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

soundoff (617 Responses)
  1. Jim, Chicago

    Most people with 35 years of experience are thinking about retirement !!!

    January 14, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Dave

    I usually like Bill Clinton, but I'm starting to really get irritated with his statements over the past week or two. He needs to find something else to do and shut the hell up, because he's not helping Hilary in the least. In fact, his statements are starting to make me think I might just vote for McCain if it turns into a Hillary/McCain contest... just because I don't think tactics like the Clinton campaign is stooping too (mostly on Bill's part) should be rewarded.

    January 14, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Tom Davie

    Bill and Hillary are very seasoned politcal people.

    Whenever a candidate champions change through youth, she or he will draw to them young voters who have great intentions (often without a real knowledge of how to the system works though ).

    Unfortunately, the 'youth change' candidate will ALSO draw the RADICAL element . Seedy people whom are discontent with everything. They tend to swing wildly with hatred.

    The Clintons ability to draw IRE for everything they say paints the Obama camp as reactionary RADICALS.

    Obama himself is no radical, and is carefull to insists he isnt reacting. However, people who claim him ARE easy to freak out over everything and anything.

    Ergo is tarnishing his campaign.

    January 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Paul N. Cedar Rapids,Iowa

    Who is running for President,Hillary or Bill for a third(illegal) term.?

    January 14, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Jewell357

    I guess Hillary needs her husband to fight her battles...

    January 14, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. go 'bama

    Hillary Clinton is turning more and more to the routine of the pathetic prehistoric female who has to shed tears and wait for her husband to come to the rescue and save her in order to win votes. Hillary can't sell us the ballsy high-powered liberated female one day and the teary-eyed damsel in distress the next if she wants to have any credibility. this just shows she is all about image, in a theatrical performance to win the presidency, but then who knows how she will 'act' when it is no longer for show!

    January 14, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. WAKE UP DEMS

    This is amazing. Why are people SO offended when Obama is attacked or criticized? He's a politician, right? I thought his tatic of "You Can't Attack Me Because I'm the Candidate of Hope" was laughable until I realized that you all buy in to it! I hate to break it to you but what Clinton is saying is just the tip of the iceberg on Barak. Apparently she really is too nice to use all the dirt out there on this guy. Most of it unrelated to his ability to govern but sordid none the less. She won't use it but the Republicans will. They're crossing over to caucus for this guy because he'll be FAR easier to beat. And all because Dems refused to properly vet him and attack anyone who tried.

    January 14, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. kamenwati

    Bill is forecasting how he will behave if Hillary won the election (I personally don't believe she'll be the nominee). Just think of all the grandstanding we would have do endure with another Clinton in the White House. Clinton fatigue anyone?

    January 14, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Ray

    Its OK for the guys to attack her, but if she does it back then its all wrong! Sad!!

    January 14, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Katia

    Wow!! I was considering voting for Hillary, but after the way she & her husband are acting I thought better!!! We don't need anymore hatemongers in the White house. I'm going with Obama.

    January 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Amy

    If we as Democrats keep infighting, we are going to hand the presidency to the Republicans on a silver platter...Stop the madness.

    January 14, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Dee, Canada

    The rest of the world is sitrting back it in their comfy couches with their feet propped up, nibbling on popcorn and watching the best show in town: it has someting for everyone... the tearful high drama of the soap opera world; the nervous expectancy of Lets Make a Deal; the high stakes gambling of Reno; the intrigue, blood and guts of CSI; the boring melodrama of professional golf; the cheating, phoniness and deception of Reality TV, dirty, painfull and cheapshot attacks of All Star Wrestling..it's the US Presidential Elections! Keep up the good work folks...we are being thoroughly entertained!!

    January 14, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Pat PEI Canada

    It's seems these comments are a bit lopsided.

    When attacks were made on Hillary nobody was defending her
    against the mud slinging machines. Now that she's defending herself
    everyone is attacking her because she is human and wants to clarify the
    attacks made against her. Wouldn't you want to if someone made disingenious
    remarks regarding the truth of your statements and your stand on issues?

    She is presently leading in the polls so I guess she has to be doing something right!

    And it is true that Obama was attacking Hillary through the media. Although I also believe that the media likes to play up these attacks. As that's what makes
    titilating campaign coverage and ups the ratings.

    Welcome to our World. If you don't like Freedom of Speech move to Iraq or Iran.
    Where your military and ours are fighting the battle daily and putting their lives on the line so you and I can have the freedom to voice our opinions openly without being imprisoned, stoned to death, beaten to death or beheaded.

    January 14, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. P,NJ

    The Clinton's are sickening, its bringing back bad memmories. They will do anything to win. They speak with forked tongue as usual. And Bill is always hollaring at the poor press, when it is Bill who started most of it. After all their dirty tricks, I will never vote for the Clintons. Its the same old thing......

