January 13th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Clinton: Obama 'distorting' my remarks

Hillary Clinton said Sunday the Obama campaign is distorting recent comments made by her and her husband.
Hillary Clinton said Sunday the Obama campaign is distorting recent comments made by her and her husband.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton accused Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign Sunday of distorting remarks that she and her husband have made in recent days which touched off concerns among some African-American voters.

Clinton and Obama are in a heated fight for the support of black voters, particularly in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Jan. 26.

Speaking to NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton accused the Obama camp of "putting out talking points" about the recent remarks.

Obama rejected Clinton's complaints as "ludicrous."

Sen. John Edwards, also in the running for the Democratic nomination, stepped in with his own fresh criticism of Clinton. Speaking at a church in South Carolina, he accused Clinton of suggesting "that real change came not through the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, but through a Washington politician."

In an interview with Fox News last week, Clinton said, "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." She has argued repeatedly that her experience shows she can get more done as president than Obama.

Some African-American leaders criticized the remarks as denigrating the civil rights movement and Dr. King. Both Clintons have long been popular among African-American leaders, and have extolled the civil rights movement. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Clinton referred to King as "one of the people I admire most in the world."

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  1. create

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    January 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Ayyub, Richmond, Va

    Amazing January 13, 2008 4:56 pm ET

    Can somebody post the link where Obama said "the clintons were racist"…..

    Because there is none.

    January 13, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Joseph

    Does anyone care about American kids that are in the war?

    January 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. keep you busy

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    January 13, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. mghorning

    The fact that LBJ was able to get civil rights rights act legislated was most definitely a sigificant factor in the movement. There is no doubt that MLK was the foremost civil rights leader before and after, but LBJ advanced the cause by at least a decade at a time most thought it wouldn't or couldn't be done.

    READ A BOOK!!

    January 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. john

    Please...let's not turn this into a gender contest. Bill Clinton is the biggest
    load Hillary Clinton has to carry. People who might be willing to vote for
    her hesitate because of him. She should have divorced him after they
    left the White House. Now it's too late. Now they know if you elect her
    you're also getting him, like con-joined twins, and this is too high a
    price to pay. Sorry, Bill, that you've got too much political scar tissue.
    Change isn't a new configuration of an old co-presidency.

    January 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. keep

    We need somebody who does not have the Tradition 35 years of Washington Experience. Because as much "As much as Things Change, They stay the same". Her 35 years has changed nothing. Her husband’s years did nothing but conceal and provide a false mirage to the public that all was alright, while inwardly, Washing was still the same old place- An Immense influence by Lobbyist. If Hillary did not influence her Husband to put an end to the choke hold of Lobbyist and PAC groups THEN, what make us think that she is the candidate who will bring about that change now? After, Lobbyist are the "Root of the Problem". They are the reasons why cost in Healthcare, mortgage, Banking, Schooling, Outsourcing have led to the struggles that Americans face today.

    So far, I have only seen one candidate who can see all of that, and has seen it from the Beginning. His judgment, Trumps her experience. By the way, Look at Hillary’s website, it is update monthly. Obama's website is Dynamic. It is update daily. We need somebody who is not lazy. We need somebody who knows how to organize, stay abreast of the changes, innovate, renovate, and create. We need someone who knows how to use resources. Obama does not know it all, but I tell you what his judgment has helped him build the most successful and innovate team/staff. We need that type of Innovation to translate into the UNITED STATES of America. Not just Red state or Blue states, or certain states, or for certain classes of society.

    To see that we need somebody who knows how to analyze, and be proactive not reactive. Hillary reacts when it is too late. Example, she ignored students in the beginning, Obama realized the significance of students, now she is going after students 1 year later (reactive). Obama's Judgment, analysis, cleverness, and staff are Superior.

    How can Hillary say that Obama is distorting the comments that she made about MLK? Those words were not uttered by Obama. Those words came right out of the horse’s mouth, and that horse is Hillary Clinton. It appears to me that Obama is busy Campaigning. The words uttered by Hillary are being translated by the Public. I am part of the public. I must say, Hillary is making Obama's job a bit easier. Maybe she should just put a muzzle on. It seems like her and her husband make ill advised comments. Her husband states that the whole idea in regards to Obama is a fairy tale.

