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. Debbie,NJ

    Hillary is a fake. She doesn't care about this country, the party or anybody else. I didn't hear her supporters whine when Bill, mayors and governors were standing up for her. When are you people going to get it, this race isn't about Hillary. Its about the party and the country.
    She lost, get over it, grow up.

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. ben lesko

    Mr. Bush – You know , your mother is watching you – you should be ashamed of yourself!

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Neither Obama or Clinton are qualified or have enough experience to direct comments regarding foreign policy and state decisions regarding terrorist Nations. President Bush spoke generally regarding reasonable policy toward such Nations, never mentioning any specific names These comments from these two political aspirants.....shows their lack of qualification and experience and perhaps just their blatant ignorance, in how to deal in foreign policy and sanctions. These two candidates are so naive and self centered and lack adequate exposure to foreign policy and state affairs.......just like Carter. These people are not privy to all that transpires within the Government and between Nations. These people don't get a vote and they don't get to comment when President Bush is in a State Visit in Israel. Who did Carter think he was in visiting hostile governments who have proposed harm toward the United States? Obama, Clinton and Carter have no right to interfere with State Foreign Policy, nor to criticize in such a harmful hateful manner the actions and speech of President Bush. Thank goodness for Senator John McCain, a man with conviction, character, experience, integrity, leadership, and refinement and respect for others.

    May 16, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. John B. From New Hampshire

    hey BP... no women in charge in the DNC? what is Nancy Pelosi then?????? i'm sick of everyone saying this nomination was stolen from HRC. Back in november it was hers to lose! She was being hailed as the presumptive nominee. No one gave Obama a chance in H*ll!. She was the one who neglected the caucus states, claiming they don't really matter. Obama won 12 contests in a row! and NO this was not because of african american support as some people would lead you to believe. With just 14% of the democratic party being such, how can you win more states, more delegates and more popular vote with JUST that percentile? Let's get over this tough fought primary battle, include michigan and florida (funny how clinton didn't care about them until she was behind: ref her quote in October citing that michigan would not count) and unite as a party. we CAN do this and we WILL do this!

    P.S. Obama has stated he would meet with the leadership of Iran in hopes of coming to an understanding with them, perfectly reasonable for two human beings to talk with one another. Hamas should not be grouped with Iran, one is a country while the other is an extremist group. We should be very careful about labeling "groups" together! Obama has said repeatedly he will NOT meet with members of Hamas period! I hope people like Rich are not the majority!!

    Dems '08!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. J. S.

    That 's a true sign of a leader - The GOP is using Michelle Obama's own words against her and the Obama campaign is crying foul. But it was okay to attack Hillary's husband, Bill. Double srandard??

    May 16, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Moisha

    I don't think Bush or the Republicans likes the Jews. He's just trying to find a way to get Israel back to his Right wing Christian's extremists.

    I don't understand why Israelis don't see this.

    May 16, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. chad

    Here's the thing clinton supporters.If hilary is better why is she losing
    lol if you question obama's policies go on his website and go on the issues tab then click on the issue you want to see.simple as that
    obama '08

    May 16, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. mj

    Hillary made a very effective statement and let's hope the negative emphasis of her campaign have shifted. If she would have made statements like this earlier instead of trying to bring down Obama, she probably would have won the primary. She would have brought out her strengths instead of her divisive nature. None of these candidates are without their weaknesses but they have amazing strengths as well. Let's all move towards building our country instead of tearing down each other and our leaders. From a 54 year old white female.

    May 16, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Bill NY

    Like all of my comments(why do I even bother?) this will be moderated out, but the good people of Israel should realize that Bush policies have left Israel like the proverbial inmate with a large butt walking through the cell block with his pants down.

    May 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. dee

    Please Hillary supporters do you not understand her and Obama want the same for this country she even said it voting for McCain would be a very bad mistake please do not be so stupid you really want for more years of this Mcsame, You all amaze be with this kind of thinking . She will support Barack it is time for all Democrats to come together and take back this country !!!!! Well you all want McCain Stop crying in another year or two when we all are suffering

    May 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. @americans

    Why didnt Hillary ask to speak with John Edward, when she spoke to Elizabeth?

    I'm curious....maybe John Edward is on the road campaigning for President Barack Obama!

    May 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Andrew

    Nice to see some solidarity for a change!! Thanks for saying something that actually makes sense for a change Hilary!

    Elisabeth – Barack hasn't even said anything regarding this issue yet. I think he knows he doesn't have to because 90% of the media reporting shares his stance. Bush's comments are like water off the duck's back. Your comments are like everyone calling Obama a complainer at the last debate when he really never complained about anything....he just argued that the issues weren't being discussed!

    bp- You're obviously one of those voters who is making up your mind based on the fact that Hillary is a woman. You're no better than people who chose to vote based on race. People need to look at the issues and the leaders' ability to unite people towards common goals...not base their opinions on the color of their skin or the organ between their legs.

