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

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


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. Corey, Maryland

    Bill you are such an idiot, how you ever got elected President shall remain a mystery.

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. peter in PA

    I think Bill has an agenda. He doesn't want Hillary get the nomination. I won't be surprised if Hillary divorces him after her eventual withdrawal from this campaign.

    April 22, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. KMAN

    Bill only wants to play HIS game ... hide the salami!

    April 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Gavin




    ! YES WE WILL !


    April 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Jack Henderson

    Poor Bill.

    What legacy? We always knew your term in office was a joke. What kept you out of the dog house was the fact the economy was strong until late 1998 and 1999, when we started falling into a recession, similar to current conditions.

    You are a proven liar. You used to be able to talk yourself out of a jam, but the American Public has since proven wiser.

    You and Jimmy "Peanut" Carter are a joke. Just go lie around like Bush Sr., do some nice fund raising for charities, and stay our ot the way.

    Now, maybe Hillary will divorce you now that she can't use you anymore.

    April 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    The media (all mainstream US media) has turned this entire debachury into an E! Hollywood special, and all you people fall into the trap. Instead of worrying about what Bill, Obama, or whoever says about the other's skin, clothes, etc....can we get some real reporting and constituent concern over actual issues involved here, then use that information to make an informed decision instead of deciding based on POOR reporting. Does anyone know, OR CARE because I can't tell what the actual details of the candidates healthcare, environment, defense plans are.....ALL OF THIS IS SICKENING TO ME! The only place to get actual details of candidates plans is Paul Krugman!

    April 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Love Hilary and Bill

    An Amazing Man! Our convention center in small-town ontario, canada had Bill Clinton here for a speech recently–the huge arena was sold out in 5 minutes at $200.00 a pop–not even standing room. I was disappointed, but will be there for the next one if he ever comes back–if you don't want him there, Obamabots, we will take him here. By the way, it was nice on the weekend on this blog–Obamabots were sleeping!

    April 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. California Girl

    Leave President Clinton alone.
    He was an awesome President during his 8-year term.

    Vote for Hillary! You get 2 Presidents for the price of 1.

    April 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. boxermum 06


    Why don't you cover the complete story and include the transcript from the WHYY interview? Isn't this reporting only 1/2 the story? Or didn't you want to do your homework as Bill challenged?

    Proudly voted for Hillary today in PA!

    BTW.. where's the story about Obama now throwing back some beers for votes in Bethlehem? No double standard for him after he critized Hillary for doing the same? There is no race card only a sexist card! Let's keep it real!!!

    April 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Erin

    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! Clinton, why don't you go sit down & work on getting that foot out of your mouth!

    April 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Tommy

    Typical George W. Bush politics by Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are never responsible or held accountable for their words or actions. Always blame somebody else, better yet, blame the MEDIA for the lies!

    April 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Joe in Hawqaii

    I'll bet Bill now regrets EVER having that guy that invented the internet as his VP...

    April 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Dem08

    If he said it or not, its actually true. In South Carolina, is was the Obama campaign who was pushing the race issue behind closed doors. Thats a fact..Obama seems disconnected from what his campaign actually does.

    Obama is not a god, or an Idol, and I, for one, am tired of his supporters who feel he is intitled to the Presidency.

    April 22, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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