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. Les Blain

    Hillary missed the point. LBJ didn't fulfill Dr. King's vision. The core of King's "I have a dream" speech is that men be gauged by the content of their character, not what they look like. No single political figure can ever hope to bring that into concrete reality by the stroke of a pen. Dr. Kings vision of the way things could (and ought) to be is a matter of mind and heart in millions and millions of people. By that measure, then, that an African American could make a credible run for the highest office in this land comes much closer to proving the dream fulfilled than anything LBJ did or didn't do.

    January 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Brock, Dallas, TX

    I don't have a problem with the Clintons or the Obamas. I DO have a problem with the "media" and how the "media" funnels this story. The "media" calls the shots and determines winners and losers.

    January 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Lance in Monrovia

    I have lost all respect for Bill and Hillary Clinton. I'm a lifelong Democrat. I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. She'd rather the Democratic party be torn apart rather than she lose the nomination to Barack Obama.

    When Bill Clinton said he'd be slinging mud, he really meant it. What he forgot is that when mud is slung, you get dirty in the process.

    Hiding in all that mud don't make you black Bill, it just makes you look silly.

    I'm angry. Very angry at the Clintons for the way they've decided to run their campaign.

    I will be voting for Barack Obama, and doing everything I can do to see him elected.

    Lets get a real leader in office for a change.

    Obama 08.

    January 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Mr. Justice

    Hillary will have trouble getting support from two groups: (1) liberals, due to her longtime support for the war in Iraq (although she's pretending to have "long had doubts about this war" . . . NOPE; she continues to vote to fund it), and (2) men, since (a) as a feminist, she thinks that men are PIGS, and (b) she reminds so many men of their ex-wives. If Bill hadn't messed around while married to her, HE would be running for president in 2008 . . . he was the last good Republican president we had.

    January 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. S Alexander

    I tired of seeing a holier than thou attitude from Obama.
    He began all of this with Oprah's and his comments re MLK. and attaching themselves to the coat tails of King. HE IS NO KING!
    This continual taking the Clintons comments out of context is really a low blow.
    He is the SHREWD ONE. He lets his campaign do the dirty work.
    The American voter is not that naive, I hope.

    January 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  6. warren

    As far as I am concerned Hillary has already had her 8 years as president when her husband was in office. And like her husband I dont like her either.

    January 14, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Willie J

    Bill Clinton is standing in the doorway of the White House, saying that Obama gets in over his dead body

    January 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Texas

    The name Clinton, makes me feel sick in my stomach. Yes, I voted for him the first time, but not the second. Just took me a short while for him to be in the White house and I wanted him out.
    Still when interviewed (now) he has that ole' finger out there just a wagging. He must have forgotten what he said as he swung that finger to t he American People.
    Clinton, should shut up and be the candiates husband. You don't see the other candiates on TV talking their spouse and letting them be on everything for them. Seems as me it is not Hillary that wants to be President, but Clinton.
    They both should be ashame to want to darken the halls of OUR White House.
    I will not vote if Hillary I want a fresh start and the country should all be for that. Kick out the old that did not work and put in fresh to see what they can do.

    Give up Clinton, I don't think you are getting to Obama. He has too much pride and it shows. Your un ease is showing.

    January 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Eric in Massachusetts

    Baracka Hussein Obama should pull out of the race now. Either that or he needs to make sure that his "supporters" (and I mean his close ones) stop putting race in the picture. Obama has only personally said a couple things directly accusing Hillary of saying racist things (Nobama's "ill-advised" comment about what Hillary said).

    He doesn't have to say much, it's his inner circle that does it for him. His caucasian supporters will be put off if he keeps it up. He has already alienated some African Americans as well. If he is the great "Uniter", it's time to start acting like it.

    His "freshman" politics is beginning to show through. He should know better, but of course he does not. Too bad. He would be doing everyone a favor if he drops out today and calls for unity in the party, allowing the contest to be between Hillary and Edwards. He needs to go get some experience and run again in 8 years. If he proves his vision through actions in the Senate, then I would vote for him in 8 years. Not now.

    Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Chris Rock, Oprah, et al need to concentrate on issues and not the color of Obama's skin. It's getting old guys.

    January 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. rw

    Good for you Bill.

    I have hear some of those jabs, but neither the Hillary camp nor the media has made an issue out of them. The Obama camp is desperate for votes in SC, because if he loses SC, he might as well not head into super Tuesday. Obama and his camp can play the race card for SC, but there will be payback Feb. 5th.

    January 14, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Mongo, SF, CA

    I think it depends on how one defines "have" – right Bill?

    January 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Julie - Albuquerque, NM

    Why doesn't someone ask Obama about his athiest mother and his muslim father, and why Obama doesn't like to wear the flag pin, or why he doesn't place his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegience. He likes to say that he attended Catholic school, but that doesn't mean anything other than his way of interjecting a semblence of religion into his political campaign.

    January 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Amy

    How democratic is this? The campaign with the most misinformation and lies repeated is the one that can possibly win? 20 years of only 2 families? The money and influence of the status quo is what wins elections?

    So why are we trying to spread democracy to the world if we can't even maintain it in our own elections? How corrupt is that?

    It is time to take our country back. It is by the people and for the people, not this. I am soooooooo for Barack Obama in '08. We definitely need a positive CHANGE for the future of this democracy and nation.

