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. Patty

    The bias of MSNBC (Males Striving to Nominate Barack Corp.) is so obvious. Time and time again, she is thrown the tough question first.
    It makes me sick to see Hillary treated so poorly.

    February 26, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Gavin

    IT'S TOTALLY TRUE !

    THE MEDIA (especially MSNBC most of all)
    IS IN THE TANK WITH OBAMA

    IT IS OUTRAGEOUS AND EMBARASING ON THE PART OF THE MEDIA....

    HILLARY WAS RIGHT TO POINT IT OUT !!!!!!!

    KEEP IT UP HILLARY

    FIGHT BACK

    YOU GOT MY VOTE 100 %

    February 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. HILLLOVER

    Thats right u tell the world the truth. I love u Hillary.... it really isn't fair the he gets to her your point of views then, copy them to get the credit for your well thought out organized plans.... have u seen his web sight he doesn't even no how to do half the things he is saying... and on your Hillary it is all organized and u know how to do and where the money is coming from unlike Obama that is promising things that he cannot back up...............

    GOOO HILLARY!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. obama supporter

    I truly don't understand all the negativity in these comments. Are we forgetting that these are both democrats? That their ideals are similar in very many ways?

    That being said, I have followed the debates, and read both of their autobiographies, and I am a decided Obama supporter, but I do acknowledge that there appears to be quite a media bias towards Obama, and against Clinton. She has every right to be angry, and a moderator of a debate should never be so blatantly partial towards a single participant. For those of you who don't debate, it may seem like she's complaining about nothing, but the order of who speaks first really does matter, especially in a two-way debate, because as the second debater, you have the time to formulate your thoughts, and more importantly, the opportunity to be the first to refute what the first speaker said. Edwards was complaining that he was basically being left out during debates and it was becoming a simple two-way debate. Either way, in this case, the order of speaking is only one of several obvious biases that has emerged in these debates.

    So once again, I urge you all to speak not with such prejudice and polarizing comments. It's important to consider the other side, even if it may go against what you want to believe.

    February 26, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Kelly Belsker

    That was so weak! Once again the many faces of Eve! Stick to the topics, the nilly nally stuff is not presidential. Stick to the issues and push your point. Stop pointing out minor issues... that is what turns me off with her.

    February 26, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  6. Marian

    Whin and whin. Because her poll is trailing behind her opponent. Complaint if this or that. She said Obama needs a foreign policy manual and she dosn't. A foreign policy manual and her experience didn't help her make the wrong foreign policy decisions.

    February 26, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Kimberly Ross

    All she did was boast when she was in the lead. Now that she's behind, her desperation is really coming through through childish complaints like this, through her nasty attacks and gossiping, and through her flip-flopping responses and numerous changes in perspective as her campaign has gone on!

    February 26, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Duop Wuol, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    It was about 7:18PM, MST. I think this claim is very interesting to make.

    February 26, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Indy for Obama

    I don't suppose you've also noticed that you also always get the last word?

    February 26, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  10. Curleyvotes

    Yes Hillary. I admire both Clinton and Obama. But Hillary has taken the heat for years and years and years. I"ll support he nominee but I have early voted for HILLARY. They both have plusses and minuses. We have to WIN Democrats.... stay the fight. This only begins at the end of the primary. Go Hillary. But always GO DEMOCRATS!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Sara

    PEOPLE THAT PORTRAY THEMSELVES AS VICTIMS HAVE NO BUSINESS IN ANY ROLE OF LEADERSHIP. POOR HILLARY!

    February 26, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Gavin

    SENATOR CLINTON

    KEEP FIGHTING BACK !

    THE MEDIA IS SUCH A JOKE
    AND OBAMA AND HIS CAMPAIGN IS THE UGLIEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN IN ELECTION HISTORY...................

    WATCH THE MODERATORS
    WATCH THE MEDIA
    WATCH OBAMA

    IT'S ALLLLL ANTI-HILLARY

    SAD AND SHAMEFUL

    SHAME ON THE MSNBC SHAME ON OBAMA

    Hillary 08

    February 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. jimhenry

    I love Hillary.

    February 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. JOHN

    ITS OVER, HILLARY DIDN'T SCORE A KNOCKOUT. OBAMA WILL WIN TEXAS AND IT WILL BE OVER.

    February 26, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  15. ross

    first off she did not mention the word "favourable" , she was pointing out an observaton. cnn again twisting things against clinton and making look like obama is the one who is attacked!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  16. rabblerouser

    She's right – the media has run a relentless smear campaign against her, and Obama is treated with kid gloves. She was just stating the truth.

    February 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. D.

    She's absolutely right. Obama has got free ride from the press.That's ridiculouys. That's why if Hillary doesn't get nominee. I'll defntely vote for McCain not him.

    February 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  18. California Independent

    Well, gee Duh. I feel like I'm watching SNL.

    February 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  19. Michele

    They should flip a coin.

    February 26, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. kathy

    I cant believe CNN actually put this on here without adding in a negative comment about HIllary or mentioning how perfect Obama is. Please just go to your politics home page and look at the tone of your headings. ALL are favorable towards Barack. Media should be fair, and CNN is abusing its name and the trust the public puts in them.

    February 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. cory

    did anyone catch obama when he said he wants to get the blacks and the jews together so we can all get-along??

    February 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  22. David D.

    She's exactly right. Ever since Obama won the Iowa Caucuses he's been the darling of every major TV news show. It seems he can do no wrong but they certainly love to point out Hillary's mistakes. The media has decided that they want Obama in office and gullible Americans who can't think for themselves are just going along with it. For the life of me I still can't figure out what the man stands for – he makes beautiful speeches but there's no substance. Isn't anyone else in this country concerned about his lack of experience? Doesn't anyone else know what kind of a foreign policy pickle we're in? Do we really want to trust someone to lead us who hasn't completed one term in the Senate, rarely voted on any critical issue if it meant he had to take a stand for something and admits that he's not good with details? Doesn't seem like change to me – just more of the same.

    February 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Clinton was correct. If anyone has ever debated they understand that. She always gets the opening shot. To be fair, moderators of all the debates should have evenly split that. It is done that way in competition.

    February 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. Suzanne

    Did any of you stop to think why the press hates her?

    Does anyone here remember the Clinton years in the White House?

    If you do, then you'll know why. Please go back and study the Clinton years. The press aren't the only ones that hate her.......all republicans and many democrats do too.

    February 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  25. Laura Johnson

    She came off as whiny. And I was so glad that Russert held her to her previous statements about NAFTA. That was awesome. Obama was funny, much more clear and correct and substantive on foreign policy matters than she was. They both did a very good job. Obama clearly won the debate though. He is absolutely amazing in his depth and command of the issues.

    Obama!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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