January 14th, 2008
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Bill Clinton compiles 'list' of Obama attacks

 Bill Clinton appeared on Roland Martin's show Monday.
Bill Clinton appeared on Roland Martin's show Monday.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign came out swinging Monday against the latest complaints from her rival, with former President Clinton announcing he has "a list of 80 attacks on Hillary" by Senator Barack Obama's campaign.

In a nationally syndicated radio interview on WVON, Bill Clinton said Hillary Clinton's way of handling attacks showed a clear difference from Obama. "She didn't complain about it," he said, citing one in particular that he considered "appalling."

"She just said 'I disagree,' and went on."

Clinton's remarks on the Roland S. Martin Show - which has a largely African-American audience - came amid a flare-up over remarks by Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, who appeared with Hillary Clinton on Sunday at a church in South Carolina, site of an upcoming primary.

Many believe Johnson made a veiled reference to Obama's drug use as a young man, though he insists that was not his intention.

"I think we have to take it at his word," the former president told Martin, adding that "nobody knew" what Johnson would say, and "it wasn't part of any planned strategy."

Johnson was rejecting the controversy over a recent remarks by Hillary Clinton, who noted that it "took a president" to make the Voting Rights Act a law after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had led the struggle for it. Some interpreted that remark as dismissive of the civil rights movement. Obama on Sunday called the remark "ill-advised."

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– CNN's Josh Levs

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  1. angelina_ MN

    I find this so sad and pathetic. Bill has to let it go, is he and Hllary running on the ballot? Again I have been saying it, this is about a family dynasty hungry for power at whatever cost. The attacks are low and beyond politics, simply what we do not want in a president. AT least she and Bill are showing their true colors. What sense of entitlement to have power a the cost of all people. Hopefully voters will see what is going on.
    I am a Latina Woman and I fully support Obama he is the only one that can bring a diffent way to unite this divided country without having to bring the old politics.

    Hillary: establishment, status quo, entitlement, and the abuse of power

    we do not want or need that.

    January 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Desmond

    Every words from Hillary, I believe and have no doubts about it. A former first Lady and former President Bill, their credibility should be able to put the country in the right economic path to growth.

    As for Obama sounds to good to be true, smart, compose but still feel he play to the tune of the campaign rythm. He speaks well but performance wise not sure. Credibility also not sure.

    I had heard Obama speech and find that time and again indrectly lashes out at his opponent. It seems like he is out to put someone in bad shape and project a great image of himself, quite a common practice but I don't like it.

    As for Hillary, I like her speech talking about specific problems facing America, very much practical and realistic, until recent list of Obama attacks. I look at it as the truth must be revealed and put to right perspective.

    For this I very much in favour of the Clinton to Win this campaign.

    Good Luck America :)

    January 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Nick ny, ny

    I am really disgusted the way things are going. I don't blame Clintons for it because Obama is equal participant. I have never heard such nasty compaign started out by Obama and now all Democrats are equally guilty. I don't want a president that cannot take criticism or else it will be considered as attack on entire race. Obama can't even keep the democrats together how the hell he is going work with republicians. He is just full of pluffs.
    Obama needs to cut it off right now
    Hillary needs to focus on issues.
    Edward just need to keep his mouth shut.
    Please all of you get your acts together.

    I hope CNN you post this because you tend ignore sensible post and put up more of angry posts from obama supporters.

    January 14, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Karen

    The Obama camp is passing around a memo in South Carolina of the suspect comments coming out of everyone's mouths. You can go to Huffingtonpost.com to see the actual memo. Everyone is jumping on the race issue, not just the media. I wonder if any Obama supporters are going to read the memo.

    January 14, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Blacks were not the only ones involved in the Civil Rights Movement Guys

    Blacks were not the only ones involved in the civil rights movement. There were many, many others involved, including politicians.

    January 14, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Diane

    I have listened to the candidates and not the media hype – most of you should watch a little more c-span – they don't cut out the important stuff so you get everything in context. I am an independent although registered democrat and I have heard Obama's explanation of why he voted for the funding of the troops etc. You should all download his hour on Meet the Press, it is very telling. He did have to answer all the tough questions. He did this without attacking and degrading others. His campaign has not been attacking Hillary he has been correctin the distortions. This Sunday Hillary was on Meet the Press and answered many of the same questions, yet all she did was attack Obama. So I don't know where the idea that he or his campaign is after her. In my opinion it just shows how little folks are actually following the campaign and buying into the media hype (supported by Washington insiders) who would like nothing more than the Establishment candidates McCain and Clinton to run against each other so we can have more of the same for the next 8 years. Please start going beyond the headlines Americans and education yourselves on the whole picture. When Bill and Hill said that Obama wouldn't know how he would have voted for the War, do you know when he said that and the rest of the paragraph surrounding that comment? If you don't you are getting that distorted picture that "they" who don't want fundamental change are selling.

