April 21st, 2008
01:42 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton campaign criticizes Obama for McCain comments

(CNN) - Top advisers to Hillary Clinton denied Monday that there was any contradiction between the New York senator’s criticism of Barack Obama for saying all three White House hopefuls would make better leaders than President Bush and her comment several weeks ago that she and John McCain, but not Barack Obama, were qualified to serve as commander-in-chief.

“There’s a difference in the context of how voters will look at a candidate in an election and how the person will govern,” said Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson on a conference call with reporters.

Shortly before the March 4 primaries, Clinton told reporters that on the question of who is best-equipped to deal with a crisis, “I think you'll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say” in a general election fight. “He’s never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002.”

On Monday, Clinton’s advisers would not answer questions about what she thought of the decision by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to commute the sentences of two members of the controversial group, Weather Underground. Both had been convicted of violent crimes.

Clinton criticized Obama at last Wednesday’s debate for his relationship with Weather Underground founder William Ayers.

They also dialed down expectations for results from tomorrow’s primary, arguing that Clinton does not have to win by a large margin to stay viable as a presidential candidate. They argued that the Obama campaign’s huge outlay in the state – it has spent more than double what Clinton has – did not come simply because his campaign has a significant cash advantage, but because he was hoping for a “knock-out blow.”

“If Sen. Obama can’t win a big swing state with that enormous spending advantage, just what will it take for him to win a large swing state?” said Wolfson.

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Antoinette

    Looks like the pot calling the kettle to me

    Bow out Sister

    April 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. no Obama

    Will Annie Oakley please shoot the arrogant Obama off his high horse?

    April 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Tane

    More fear tactics? Ugh!!

    More about Hillary's vote for war in Iraq: 21 of 50 Democratic Senators voted against the resolution. That's 42% of Democratic Senators who Hillary did not join in voting against the authorization. However, there was something else Hillary did not vote for. She did not vote for the Levin amendment, offered at the same time, which would have caused the president to return to Congress one more time before deciding to invade Iraq.

    Furthermore, belying her support of the wars in the Middle East – late last year she voted for authorization of action against Iran. Here we go again....

    April 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Anne

    Go Hillary.

    Obama is being exposed for the fake hypocritical liar that he is.

    America will see now or suffer later.

    April 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    WHEN YOU HAVE NO SUBSTANCE YOURSELF

    YOU TRY TO TARNISH OTHER PEOPLES SUBSTANCE.

    April 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Jay

    Do Obama Fans have jobs or a life? All they do is hang out on the ticker all day waiting to be hateful to Hillary or her supporters. All these post CNN puts in The Ticker and its all Obama fans. Get a life!!

    April 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    I have been blogging in support of Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader for quite some time, but this is ridiculous. To what extent am I (or other bloggers) will be willing to show loyalty to Clinton when she continues to violate every conceivable ethic. I'm at a point where I just want the best candidate to win. And that candidate seems to be Barack Obama.

    April 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    JUST CALL HILLARY THE "GARBAGE TRUCK DRIVER" BECAUSE THAT'S ALL SHE DOES IS COLLECT GARBAGE AND DUMP IT ON VOTERS.

    April 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. David from New York

    Obama 'O8!!! Please, please, please, please, please, please, if you are a Pennsylvania voter, vote for Obama!!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. truth

    I do not care what Hillary says or does any more. Just as long as she wins.

    It is so clear that Obama is the worst presidential candidate ever.

    I just pray that his exposure continues and can have an effect although the media delayed in questioning him and revealing his lies, his contradictions, his false promises and his hypocrisy.

    April 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Stacy Clarks, TX

    how can her campaign even compare the 2 comments,.....

    its not rocket science, anyone knows that a baby will be better than Bush

    But Clinton endorsed the republican opponent over her fellow democrat

    i have honestly and sincerly lost my respect for her....i was not one of those poeple who hated the clinton no matter what they did, and was happy with EITHER nominee...and I still do not hate the clintons, for her husband did good things

    but I can honestly say I am saddened by her campaign, and by her husband

    PEACE TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!!!!!!!! IN 08!!!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Not Moved

    This is just Hillary being catty as usual. She will do or say anything to win. Shame on you Hillary

    April 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WE LOVE OUR OBAMA, BUT WE THINK

    HE FORGOT HILLARY'S MILITARY SERVICE

    IN BOSNIA. THAT SHOULD COUNT FOR SOMETHING.

    IT HAS THE SAME VALUE AS ALL HER OTHER

    EXPERIENCES..

    April 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Agnes

    Okay, so Obama has spent more than Hiliery. Isn't so that Hilliery is sending Chelsey and Bill stumping around PA. Obama is on his job.(Use all resouce available).

    Take on your own words Hilliery and stop whinning. You've whinned about the media being to hard on you. Well, if you can't take the heat, get out of the race.

    Goodbye Hilliery

    April 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. goose

    Obama's goose is cooked.

    He has himself to blame for his dirty campaign that pretended to be atypical and hopeful.

    His change is more of the same old politics with a boastful, mocking, demeaning twist.

    The Democrats version of the swaggering Bush.

    April 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Smart Guy

    And what about Hillary's lifetime of experience prepares her for crisis?

    April 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Independent

    A) I believe you are referring to the Clinton "Campaign," not the "Campaing," CNN?

    B) The Clinton triangulation is starting to hurt my brain. When will the hypocrisy end? Please PA – help us stop the lies and infighting!!!!

    April 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. An Agnostic Democrat

    Look up lie and hypocrite in the dictionary, and you'll see Hillary's name as the first entry.

    April 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Paul

    Obama= 20 years of mentoring by Rev Wright

    Hillary = a lifetime of service to America

    It is not a matter of how much we like a person, but of who can solve the problems faced by our nation. The best answer is Hillary and we know it.

    Let us make the right choice and vote for:

    Hillary- President of the United States of America

    April 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. ray

    Clinton: JM never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002.

    Dang girl, speak the truth!

    April 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Susan MO

    Hillary Clinton is a disgrace to all fair minded American

    SHAME ON YOU HILLARY. SHAME ON YOU

    April 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. aPuerto Rican

    This is the worst game a person can play. The sad part is people will buy into and give her yet another life after tomorrow. Rep. will most likly rule again due to this self-center individual. I'll contiune to follow OB until the end and if he not at the finishing line, I hope there will be another individual other than her or "M". If not we are in for a longer dry life in our America. SO SAD!!

    April 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Pam

    Time and time again, Hill and Bill both have consistantly touted John McCain.

    Fact, Barack Obama has run a respectful campaign. Take for instance the debate that people are saying that he lost. Take a second look at how he defended his (D) running mate during the debate while she stooped to throwing everything she could at him.

    Just a sample of of the kind of 'CHANGE' we need in the WH.

    April 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Chris from San Antonio

    Hillary. Please. You just look more pathetic the more you backpeddle.

    I noticed there's no mention from the Hillary Camp as to the huge double-digit lead they had coming into the month of April.

    April 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. proud army and navy mom

    I know Hillary is 60 and forgetful, but how can Obama saying any of the candidates is better than Bush be the same as her statements that only her and McSame was the qualified candidates. Is the woman senile or just plain stupid. you make the call.

    April 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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