May 17th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: McCain's '2013' speech like 'Mission Accomplished'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting in Portland, Oregon, Friday"]
PORTLAND, Oregon (CNN) – At a Friday night town hall in Oregon, Senator Hillary Clinton criticized Senator John McCain for his speech predicting victory in Iraq by the end of his first term.

"It sounded a lot like 'Mission Accomplished,' only postponed into 2013," said Clinton, referring to President George Bush's declaration less than two months after the Iraq invasion that major combat was over. "From my perspective, it's just more of the same. It's a continuation of the Bush policies that have been failures."

Both Clinton and Barack Obama have been attempting to paint a McCain administration as a third term for President Bush. Clinton also attacked the president on Friday for meetings with Saudi officials in which he asked them to increase oil production in order to bring down prices.

"It was embarrassing today," Clinton told the town hall organized by an Oregon TV station. "President Bush is over there begging the Saudis to increase production because he has no energy policy."

She also went after Bush for comments he made in Jerusalem on Thursday when he took a shot at Democrats - and many argue Obama - saying, "some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals," drawing parallels with appeasing the Nazis in 1939.

"I am very offended by President Bush's remarks which seem to suggest that Democrats are the equivalent of Nazi appeasers," said Clinton. "That was way out of line and really outrageous and should be rejected out of hand."

Clinton has been relatively passive in recent days, staying away from overt attacks on her Democratic opponent. On Friday night she again raised the argument that she is more electable than Obama and claimed to be ahead in the popular vote while he leads in the delegate count.

"Those are two very good indicators of how close this race is and how intense it is and why everybody should vote and why I was so determined that we weren't going to quit before we got to Oregon," Clinton argued.

"I've won the big states and I've won the swing states," she added. "The states I've won total 300 electoral votes. The states Barack has won total 217 electoral votes. The real issue here is the [electoral] map. Who is more likely to win the electoral votes we need to actually capture the White House?"

A CNN tally shows that in primaries so far (excluding Florida and Michigan), Senator Barack Obama leads Senator Clinton by just over 400,000 votes.

Clinton won't spend any more time campaigning in Obama-friendly Oregon before the primary on Tuesday. Instead, she will stay in Kentucky - another May 20 state - where she has a significant lead.

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. The Truth

    McCain is a clairvoyant oracle of the best kind. If Hillary doesn't get the nomination, then I will be for honest John McCain. America wins with either Hillary or John. But America will lose if Obamus is selected.

    May 17, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Montana is Obama Country

    "I've won the big states and I've won the swing states," Clinton says..

    She also won the "state of denial"..........

    Go away and focus on repairing the democratic party.

    May 17, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Bob from Pensylvannia

    YOU SHOULD JUST DROP OUT HILLARY. Do it for your legacy. Stop quarelling and arguing with everybody, including the media.

    Do it for your Chelsea and Bubba and pets.

    Do yourself a favour and quit. You can still run again in four or twelve years as far as you stay out of BEERS AND SHOTS that have the potential of accelerating your face wrinkles.

    Also don't even think about harming Barack because you want the nomination so bad. We need him for the noble course of Cleaning Washington.

    May 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. The Truth


    Do I see the coming of a unified Democratic party?

    Finally, Hillary and Barack both focusing their attention on the real current enemy of our country–The Republican Party.

    This is not to suggest that the Republican party do love this country, but rather to say they do not get that the direction they have this country pointed in, and the direction the appear to want to keep us going is VERY BAD for all but the richest people and those who do not have family members in the military.

    Democrats Unite NOW or we suffer for 4 more years!!!

    May 17, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Charlotte

    Go Hillary, we need you. I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November, regardless of the request she might make to unify the party. I cannot vote for Obama and I don't want to vote for McCain. I don't care if my vote is worth zero, at least it will be my choice. The DNC will not tell me, I have to vote for Obama. The Old Boys club will not get this sweeties vote in November...

