February 26th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: I always get the first question

 Clinton and Obama squared off Tuesday night.

Clinton and Obama squared off Tuesday night.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton appeared to suggest Barack Obama has consistently received favorable treatment at recent Democratic debates, saying Tuesday night she is often the first one to field questions from the debate moderators.

"Can I just point out in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time?" Clint said during the second question of Tuesday's debate. "And I don't mind, I'll be happy to field them. I just find it curious that I keep getting the first question on all the issues."

Referencing a recent Saturday Night Live skit that portrayed the press as overwhelmingly in favor of Obama, Clinton also joked, "Maybe we should ask Barack if he's comfortable and needs another pillow.”

Clinton's comments echoed those of her communications director, Howard Wolfson, who on Tuesday sharply criticized the press coverage of the Democratic race.

“I think it is true that every time the Obama campaign in this campaign has attacked Sen. Clinton in the worst kind of personal ways, attacked her veracity, attacked her credibility, said that she would say or do anything to get elected, the press has largely applauded him," he said.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (344 Responses)
  1. Oy

    Time for the WAAAAAAHmbulance to pull up. This campaign is terminal.

    February 27, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. christin

    Then she will say he is getting better treatment if he always got the first question!

    Whine whine whine

    February 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  3. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    She has gotten the first question in 6 out of 10 debates- one more than half. She also answers first on questions that are put to both candidates- voluntarily. She then says "but I'm happy to do that". I think that her polarizing manner came through LOUD and clear tonight. Barack was calm, cool, and collected. He owned the debate tonight!

    February 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  4. SBee

    That's one way to deal with a HOT FLASH - Hillary!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  5. rw in ct

    The two anchor, Russert and Williams, are the only two professional reporters MSNBC has. When the debate finished, I switched the channel, I would not subject myself to the Matthews and Oberman mouths. Their Obama lovefest borders on porn.

    February 27, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. Trish

    Believe me Hillary, WE all wish you wouldn't keep getting the first question. I thought this was a debate, it looked more like Hillary hour. yawn.

    February 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  7. L. Smith in Atlanta

    Geez, either one–Obama or Clinton–is far, far, far better than McCrazy or Huckster.

    It has been my observation that the media has def. been more biased/favorable towards Obama over Clinton. Honestly, no one can seriously deny this! (Just read the headlines!)

    And the media is quite powerful...look at how they diminished their coverage of Edwards, and others, for a while before they dropped out. That was blatant bias; covering the race as if it were just between Clinton & Obama. Hmmm....Self-fulfilling prophecy.

    February 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  8. Hal

    I feel sorry for Hillary because I knew from the start that she was not going to get a fiar shake. She hitched her wagon to her husband the KING of failed opportunities and now she is paying the price. Her get him a pillow SNL quote was straight out of the George Dubya "Ain't I Funny??" book of political puns. Now she has been booed for her juvenile remarks in the last two debates. The Xerox remark and the SNL comment tonight are a sign of her desperation and a lack of any presidential demeanor. If she does not recover I am afraid that she will compromise herself politically which would be a major loss for the Democratic Party.

    February 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. kenny

    If barack wins the nominee the media will go against him when he faces McCain you will see this is all about republicans...Bush is doing this to america that doesnt deserve this,they know they can't beat Hillary thats why every republican is supporting Barack,If he wins nominee he will loose BIG TIME on GENERAL.


    February 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  10. jon

    A few days ago when Sen. Hillary furiously said let's have a debate, meet me in Ohio, I thought she wouldn't wait untill she was given a green light to speak by the hosts and then now, she is complaining for speaking first. I am confused by her mood switichings.

    February 27, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  11. Rick

    Holy cow, can she complain about anything else? Was the seat too hard? Were the camera angles wrong? Stop whining and start acting like someone who's running for president.

    February 27, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. Chris in Silicon Valley

    Question for Obama supporters:
    What is it – specifically – that he stands for that you like?

    For all his talk of "hope" and "change", he is a middle-of-the-road candidate, and takes a "safe" – even boring – position on a lot of issues.

    February 27, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. tracy v

    Hillary is the only qualified candidate here.

    The same people chanting Obama's name will be the same people giving him low ratings when things do not work out!!

    Reminds me of when we elected George Bush back into office.

    Experience DOES matter. Watch and see and then go give low ratings again!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Keith O.

    I'm confident that if Obama had been getting the majority of the questions first she'd whine about that too. She should take some notes from Margaret Thatcher about how to act like a mature woman in politics while in the publics eye.

    GO OBAMA!!

    February 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. KT

    She's talking about she always get questioned first. Well, YOU are the one who wanted the debates in the first place. Obama was cool with all the others you all had. In for favortism, what sport team or anything you know gets alot of coverage if they are losing.

    February 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. Juan Carlos(Las Vegas)

    Of course, He does not know how to respond. He does not know the difference between denounce and reject. He would know the name of the future president of Russia, he is just a great speaker. He always agree with senator Clinton on hard issues. Hope, Chance, Bring the country toguether, media help me, bias, impartiality, corrupt. Poor America.

    February 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  17. Shane

    Finally Hillary was able to bring the media negativity to light. Come on America. Vote for the person who is right for our country and has given clear, specific solutions. Not someone who offers hope and dreams, we need more at this time of crisis. HILLARY IN 08

    February 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  18. Jason

    Not very presidential. Its over folks....she needed a homerun tonight and she hit a pop fly.

    And she should be happy she gets the first question of the evening. If I were in a debate I would prefer to have the first question since it would give me the perfect opportunity to frame the debate in such a way that my strengths are highlighted.

    BTW: In the last 10 debates Hillary was first 6 out of 10 times...hardly the bias that everyone is clamoring about. Just concede already...

    February 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. Barbara Munson

    I absolutely will not watch Tim Russert's program on Sunday mornings again!!! What puppets of Rupert M. you all are. You were told to go in for the kill and that is exactly what you did Tim. What a weak man you are.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  20. woman too

    Hillary is former first lady, her husband was good president, but she was attacked, criticized mercilessly. Others would be visibly hurt to hear so much mean, nasty, cruel comments from opposition. She stands strong.
    I am not able to understand how could the opposition and its supporters be so so cruel to her. Personal attacks, bringing back painful memories, attacking her appearance – what is that? How civilized and "intelligent" is it? How humane is it? She and her campaign never mentioned his appearance, his wife appearance, they did not attack the human in him, they went after the facts. Obama 's supporters hurt her in way which is unspeakable. And he let them do it.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  21. kenny

    Everytime they ask HILLARY a question,after she answers they ask BARACK the same question and HIS answer is "I HAVE TO AGREE WITH SEN. CLINTON"
    I thought CNN is different but NOT.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  22. Todd

    The crazy thing was once she pointed out their bias–they still kept doing it! Giving him softball questions and grilling her.

    He stammered over the Farakhan stuff. It felt like he is actually anti-semitic– as soon as they ask him real question his inexperience and arrogance will be obvious to everyone.

    February 27, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  23. Luke

    Go hillary Go!! you're so wonderful, you illustrated yourself as very presidentiable!! You spoke with substance and with full knowledge. You answered all the questions straight to the point without pausing. You're the right one to be a president!!

    February 27, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  24. Donald

    LMAO!!! Wow, I can't believe she was actually whining about being asked the first question. It made me think of elementary and Junior High school kids kids complaining to their friends. Kind've sad IMO

    February 27, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  25. Kristine

    Barack can agree with Clinton because he knows that there isn't a whole lot of difference on their positions and he is confident in his own campaign, message, and the important differences that do exist. (Eh em, Iraq).

    February 27, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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