June 10th, 2008
09:32 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama says differences with Clinton 'infinitesimal'

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(CNN) - Just how small were the differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?

"Infinitesimal," said Barack Obama at a fundraising event in St. Lous Monday.

Using new language to convey how little he differed with the New York senator, Obama joked their matters of disagreement were "infinitesimal tiny, minute, trivial, inconsequential when compared to the differences we've got with the Republican Party and John McCain."

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  1. james

    You must be one of those "intelligent" supporters of Obama. NOT!, you idiot. The U.S. population is just over 300 million in all. Not 300 voters. Typically the voter turnout is 50-55 million in the GE. It may rise to new heights this year but 18 million voters for Hillary WILL make a huge impact on the outcome.

    and this Hillary supporter had already planned on either Hillary or McCain, never Obama from the start.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    June 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Ron L

    I do have one question for all of the Hillary supporters who like to speak on how much Hillary can get done.
    IN THE BEGINNING she had the following...
    1) a 20 to 30% percent lead in the polls
    2) about 20 to 30 million dollars for the campaign
    3) probably 30% of the female vote locked up
    4) 30 years experience and one of the MOST popular Ex-Presidents as her husband

    AND she still could not get 55% of her OWN party to vote for her!!



    June 10, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Independent in DC

    The affect of the clinton vote that claims they won't support Obama is overstated if you ask me. He doesn't need her on the ticket. Sixty percent of them are already willing to vote for him. Twenty percent say the will stay home...I'll be genorous and give you fifteen by November...fine that will be circumvented by the new crop of voters. Another twenty say they will vote for McCain, but for all the bitterness and anger they have now, I'm willing to bet no more that ten percent of that twenty end up actually votin for McCain when the issues are actually laid out. McCain has a bigger problem with the Republican base than Barack has with Clinton supporters.

    June 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Belle

    How could there be a difference; he waited until she publicized her plans then he copied them. He then used insidious hate-mongering tactics against her. She has the ideas, plans, and solutions. He copies and makes speeches. How could anyone know what he will do if elected? We know what Clinton stood for and what she would have done. This man is an empty suit with a loud mouth. I will vote for McCain; I know who he is.

    June 10, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Alex in TX

    I'm so looking forward to CNN continuing to fan the flames of Obama/Hillary slugfest. They got such good ratings they have to figure a way to keep it going as long as possible.

    It's over CNN. Focus on Obama/McCain. Last time I checked, these are the two presidential candidates.

    June 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    I agree. This is why it is ridiculous to say Hillary is a moderate while Obama is somehow Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist. If anything, Hillary is farther to the left than Obama, especially with regards to their universal health care plans.

    June 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    THe BU,
    I can tell you why they are voting for McCain.... sexism or racism. You pick because, when you look @ Hillary's policy and Obama's policy's they are more closely related than those policies of McCain.

    I don't see why HRC people feel that they are proving a point by voting for McCain. The only point that is being proving is that stupidity run deep in our country.

    June 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Steve

    Hillary DOESN'T know how to get the job done. She couldn't even win the Democratic nomination against and unknown. There was no conspiracy. There were no dirty tricks. She lost. Deal with it.

    June 10, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. suzanne

    I am a lifelong Democrat and Hillary supporter. There is no way on earth that I will vote for Obama in November even if Clinton is on the ticket. He is not qualified to be president and his arrogance and inexperience would just be a left wing version of George Bush. I know he has tons of money and the media behind him, but I think there are enough clear thinking people like me who will defeat him in the fall.

    June 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Hillary Supporters

    Still Mccain for President !!!

    June 10, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Enlightened Voter -

    This is a wonderful cleasing time for America. Through Obama, many are being healed of prejudices and other petty emotions like no time before. He has been sent to us from above.

    June 10, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. James , Houston, TX.

    Senator Hillary Clinton is and continues to be the BEST Presidential Candidate ! Why does the American Public continue to be so Naive?
    And because of their Naive Actions and Decisions look at where Geo. W. Bush has brought this Country
    Incidentally, Who is paying for Laura Bush's trip to Afgannistan ? Who made her Sect. of State ? What has happen to the Black Rose?

    June 10, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Larry

    Lack of experience number one reason i will not vote for BO. And i am not sure anyone really knows the solutions to fixing this country, basically it everyone thinks his the chosen one. But my vote will go to McCain at least he has SOME experience.

    June 10, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Tommy

    I keep coming back to the same thought about the upcoming election: Why would anybody in their right mind vote for someone who is going to run this country just like George W(orthless) Bush has for the last 8 years? That is exactly what you are doing if you mindlessly vote for McCain! Come on people, THINK!

    June 10, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Dan , TX

    For the Hillary supporters who say McCain '08, Hillary '12, Why not Obama '08, Hillary '12????????/

    June 10, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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