    January 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Mike

    I'm sick of the Clintons the Bushes and all the establishment candidates we've had shoved down our collective throats.

    We will never get any better as long as the media is controlled. This is the worst-case nightmare for Americans.

    The first step toward taking back this country is to gain control of media outlets. Then and only then can the truth be disemminated.

    Next, an amendment to the Constitution which prevents any member of a family whose relative is president, a member of the House or Senate or a Governor, from running for any one of those posts until at least 20 years after their relative's term has ended. This would prevent these huge political families/dynasties.

    Lastly, let's put our public officials on Social Security and dump their "pay for life" and free health care scams. NOBODY should be paid their salary forever... especially a gov't. worker whose salary WE pay.

    January 14, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. AFSOCSARGE

    So it's Hillary dividing the party???? Not Obama??? Wake up!

    Fully Awake, The Clinton went into 100% Spin Control not Obama, Period ! No one told either one of them to start this and it was the "Black community" not Obama that made this an issue. Hillary should not even had mentioned "Anything" about what MLK could not have done. She was the one that made less of MLK's accomplishments not Obama ! She knew she struck a "Black Nerve" then tried to blame Obama, The Clintons made it worse with Brining in BET's Robert Johnson calling on Obama's Drug use. So I for one am "Fully Awake" on this "Blame The Victim" Karl Rove Tactic.

    I'm "Really" for Obama Now !!!!

    -AFSOC Sarge

    January 14, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Lynn, I echo your (and Brooks's) sentiment about Obama. How nice would it be to have a president who values discourse and differing opinions and fairly takes into account other views while formulating his own.

    Exact opposite of George W Bush.

    January 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Julie - Albuquerque, NM

    In response to "tr", at this point, I will vote Republican of Obama gets the Democratic nomination.

    January 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Don't be naive

    I've watched Hillary in debates. She always seemed genuine and had great manners. I saw that clip of the New Hampshire debate when Barack patronizingly told Clinton, "You're likeable enough, Hillary" after she said that Obama is very likeable. I was disappointed at Obama's response, even though Hillary sounded very sincere. The audience wasn't amused either. Obama made the wrong move there. With one small gesture, he was overconfident, arrogant, ungracious, and underestimated Hillary specifically and the people who liked her.
    Maybe this is uncharacteristic of Obama. Maybe he was overconfident from the Iowa win, but that is something that made me look harder at him. Words can inspire, but actions are what really count in the end.

    January 14, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Julie

    Bill Clinton should go home. This is Hillary's run...she's a big girl and should be able to take care of herself. How can I believe she will handle the Presidency if she cannot handle Bill Clinton. He is making idiotic lists and comments. Is this the "Clinton Family" technique. It looks like dirty, same-old politics to me. What a shame, but I am feeling that they will do and say anything to win.

    The campaigns of the Democratic candidates have been well conducted until New Hampshire. The Clintons will only hurt and divide the Democratic party. How depressing that race should still be an issue.

    Obama has run an intelligent, dignified campaign. I will vote for him...
    not the Clinton Family.

    January 14, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. bjg

    i truely hope Obama stays above this ridiculous attack and distortion approach to campaigning – perhaps bill could list the 80 reasons why we would want his wife in the WH.

    January 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Susan

    Obama supporters are not somehow fanning the flames or what did a previous poster say?
    " that fans have moved this and kept it alive" ..and by the way.....WE ARE NOT FANS...THIS IS NOT SOME SORT OF ELVIS OR SINATRA LIKE ATTRACTION...THIS IS CHOOSING THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!! This is not a rock star like attraction....or "Fairy Tale" as Bill put it....this is real.....The Clinton's resentment, frustration and anger came out loud and clear, regardless of whether Bill Clinton said the words "Fairy Tale" in reference to Iraq...They are certainly getting very desperate....that is very clear...they are pulling out all the stops as a desperate attempt to stop the wave of Obama...

    January 14, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Monte

    Obama himself admitted to drug use. Did he think it would never be discussed. Now he wants to "trash" anyone that mentions it. The media needs to get off his bandwagon and let the people determine whom they will vote for, keeping in mind that experience does count. Take a look at what happened when an inexperienced person reached the White House....

    Bill Clinton, as a spouse has as much right to speak on behalf of Hillary as the other spouses of the candidates are doing.

    The media needs to stop bashing the Clinton's!!!

    January 14, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Pat

    The problem with little coverage of the campaign in remote geographic areas is that real issues are apt to be little more than hearsay, and most people don't believe rumors without validation.

    The campaign has become so ugly with Hillary and Obama that both are likely to lose, in voter backlash.

    Unless the issue can be made more relevant, and more clear, it is mere whispering in slur campaigns from one region to another, and irrelevant to most voters.

    That is the problem for voters without greater voter contact with the candidates, and without more television exposure. Remote campaigns tend to do little to define and typecast candidates, reduced to ad credibility.

    January 14, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Sheldon

    Obama supporters are made up of mostly republicans on this site who want Obama to win the nomination so they will have an easy target in the election. You can tell by the true hate in their message. They fool no one!
    Hillary all the way!

    January 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Independent

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    Could someone please tell me what the Clintons forgot in the white house and are going back to retrieve?
    Who needs Bill for a 3rd term? Nobody.......

    January 14, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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