    May 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |

    Hillary, thanks for finally defending "The Party" and showing unity in the Party . Please continue by throwing your support behind Obama for Presidency!

    Obama for President! 2008

    May 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. karen

    I wonder if she really means what she say in trying to defend Obama. hmmmm.

    May 16, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  15. Bill

    If this would have been a negative post Obama supporters would have been all over Clinton. If she does something positive towards Obama, not a word. I can't believe the womens groups are putting up with the Anti-female coalition Obama is building before he becomes president. The only voice that will matter is Michelle Obama's anti American voice. Wake up America !

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

    This administration has had the worst foreign policy ever yet some of you agree with him!!! Nothing this administration has done has been good for us. John McCain should not even enter Bush's name and Obama should mention McCain with Bush every chance he gets. Where will four more years of these same policies leave us?

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

    CNN has yet to publish any of my comments. I guess if they don't agree, then there is no publishing. They don't call you the Clinton News Network for nothing!!!!!!!!

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

    It's about time!

    May 16, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  19. NC voter

    Obama is on record saying he would have voted in favor of the war had he been a US senator at the time. Obama has voted in favor of every war spending measure since taking office. Yet he says he's been against the war from the get go. Guess that's okay, though, becuase his lemming supporters will buy anything he says. Meanwhile they'll try to lay the blame for anything that goes wrong on Clinton.
    Wake up and smell the coffee, folks.

    May 16, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  20. Rupert Bean

    I hear a cry baby in the room, it must be the Democrats again!

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

    Fortunately for the American people it is not just our candidate Obama who will promote an intelligent approach to foreign policy. Many respected and experienced leaders, military officers, diplomats and leaders of other countries also support discourse with strength.

    The fissure between Nations, people of different races and religions that Bush has created and then fostered has killed, maimed or destroyed as much as what Hitler did in my opinion.

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

    Fred,Elisabeth,David and chris, ,off all clinton surpporters you 4 dont have a work at hand,, and i just beleive you are being paid to sit down here and post bad, hateful comments that depict the lowest level of IQ from you,,even when the topic is not coherent with what you are writing ,,,, things like i will never vote for him,,i hate him,, mark this day,,,when Obama becomes the President,,and things change for good,, rosy time arise, i guess you all have to leave America for another country because you have been too hateful ,for you to enjoyed the dividend and for him to rule on you,,,
    And to hillary this is just medicine after death,,,,defending Obama right now doesnt make a difference,, i just think she has come to realize that all her tactics, kitchen sinks, derogatory words, and accusative words keep propelling Obama higher,,and to more success, and before she gets her career totally sink she needs make amendments thats what shes trying to do,,, but im sure her intentions are not that really good from her heart,,,,,let the clinton fans keep undoing themselves, and not Obama,,, even hillary would vote for Obama,,,in the fall, so who is doing who any evil,, but you that go for MacCain,,

    May 16, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. HillarySupporter

    This just shows how Obama doesn't have his own voice. Hillary not only came to the defense of the democratic party but also to the defense of Obama. She truly is a person who firmly believes in what her party stands for and is definitely the one to bring about change in this country.

    May 16, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. DEMS IN 2008

    Didn't Jesus eat dinner and have discussions with Tax Collectors, Romans, theives, criminals, and Harlots? Looks like Dubya can still learn something from the Bible!!

    May 16, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. Gerri

    I'm glad to see the democrats pulling together. King Georges' comments and McCaines' response, again highlight the reasons why the Democrats will be successful. The Republicans continue with the policy of "Cowboy diplomacy ". The Republican party can only hold on to power through their continued use of "Fear and Smear". Well guess what? We the public are done with those who beleive the only way to deal with problems is to "shoot first ask questions later". I am tired of emails that try to smear Obama by showing pictures of him dressed as a terrorist in front of the White House, or supposed letters that misconstrue facts about his religous upbringing or fake documentaries about how he is a racist. Enough!!! Evidently the Republicans are so poorly educated and scared they can't stick to the facts or think of any other solutions. I'm not even a fan of Obama. I am sick of the crap that has been put out there. And Presidant Bush Shame on you for using the Hitler card. You have smeared all the good that that generation did and lessen all the hard battles they fought. My father fought in WWII, my niece and nephew's Aunts and Uncles died in the concentration camps.You sir, are no gentleman. Oh, but we have know that for years!!!

    May 16, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
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