nice if she wants...it won't get her anywhere.

    Remember...she voted FOR the Iraq war.

    She made her bed...now she has to sleep in it.

    May 16, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. one way

    obama -clinton ticket, the war has just began GOP

    May 16, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. Ndalio

    sometimes i really think Hillary will make a good running mate for Obama. McCain will ve no chance against Obama, Hillary n Edwards. Fellow democrates lets get together!! 08 should be our year. Send McCain n Bush to early political retirement

    Go Obama
    Go Hillary
    Go Edwards

    Bill get out of the picture.... pls dont spoil the card!!! There enough Monikas out there 4 u!!

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. susie

    Hillary always stands up for Obama. Obama, on the other hand, slams her whenever he can!

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Cathay

    Finally she says something positive.... It's time we democrats come together...

    Obama just got endorsed by Max Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy and Dule Hill ...They are on the campaign trail with him!!!...

    Max made a point. *Where will you be "15 years "from now, and your kids ask you. What was you doing when Obama became president? Did you make a difference? Did you stand up for change?

    Stop being immature. Why vote for someone you have no faith in, just to prove a point. A point ignited by lies and corruption. Obama is a good man. We all have flaws. He's Just REAL...and says things not typical of a politician. Some of us just need to learn how to accept reality and not let the "media" Tarnish our future president, and shatter the hopes of millions of Americans.

    YES WE CAN 08

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. Abe Schenck

    If democrats are nazi appeasers then republicans are the nazis

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. Well if the shoe fits

    Democrats are essentially a bi-product of eastern germany. When the Russian's raped Germany(post world war 2), modern day democrats were born. Plan and simple.

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Eddie G

    I think she finally has come to realize that she is not going to be the next President of the United States and that it is time to support the Democratic candidate.....Barack Obama. I hope she campaigns for Obama, but I do not think she should be his running mate. That would be a disaster.

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I doubt seriously that President Bush was singling out Mr. Obama individually.

    In fact, it is far more likely that his comments were aimed squarely at former President Carter for his recent visit w/ Hamas.

    And he would certainly have target his comments towards various liberal policy groups who disagree with current U.S. policy regarding terrorist organizations, and nation-states who directly,or discreetly, provide those terrorists organizations: money, weapons, training, and safe harbor.

    May 16, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  12. jason

    bush opened a can of worms with this one. do you know how many people have compared bush's reign to a fascist society?

    May 16, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. KD

    Granted Obama is not an appeaser, but his decision to sit down with leaders of countries without pre-conditions (as he clearly stated in his debates) is totally unacceptable.

    On the Edwards decision: Sad to hear he chose Obama. But shocked that someone who fought for universal health care would throw it all away. And how is Obama going to enforce the mandate that all children have health care?

    May 16, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. Karen

    Yes, of course Mrs. Clinton defends Senator Obama. What Bush said was outrageous! How can he possibly compare President Obama's engagement in dialogue with those who would make threats with appeasement to the Nazi's? That was a speech - crafted and deliberate - in the true fear tactics of the Republican party. "We should never negotiate out of fear, but we should never fear to negotiate." I just hate the Republican's approach to the world: tough guys, "bring 'em on." I can't wait until we have a President that will bring the respect back from the world which we have lost under this administration.

    May 16, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  15. CW in DC

    *thump* <--sound of jaw dropping to the floor.....

    I'm speechless.......

    May 16, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  16. Democrat Regardless!

    Very Honourable! It's a great sign for the Dems that she is willing to stand up for him. More of the same please.

    May 16, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  17. Viva Obama 08

    Obama/Hillary 08. Let us unite the party as democrat and take the white house from them republicans that are destroying our image worldwide and our economy. Shame on president Bush and he would be the last one to talk about that.
    John McCain is a third term for George W Bush.

    May 16, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  18. JUSTIN

    Hillary is one to talk about Bush....as much as people dislike and blame him for our problems the man does have a valid point!!The white house is no place for a pacifist. Radical extremists are not going to sit down with us, have a cup of coffee and make a peace agreement. At least with George Bush as commander in chief we know what we are getting, and thats a safe nation after september eleventh.

    May 16, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. Alda

    Hillary Clinton is the one who really fights for the 47 million american without health care. She is a brilliant hard working woman who has devoted her life to making this country a better place. Hillary 08'

    May 16, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  20. David in Richmond, VA

    Good Job Hillary!! 🙂

    May 16, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  21. John B. From New Hampshire

    Clinton backs Obama. Preview of things to come. we should all follow suit and UNITE!!! This is NOT the divided states of America, but the United States of America!!

    Obama/Edwards '08

    May 16, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  22. Goldie

    There is video of McCain from 2006 saying we have to work with Hamas. I hope CNN finds this and plays it. I saw it on the Huffington Post. So the best defense against John McCain and Bush is John McCain. We shall see who the media is for. If they suppress the video, then we know.

    May 16, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. Von Bismark VIENNA

    JUST THE RIGHT THING TO DO. CONGRATS!

    May 16, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. Dave W.

    I wish both sides culd have run campaigns like this the whole time.

    May 16, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  25. New Day

    YAY! We are all playing nice-nice, again. Hey, Clintonistas and Obamacans; lets hug!!!!

    C'mon people now,
    Smile on your brother
    Ev'rybody get together
    Try and love one another right now

    May 16, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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