    May 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Shane FL

    Hillary Clinton should stop talking about the states she won with the millions of votes republicans voted for Hillary after Rush Limbaugh called to mess everything up for the Democratic party. Hillary with out the Millions of votes republicans cated for you in many states that you won you will have lost another 5-10 states. The Votes Hillary got are not all for Hillary, so Hillary should just Hush and go back to NY and concentrate on her senate work rather than try to lie even more and DESTROY the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Obama has Already won the nomination in every way like the whole world can see. Hillary Clinton's supporters should rally around Obama and the Democratic party and make sure that Democrats win back the white house after the 8 years of Bush/Mcaine Era. Hillaries supporters should make sure that Mcaine does not continue Bush's third tearm in the White House.

    May 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Walt, Belton,TX

    She's just jealous that Bill never had a "Mission Started" speech and instead just stuck his head in the sand regarding anything having to do with terrorism.

    May 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Terri



    May 17, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. SMART1

    Hillary is looking toward running in 2012 and Mc Cain is 71yrs old so what make him think we want a 84 yr old President .


    May 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Sal, SD

    WOW! Look whose speaking out against McCain! Hillary, that's a change of pace.

    May 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Duncan Craig

    It is becoming more obvious everyday that contrary to showing good judgement, McCain was completely hoodwinked by Chalabi and his IRC. Since 1997, even before Bush was in office, McCain bought into Chalabis disinformation campaign that Hussein had weapons of mas destruction. He swallowed Chalabis lies and was an instrument of Iran's scam. One State Department official stated, "Iran pulled off one of the most masterful intelligence operations in history by persuading the U.S. and Britain to rid it of its greatest enemy. How can McCain claim to have good judgement when the man he called "the Geroge Washington of Iraq" has been revealed as an Iranian agent?
    Defense Intelligence analysts and members of the Council of Foreign Relations have both concluded that "Iran played us like a fiddle."
    Evidence that Chalabi told Iran about US intelligence breaking their codes is irrefutable. McCain was and is, a dupe, which is an offense far greater than any imagined 'appeasement'.

    May 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Obamaishope

    I keep wondering the logic behind Hillary's metrics to claim that she is ahead of her rival, and how the rules changes to accomodate her argument of being more electable. I remember when she used to claim superiority when it comes to superdelegates count just because she was ahead then (She basically taught everybody how the superdelegate thing works). I remember her stressing then that that will eventually be the decider but now that obama leads she has tactfully removed superdelegates from her metrics.

    Funny !!!!

    May 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Old John, Poor John
    He has lost his way and his brain's all gone.
    Poor Old John who can see a future, a time that cannot be.
    For he has lost his way and his memory
    Is there anyone who cannot see
    That there will soon be senility
    For dear poor old John.
    Who's lost his way and his brain's all gone
    Too bad he had his parachute on..

    Hillary Billary dock..
    She wishes she had a Jock.
    She can't wear one
    the race is done
    Hillary Billary dock

    Billary Shrillary Bock
    She thinks she knows
    But Not
    Gasoline is upp
    she cant wear a cup
    She's plumb outta luck.
    That Duck

    Folks..Listen.. The Clintons have not even a Clue what to do about Gasoline & other fuel costs.
    1n 1994 we had other economic woes..and yes Bill & his crew did a good job eliminating the Budget Deficit.
    But this is 2008 have changed and will continue to change even more.
    Even Bill Clinton realized back in the 1990's that gastax holidays or moritoriums, etc. would only be short term at best because the savings would be eaten alive by price increases in the months to follow without legislation to prevent the gouging that would surely follow the holliday.
    He recognized then as we should now that the price of our gas would end up .18 Cents or even higher than b4.
    After the Oil companies raise our cost by .18 cents and then uncle Sam raises it again when they put the tax back on..
    Why think or pretened your saving .18 temporarily so you can pay .36 or more later??
    You can never make the Oil Companies pay the Gas Tax as Hillary Hallucenates.
    Can you make the car dealers pay our sales tax?
    Can we force the Hardware store to pay our tax on nuts & bolts?

    She is just a Dellusional as John McSame with his 2013 Vision.

    Get real Billary.
    She also wants to Force Health Care up your rear and down your throat.! A new kind of Life Sentence for all Americans... wAKE upp ..yOU WANT TO BE ORDERED TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? Thats what she sees as being MANDATORY by 2013,

    Sick Twisted Sister Hillary.
    Hell to the Queen..!

    May 17, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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