    January 14, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. carolyn

    This whole episode is disgusting!! The issues this country is facing is a whole lot more important than all this bickering back and forth! I think it is just a smoke screen to get peoples minds off what is really important! I also think the media is firing it up as much as possible–PLEASE LET IT REST! Carolyn

    January 14, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Tom Davie

    This is well placed political move by the clintons.

    Its showing the obama campaign to be filled with RADICALS.

    She puts something up that isnt really racist at all, but COULD BE TAKEN THAT WAY , and of course the obama people start FREAKING ABOUT IT.

    And when the smoke clears, its obvious there was no real content there at all.

    The 'fairy tale' thing wasnt about race in the slightest, and because the obama people FREAKED OUT about it, making them look childish and playing the race card, then all of a sudden the Clinton campaign goes ........hmmmmmmm..........

    lets see what else they will foolishly FREAK OUT about ...........

    ...Obama hasnt done the 'spadework'

    ...took a president to get it done

    ..fairy tale

    Only true radicals of hate would really take offense to these comments. We all have certainly heard a LOT worse than this in our lives.

    January 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. jim, chicago, illinois

    I was going to vote for Hillary, but not now. The way Bill Clinton has gone after Obama transcends the typical mudslinging that is a part of politics. It's shameful and embarassing.

    January 14, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Bonnie NYC

    These 2 sort of people have got to be the most disgusting, vicious, vitriolic and dishonest on this planet. Can't we get rid of the Clintons and send them to the moon so they can forever drift in space.

    January 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Bob - Florida, RFO


    The mess began —as these things almost always do — in a normal tit for tat between the candidates. A

    fter Obama was poised to surge past Clinton after Iowa, Clinton charged that Obama was raising "false hopes" with his soaring rhetoric that emphasized ends over means.

    Obama skewered Clinton right back in New Hampshire, asking where the nation would be if both JFK — in making a manned mission to the moon a goal — or Martin Luther King Jr. — in his 1963 Lincoln Memorial speech — had instead shut down their visions and told America they were simply too hard to achieve.

    Delivered with humor and always to soaring applause, Obama's was a devastating rejoinder.

    Now how did this get started by Team Obama???

    Go Obama '08

    January 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Gracious & Logical

    I am baffled beyond belief that the Clintons (supposedly smart people) after the fallout for several reckless, malicious and blatantly untrue statements would have the audacity to somehow spin the stories making Sen Obama responsible for the perception of their remarks. With respects to the various remarks in question (Bill’s “fairy tale” outburst and Hilary’s statement about Dr MLK), I have personally seen the clips several times. The first time I was taken aback... subsequent times I was trying to give both Clintons the benefit of the doubt. However, the conclusions were the same – their comments were objectionable, misleading and divisive at best. For the Clintons to suggest that someone would need to spin their remarks for anyone to find it objectionable is disrespectful for commonsensical persons.

    Various strategies are at work here:
    1) The Clintons are invoking race in order to isolate Obama from white and other non-black Americans.
    2) The Clintons are misrepresented their opponents positions to play the victim and tarnish the record and character of Sen Obama.

    Constant mentions of race by the Clintons serves to isolate Obama from white and other non-black Americans. It is evident considering the history and the bigotry that is STILL prevalent in this country; discussions of race would only facilitate ignorance and hurt the Obama campaign. Incidentally, some on this board have already fallen into the Clintons’ trap.

    The Clintons continue to misrepresent the positions of their detractors and opponents. Recent examples are Sen Obama’s position on the war and Sen Obama remarks concerning the ability of words to inspire. Firstly, Sen Obama staunchly opposed the Iraq war from the very onset when that position was unpopular (as he had surmised that the Government had not made a strong case for taking such an unyielding action). Subsequent to the war, in the early phase Sen Obama made a really difficult decision to vote for funding as the troops were still fighting and hence needed equipment etc to enhance their safety. Secondly, in reference to Clintons statements diminishing the power of word, Obama pointed to Dr MLK and President JFK as examples of the impact of words.

