April 9th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton: I have different attitude than my husband

 Clinton campaigned in Pittsburgh Wednesday.
Clinton campaigned in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she has long disagreed with her husband on issues of free trade.

"I have a long record of being on a different attitude toward trade than my husband does," she said in Pittsburgh. "I don't think any married couple I know agrees on everything. And we disagree on this."

Bill Clinton has indicated in the past he supports free trade with Colombia. The New York senator is now sharply critical of the measure and said she will work to see it is not authorized by Congress.

Asked Wednesday if she had talked about this issue with her husband, she said "we talk about everything."

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  1. M&M in Texas

    If you talk about EVERYTHING, why is it you didn't know your top strategist talked to Columbia. Surely, Bill knew, and surely you talked about it, oh, you already knew you would deny it and lie about it like you do everything else.

    Wasn't it you that said "you had something to do with all the good things that went on in the White House during your time as First Lady and nothing with the bad?" Well at that time, the trade agreement was a good thing, now its not. Which is it?

    Lies are hard to keep up with... Oh the web you've spun.

    April 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Hillary says she's against CAFTA and Bill Clinton is for CAFTA......why should we have this DRAMA in the white house.

    Obama 08....HE's against CAFTA...that's all you need to know...there's no conflict there.

    PA you should really do your homework on this one.

    April 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Alice

    how convenient . . .

    April 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Lynn

    April 9th, 2008 2:49 pm ET

    "I don't understand this. If you say that Obama sat in the church where Rev Wright preached, he must have the same opinion, as the Rev. Then it must be impossible for Bill and Hillary to have different opinion, considering that the Rev. and Obama are not even married to each other."

    Hey Dave,
    There is a big difference between a "spiritual" leader spouting racist, divisive statements and a husband and wife who disagree on legitimate policy issues.

    April 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Tommy, TX

    Just like you disagreed about NAFTA...RIGHT!

    April 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Much Respect For Hillary Clinton

    I respect that Hillary Clinton has her own views on the issues. I think Bill Clinton was possibly the best President of our time, but I am glad to see that Hillary is going to change something he tried that did not work out completely as planned. He did plenty good for this country, though. And, so will she.

    Go Hillary Clinton!!!
    President of The United States

    April 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Miss Belief

    Having a president feeling one way about trade deals with foreign countries and their husband (an ex-president) feeling the opposite (and having taken $800,000 from talking with foreign governments ) sounds like a White House disaster waiting to happen. Talk about a conflict of intetest!

    April 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Dori in AZ

    We learned the hard way that we can't trust Bill Clinton.

    Hillary... Very sad. To a lot of people, she represented more good and hope for our country than Bill did. This disastrous campaign has highlighted her for the world to get a closer look, and has changed that view of her for many.

    I don't doubt that Bill and Hillary "talk about everything." But, that doesn't necessarily mean that they're any more honest with each other than they are with the rest of us. Just don't want that mentality leading our nation again. We're in trouble, and we need help and leadership from someone who will be honest with us. Even when the truth hurts.

    Si se puede! Obama 2008!

    April 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Grant

    Sorry Hillary, you are running on Bill's goodwill and thats it.....you were gifted a NY Senate seat on Bill's goodwill (keep in mind you never even lived in the State, but yet still got a seat in the Senate after your machine strong armed the other candidates to drop out to make room for you (Also where did you get the $$$ to buy the mansion when you were brioke and millions in debt apparently at the time)), you are a Junior Senator but yet got on every important committee as a Dem representative because of Bill.....You were the annointed Queen, until you blew it, for the 2008 Pres Nominee because of Bill.....Bottom line you are Bill!! People are voting for you, because they want him!

    April 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Tim

    Mr Penn has been lobying the whole time and Senator Clinton is the one who hired him. For her to bring Senator Obama into the conversation, instead of just saying she made a mistake, makes her look even worse. she is burying herself.

    April 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Caryle -

    Living on the west coast you barely have time to read an article and it will be closed for posting. As an Edwards supporter who now supports Obama, I say the only Dream ticket is Obama/Edwards "08 ~ Take the public financing and we private intities, like the Repbs, will use our $$$$ for the advertising. Seat MI / FL @ 50/50 with NO SUPERDELEGATES from EITHER state. Oregon hasn't voted yet but my ORIGINAL VOTE can't be counted because the earlier states did not support my candidate. Single white women 40ish in Oregon for Obama

    April 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. GJ

    So you can take credit for the 8 years before GWB when it helps your case and when it doesnt, claim you were against it..... pick a side...

