April 14th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton 'toughening me up' for the general

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama said rival Hillary Clinton must feel like she's "doing him a favor" by attacking him the way she has been in recent weeks because, according to Obama, it will only make him stronger in a general election against Republican John McCain.

"I have tried to figure out how to show restraint and make sure that during this primary contest we're not damaging each other so badly that its hard for us to run in November," Obama said at The Associated Press annual conference.

"Sen. Clinton may not feel that she can afford to be as constrained," he said, "but I’m sure that Sen. Clinton feels like she's doing me a favor because she's been deploying most of the arguments the Republican Party will be using against me in November and so it's toughening me up. I'm getting run through the paces here."

Obama's comments came in response to a question on whether he felt Clinton should drop out. He deflected by saying he suspects Clinton will have her own answer for that when she addresses the same group on Tuesday.

The Illinois senator also included in his response a backhanded compliment, calling Clinton "unique" for having raised $35 million and remaining in the race all while "sustaining 11 straight losses."

soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. McCain supporter

    Hillary Out

    McCain Vs Obama......That is the race I am looking forward to...

    A real tough race...

    April 14, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Big Tex

    The Clinton has sold us out in her own words:

    She said ,A lot of these lobbyists, whether you like it or not, represent real Americans. They actually do. They represent nurses, they represent social workers - yes, they represent corporations that employ a lot of people."

    The former first lady said that she welcomed the debate on the issue.

    Now, a vote for Clinton is a Vote for the same old things.

    April 14, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. lin

    In the Rezko trial today, a key witness for the prosecution Levine testified today that Nadhmi Auchi was at a reception with Obama a man Obama denied or doesn't recollect ever meeting, thats another deceptive statement that we are getting use to with Obama, Auchi was Sadam Hussein's oil trafficker, another lie another day. The republicans are building up their arsenal. This is a bomb just check it out.

    April 14, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. alice2

    Hillary is Failing as in LOSER !!!!! No Creditability. We are moving ahead WITH CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

    April 14, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. Ver

    OBAMA IS GOD! Angels sing when he speaks, don't you clinton people see that? He is Godsend!

    April 14, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. John

    You can do yourself a favor and drop out. True Americans despise everything you stand for!

    April 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Sarah

    Denise, where are the scholarships for private schools? I would really like to get my children out of the public system!

    April 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Melissa in PA

    This is a perfect example of his arogant, eletist attitude!!!

    April 14, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. Vig

    Obama does not have one original thought or idea that doesn't have to do about himself. He needs to apply for a job at one of those ivory towers he came out of and devote his life to analyzing the bitter people of this country NOBAMA

    April 14, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Marlena Martin

    I'm sure Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly are using tons of concealer to cover the endless bags under their eyes...staying up day in and day out trolling blogs pretending to be so many different anti-Obama posters must be tiring as all he!!

    April 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. double standard

    How come the Obama supporters get up in an uproar over someone saying anything negative about Obama.

    "can you imagine calling a 46 y/o senator a "boy""?

    But you can call Hillary any name in the book- that's okay.

    I don't get it. If you want respect, you must also give it and show it.

    Obama owes Hillary an apology for his mocking and jeering Annie Oakley comments. Although Annie is more an American than Obama can ever hope to be.

    April 14, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. outsider

    Hillary is a sour loser. I am shocked. Conservatives are helping her speaks louder than anything. Obama represents majority, the people.

    April 14, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Tim

    I will never vote for Obama in the general election. Now is when we arew finding ot things about him and I do not like it!

    April 14, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Skipper

    He's going to need toughing up. He's going to be sitting on the floor of the arena in Denver sobbing after Hillary is selected as the nominee.

    April 14, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. John

    Hillary is preparing Obama to be tough and a humble loser,when the nomination eludes him.

    April 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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