February 26th, 2008
09:30 PM ET
7 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. SJP NY

    I don't understand this comment– she doesn' t mind being asked the first question, yet she also doesn't mind complaining about it. Make up your mind.

    February 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Wow...I can't believe she said that. Can't wait to see how that comment spins

    February 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Bruno

    What hack is Hillary's joke writer? Bruce Vilanch?

    Seriously what she did was lame. And I dont get how all of the blind Clintonistas cry about her being treated unfairly. When she was the front runner she didn't complain about how the media treated her.

    Now she just seems desperate. Not good. A woman with her level of intelligence should know better. And with 35 years of experience, she should have ALREADY wiped the floor with him.

    But yet we are still here. Because America wants change. Having 2 families trade control of our country for the last 20 years is enough.

    February 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. kefa

    if she's confident in her ability to debate and air out her differences, then being first doesn't really matter. its pettty and a useless plea for sympathy.

    February 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Rozanna M. Mendoza

    I did not hear that... What she said was that that Mc Cain was the presumptive Republican nominee.

    February 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Isn't snide, desperate, and condescending what we're trying to do away with in this election? Desperation is not a good look for HRC.

    Obama in '08

    February 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Crissy

    Clinton is asked the first question all the time because her answers are to the point and straight forward. Come on you all lets cut Obama a little slack..... he needs some time to think. Not all of us were born smart, confident and did I mention smart.

    February 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. momo

    Wolfson is exactly right !!! The press apologize for Obama all the time. As for Clinton, the press parse her every word, & are critical if she looks cross-eyed at him.

    February 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. Osagie From Montgomery

    What is wrong with this picture folks? when did the US started kicking someone when they are down?
    Hill Baby! "She who fights and run away, live again to fight another day! "(Bob Marley) before you accuse me too baby.

    February 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Editor

    Why don't you try editing your stories before they hit an international audience.

    Who the heck is Clint????

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Voted Clinton Once

    Hmmmm, let me take this opportunity to point out that Obama is attacking Clinton??? MoveOn.Hillary... Your past has not been vetted, your husband's has... Step aside and give Obama the respect he deserves as the clear Democratic nominee,thank you!

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. katefranklin

    Nothing like showing a complete lack of poise under fire to cancel any impression that she is fit for the Most Difficult Job in the World.

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. joy

    And you wanted to have more debate with him .... free air time. huh.. loser !!

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. hsl

    Senator Clinton has every right to question the media and their bias toward Senator Obama.
    The media appears to push Obama forward and even if you are not a Clinton fan we should let the media know our dislike of their agenda.
    Regardless of your political party the old adage applies "what goes around comes around" .

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. 22coffees

    If she gets the first word, it's a problem. If she gets to go last, it's a problem. You know when it's not a problem? When you have something to say.

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. ralph

    She's whining about being the first to be asked questions???!!! Does she remember Sen. Edwards' whiniing about NOT being first to be asked a question?

    What a whining leader she'll be as a president if she doesn't get her way! Can you imagine this kind of person with their finger on the nuclear "GO" button?

    But of course, many of us voters already knew that and definitely will continue in our decision not to vote for her.

    February 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Bick

    Who goes to a debate, and gets mad at the moderator!?! If the race wasn't over before tonight, it is now.

    February 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  18. Barbara

    How is it decided who answers first?

    February 26, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. g

    OKAy first of all last time they did a draw OBAMA WON>>> STOPP COMPLAING HILLARY> YOUR WHINING IS GETTING REDUNDANT>

    February 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  20. Floridians

    Toastmasters will not work in leading our country with no substance behind those speaking skills. Easier to speak about Judgement when you haven't had the experience yourself. Still don't see it you have no history dealing with the difficult decision you will need to deal with in washington, how are you going going to get things done.

    These are just speeches fooling our country. I see Obama as a very week leader in the world. Don't get fooled.

    If not Hillary, McCain.

    February 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  21. Whit

    Ladies first......its polite....get over it

    GO YOUNG PEOPLE WE ARE THE FUTURE

    GO OBAMA

    February 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. Leann MI

    Maybe she is asked the first question all the time because she is the one that is always asking to have the debate. Instead of being quick in feeling sorry for her (like her and Bill always count on), look past it. She is the one asking for these debates!

    February 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. eyeingtenure

    That kind of leadership inspires me.

    February 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Andrew in Toledo

    Here is how I judge this debate:
    How will the next POTUS react when put under pressure and on the spot? Clinton is being rude, sharp and inconsiderate. Before tonight I was an undecided voter. Tonight Barack Obama gained another vote in the state of Ohio

    February 26, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  25. forest

    Can she please just shut up? Geez, what a complainer...

    Hurry up and lose, Hilldog. We don't want you to be our leader.

    February 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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