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. Harvey Daniels

    Hillary is always getting treated unfairly, time and time again, and that is SO VERY WRONG! She is the BEST CANDIDATE!! SHAME ON ALL who have treated her unfairly, and that goes particularly for CNN.COM. It's boring already!!

    February 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Xiaonan Hu, VA

    Life's not fair and it's not going to get any fairer with international relations as President of the USA. If she can't put up with her so-called "biased press" then she's not suitable for the presidency. You can't change the press, you can only change yourself. If she wants to become president so badly, then she should take matters into her own hands and do something.

    February 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Craig

    What's this crap??? I can't watch the debate without upgrading my dish network? I thought this was a free country? Now I got to pay to hear the demicratic debate!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. dem08

    why does no one ever cut him off?

    February 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. Kayla

    She looks very tired tonight. I still don't get referencing SNL as a relevant source. I sure wish Obama would come back and remind her of the Halloween episode where Bill is played as a sleazy philanderer and ask her how valid she finds that skit.

    February 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Not another Husein

    We are going to rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Not another Husein

    You got it right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Dave

    I'm fed up with candidates and their supporters whining about press coverage. When the race is down to two candidates, Mrs. Clinton, you have nothing to complain about. Make your point to the American people, and if they like someone else better, so be it. You come across as petty and childish. I can't believe a Clinton is complaining about unfair media attention... you have nowhere near the uphill battle that other, more honest candidates such as Bill Richardson or Ron Paul have had.

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. dem08

    he talks and talks and talks...yet neither of the moderators cut HIM off.

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Angela

    This is childish....can we talk about someone else. This is like the Clay Aiken drama. Look Hilary you lost. Have some respect for yourself. Try again next time and try to keep it clean. The real question is why is Mccain's wife in every picture.? It's like some hypnotizing ventriloquist maybe there is something newsworthy in that out of the air statement.

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Tim

    FYI, Hillary got all the questions first in the last debate because she lost the coin toss... which was stated by the moderators prior to the beginning of the CNN debate.

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. HD - East Kentucky

    Well, she wanted more debates. Now she complains that she does not like getting the questions first. She is running for President of our country! If she does not want tough questions, then she should run for some other office and stay in New York or Arakansas.

    Obama/Edwards 2008

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Angelina

    Ok, if they give her the first question she complains and uuuh they are mean, if they dont give her the first question, (wait and see ) she will say that they prefer Obama, NONE can please this self center person, who always talk about me , myself and I. She complains no matter what, and if she is not complaining she cries, and if she is not crying her campaign is saying that Senator Obama's emails are false, and if she is not saying that she is saying that some states do not count and only those she chooses to say count, if she is not changing her mind about what she agreed with the DNC about MI and FL, and if she is not saying that she is lending herself more money; and blah blah blah the list goes on. . by God, cant she be honest? I know it is never too late to find your own voice, but she will not find it while in this campaing, she and bill need to go build houses in empoverished areas and drop the sense of entitlement they have. They need to feel and hear what people are saying. The people want Senator Obama as our next president and I for one am tired of the multiple personalities and of the attacks, insults, rethoric, old politics, dirty tricks, mocking, lies, and all of that which is so characteristic of her adn her campaing, and that of Bill.
    we need a leader, not someone who has many personalities and faces and has no voice and who will never represent our voices.

    February 26, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. kelly

    Tim Russert has a different tone when questioning Obama.


    February 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |

    :- ) 🙂 🙂

    ROTFL Way to go Hillary. Nothing like a great sense of humour when their tossing rotten eggs and lemons.

    Another striking difference between her and her Democratic Opponent. She can smile when they're stacked up against her.
    And call a spade a spade without the stuttering, stammering and ahhhhhhhing the thought to it's torturous demise!

    If he needs another pillow....HAHAHA .... I'm sure she'd fluff it for him too as she's the kind of gal who doesn't hold a grudge. She states her objections and gets back to business as usual unlike her opponent who has to plot his next trick to get even! HAHAHA

    February 26, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Linda

    I would like to know who is the clowns that are alllowed to come up with these questions and who they put in the hot seat. These are SOOOO biased. This one and the last one too. I think these are set up, must be by the Washington newspeople. Now call that whining and guess who doesn't care.....

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. HD - Kentucky

    Deb IL.....they "cut her off" because she keeps interupting the moderators and she goes on and on without any end.

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  18. Chris

    Hillary is a huge fake. She wears her visit to China "on behalf of women's rights" as if it was a huge badge. Fact was, despite a BOYCOTT of the China conference by women around the world due to China's terrible human-rights record, Clinton snubbed her nose at the human-rights issue and went anyway. Many women who cancelled the trip because of this human rights issue, were livid that she would snub her nose at the boycott. She was VERY active in promoting NAFTA; I recall every painful moment of watching that NAFTA trainwreck. In fact, Hillary Clinton abandoned her flailing health care plan to promote NAFTA. She has proven herself unreliable on healthcare, as pro-NAFTA, and as uncaring on human rights issues. She's a total fake, and a bad actress.

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. don luis

    Why is she complaining about answering the quesiton first. just answer the question!

    GO OBAMA!! You are sounding very intelligent on the debate

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. MH of OK.

    OK HILLARY DO YOU WANT TO BE THE FRONT RUNNER OR NOT????????? come on speak up this is a serious job you're applying for and we need serious people in that job, not somebody that whines and cries about EVERYTHING thats not going just their way all the time thank you.......

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. ha ha ha

    Brilliant Charles! She should run Independent, and get 25% of the vote, and Obama can run Democrat and get 25% of the vote... And McCain will get 50% of the vote, and then, we can stay in Iraq for 100 years!

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Erika

    WAKE UP! The only reason Obama sounded good at all in the last debate is because he had the luxury of piggybacking on her intelligent answers. Plus the press, CNN included, are in his pocket. IT IS OBVIOUS, so obvious it was the butt of the biggest joke on SNL this weekend.

    He'll be elected, yes, and all you Obamaniacs will get what you deserve when he trips over himself in the Oval office.

    God help us all.

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. rez

    is it me or doesn't any one else can't see this clearly ?? Everytime the questions was asked to hillary first and she gives a proper answer. Obama follows up with his answer saying I agree with what Hillary says. Thats goes the same when she said she would meet with foreign presidency under proper guidelines and then obama said he agrees with Hilarry. Contracdicting himself earlier when he said that he would meet with and would not put forth any conditions.. I believe obama will say anything and change his story several times to get elected. and russert is EVIL !! he clearly is rooting for obama and i strongly believe the media is on obama's side..

    February 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Lucas

    It's funny - because it's true.

    February 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  25. Michael Dunn

    I hear tomorrow the campaign plans to blame in part the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause for not delivering the nomination as promised....

    February 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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