    LBJ did not bring about the change. He did sign it into Law, but only after years of sacrifice made by MLK and his supporters. The fact is, MLK and his supporters demanded change. MLK efforts and support brought about the change by fighting for it, to the degree that he sacrificed his own life. LBJ had no other option, but to give in to the whim of the public support that was accumulated thought the years. Why did MLK have to negotiate with Politicians for equality, desegration, etc? That is a matter that should not need to be negotiated for. It should have been automatic thing.

    Hillary says that she has 35 years of experience, but her experience has not changed the favors extended to Lobbyist. She says that we need a president who know how things work behind the walls of the White House to be successful.

    January 13, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Ben

    who talks with both side of her mouth? Do I really want another Bush in the white house?

    January 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Douglas

    Well, then what did she mean? Hillary that is...And what did he mean? Bill that is...

    She thinks that Obama is playing a game or in a horse race. Bill thinks that Obama is living a FAIRY TALE. Their words not mine. So please for all parties concerned, can they clarify what the "Hell" they meant.

    She believes she is ENTITLED to be the President. Well the Primaries and Caucuses are about the People deciding who they want to lead them and not someone's sense of "Entitlement".

    January 13, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Time for a change

    By making her campaign about gender and race, Clinton does a disservice to all Americans. We deserve better from our politicians than this nonsense.

    January 13, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Kevin,FL

    THE BLACK VOTERS WILL SAY ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER.. THEY WILL END UP VOTING CLINTON ... CLINTON 08

    January 13, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Ian CA

    The fact that Hillary plugged her website during her victory speech in NH is disgusting enough. How pathetic, and all this is just making her look ridiculous. She's blaming hers and her husbands comments on Obama's campaign even though no one in his campaign said anything about them. The only thing to come from Obama about all this is 'ludicrous. I neither respect nor believe in Hillary, and I haven't for awhile now. At first I was okay with her, but now all I see is her constantly either kissing *** or blaming her mistakes on other people.

    For the love of this country, vote for Obama. Listen to his speech in NH, and then listen to Hillary's and tell me whose was better. I'm sorry, Hillary plugging her website was just ridiculously pathetic. Obama talked about hope and the future, Hillary talked about her website.

    January 13, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This whole thing is rediculous. Everyone knows that Clinton has been a huge advocate for all minorities her entire life, and we all know she is not racist. All she said was it took the power of BOTH Dr. King and LBJ to get civil rights laws passed. So what's the big deal? Cleary her words were distorted to make her sound racist right before the SC primary. I hope people are wise enough to know she is not, and if elected, she will continue her fight for minorities. We seem to forget that we as Democrats are all working towards the same goal, we are all on the SAME side! People, let's try not to be so negative, because it sure brings out ignorance and ugliness.

    January 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Leah DiMarco

    America wants truth, honesty, and integrity.

    The days of mudslinging and distortion need to become a thing of the past along with the Bushes and Clintons and from this day forward and we should all work towards supporting only those candidates that have the best interests of America and American people in their agenda without playing calculated self promoting games.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    January 13, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. mslinx

    Hillary is a disgusting liar I don't see how anyone has not seen her true colors, even the woman who asked her the question where she "cried" saw through the bs.... the Clintons make me sick

    January 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Louise

    Why is the same poster using three different names ('Yes', 'Create' & 'Keep')allowed to repeat their message ver batim...does the Obama campaign really need someone to keep changing name but repeating the same message to give the impression of more support??

    January 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Ann

    Does hillary think that American's are fools?
    She says something , and then blames it on Obama! spare me.
    When last i checked, he was not a ventriloquist!

    January 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. E. Roth

    Obama, enough is enough, do not mislead the citizen only to get more votes. You are paying someon to distort everything Hillary said and that does not make you look good yo represent this country. Please stand in your qualities and the change that you are promising. What is that change? if that change is HOPE as you mention in your speech in Nevada then, I believe the citizens deserve more than HOPE. Put hand on practice, there is still time to fight fare. Nevertheless I like Hillary I see you as a promising candidate 4 years from now.

