Obama: ‘I Give a Good Speech. What Can I Do?’

Feb 15, 2008 12:11pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Dismissing the arguments as ‘sillier and sillier’ at this stage in the campaign, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched a counterattack against rival Sen. Hillary Clinton’s latest catchphrase of ‘speeches versus solutions.’

Clinton has been arguing in recent days that she’s the candidate who can offer more than just a speech, but can offer solutions to America’s problems , implying Obama is a talker and not a doer.

Today in Oshkosh, Wisconsin Obama offered a rebuttal with citations from his record, "When I brought Democrats and Republicans together to have health insurance in Illinois, that wasn’t talk. When I fixed our criminal justice system to prevent wrongful convictions in Illinois, that wasn’t talk. When I worked with Republicans on nuclear proliferation issues that wasn’t talk. So she’s exactly right that speeches aren’t enough. That’s why I’ve been working for the last twenty years to provide real solutions to the American people."

Referencing Clinton’s support of NAFTA and her vote for the bankruptcy bill, Obama said Clinton’s actions didn’t provide this kind of solutions people need. "So don’t be fooled by this talk about speeches versus solutions. It’s true I give a good speech. What can I do? Nothing wrong with that."

Obama argued that the problem was not a lack of proposals with the two candidates, "everybody’s got a 10-point plan on everything," but rather who can create a working majority.

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