    She is so dishonest & lame, check out the youtube video of her making up exuse after excuse ahead trying to bowl on the Ellen show.

    April 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. fred

    she sayes this because she knows bill likes nafta and she did until she started running for pres.

    April 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Andrew

    who has a greater influence, a spouse that was President of the United States that you live and sleep with or a pastor you saw every other weekend?

    April 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. sergio

    Hillary is a liar.

    April 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Larry Dickman Des Moines, IA

    Vig,

    Of course Chelsea is going to say her mother would make a better President. She is running for President. Kids also say anything to help out their parents.

    April 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Pop some popcorn racefans and get ready for the Hillary train wreck.

    April 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. kingsley

    Who really cares whether both of them have different views ? afterall, bill let everyone know heads up that he had a different age preference for his women when he didnt have anything sexual to do with that woman, under oath if I may add. now his partner in what is begining to look like a marriage of convinience is dodging flying bullests from imaginary sniper fire . Strange couple, better yet, Strange America for not seeing them for what they are. I bet the rest of the world must really think we are a bunch of wackeys.

    April 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. sergio

    Barack will be a good president.

    April 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. mama4obama

    They talk about everything? I bet they do...including how they plan to bend the truth, rob innocent people of their money and jobs and how in the long run they will continue to live high off the hog for doing it.

    Criminal behavior if you asked me.

    OBAMA 08

    April 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Scotto, Brooklyn, NY

    It's hard to see this as anything but a sophistry designed to provide her with a way out of the NAFTA problem: She can say she disagreed with Bill on that, just like she disagreed with him on free trade with Colombia. I'm sure she does disagree with her husband on several things (I can think of a couple!), but in my opinion, this ploy compounds her credibility problem rather than resolves it.

    (Why did she wait until now to disagree on NAFTA – after appearing to support it for so long?)

    April 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Smart

    If Bill and Hillary do not agree on issues, then there is going to be a hell lot of fight in the Whitehouse if the duo get anywhere close.
    I am delighted America ill be spared of Bedroom squables for National policies in the white house.

    And that reminds me that if one begs to differ from her husband, then there ain't no reason one cannot differ with one's pastor. I think the pieces are falling together now. Up till now, I 've found that conclusion difficult but thank you Hillary for opening my eyes.

    Now, here I come; Obama.

    April 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Thats exactly what she is: say any thing,do anything to be president.Now she is distancing herself frm her husband , we know that she is stood by him even in very complicated situations of Lewinsky-but the presidential postions would bring Hillary to her knees.Hillary be really,relax,be sweet and stop the nastry campaign

    April 9, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Joe

    Come on. Nobody should believe this. The press needs to go back to the NAFTA days and pull footage and newspaper clips of the then-First Lady STRONGLY supporting NAFTA. She's only "different" on the issue of free trade when it is convenient. You certainly didn't hear Senator Clinton bashing NAFTA in Texas (where it is popular). She only does it where NAFTA and free trade are unpopular. Unfortunately, the people in Ohio fell for this ploy. Let's hope the good people of Pennsylvania don't.

    April 9, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Quinn

    Philly Democratic voter. The Clinton basher's forget the peaceful & prosperous times we enjoyed during the Clinton presidency. So what Bill had an affair. He wasn't the first husband or will he be the last to commit adultery.

    Hillary is a strong independent thinking person & makes her own choice's. Her Senate career shows this point & the fact that she continues to speak on Healthcare issues even when she was being knocked down & ridiculed for her stance.

    People go on & on about the Bosnia issue, what about Obama changing his stance on the Rev. Wright issue over & over again. What about his wife's comment, "She can now be proud of America",
    never was before? When his supporter's are asked to name anything significant he's accomplished they say they can't, only that he speaks a good game. We know nothing about him. It will be pathetic when he is truly vetted by the media & the republicans IF he becomes the democratic nominee. That's right, he doesn't have enough delegate votes to win either.

    Hillary 08

    April 9, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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