January 14th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
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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. joli

    Please! You know Barak has no problem talking about about his teenage drug use. But heaven forbid if someone should "gasp" use it against him! PLEASE!!!! As far as im concerned... perhaps if he had been paying more attention in history class versus doing drugs he would know that the Civil Rights movement was about more than Martin Luther King Jr. Yes MLK was a huge proponent but did not act alone in the accomplishments that took place both inside and outside Washington. This is simply just a desperate use of playing the race card... and assumes the public is dumb on the topic of Civil Rights.

    You got called out Obama... You can talk about change and hope all you want and compare yourself to the likes of MLK and JFK... but in the end these great men didnt just talk about it they acted and accomplished great things. You on the other hand are arrogant enough to compare yourself to these great men without having accomplished anything... which personally I find to be a greater insult to their legacy.

    January 14, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Bryan

    This kind of bunk is exactly why people are flocking to Sen. Obama! This is the type of change people wnat. It seems to me that he has remained out of the fray while Hillary continues to use personal attacks and mudslinging to regain her lead! The same tactics that she wailed on the republicans about she seems to be using! It makes me rethink the whole eight years Bill was in office! maybe they weren't as innocent as I had thought! It is sad but the more I hear from Hillary the more it makes me think that we would be better off with Joihn McCain if she does win the nomination! Please Hillary stop the attacks! I want to keep supporting you but you are making it increasingly difficult!

    January 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Josh

    The Clinton's are disgusting people and I have lost all respect for Bill...And I have never had any for Hillary, so that does not matter. If she won the nomination she would lose to the REP, because independents nor a good portion of DEM would vote her.

    I can promise you Edwards and Obama supporters would not support her corrupt campaign of divisiveness and hate.

    January 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    I am so sick of this Bill and have been convinced by the events before and since NH that the Clintons are doing everything they can to get elected. I used to have some respect for Hillary. Now no more and not at all.

    Either Hillary is committing a career suicide by throwing the whole kitchen sink out to win or she thinks that enough American people can be fooled by her tricks. Wait and see.

    January 14, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. OC

    I am confused...Who from Obama's camp made negative remarks about her reference to Lydon B. Johnsons involvement in civil rights? From everything I read it was "some" African-American leaders, not Barack Obama's camp. Obama did say it was "ill advised" but that was on Sunday....after her appearance on "Meet the Press".

    If she feels any backlash from her comments it is because of what she said. I really wish Hillary and Bill will leave Barack alone and concentrate on a positive campaign.

    January 14, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Katherine

    Folks – more than one of you has said you're sick of this bickering from both camps. Plase, someone tell me what you have heard from the Obama camp, I haven't seen one disparaging comment or reaction from them, other than Obama's assertion that he has not reacted. He specifically said about the Johnson comment "what is there to react to". Why is he being accused of contributing to this bickering?

    January 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Allen

    I love you Bill, but stop whining.

    January 14, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. MarkC

    Listen to the snide tone that Johnson uses when he says: " I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book."

    Bill Clinton thinks that "community organizing" is what Johnson was talking about? Why wouldn't Johnson want to say Obama was doing "community organizing"?

    I'm not sure whether to believe the suggestion that this is part of Operation "turn Obama's strength with black voters into wedge to drive away white voters." But here is what would happen if that was the case: a surrogate will trot out the word "uppity," Obama will win in South Carolina and someone will describe it as a "black tide," followed by a decisive Clinton win on Super Tuesday.

    January 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    So what's the difference, exactly, if she complains about it herself or has her husband do that for her? Who wants to be president, him or her?

    January 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Amelia

    Do we want 4 more years of this negativity and victim playing? The American public deserves a leader that will help unite us after too long divided. Its ok to disagree, but not ok to stoop so low as the Clintons routinely do. No to toxic politics! Go Obama!

    January 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Jack K.

    I guess now we've got to give equal time now for Obama's list of Bill and HIllary's attacks?

    This makes me vomit.

    Are they running for class President of the Harvard Law School....or for the President of The United States of America?

    Even if Edwards doesn't get elected. I'm so tired of their (Obama and Clintons) well-healed, psycho-babble–if he doesn't run for President....I'm voting for McCain!!

    January 14, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Evan Tribley Columbus, OH

    Every single day Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton attack Barack Obama. On top of that, they contribute anything negative said about Hillary somehow came from Obama's campaign.

    This is ridiculous. Bill is running the show, if it isn't obvious that a vote for Hillary we'll put them both back in power by now I don't know what will.

    There is absolutely no change involved in the Clinton's campaign, it is nasty, it is lies, it is personal. For the love of all that is good don't vote for her.

