Clinton Reduces Obama’s Campaign to a Speech

Mar 1, 2008 3:11pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton reduced Sen. Barack Obama’s entire campaign to a single speech during a press availability on a plane from San Antonio to Dallas.

"His entire campaign is based on one speech he gave at an anti-war rally in 2002," Clinton said. "I give him credit for making the speech, but his speech was not followed up with action, which is the pattern we have seen repeatedly — a lot of talk no action. We have one speech in 2002 versus a record of accomplishment and a record of action."

Clinton also said she and likely Republican nominee Sen. John McCain both had experience to put forth, but Obama only had a speech.

"Now I think you will be able to imagine many things Sen. McCain will be able to say. He has never been the president. He will put forth his experience. I will put forth my experience. Sen. Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002."

When Clinton was asked if she could name one instance where she had to make a critical decision like the one she references in the "It’s 3 a.m." ad that began airing this week she said the question was framed incorrectly.

"No one who hasn’t been president has done that. That’s not the right question," she said. "The question is what have you done over the course of a lifetime to equip you for that moment. Now I think you will be able to imagine many things Sen. McCain will be able to say. He has never been the president. He will put forth his experience. I will put forth my experience. Sen. Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002."

Clinton was asked if she and her campaign still feels confused about Texas.

"You mean, trying to figure out the two-step?" Clinton asked. "We feel really good about it. We are training people. We did that event this morning. People have come from 20 counties across Texas who may be at the precinct conventions for me. We are recruiting precinct captains. We feel good about it."

Clinton did, however, express her dismay over caucuses when she chose not to mention that aspect of the Texas election.

"We focus on things, you know, we have very good people working for us. Everybody was aware of that — the primary is what we really pay attention to," she said.

Clinton was asked to react to the recent NAFTA news and was asked if she thought Obama’s position was disingenuous.

"I think it’s somewhat disturbing that he would say one thing in Ohio and have his campaign sending a private signal to a foreign government presenting exactly the opposite of what he is saying in Ohio," Clinton said. " This is part of the pattern and I think it is a pattern that really deserves closer examination. You know, NAFTA is a really critical issue to the people in Ohio. I have not just talked about the problems of NAFTA, I have put forth a very specific plan."

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