    January 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. jerzee gal

    Obama has yet to address what hillary said and yet she defended what she said striking at Obama. Hillary your "new voice" , led you to try to inject race into the campaign and it blew up in your face! No one had to distort what you said. I am sick that BET founder came to rescue her from her own "voice". It makes me think that some black people are "that stupid"!! Hillary to avoid this next time say what you mean and mean what you say!! As a young black american woman I do want to support black people, and, hillary is definately making it easier to do so. Do like Obama said and rise above the "petty politics"!!!

    January 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Ann Kuminns

    It is time for the world to see how destructive the Clintons can be. No way anyone would need to "explain" their own remarks! You only need to explain when you know you have done WRONG!! The Party is being destroyed by the Clintons!!! When so many people will not vote, or would rather go Republican, you know that there is something drastically wrong. So many long-time party members have been disillusioned by this turn of events, knowing that HRC cannot win, even she she resorts to dirty tricks, we are already preparing for another Republican in the White House. She and Bill are just destroying the hopes and dreams of so many of us. We are not saying that Obama is a better candidate, but their intent on destroying the party that we have love and supported for so many years is a tragedy for us all, and that we may never recover from. How can they claim that they are democrats? Winning is one thing, but having done what they did, and still continue to do is beyond imagination. Can't they see or understand that they are not bigger than the nation of democrats?? Is the Democratic Party just going on a downward spiral? A free fall initiated by the Clintons? Where are the press on this??? Where are the level-headed democrats??? Help! Help!

    January 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Latin American

    Obama will be our next president, the president of the United States of America!!! The best thing for Obama would be to stay away from the any racist subjects and comments made by Hillary and to ignore Bill Clinton all together. Clintons are getting desperate and what a better way to elect another Clinton than to stir issues of race and try to scare away white Americans from voting for Obama. Hillary does not have 35 years of politics, but if she insists that she has served that long, than in 35 years she didn’t do much for people of US. Once you dig into Clintons past it does not look so hopeful for Clinton anymore! I guess Bill is an expert in off-loading attention from Clintons; after all he did literally perfect the off-loading term with the help of his secretary!!!

    January 13, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Ashley

    As a young, educated, african american I have absolutely no problem with what Senator Clinton said. She said nothing that was factually incorrect and if you listen to her actual comments she in no way belittled the civil rights movement. It did take LBJ to sign the civil rights act and I think everyone knows that this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. If anyone should be ashamed it should be Obama for capitalizing on MLK's work whenever anyone hands him a microphone.

    January 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. j. Page

    I applaud Senator Clinton for speaking the TRUTH.... Obama is another MLK or JFK about as much as Edwards is!!!!! She is doing a great job responding to all ofa these TACTICS to make black voters vote against her. But THEY know how hard she has worked for them and will continue to work for them. Obama has nothing else to do but manufacture or distort her comments to ignite people. This is NOT about race or gender. His being black does not mean sh– to me....his having NO experience means everything...that is what we have in the Whiite House now, and we are ALL paying for it. NOW, if it were Colin Powell running that would be a WHOLE other story. This young man has no more than a dream of what he might be able to do, and he got that from a former great leader, did not even come up with that on his own. NO one has to say what the difference between Obama and MLKing are.....intelligent people KNOW there is no comparisom accept in Obama's mind.

    January 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. reasonable person

    It seems that just reading all of these comments....Obama is tearing this nation apart......do we really have to go through the 60's again.....there is no way on earth that this country can come together with the hateful comments of the Obama people.....they only hear what they want to hear....forget the truth....they don't want to hear the TRUTH!!!.....a word from Rodney....Can't we all just get along??? Nope I don't think we can yet......maybe someday....but not this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. Youth Voter, USA

    What it means to be a youth voter in USA?

    Obama tells me change is new, I agree (not knowing every election Presidential politicians talk about change and nothing changes).

    Obama tells me to hope so i start hoping.

    Obama tells me to change, so I change my parents since they are past and status quo.

    My friends (fellow Obama supporters) tell me to repeat Hillary hate posts 100 times a day, so I do it. It's a change from my other work.

    Obama tells me to convince my other immature youth friends to cheer for change, I do it.

    Obama tells me to ignore experience, so I ignore my parents experience of knowing the world as again, they are past and status quo.

    I ignore every old person who was served nationally as they are status quo. Your national service doesnt count in the new world of hatred filled starry eyed fairy tale following youths like me.

    January 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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