    It is clear that the Clintons will stop at nothing to seize power and that’s quite unfortunate.

    DG

    January 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Pete

    Is this Clinton on Obama, or Rove on McCain in S. Carolina in 2000? Despicable, destructive, and a great help to the GOP. STOP IT, NOW! Hillary just lost any chance of ever getting my vote. Shame on you!

    January 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Garrett

    Way to go Bill! Obama has been given a free ride by the press and the majority of the talking heads for too long now. This election will decide the leader of the free world and nothing should be off limits. The former president is engaging in a legitimate campaign tactic and Mr. Obama had better toughen up; The mud that the Clintons are slinging is nothing compared to what would come his way in the event he wins the nomination and goes up against the GOP's political machine.

    January 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. b.lee

    Hillary will not get the democratic nomination and she can thank Bill for that, if Obama is not the party nominee then the Republican party will win again in 08 because Hillary and Bill have been a division in the black community.

    January 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Lukyoh

    The little respect I had for Bill has been lost.

    Who would listen to a liar? So Bill, did you or did you not have sex with that woman? Or does it depend on my definition of 'is' is?

    January 14, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Travis Sugarland, Texas

    Bob Johnson is now part of the Clinton machine. He needs to be told he can't turn back. Ron Brown and Vince Foster had second thoughts and.... Bob, you must continue to smile and say how much the Clintons love us dumb ol' colored folk. Johnson did not say what what Bill and Hillary had done, he just reminded us that they love us, feel our pain, and know what is best for us.

    America it is worse than I thought. I was ready to accept her brand of socialism. I am even prepared for her massive redistribution of wealth. I must now be concerned with Bob Johnson, the founder of BET, being in charge of the FCC. Maybe Larry Flynt can be Secretary of State.

    January 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Bonnie NYC

    Deborah, You are all wet on this fair is fair business. If she can't stand on her own 2 feet she is not qualified to be president and that is that.... PERIOD

    January 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Daryl

    Bill and Hilary have had nothing to say for the last 6 years while the Bush administration has been dismantling our democracy and committing war crimes, now they viciously attack Obama for having the audacity to compete for an election they believed would fall in there laps. If either one of them had shown any leadership in countering the Bush administration, I might be interested in what they have to say, but, instead, they supported Bush's illegal, immoral war and campaigned for Joe Lieberman. I wish they would just go away!

    January 14, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Victoria

    JD...totally agree with you comments...Obama talks of CHANGE...CHANGE..CHANGE....People have been asking about how he is going to get results..Now we see...He is going to take Hillary plans for the encomy and CHANGE the numbers....LOL He can't even come up with his own ideas....

    January 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Jo

    wow!...
    breathtaking.
    sad and heartbreaking.

    January 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Marcia

    As Obama said in Newsweek, we know the dark side of politics when we see it. I see it when the Clintons deny responsility for their own "illadvised" attacks, blaming Obama for their own verbal gaffs and insensitivites. Though a lifelong Democrat activist I would never, ever vote for a Clinton.

    January 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Nate

    Bill and Hillary are hanging on tenterhooks and are determined to throw as much mud at Obama, as they possibly can t muddy the waters.

    The two are masters at chicanery and political shenanigans that are borne of greed and megalomania.

    What makes Hillary think that she is entitle to the presidency? Just because she countenanced Bill's carousing does not mean that Americans owe her the White House.

    Why should we trust Bill anyway? He is the same guy who said "I didn't inhale" and "I had nothing to do with that woman".

    What makes him think he has earned the trust of Americans?

    If Hillary cannot conduct a sober campaign, she should not think that tears, insults, thinly veiled attacks and feelings of entitlement will win her the White House.

    Obama will win the nomination, he has the backing of a majority of right thinking Americans; who understand that their country is not a monarchy and also understand that Hillary is too divisive, too ensconced in the bad ways of Washington to give the U.S the real, positive and inspirational change that it seeks.

    January 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. luis

    However you like to put all of this while Obama was smoking pot and other hard drugs by his OWN admission on his latest book Dreams from my father, Hillary was already out there working to make things better for all of us. LOOK IT UP… Let’s make history Hillary 2008!!!

    January 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. Matt

    I have to agree, why is Bill doing all these attacks and speaking, isn't Hillary running for president and not Bill? Why doesn't she stand up for herself and do something instead of having Bill come rescue her or do the dirty work of being her puppet so she doesn't look bad.

    January 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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