Clinton Says Choice Between ‘Speeches’ and ‘Solutions’

Feb 20, 2008 11:07am

ABC News’ Christine Byun Reports: A day after she lost another round of primaries, Sen. Hillary Clinton drew sharper contrasts with her Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, at a morning fundraiser in New York City, and to a lesser extent, she attempted to wedge herself into a fresh battle with the presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain.

"It’s time we move from good words to good works, from sound bites to sound solutions … We need to make a choice between speeches and solutions," Clinton said, referring to Obama, D-Ill. "The best words in the world aren’t enough unless you match them with action."

The New York senator propped herself as the presidential candidate who could push change through "solutions," citing her experience with international and domestic issues and continue to hail herself "ready from day one."

Clinton referred to Obama several times, but mostly stayed away from mentioning him by name, painting him as a "personality" and his followers as part of a "movement" and tried to position her intentions are more concrete.

"While others are joining a ‘movement,’ I am joining you on the nightshift and the day shift. I am asking you to join me to shift America into high gear again," Clinton said.

She touted her commitment to accomplishing her healthcare plan, accusing her "opponent" of out at excluding "at least 15 million Americans."

"The question is, who would you leave out?" Clinton asked. "I don’t want to leave anyone out. I am not running for President to put band-aids on our problems, I’m going to solve them."

The former First Lady also argued her past experience makes her the stronger candidate to beat the Republicans in November. Clinton proclaimed that "one of us has faced serious Republican opposition in the past and one of us is ready to do it again."

She brought out one of her stronger lines of attacks against Obama towards the end of the speech, asking voters "to get real."

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"We cannot achieve the kind of changes we want by voting ‘present’ on controversial issues, or by meetings behind closed doors with corporate interests to water down legislation … The American people deserve better than that. So, yes, let’s get real, let’s get real about this election, let’s get real about our future," Clinton said.

She also lobbed criticism at McCain, categorizing him with the current Republican administration and President George Bush.

She stressed that the importance of winning the election in November to beat both McCain and Bush, going after the Arizona senator on the economy, saying she plans to "create 5 million more jobs" while he wants "more of the same."

"I will deliver 21st century solutions so that we can get off the track toward nowhere," Clinton said.

Local Clinton supporters, Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Charles Rangel, also attended the fundraiser event Manhattan’s Hunter College.

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