January 23rd, 2008
09:30 AM ET

Obama slammed at Sundance

From Entertainment Producer Matt Carey in Park City, Utah:

The Sundance Film Festival is generally about art and commerce, but politics wasn’t far away Monday night.

Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator who's running a quixotic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, turned up at the Sundance Film Festival that evening. While the leading Democratic Presidential candidates were debating in South Carolina, Gravel was sitting on a panel sponsored by the Creative Coalition.

We talked afterwards, and true to form, he was very outspoken.

He slammed Sen. Barack Obama, saying he was "inconsistent" on the issues and that his "lack of experience shows." He added, "I don't think in many respects he knows what he's saying or the ramifications of what he's saying."

Ouch! I guess he won’t be on the short list of vice-presidential nominees if Obama gets the nomination.

But Gravel didn't stop there. He also slammed CNN for keeping him out of the South Carolina debate, calling it a "conspiracy between the network" and the Democratic National Committee. And he said he was bored during the debates, even the ones in which he participated.

Perhaps most surprisingly, he said it won’t make any difference who is elected President. He suggested it's going to be the "same old-same old" either way.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival

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  1. debi

    i don't believe Sen. obama is honest and forthright. he evades answering questions, by side stepping over them. He is very good at that. i haven't heard one solid answer form him on his policys. i only hear change...But what type? what will he try to do...
    America is in a world of hurt, and yes it is time for change, i don't feel it is him at this time. i want to know What ever happened to "made in America". And how come we aren't taking care of our own people? We as a country need to.

    January 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stacey B.

    It sounds to me that this gentleman is a little bitter. With respect to all the presidential nominees they all seem to bash Sen. Obama for the same thing "lack of experience." None of the nominees other than Sen. Clinton have any experience in the "White House." I hope that these nomineees have a better leg to stand on in November. We all lack experience at one thing or another. Besides he can't mess it up anymore than it already is. America as a whole has hit a rock bottom. Change is neccessary for us to regain our respect amongst other nations our citiizens here and abroad.

    January 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

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