    There is absolutely no chance she will win a general election. She will receive no republican support. She will receive limited independent support. She certainly can't work with republicans, which will only further polarize the country.

    January 14, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Blayze Kohime, Columbus OH

    So what's the difference, exactly, if she complains about it herself or has her husband do that for her? Who wants to be president, him or her?

    January 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. tennessee gurl

    Message to the Clinton's...GO AWAY. We dont want you anymore. We are tired of the politics of personal distruction. How about showing your ideas instead of attacking Obama?

    January 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. RuthieM

    This is too bad. Why are they dragging this on and on? I think it's because they don't appreciate Obama fighting back like he does in defending himself against their bigoted statements as they try to turn it against Obama and say they are not bigoted but they are. They just don't want America to really know them. If they were not guilty they wouldn't keep commenting and calling black radio shows and appearing like they're doing. I think they have always thought black people less than them but would never act or say so. But that is why they've always gone out of their way to 'connect' with blacks, for photo op purposes, for political gain. It is only now that Barack Obama is gaining on Hillary that they can't accept it, that they refuse to accept it, meaning refuse to accept the black thing is gaining on them, their true colors showing.

    January 14, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Pady

    What a shame President Clinton,

    What you are doing to America is indeed insane. We are in crisis and somebody trying to bring some balance to this Great Nation. What kind of president are you?
    She really lost my vote and many more voters like me will just not vote for Hillary.

    Period

    January 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Gina, Baltimore, Maryland

    I have always considered myself to be a die hard democrat. But after listening to Clinton, Obama, and Edwards sling mud, if McCain gets in, he'll have my vote. Please Hillary, wise up and just talk about the issues.

    January 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. S Williams, Tampa

    Why is everybody always picking on us? – The Clintons (whining once again).

    January 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Amanda Orlando, FL

    Seriously, who sits around and compiles a LIST of attacks? This is just childish. I know the Obama campaign did something similar, which I thought was silly too, but their website listing Hilary's attacks on Obama struck me as somewhat humorous and mocking- which is precisely the point. The mud they've slung at Obama have been ridiculous, vague, unfounded, and overall below the belt. The "attacks" Obama has supposedly made on Hilary are simply defensive and generally true. Bill Clinton making a list of these supposed attacks and shouting them out for all too hear isn't going to create the havoc he's hoping for.

    The Clinton campaign is throwing a tantrum, and it isn't helping them at all.

    January 14, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Drama

    A list of 80 attacks! I have been watching this campaign very closely and I have yet to hear attacks coming from the Obama camp. I have heard RESPONSES from the Obama camp when they were attacked.

    January 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Rada

    I know some people that get turned off with this back and forth but we all should be proud of the fact that they are fitting or your vote, your attention... We have a good selection of candidates in the Democratic side... WE ARE MAKING HISTORY!!! enjoy it.

    January 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. rich judy

    Why is it so WRONG to point out Obama's insistance on a message of "CHANGE" and then do nothing to prove it. She and her husband did more for racial harmony in this country than just about anyone else. Obama wants "us" to elect him because he's black and that that in and of it'self should be his explanation of "CHANGE". Not good enough! Being a state senator for a couple of years and community activist just is'nt the "CHANGE" I had in mind to replace the current occupant.
    We need "PROVEN" Leadership!! Not wannabe Presidential Leadership.
    P.S. Obama campaign- Quit playing the race card-just because someone dares to call you on the carpet for something does'nt mean their racist! You DONT get a free pass to the whitehouse just because your black just ask Jesse Jackson or the other pillar of the black community..Al Sharpton!!

    January 14, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. John Petty

    Actually, the Obama camp has been hitting Hillary pretty hard for quite some time now. They've been pretty deft about it, which is a tribute to the Obama camp's political skills, but it's definitely been going on.

    Plus, I think both sides are making some fairly good points. Clinton says that Obama hasn't been all that anti-war, except for some speech he gave when he was a state senator. That's true. When Obama says the Clinton's are trying to "rewrite history," there is an element of truth in that too.

    Race, of course, is a difficult issue, but–keep in mind–it has entered the campaign, not because somebody is a racist, but because both Clinton and Obama have strong support in the African-American community.

    January 14, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    The Clintons are obviously in shock that someone besides Hillary might get the Democratic nomination. Their attacks on Obama speak volumes for their desperation. If Hillary needs to have her husband fight her battles for her, as he has done, she doesn't deserve to be President. In fact, with her crying and playing the "gender card," she has set back the women's movement.

    January 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. stirlingmclaughlin

    The Clintons and Co. are trying to provoke Obama in to an angry response so they can paint him as the "angry black man" playing the "race card". So far it hasn't worked. We'll see...

    January 14, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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