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. HOLSTEINTOWN

    I agree – that CNN seemed to be more narrower positive comments about Clinton than Obama and it is unfair. That's why I try to check also ABC and NBC to get a better view.
    I am learning that CNN seems to lean more to Obama
    ABC and NBC seem to be broader and cover each side.

    February 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. David

    I must agree with characterizations of Russert. His rudeness is epic, though I suggest he is so with both Sens Clinton and Obama. Any believers is decorum must be cringing.

    February 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Tina ny, ny

    I am watching MSNBC. I must say CNN debate was a joke moderated by bunch of immature journalists.

    February 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. clinton

    They should instead of debating say Hillary here is one hour of air time make a fool of yourself.

    February 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. sarra

    She is right he is favour son of media especially CNN

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Cory

    She looked ridiculous and petty when she was trying to act like Obama last Tuesday.

    February 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. momo

    Of course Obama looks relaxed. He has the media backing him at every turn. To OHIO & TEXAS : show some guts. Vote for Hillary. Don't let the 4th estate pick the candidate for us , as they did in 2000. Remember how they fawned over Bush.

    February 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Karma

    The SNL skit was based on what is happening. That's what makes it funny – the fact that it is so obvious that they are totally cutting Hilary off and favoring Obama. Everyone is mesmerized by Obama. He does have a nice way with words, but so did Deval and he hasn't done any of the things he said he would. Talk is nice, but we need someone who can get the job done.

    February 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  9. Marisol Fitzpatrick

    We applaud him because he is correct. Hurts to be called on this, doesn't it Hillary? Where is your sense of entitlement now?

    February 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. priya

    Guys,

    I am switching back to BBC again. CNN really damaged its reputation with this election stuff. What it will get once Obama will become the next president I have no idea but now CNN is loosing.

    February 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. CLINTON STRONG

    CNN what are you doing adding debate material from another station..You are not paying attention and taking notes as to how a real debate is to be run..Thank GOD for Tim Russert and MSNBC..

    February 26, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. Nina in Calif.

    I think that both candidates should stop with the smear campaigns and just run a honest one. Trying to make someone look bad so you can look good does not work in the long run. Nobody is perfect. We just have to choose who we think is the better person to run our country properly and not into the ground.

    February 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. D.L.

    It is so clear.
    Hillary can take the tough questions.
    The press loves Obama and the press knows Obama best.
    He needs to be able to follow her so he can agree and
    not take a stand himself. he needs to FOLLOW!
    Because....................................

    February 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. ram

    Dear friends when obama cries no problem has anyone but when she says everyone says she is crying. Please come to the point be fare in judging people.

    February 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    I don't blame Senator Clinton for "getting a little hot." Senator Obama is not consistent in his position on NAFTA. On one hand, he implies because Senator Clinton was First Lady when this treaty was approved that she at the time could have not supported the treaty at the time. She was not President then–then was First Lady. What about now? If Senator Obama is so concerned about the NAFTA then why hasn't he introduced legislation in the Senate to terminate the treaty? (Actually what has he done in the Senate these past three years–besides run for the presidency?
    On another matter, I do think the national media has given more coverage to Senator Obama than to Senator Clinton. Also, the media has been sexist when it comes to Senator Clinton. I have heard reporters say that Senator Clinton was "cold." What a loaded word. The media would never describe a male candidate as "cold"
    Earl Shumaker

    February 26, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. Earl Shumaker

    I don't blame Senator Clinton for "getting a little hot." Senator Obama is not consistent in his position on NAFTA. On one hand, he implies because Senator Clinton was First Lady when this treaty was approved that she at the time could have not supported the treaty at the time. She was not President then–then was First Lady. What about now? If Senator Obama is so concerned about the NAFTA then why hasn't he introduced legislation in the Senate to terminate the treaty? (Actually what has he done in the Senate these past three years–besides run for the presidency?
    On another matter, I do think the national media has given more coverage to Senator Obama than to Senator Clinton. Also, the media has been sexist when it comes to Senator Clinton. I have heard reporters say that Senator Clinton was "cold." What a loaded word. The media would never describe a male candidate as "cold"
    Earl Shumaker

    February 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Kevin Gatt

    I always get the first question, that is suspicious

    then 5 minutes later she says we should have a debate on the issues

    SHE NEEDS TO STOP ATTACKING<she attacks obama, then even the moderators cmon!

    talkin about the issues cmon, why would you go off on obama for who says he is a good guy!? lol

    February 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Joann in NY

    Why is it that when Senator Clinton questions something she's a Whiner? She is running for President of the United States...you wouldn't expect your President to sit quietly and not say anything when she sees something unfair happening in this country. She should have and should always speak up and defend herself as she would defend this country! Good for you Senator Clinton!

    February 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. ABrown

    Didn't they say there was a coin toss in the last debate in the beginning when Clinton got the first question? She came in this race as the front runner and thought she was on top, if Obama was given the first question she would complain about that.....

    February 26, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Sameer

    the wheels are falling off the Clinton bus....

    Her mention of the SNL skit was regrettable, as was her mentioning (complaining) about the perceived preferential treatment by the questioners. She's losing her credibility as a strong enough person to take on the role of President of the United States.

    February 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Amanda

    Has she ever heard of the saying "ladies first"?

    February 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. N Paul

    Since Clinton Called Obama out wouldn't you think she would be ready to take the first question. Maybe she should think before calling people out! She needs to stop her crying and stand up and be a real experienced candidate how she is claiming to be. There were too many dry tears. Whats the baby going to do. Save them tears for the babies.

    February 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. Montreal

    Just a comment.
    Clinton claims experience and ready from day one.
    Both Obama and Clinton have the same resume ie us senators.
    Clinto has added only that she was with the other Clinton in the white house. Well so was Monica.
    And as for accomplishments the only thing i know of that Mrs. Clinton tried was Health care. Didn't she fail?
    The only other indicator is her campaign. That sure was mismanaged.
    As for character, she seems like a mean spirted person.
    Thats all folks

    February 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. Patrick Guthrie

    Okay, I'm about done with this garbage. I do believe the media likes Obama more than her, but that happens. It's not unique to this race. The proper course of action is to get over it, and plod on ahead. In 2000, when news outlets were in favor of Bush, Gore didn't whine and complain and stomp his feet and yell "they're picking on me". He rose above it, because he's a man of convictions. Something a whiny, spoiled child like Hillary Clinton has no idea about.

    February 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Aidyn, NY

    She is right, did anyone see that when she did not answer first it took him a while to atcually find an answer.

    February 26, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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