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. joe

    WHAT HE SAYS IS TRUE...

    EVEN OBAMA SUPPORTER, TIM RUSSERT, AT SOUTH CAROLINA

    DEBATE ADMITTED TO OBAMA (LOOK AT TAPE) THAT OBAMA

    PULLED OUT THE RACE CARD FIRST WITH A THICK MEMO TO

    PRESS.....AND SLICK OBAMA CHANGED THE SUBJECT QUICKLY

    FLORIDA DEMOCRAT FOR EITHER HILLARY OR MCCAIN

    WE ARE THE SILENT MAJORITY THAT OBAMA TRIED TO SILENCE

    OUR VOTES

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Rick in Florida

    He's OUTTA CONTROL and its only the primaries!! Can you imagine how outta control he'll be back in the White House again?? Clinton has already proved he has no respect for the Office of Presidency (or Oval Office!). Its always about HIM.....and if (God forbid) Hillary is elected then it will STILL always be about him, overshadowing our President. What a NIGHTMARE this family has become. Good riddance.

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. jeremiah

    This is typical Clinton's not telling the truth and when they get caught not owning upto what they say. They are deceitful and dishonest and cannot be trusted.

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Venus

    Ha,ha,ha,haaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    Take a chill Bill!

    Hey Bill – wasn't last week's debate GREAT? Ha, ha,ha,haaaaa

    This is too funny! See Bill – now do Hillary's supporters see why Obama is not talking to the NEWS-MEDIA right about now???????

    Oh yeah... you Hillary's supporters yesterday saying Obama is afraid to talk to the media! Re-read the story above – what did Bill Clinton tell the news-media today – you have mischaracterized what I said to get another "CHEAP" story to divert the American people from the real urgent issues!

    Well Bill – you should have been a man last week during the debate that you sat-up and paid for to try and make Obama look bad! Where were you during last week debate when Obama was trying to get the debate on track about what the Americans wanted to hear about jobs, gas, and the war?

    Hey Bill – just chill out! If you don't want to get hit – then don't put the uniform and pads on! And, as per Hillary – Baby if you can't stand the heat – get out the kitchen!!!!! And hey – by the way – you don't hear Obama complaining TODAY! Is the media picking on you today Bill?

    I can die now! I have been waiting for this moment! I knew yesterday -with the media playing up Hillary that soon – the news media would turn on the Clintons just like wolves!

    Go Obama! Last week after the debate – you put the news media on notice – that they will play by your games and not theirs!

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Gaby

    Every time Bill Clinton opens his mouth crap flies out by the bucket full.
    His infidelity is not only towards his wife, our country.

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. SBvoter

    Good for you Bill-send him on his way back to Obama!
    Go HIllary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You'll win Pennsylvania today-you were outspent-and you still came out ahead. You're a fighter! love ya

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Cathy Piller

    Why is this news being covered and Michael Moore's endorsement being ignored? I haven't heard it covered on cnn at all. Why ? I believe cnn's job is to cover the news not to cherry pick.
    Cathy Piller, Bemidji MN.

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. James

    Another lie yet to surface. The Clintons are terrible.

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. whatever

    whatever ... PA please dont make the same mistake that folks in TX, OH made by buying into the cheap dirty tactics by the clintons. they always wait til the very last minute to make false accusations then when its too late the truth comes out but by then the damage has already been done ie nafta.

    April 22, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Mike in Scranton, PA

    Obama's campaign did play the race card in South Carolina, and Obama admitted as much in one of the debates. The entire time that Obama and media had been saying over and over again that they hadn't played the race card, his local press secretary there in S.C. just prior to their primary had been circulating a campaign-approved multiple page memo doing just that: playing the race card!

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. common sense

    Why even bring up Jesse Jackson???

    Out of ALL the previous candidates to win S.C., Bill chose to state that "Jesse Jackson also won in SC". Not John Edwards. Not any other candidate

    HE made the statement. Somehow he's blaming someone else???

    Now he is denying the very "race card complaints" that he JUST MADE!!!

    President Clinton,

    In today's world digital recording and other technology allows people to record and disseminate everything you say. You cannot so easily deny your words and actions and think people will buy it.

    Just a heads up.

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT THE RAINBOW TRIBE

    Typical of the Clintons, they think they have the right to everthing, like some of kind on entitlement, but Obama has showed them and the world what faith and confidence, intelligence and sincerity can do, of course they have know idea about any of those things crazy clintons

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. kiki

    After all, like it or not, Bill is right on this one. We noticed the race card being played by the Obama campaign from the beginning

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Gaby

    Every time Bill Clinton opens his mouth crap flies out by the bucket full.
    His infidelity is not only towards his wife, but our country.

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Deb

    Good for you Bill! My prayers are with Hillary today!

    This is exactly what Oboma’s champagne has been all about, his back room guys who learned "Race Bating" from Reverend Wright have gone out of their way to play the race card every chance they get and then turn it around and make someone look like a racists when it isn't true at all.

    I've had enough of the HATE Arrows his camp throws out every chance they get!

    I don't think he'll be our nominee, but should he be the Republican machine will expose and destroy his nasty games for good!

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. DEE in fla

    HE is in DENILE

    OBAMA 08

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Allen

    its time for americans to wake up! is it true that you have no one to be a president than Clintons?

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Jay

    Bill Clinton is not running for the Presidency!! Stop giving him such a visable presence!! Each time you draw attention to him in an attempt to distract from Hillary's campaign, you disrespect and insult all women. She is the candidate, not her spouse! Unless you plan to pick apart the comments made by Mrs Obama and Mrs McCain, and give them a significant presense, you're showing a gender bias against female candidates.

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. observer

    Um, Bill? You were being recorded.

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. john smith

    Bill
    Clinton
    is so

    FULL OF HIMSELF

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    so old Bill has truly lost him mind? either way it's not good for Hillary, since she's running on his record and he's gone senile on her. ah man, she can't win for losing.

    April 22, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. James

    Bill I love you but your spin during this election cycle has greatly depreciated my respect for you and hillary. You both need to give up these stupid games you tend to play from time to time. America needs a new change of direction from these old politics of the past. Obama is the person we have to make this happen.

    April 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. Hillary Is Our True Leader!

    Give Obama Hell Bill, he's dirt anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Joel King

    You have to be kidding me this man is a clown now. I hope we don't have to listen to BOZO the first man for four years! Please think when you vote today people.

    April 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. Mary

    I have stopped believing anything that Bill & Hillary have to say after they both have consistently LIED TO AMERICA. I wished we can put a lie detector on Bill & Hillary. That would be the ONLY way I would know if they are saying the truth and whether they really mean what they say.

    Bill, it wasn’t just you who said it. Also, Hillary (MLK), G Ferraro, Ed Rendell and a few of your surrogates have brought up both race and gender OFTEN.

    So stop the whining. Bill, IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

    All we Americans can’t stand are the lies of Bill & Hillary!

    April 22, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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