April 22nd, 2008
02:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Bill Clinton: 'I choose not to play your games today'

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Watch former President Clinton respond to a question about his 'race card' remark."

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Bill Clinton denied Tuesday he had accused the Obama campaign of ‘playing the race card’ during a Monday interview. A recording of the former president making the comment during that interview has been circulating online.

Outside a Pittsburgh campaign event, a reporter asked Clinton what he had meant “when you said the Obama campaign was playing the race card on you?"

Clinton responded: "When did I say that and to whom did I say that?"

The reporter replied that the former president had made the remarks during his interview with WHYY Monday night.

"No, no, no, that's not what I said,” said Clinton. “You always follow me around and play these little games. And I am not going to play your games today. This is a day about Election Day, go back and see what the question was and what my answer was.

“You have mischaracterized it to get another cheap story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues before us, and I choose not to play your games today. …

“I said what I said you can go back and look at the interview, and if you will be real honest you will also report what the question was and what the answer was. But I'm not helping you,” said Clinton.

Clinton did not respond when asked what he meant when he charged that the Obama campaign had a memo in which they said they had planned to play the race card.


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soundoff (538 Responses)
  1. Earth to Bill

    Why doesn't the reporter show Bill a video of what he said on his camera like they do on the show Cheaters and ask if he said it then...

    April 22, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Gabe Polson, The Woodlands,TX

    Good for you. Stick it to the media President Clinton. They are long overdue. I heard your interview and you did not say that. Shame on the media for trying to inject one more false story into the news cycle.

    This is getting really old.

    April 22, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Bertha Vanation

    Overlooked by the Obama talking points is the fact that any win by Hillary today in Pennsylvania, regardless of the margin, will bolster her contention that she is the candidate who wins the big states and the important swing states needed for victory in November. This is an issue that the superdelegates do take into consideration.

    April 22, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Ric

    Bill...Bill...Bill at it again. Hillary, The red phone in the White House is ringing at 3AM, do you know where Bill is?

    OBAMA 08

    April 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. evy

    the reason why the clintons won in the 90's was because they were able to put together a coalition of the moderates. they attracted the centrist vote, which is now mccain's strength. republicans will vote for him because he is republican, and moderates will vote for him because he is not as far left as obama. THINK ABOUT IT. you spend all this time building obama up but you NEGLECT TO THINK that MUCH of this country is moderate to conservative in their views (REMEMBER HOW MUCH RED THERE WAS ON THE LAST ELECTION MAP!?). i am liberal in my views but i am looking at HISTORY, DEMOGRAPHICS, AND ELECTABILITY. i wish the obama supporters would stop being BRAINWASHED into thinking obama could pull a coalition together big enough to beat mccain's moderate appeal. i've never voted republican in my life but honestly, if obama gets the nomination, his media hyped-up persona, i'm sorry to say, is setting him up for a great great fall...mccain will be laughing all the way to the whitehouse.

    April 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Alex

    So did Bill "misspeak"? Can Bill or Hillary ever tell the truth about anything? I was learning toward Hillary when the primaries began, but I have been so turned off by her poorly run campaign, both Clintons' lying, Bill's race-baiting, and now Hillary's war-mongering rhetoric. I'm not enthusiastic about Obama, but he's better than either Billary or McSame.

    April 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Richard

    Way to go Bill.

    April 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Kenneth M

    WHAT IMPACT WILL BEING MARRIED TO A ONCE IMPEACHED PRESIDENT HAVE ON HILLARY? IT MUST HAVE SOME

    April 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Gabe P., The Woodlands,TX

    Why are all the Obama people only interested in headlines. I thought they were supposed to be the more educated. Very confusing.

    Hey people...get your head out of facebook and put it in a newspaper.

    Welcome to the world. We have been here all along. Nice to meet you.

    April 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Sparky

    There are so many sick comments, do you real think by treating Bill Clinton like this, you'd help BHO? Just the opposite. Your so high spirit, nice BHO should have nothing to do with your type.

    Hillary all the way!

    April 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Ummm dont they have a recording of this?

    April 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. S Callahan Captial District New York State

    The fate of OUR country rests in the hands of the voters of Pennsylvania..where our nation was birthed into freedom..i scream in my spirit for Voters to get out and vote today..give your vote to Obama..this is our last chance for the possiblity of peace on this earth..please help him!!!

    April 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. HAWK,TEXAS

    THIS LOOKS JUST LIKE WHEN BUSH WAS RUNNING, ALL HIS FOLLOWERS THOUGHT HE WAS THE GREATEST, JUST LIKE THE OBAMA MANIA OF TODAY. MOST PEOPLE KNEW NOTHING ABOUT BUSH, JUST AS NO ONE REALLY KNOWS ABOUT OBAMA, AT LEAST WE KNOW HILLARY HAS THE BEST SENSE TO RUN THIS COUNTRY. ALL OBAMA CAN DO IS STUTTER AND WHINE. WAKE UP FOR THE SAKE OF AMERICA.

    April 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Sparky

    CNN – you really has lowered your standard by posting these comments day after day, you sure report the low moral standard. Bill is an ordinary citizen, he has the citizen's right as each one of you. If you do not want to be respected, you can then not to respect other.

    April 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Kris from AZ

    If you dont want to get hit. You dont need the uniform on. This is a contact sport Bill

    April 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Nicholas Lefevre

    Nobody connected to the Obama campaign ever called Bill or Hillary racists. They are not. Bill merely tried to diminish the significance of Obama's SC victory by comparing it to Jackson's. He wanted folks to see Obama's victory as race-based. Now he claims that the Obama campaign played the race card and he has the memos to prove it. OK, let's see the memos.

    I just listened to the recorded WHYY interview. Bill's denial today is flatly contradicted by the tape. What is going on, Bill?

    April 22, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. BluebloodedLV

    Nobody died when Clinton lied.

    Obama 08

    April 22, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Sparky

    If Ted K. come out to help BO, if BO's wift come out to help BO, has Hillary's supporters said anything??? I would not give those BAD behavior a chance, they are hurting BHO. Please do not posting since I am not their type.

    April 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Fran Says

    Bless his heart . . .

    April 22, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Carrie Pa

    Bitter Bill!

    Voted for Obama!

    April 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. deb

    I can't believe the ignorance on these boards from the Obama supporters! All of you people need to get a life, not to mention READ THE ISSUES. CNN is nothing more than tabloid journalism and this is the last time I will waste my time conversing with any of you. You all sound like a bunch of middle schoolers! Pathetic...

    April 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Dave

    whatever Bill. you can't pick and choose what you want to do. you don't run the show dummy. run your mouth and get called out. face it.

    April 22, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Robin Wagner from ct

    HUH what is up with Billy .
    He made a race remark and now trying to put it on Barack Obama .
    Look Clinton's put their foot in his mouth and she also all the time .
    And try to wiggle his way out . Sad .
    Do Anything . Say anything for a win .

    April 22, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. jason

    isn't this the same guy that pointed out that his wife would be winning if the democratic party adopted the same system that got bush elected in 2000? as if that were something substantial to say?

    for an educated person, he can say some real dumb things sometimes.

    April 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Alex from IL

    Wait, he's telling me I didn't hear what I just heard, and furthermore, there's something wrong with the media telling him he said what he said? Eh??

    Go home Bill, go home.

    April 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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