April 14th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
6 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. fred

    Ha, Ha, Ha Obama is an idiot!!

    April 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Angus McDugan

    You would think that Hillary would have figured it out by now. Every time she attacks Obama (rightly or wrongly) she ends up taking a beating. She should change her strategy.

    April 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Steven

    I pray that you won't be headed to the general election

    April 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    If you're not bitter, you're not paying attention … or you've made $109M in the last decade.

    April 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Madison , PA

    Hillary is the most negative and ussually the one who starts first.We do not want her in November...

    April 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Thomas For Hillary

    His arrogance is just getting worse by the day. Hillary still can win and with your loose mouth and the mouth of that wife of yours, who knows what will happen.

    April 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Maria

    Hillary, Hillary
    acting like a Republican,
    she knows their play book
    calling it blow by blow

    me thinks, she's been sleeping with Rove!

    April 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. Lynn D

    VP Gore and Senator Kerry thought they were tough, too. They didn't have near the crap Senator Obama has on his back on their backs and they lost. No, Senator Obama, you are tainted and you cannot win in November. Senator Clinton has not said or done anything that rises to the level of your crap.

    April 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Jane L.

    Senator Obama's recent derogatory jokes about Senator Clinton reveals his true nature, not to mention that it reveals his own desperation.

    April 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. vjh

    This man is so gracious ! How refreshing

    April 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Jack Mpls

    Tip of the iceberg for what He (Obama) is in for. He needs to go back to the playground.

    April 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    Exactly...

    Thank you for being you and telling it like it is like you promised us you would do. What you feel the truth is, rather than what you think everyone wants to hear.

    I am so proud to be a well- researched, well- thought out Obama supporter!

    April 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. Mara R

    Maybe she's doing the Democrats a favor so they'll still have a viable candidate for when Obama shoots himself in the foot badly enough that the even media can't salvage his candidacy.

    April 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Another view

    IS HILLARY CLINTON RELEVANT TO ANYTHING ? SHE CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOMETIME BUT SHE CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPEL ALL THE TIME.

    April 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. bakersfield

    OBAMA IS PLAYING YOU ALL AND ITS FUNNY. IN BLACK STATES HE HUGS UP TO REV WRIGHT, IN PENNSYLVANIA HE HAS ADS WITH HIS GRANDMA AND MOTHER. THE LONGER THIS GOES ON THE MORE OBAMA WILL SHOW HIS TRUE COLORS. HE GOT MAD BECAUSE HE GOT CAUGHT WHISPERING IN SAN FRANCISCO. HILLARY DOESN'T PROMOTE HAVING GUNS SHE JUST EXPLAINED WHY PEOPLE HAVE GUNS AND ITS NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE BITTER.

    April 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Vm

    It's on now and were ready!!!

    April 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Venus

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just love how you are punching her left and right with TKOs! Go Obama! I loved the fact that she had to speak after you this morning and got BOOED!!!!!!!!!!!! Just look at that photo of her – looking funny! Yeah – finally a group of people let her know they didn't want to hear her bs any longer!

    April 14, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Jimmy169

    Haha, that's great! I just donated 10 dollars to Obama's campaign and am very excited! Hillary again trying to play politics with Mccain of all people, teaming up on Obama about such trivial comments when such important issues are at stake, motivated me to make my first donation. I plan to donate more in the near future as well!

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. prakash chand

    Dont even think about it,you havent seen republican attacks yet,its uncensored,you are getting a free ride now ,because its liberal to liberal,wait till you put yourself in the HOT waters of Carl ROVE.

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. ariel

    Obama may be the first candidate in modern political history who is also a gentleman.

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Obama SPIN KING

    Obama, the rightful leader now? Come on!! Stop your constant rhetoric and focus on issues and policies that you have seldom enlightened us on. Obama knows to talk from up there in the sky, never any specifics. I am tired of this constant nonsense. We already elected one beer guy in the white house for 8 years. Now we are going to elect someone who can make us feel good – is he doc phil? – not someone who is efficient, knowledgeable and has the know how and who has laid out her plans to take America to the next level.
    Go Hillary!!!
    Obama Go Home or go to your pastor and see how you can desecrate the united states of america.

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. akaDoug

    Only a media darling could loss as much as she did and still be considered a contender!

    The Media loves Hillary, because the Clintons create so much news and drama that their ratings go up! No wonder the networks devoted the entire weekend to "bitter" but hardly touched the Mark Penn and Bosnia lies!

    Only in America!

    April 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Annamica, OH

    Jumping the gun much, Barack?

    April 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. MC, Pa

    Brilliant man!

    April 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Obama SPIN KING

    He can make a career out of spinning BS

    April 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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