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. Mr. e

    Nice to see something they can agree upon.

    May 16, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Dee

    That's right BLUES!!! We must unite. How dare that idiot compare Democrats to Nazi appeasers!!!

    We must vote BLUE in November!!! Vote DEMOCRAT!

    May 16, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Jackson

    Sincere thanks, Hillary. I hope we get to see more of this unification in the months to come.

    May 16, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. The O

    This is the first good comment that I have to say about Hillary but it is nice to know that she is still a democrate and stands strong against bush and mccain. i think all of us Obama supporters should give her a round of cheers she deserves it for this one. And we should not bash her becuase I think she will be more gracious in her comments. thanks Hillary. some times we forget that you can ROCK.

    BRACK THE VOTE!!!
    DEMS IN 08

    May 16, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  5. The O

    This is the first good comment that I have to say about Hillary but it is nice to know that she is still a democrate and stands strong against bush and mccain. i think all of us Obama supporters should give her a round of cheers she deserves it for this one. And we should not bash her becuase I think she will be more gracious in her comments. thanks Hillary. some times we forget that you can ROCK.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!
    DEMS IN 08

    May 16, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. John

    Thank you Hillary for standing up for Barack Obama our canidate for President, all Democrats can come together to draw contrasts between the evil politics of Geore Bush and ourselves. All Democrats realise that The GOP's fail policies of the last eight years have lead to this countries downward spiral. We know that all democrats can rally around you and Barack to save our country from John McCain and his Bush like policies. Obama and maybe Clinton 08, I never thought I would say that by the way. It might not be so bad though having Hillary for Vice President. Mc Same would ruin our country even further. Barack and Hillary I know could roll over the GOP easily.??? I know its crazy but I think it is true.Obama president Hillary VP, Edwards AG and Richardson Sec of State, That would probably be the greatest administration in history. We could probably undo 12 years of Bush and eight years of Reagan in four years.

    May 16, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Jim

    Obama needs all the help he can get like the support he got from Edwards just to prop him up where he is weak!

    Hillary doesn't need to have people jump in all the time and pull her head out of the water!

    Wake up superdelegates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  8. Devon

    Soon to be ExPresident Bush is an idiot and should we expect anything other than idiocy from him? The answer is no and here's a middle finger to all of you ideological idiots that "elected" him to a second term...

    Go thump your bible and see if it brings down the price of gas

    May 16, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. Rich

    Let’s see if I understand this. In 2007 during one of the debates Obama was asked directly if he would negotiate with the leaders of countries that are labeled terrorist states. His response was yes he would. Obama even went on to criticize Bush for his failure to open a dialogue with these leaders.

    Well Obama may be the Democratic nominate for President and appearing strong on national defense is essential to winning the white house. Now the democrats are protesting that Bush is slamming Obama.

    “Thou does protest too much”. What is the democrats’ policy – open a dialogue with terrorists leaders; or do what many past administrations have done – not negotiate with known terrorist. The American People need a clear answer before the election.

    May 16, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  10. fred

    Obama has no sense at all on forgein policy!!
    Obama will be an appeaser!!

    Go Hillary!!

    If not Hillary...then McCain!!

    May 16, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. KIR

    Could this be the start of her public support of Obama.

    May 16, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  12. young

    Hillary you are a strong women just what this country needs.
    You have my vote.

    May 16, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Clear Thinking Independant Voter

    The best way for Hillary to secure her future in the Party is to place her, and plead with Bill, to place themselves at Mr. Obama's disposal to campaign for him in those small town, or rural, or blue collar, or non-four -year+ degree constiuencies that they claim.

    She and Bill have, in this kitchen sink strategy, weighed Mr. Obama down with undo ballast. They need to fix that.

    May 16, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  14. Yes we can!

    Kudos to Hillary, get use to it, because Obama will be the nominee and you have to keep your word to work your heart out for him.
    ***********************
    Bush needs to be ashamed of himself going to another country and putting down is own country.....he didn't like when the dixie chicks did the same thing to him and they paid dearly for it
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    Cant wait for November, it's over for the bush and republican years, for at least 8 more years...
    ***********************
    Obama/Nagel 2008/2012

    May 16, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Chris

    Thanks, Senator!

    May 16, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Ryan VanReenan

    As an Obama supporter, I just want to say that Clinton is a great woman, a great human being, a great politician, and a strong fighter for the progressive movement that seeks to engage our enemies in diplomacy before engaging them with firepower. Thank you, Senator. Now let's unite as Democrats to defeat the McCain-Bush hypocrisy. Because, after all, it was McCain in 2006 who proposed meeting with Hamas, the very same thing he's chiding Obama over. For a party whose symbol is the elephant, Republicans sure seem to think we have short memories.

    May 16, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Sue

    WOW.

    May 16, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  18. Obamacrat

    Right on Hillary.

    May 16, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  19. G.

    What the....??? I heard that speech. Bush did not even utter the word "democrat", much less mention any names! Are the dems so desperate for public sound bytes and free press time that they resort to completely distorting what really happened (not that they do anyway ...). OR ... did President Bush hit a nerve, even unintentionally? We all know that Barack Obama has stated that he would talk to the Iranian President, no strings attached. Hmmm...someone is a bit nervous. Oh, and lets not forget Madame Speaker of the House and other Democrats who have met with Hamas leaders – yes, those wonderful people brought to you by the Terrorist Camp.

    May 16, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  20. Alan Boyer

    She knows it's time for the Clinton Farewell Tour to end.

    May 16, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Chris

    Hillary is his only choice for VP. Time to UNITE the party Obama. Do the right thing!

    May 16, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. Kevin

    Thank you for taking a stand, Hillary. Every American who values factual discourse should have been offended by Bush's remarks. After 7 years of Bush, the American people are finally demanding there be substance behind this sort of empty rhetoric.

    Let's continue to have difficult discussions. Say no to Bush-style pandering to fear.

    Obama '08.

    May 16, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. Marc

    Finally, Hillary is doing something right. We have to come to peaceful solutions to prevent war. We have tried everything else under the Republicans. I hope Hillary will now go out and campaign for Obama.

    May 16, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. Mary Sue

    Wow. Looks like Hillary chose to stand behind the Party versus taking her usual dig at Obama to make herself look like the better candidate. Maybe she really means it when she says she'll work her heart out for the Democratic nominee.

    This is a good sign.

    May 16, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Keith McCarthy

    Of course we need to talk to Iran. What are we supposed to do go to war with everyone? Do we honestly think that we can kill all of the Terrorist? There will always be another one to take their place.

    Northern Ireland did not get resolved by military force. Both sides had to come to the table and put things aside.

    Bush can't leave fast enough.

    Keith McCarthy
    Republican for Obama

    May 16, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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