    January 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Amy

    If we as Democrats continue the infighting, we will hand the presidency to the Republicans on a silver platter...Yikes...

    January 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Charlene in VA

    If Bill did not come out to defend his wife I would think him less than a man to me bill Clinton is just like any other man defending his significant other .
    To the folks in S.C. who watching ! think your self! if you didn’t hear either of the opponents say it from their own lips don’t buy into to the media trying to keep this going .

    January 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Brandon

    All I can say is: wow. I have never seen the Clinton camp looking so desperate. Hill needs to put Bill back on the shelf before he ruins her chances further. Am I mistaken, or was Hillary crying about how hard all the attacks have been etc.? Is that what Bill means when he said that she "didn't complain" about the "attacks"? Hmmm...

    January 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Megan

    The Clintons are obviously not as smart as they think. They are about to lose their core constituents if they keep up these ridiculous attacks. Does she not know that even if she wins the nomination, she'll need the support of black voters to win the general election.

    January 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Ray

    So Hillary defends herself after months of everyone going after her and she's the villan?

    And why does Obama get a free pass about his drug use? Why cant that be brought up? He did them right? He wrote about it in his book right? Why does he think or his "fans" think we can talk about it? Like Obama would say....
    " YES WE CAN!"

    January 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Ray

    So Hillary defends herself after months of everyone going after her and she's the villan?

    And why does Obama get a free pass about his drug use? Why cant that be brought up? He did them right? He wrote about it in his book right? Why does he think or his "fans" think we can talk about it? Like Obama would say….
    " YES WE CAN!"

    January 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. LB, Franklin Lakes, NJ

    It seems that once again the Democratic Party is revving up to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Childish bickering like this will make even the Republicans look good.

    January 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. Deborah

    It's ashame people continue to attack Hillary Clinton's candidacy based on Bill Clinton, and don't even give her the benefit of the doubt for her intellegence and experience. She continues to be rediculed for being powerful and so many people are being unfair. Give her a chance, she's no phony, she's the real thing, it's tough being a woman battling an all men campaign of competitors, than, on top of that she's our ex-president's wife, and now a senator. Hear her out, don't go by what you "think" you know. Everyone's a critic, during political elections, but be fair for Gods sake, be fair. She's got mine and my families vote.

    January 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Not part of a "planned" strategy?? Clinton doesn't take an unplanned bathroom break....Hillidiots...remember she planted the person in the audience to ask a question???

    And you dopes will vote for her....baffling

    January 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. Brian Des Moines, IA

    I find it funny that people aren't looking at Obama's voting record, the fact that he attacks Hillary, isn't providing any change, is a polarizing figure (look what is happening...it takes two people/two sides to have a polarization), and with the help of the media is stoking the flames of all of this!! What are the Clinton's to do? Give in? If they did that all of you would be stating she doesn't want to be President that much, or what would she do if things got rough with Iran just give up? Give me a break!!

    Bill Clinton was talking about Obama's stance on the Iraq war as the fairy tale, the media has blown that out of paportion by only showing a part of the speech and only providing sound bites....IF OBAMA WAS A REAL AGENT OF CHANGE, AND REALLY WANTED TO CHANGE THE WAY POLITICS ARE RUN, MAYBE JUST MAYBE HE WOULD END THIS BY STATING THE TRUTH (THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS ONLY TALKING ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR)....Don't be fooled that this isn't helping him out, and he likes it....both of them do!!

    By all of this going on yes it is splitting the party up now...but it is producing a two person race (Obama and Clinton) they are getting all of the media's attention (mostly bad but they have time to change it) but look at what is happening to Edwards, he has to talk about this and take sides to get any attention!!

    What needs to happen is that once this is all done, whichever candidate wins the nomination should be endorsed the other and they (the one not getting the nomination) should really campaign for them (not go into hiding) THAT WOULD BE REAL CHANGE ON BOTH SIDES!!!!

    January 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. HOW IN THE WORLD?

    HOW IN THE WORLD IS SAYING THAT A PRESIDENT BROUGHT LEGISLATION TO FRUITION SPARKED BY THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN ANY WAY "ILL-ADVISED?"

    HOW STUPID DOES OBAMA THINK PEOPLE ARE?

    OF COURSE IT TOOK A PRESIDENT TO PASS LEGISLATION!!! AN ACTIVISM, A MOVEMENT IS ONE PART – ENACTING AND UNDERSTANDING HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS ENOUGH TO MAKE IT LAW IS ANOTHER AND THEY BOTH WORK TOGETHER!!!

    SHE SAID THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING'S DREAM BEGAN TO BE REALIZED BY THE SIGNING OF LEGISLATION!

    IT IS NOT CLINTON WHO IS SLINGING MUD IT IS OBAMA.

    I AGREE WITH JOHNSON – OBAMA MUST THINK WE ARE PRETTY STUPID!!!!

    January 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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