September 16th, 2010
03:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton talks tea party

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses the Tea Party movement."] (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out about the Tea Party movement Thursday, drawing a contrast between the rhetoric of campaigns and how candidates eventually govern.

Speaking to ABC's Christiane Amanpour on "Good Morning America," Clinton said candidates are "sobered" when faced with national and international challenges.

"When they have the burden of holding office and the responsibility that goes with it, I've seen them become very sobered very quickly," Clinton said. "Sometimes the poetry can get kind of hot and a little over the top, but the prose brings you down to earth."

Clinton quoted former New York Governor Mario Cuomo when asked if candidates backed by members of the Tea Party would affect foreign policy if elected.

"Nobody said it better than Mario Cuomo when he said you campaign in poetry and you govern in prose," Clinton said.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Very well said and quoted Madam Secretary. They talk the talk, but I don't think they can walk the walk. If Tea-tards are elected to Congress, how in the world is the republican party going to govern? There's is no middle ground with the Tea-tards and they don;t want to compromise. So if they were elected, they will either want it their way or not at all. That's not governing.

    September 16, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. brad

    And if Hillary had been elected prez, we wouldn't be in this mess..........

    September 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Who dat

    For a minute there, I thought Hillary was talking about Obama.

    September 16, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Tony Z

    Tell them Hillary. Tea Party is going to get the surprise if their candidates make it to Washington.

    September 16, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Snow

    Must be that "vast right wing conspiracy" at it again. We have seen Mrs Clinton swing more ways than a leaf in a wind storm.

    September 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. Gwen

    We are all in trouble if these crazy far right tea party people get in, please smart people get out and vote and defeat these religious, crazy, far right, uneducated people for the sake of our country!!!

    September 16, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. jim

    In June of this year the Obama administration gave the Palestinians 500 million for economic development, improving water access and other infrastructure, vocational training and education.When she was first lady under her husband first term as president she tried to reform healthcare through a massive entillement program that she designed.Please,. for her to lecture Tea party folks is shameful concidering her record both past and future

    September 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. jackson

    It's true of all candidates from all parties. If they have never held a national office before, they have no idea what they are in for. It is easy to say what you will do before you get into office. The harsh realities of what you will actually be able to accomplish are very very different indeed. Ask any Congressperson elected for the first time two years ago if it was what they expected and if they accomplished what they set out to do. I bet you find most of them learned some tough lessons indeed.

    September 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Cindie Worley

    This does not make sense, coming from Ms Clinton, who as we all recall had no credentials except being wife of an official when she was elected as senator from New York and is now – in short order – the Sec of State. Just like liberal hypocrites to think that they had much better readiness for a job but nobody else could possibly have that......more BS from this administration, trying to demonize TEA party favorites.

    September 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. suzibee

    We need YOU Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. all the news that's fit to omit

    No nitwits, she is talking REALLY about Obama and his lies that he made during the campaign and you nitwits believed him.

    "Sometimes the poetry can get kind of hot and a little over the top, but the prose brings you down to earth."

    If that is not a thinly veiled shot at Oweblamo I don't know what is and CNN, for you to not pick that up, no wonder you are in last place.

    Much of HIS LIES were said to be LIES way back then (Hillary and Bill included in the truth telling), but you needed to elect the "first" AA.

    She was superior to him in every way, shape or form.

    September 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. kimberly

    Shes RIGHT! these know nothing teabaggers are ALL in over their head. The good thing is not one of them will get to Washington, and I am SO pleased with the ditz in Delaware winning the primary...More great news for the Democrats who could use a little help!

    September 16, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Realistic

    I hope one day she runs against Palin. It would be a treat to see a highly educated lady like Clinton take apart Palin. Palin would be all rattled and confused and Palin would start her eye winking again and looking at her palm for answers..Oh the joy of seeing that..

    September 16, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Tshingambo Mbundu

    Very Wise and Mature comments
    Proud of her as our Secretary of State

    Thanks Hillary

    September 16, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Coger

    Hillary sounds like she's speaking to The Dead Poets Society.

    September 16, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Dt

    Aman hillary.

    September 16, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. S Callahan

    does this fit under the Federal definition of 'bullying'?

    Everything is about perceptoin....just sayin'

    September 16, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. jeff, alabama

    Is she talking about how Obama promised one thing
    and now is governing like George Bush did ?
    Gitmo still open, wars still waging against our enemies,
    extending the Bush tax cut, not having a quick fix
    for the oil spill, etc. etc. etc. Is that what she means by
    a sobering experience after the elections.
    But still no apologies to the Bush family.

    September 16, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. barry

    Poor Hillary. She works so hard and should be President. If it were not for the Media's prejudice against women she would be President right now. I hope she chooses to run against Obama in 2012. I think Americans may be ready to allow a woman President after the disastrous Obama Presidency.

    September 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Austin

    Thank you, Madame President.

    September 16, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Eric

    Yeah, ya see, Hillary... the thing is... we've been playing nicey-nice for generations... not wanting to offend the hippies, not standing on principle, not throwing the bu11$h!t flag when the democrat players clearly earned the call... yeah, we're done with that.

    Playing nicey-nice and playing statesmen and "going along to get along" is what's gotten us to the point of fiscal insolvency where we find ourselves.

    The Tea party influence in congress WILL end the spending. It WILL end cherished socialist FDR entitlement programs. It WILL end the Utopian fairytale nonsense that's been peddled by the socialists for nearly 100 years. You will no longer use our own tax dollars to bribe us to vote for you.

    Starting in November, it's officially "game over" in America for liberals, "progressives," socialists, marxists, communists, statists and democrats (god, those stupid labels are redundant!). It's over. It's done.

    America is closing the book on this very, very dark chapter in social experimentation, and we'll return to the hard-scrabble prosperous nation we were at our founding.

    Because if these recently elected conservatives don't reverse these programs, it's game over for America.

    September 16, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. stevegee

    On November 2nd, We The People are going to take back our government from the political elites. How's that for poetic justice?

    September 16, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. The Far Right WIng Love To Run Against Government . . . They Just Don't Know How To . . .

    Run Government

    September 16, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Sharon

    Hillary is my hero.

    September 16, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. diridi

    GOP, Tea Party are the same with bunch of thugs, who messed this nation like a Hell, and crazy for the last ten years...if you vote for this in Nov, it is your karma....that's not be silly and do not vote for these thugs....just vote any Democrat...that's it....

    September 16, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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