February 26th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
6 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. Georgie

    I've seen all the debates. Hillary is right , she would answere first, then Barak would copy & repeat what ever she said. He did it tonight & also added that when he got into office he would call a meeting with the joint chiefs of staff & get a plan to start getting the troops out of Iraq in 60 days.... Now That is Exactly what Hillary has said ALL along !
    Obama also blabs & blabs by restating the questions or changing the questions to blow off air & sound like he knows something. Doesn't fool me.

    February 27, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  2. josh

    The only informative thing that I have seen about the comments posted here are the awful grammar and spelling shown by these posters!

    February 27, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. nonbeliever

    Hillary sounded horrible when she began talking about the media bias. It is true however. Listen to the media say things like "she claws" or "rips" her opponent, etc. All terms of cattiness. I thought the jive turkey thing went out with Huggy Bear," but there it is, about to be elected President. And the Dems called GW an idiot. I've lived in the hood and there is a smooth talking OBAMA on every corner.

    February 27, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. Debra Freeman

    Her comments simply accurately reflect the facts about the manner in which the media has been reporting on the campaign and handling the debates.

    February 27, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. Kel

    PLEASE! DO SOMEONE IN CNN READ THESE? LAST DEBATE SHE GOT ALL THE FIRST QUESTIONS AND THEN OBAMA ELEBORATED BASED ON CLINTON RESPONDS TO MARK HIS STRATEGY THAT THERE ARE NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM...AND OF COURSE HE GETS THE CHANCE TO THINK FOR MORE TIME HIS ANSWER AND ELABORATE ON THE CLINTON ANSWER. IM GLAD HILLAY STOP THAT.

    February 27, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  6. David

    THE PEOPLE WANT CHANGE IN WASHINGTON: TRANSPARENCY, LOBBYIEST, INFLUENCE, GOOD BYE TO THE GOOD OL'BOYS,.

    REPEAT AFTER ME..... PRESIDENT OBAMA

    PS: SIMON SAYS SAY: PRESIDENT OBAMA

    February 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. distortitmore

    Was that foam coming out of Tim Russert's mouth during his interrogation of Hillary tonight in the debate?

    February 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  8. Tiny

    most women for her because most american women level like illegal alien whos love her and most women big mouth and wicth

    February 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. Tim O.

    Hillary is such a cry baby. She does not have presidental qualities. It's time to quite before March 4th. IT'S OVER!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. AJ, IL

    Hillary, the whiner. Hillary is doing an injustice to strong and independent women. Whining about the media picking her first makes Hillary look unpresidential.

    I have been very impressed with Obama debates ever since the Philadelphia Debate on Oct. 31, 2007. He has gotten stronger and better at debating against the Clinton Organization juggernaut run by Hillary in each and every debate. This last debate Obama won hands down.

    Obama in 08!

    February 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  11. PeterO

    She actually does better by saying nothing.... she should try that. Hey Hillary, as President you will always get the first question.

    She's toast.

    February 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  12. Eddie

    Billary always talks about how she is so ready to take office, so if she is soooooooo ready to take office then why is she whining about speaking first if she's soooooooooooo ready?!
    Everybody is saying that Barack is just repeating what Billary says but if ya really listen close to da man he points out various differences in his answers and speeches. As for all yall whinin about how Rupert was attacking Clinton it serves her right for all the BS she's been talking and really give me five REAL facts she has stated about Obama?!

    February 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. Barry, Oregon

    Clinton only mentioned being questioned first to setup the line about the pillow, which was another poorly delivered jibe on par with her xerox comment in the last debate. Both comments received the response they deserved. In short, everything Hillary does is scripted, including her attempts at sarcasm. Another pitiful performance. She should be honored to be asked to respond first, but she insists on playing the victim game. If she's first, she's a victim of the press. If he's first, she's a victim of the press.

    February 27, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  14. HEMMIE ROID , TULSA OKLAHOMA

    How about them BOTH having a debate with Lou Dobbs as the moderator. NEITHER of them would be able to answer the questions he has asked in the last 6 month. Heck, NEITHER could ANY of the republicans . They ALL have special interest attachments and underlying agendas. How about simple YES and NO questions without any retoric or spin. The TRUTH - NONE of the candidates have a clue of what the truth really is or the capablilty of telling us voters the plain and unadulterated truth without any B.S. attached. They ALL have dodged the issues in one way or another.
    Have a Nice Day !

    February 27, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. Peter

    talk about a shocker. these questions are asked according to the position of the candidates, first, second...or last, it doesn't matter, what does count is your reply and body language, in this respect, she failed miserably.

    February 27, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  16. Jorge from California

    Barack WON tonight and I am so sorry for these Hillary lovers... like Jack said today: they live in a parallel dimention!!! WAKE UP CLINTONIANS!!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  17. Craig, Seattle WA

    Firstly, why do you insist on debating so much if you dont want to have questions asked of you? Secondly, Hillary does an extremely good job of answering questions in such a way that challenges her opponents, regardless of who gets asked first. Thirdly, was it just me, or did she not just moments before making this complaint coop the first question of the debate and turn it into a rehash of last week's health care discussions that, by my best approximation, the moderators were trying their best to avoid.

    February 27, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  18. Michael

    It is obvious to everybody. The press is either naively fawning over Obama or their corporate bosses have instructed them to do so. Clinton threatens people because she is, and has, always represents REAL change. Obama is a phony.

    February 27, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  19. Elena

    The media has been so unfair towards Clinton for many weeks! Obama can't do anything wrong. Every headline is in his favor. It's impossible for anyone to be that perfect. What's wrong with this picture? Also, have you noticed that Obama has two voices? When he's at a rally, he's a preacher. He's appealing to the little people. When he's at a debate, he's throws out the sing-song tone and out comes the Harvard guy. He's fake. I just don't trust him.

    Go Hillary! You're the most qualified!

    February 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. Pillow anyone?

    Maybe they should give Hillary a pillow because she just had her butt kicked in this debate.

    February 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  21. Rachel

    I think she should have gone one step further in this apparent analysis and say "I have no problem answering first but I do believe this gives Senator Obama the chance to carefully think about what I have said and by and large he simply agrees with my statements. Quite honestly I have not had the opportunity to hear any creative ideas or policies of his own."

    THAT is the point she was making.

    February 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  22. Maynor

    Some people here need to learn how to spell!! GO OBAMA!! I donated $25 to the Obama campaign when the crybaby plugged her own website!! Wah.........I want to be president like my cheating husband.......wah!!!

    February 27, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  23. Linda

    Keep on shining Senator Clinton - BS Obama looked absolutely nervous. Fakeness can only go so far, mark my words Obama zombies.

    The media will soon get what they deserve...

    February 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  24. Sin Souza

    I can understand the frustration Senator Clinton must feel. Corporations own the Media, people are like sheep and are easily influenced. Obama can do no wrong would seem to walk on water. WILL THEY ELECT OUR NEXT PRESIDENT?

    February 27, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  25. Debra

    First Hillary whines that she is being asked the first question, (how terrible!), then invokes Saturday Night Live as a barometer of truth
    and fairness in the media. This, after her weekend rants.
    Is this really someone we desire to be President? The alternative
    is a calm, deliberate, specific candidate, unflustered and
    focused. Obama remains consistent and on message.
    How hard is this folks?

    February 27, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
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