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. carlo

    Elizabeth, darling, you posted twice so its obvious you don't realize that it's "decent" not "descent". "Descent" means to come down upon. Your rage is interfering with your spelling skills. If Hillary knows that Bush is out of order, why can't you? You don't insult your fellow American citizens, no matter how much you despise him, on foreign soil. A sitting President should know this, but we are talking about Bush.

    Obama has been clear about his foreign policy. The problem is that a lot of people don't take the time to research his policies because they are dead set on hating him. Get a grip, people.

    May 16, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Amber

    Oooh...ouch! She is so clever and insightful with her words. Love it. And I love that her and Obama are becoming friendly. God, I hope they run on the same ticket!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. very smart lady

    Senator Clinton, dont worry about that boy, Obama, we are going to write in your name. I will never vote for the idiot. Also, dont worry about the good old boys club, and their chavunist attirudes to women. They are also idiots. I know this wont get posted, but who cares. We know who will win. Go Hillary!

    May 16, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Joseph

    The arrogance of the Obama supporters never ceases to amaze me. Hillary has been working hard for the democratic party since Obama was in grade school. Start showing a little appreciation and respect all you Obama supporters.

    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Matt in Cleveland

    good for HRC, she understands that dems need to unite to defeat mccain and the GOP

    i give it another week until she back out graciously and then starts to campaign for obama...she is a good person and a good candidate

    remember obama and clinton have very similar positions on the issues...

    dems 08

    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Dave W.

    To Rich
    The problem is not that Bush criticizing plan, it is the time and place he did it. You do not hang out your dirty laundry half way around the world. And using a historic anniversary to play politics is stupid. Mind you have to look where the comments are coming from. He could not even pronounce half of of the words in the speech (argoooment, tonks). Bush is by far the stupidest, most crooked and evil president America has ever had. He should be tried for crimes against humanity before the world court.

    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. dz in Austin

    You Obamanutz really are!

    If someone offers you an olive branch and you slap it out of their hand, don't be surprised when that hand doesn't reach out to vote for you when you really need it.

    Congratulations, you continue to offend Hillary supporters and don't seem to care that yu affecting our vote.

    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Jackson

    Jan from Boca Raton FL: You're right, it won't stop the ignorant ones. But then again, we're only talking about the ignorant ones right? Just like the ignorant Clinton supporters who say they will run to McCain. Spite trumping policy? Nice.

    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. To Elisabeth

    You are just SAD :(.

    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Linned

    As she should – all Democrats should unite together. When you mess with one of us you mess with all of us.

    Bush is on his way out and his numbers can only get worse. He actually is helping the Democrats to see what the Republicans are up to. John McCain changes with the wind – a reporter said this morning that he once said that the U.S. should meet with Hamas. He needs to decide what he actually believes in. Things that make you go hmmmm.


    May 16, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. gene

    Some how and some way, the Obama supporters will find a way to bash Clinton for for her commemts. I have pretty much stopped reading the comments on the Political Ticket, as most of the CNN stories are slanted and the comments are nasty, demeaning and degrading.

    May 16, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. IH_Obama_supporter

    If they both support each other, they both have my vote. If Hillary is the nominee, I will vote for her. She took too long to wisen up. She forgot that it's entirely possible to run a clean campaign and still win, especially when you are running against a fellow democrat.

    May 16, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Michael

    You know I call my wife Sweetie and here in Australia many women call men and women Sweetie or Darlin' ....

    How is this such a bad denigrating thing.

    So to the thread:

    Bush has the audacity to mention talking to the enemy when 19 of the 19 bombers of the WTC were from Saudi... think about it.

    May 16, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |

    she is now doin the right thing

    May 16, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Mark K

    Go Hillary. This democratic primary season has brought many first time political supporters into the process on both sides. They care deeply about their candidates, and they are not used to the bruising that goes along with politics as a contact sport. For Hillary supporters, the likelihood of her defeat must be particularly upsetting and galling, but they MUST take their cue from the candidate herself. Her attack on George Bush's backhand slap to Obama was inspiring, especially after losing John Edwards' endorsement.

    I do not ask Hillary supporters to stand behind Obama, should he win the nomination, for the good of the Democratic party, but for the good of the nation. This is something Hillary Clinton understands and has emphatically stated numerous times. The POLICY differences between these two candidates are almost ZERO, and the differences between them and McCain are astronomical. People NEED to get beyond the personalities and focus on what really matters.

    May 16, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. lzh - VA

    Good –

    IT is time democrats come together before the party is torn apart. This whole Hillarism and Obamaism needs to stop. Please everyone come behind the nominee when it is time. The result could be horrible for us.

    May 16, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  17. Dave

    The difference between democrats and republicans in foreign policy is the democrats are for defeat. The republicans are for victory!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Lawrence

    Operation Chaos is in full force. Dems please beware of the Republican operatives who are stirring up trouble between Dem bloggers. At the point, true Dems should not engage in hateful talk with other Dems. When you read racist views towards Obama from supposedly Hillary supporters who are switching party to vote Mc Shame, please don't attack or feel resentment towards other Dems. That is a trick to divide the Democrat Party.

    May 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. John in PA

    Very interesting article on RCP regarding Hillary and the VP. It makes a very plausible argument that Clinton can win the VP in a vote at the convention. Obama will have no say in the matter. Interesting read.

    May 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. Linned

    The Democrats on the blog should realize in most cases it is a Republican pretending to be a Democrat in order to try and divide us. Come on let's get it together.

    May 16, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  21. tuanravi

    Let the games begin. The Republican machine will shred Obama's image in every way possible and all he will do is whine and cry foul. Why can't Obama ever counter with a plan or even a semblance of a plan? Why does every TV ad run by his camp have to be in response to an opponent? This guy is a putz who will hand over the election in a year that should have been a Democrat landslide.

    Let's hope for a Hillary miracle.

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  22. Jackson

    AJ Edge: I prefer him because his tactics are inspiring. He hasn't employed a kitchen sink strategy or done things to try to divide the party. For the most part the constituents are driving their own wedge by taunting their grade school rants and swearing to take their football home if their demands aren't met.

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  23. An American in Canada for David

    Supporters Go and get Oregon for Hillary R. Clinton, everyone knows she would make the best president.

    Everyone knows if Obama had been properly vetted he would not have made it this far and the delegates are STUCK!!!!

    But guess what, the citizens of Kentucky and Oregon are not STUCK and your votes are the ones that will truly count as we approach the end game....


    H.R. CLINTON, PRESIDENT 2009-2012

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  24. Really

    Barrack stated that he would talk to Terrorists States and terroists. What does he hope to accomplish? Does he set a threshold on who he talks to? Do you have to kill so many people first before you are noticed? I can't imagine he will talk to just anyone that has a complaint. Kind of gives validity to their actions? And a vast majority think that he is right for our country. Ugh..

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  25. JB, Nashville, TN

    Whenever Bush runs out of talking points, he always makes wild stretches to compare things to Hitler or 9/11. By January 09, I could see him reduced to laying in a fetal position with his hands over his ears screaming "9/11!" over and over again, his last rebuttal. I count the days till our Idiot in Chief goes back to the golf course.

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
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