April 23rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama: Nobody's complained more than the Clintons

Obama held a press conference with reporters Wednesday.
Obama held a press conference with reporters Wednesday.

NEW ALBANY, Indiana (CNN) – Facing reporters for the first time since his loss in the Pennsylvania primary, Democrat Barack Obama said he "doesn't really understand" Hillary Clinton's attack line that he "can't stand the heat."

"This is sort of the kitchen sink strategy, and the argument about not being able to stand the heat - that I don't really understand," Obama said, responding to a question on recent attacks aimed at him.

He went on to turn the argument on them.

"Nobody has complained more about the press, about questions at debates, about being mistreated than Sen. Clinton has, or President Clinton," he said.

"We have been pretty tame in terms of taking our shots and just rolling with them."

soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. Oberlin

    Obama needs to watch what comes out of his mouth. With all the money his campaign collects. He needs to hire a speech therapist.

    April 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. kjd

    This sounds to me like Obama is continuing to campaign negatively. He surely cannot be serious to think that more negative stuff has been dumped on him than Hillary. The Republicans are not wasting their time on him until they see if he actually becomes the democratic nominee..... if that time does arrive, then he'll have the opportunity to experience first hand real negative campaigning, just ask John Kerry and Michael Dukakis, two past nominees, of which Obama is way to the left of.

    April 23, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Larry from LA

    Obama could not have said it better. just go back a review the tapes and transcripts.

    April 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. lowland

    they are both guilty. She just does not try to act high and mighty about it. Admit it obama....you are a politician and will do what politicians do. Every one says "clinton will do anything to win". Well so would obama....that is why they are running so let them run. Stop being hypocritical obama and admit you are a politician and attack and complain just as much as the next guy...or gal.

    April 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. realtalktee

    I agree with Mr. Obama he has not complained, or acted like a cry baby such as the Clintons, lets get real we need a change for America and I believe that change is Obama 08 & 12. I am someone who has voted for the last 25 years of my life. There were some good times with the Clinton's but with all of the challenges that America is facing now we need a real man in office, one who understands real people and respects everyone. To put a different spin on this topic what does the bible say about women ruling the world, I think she should start trying to be a good wife, being a submissive wife you can not be against your husband, HILLIARY MAKE YOUR CHOICE & GET OUT WE STILL LOVE YOU & WILL BE ABLE TO USE YOUR MEAN INSTINCTS SOMEWHERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    April 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. brian.soe

    I think senator Obama has been receiving the favors from CNN and he seems to forget that fact.

    April 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Zoinks

    well said, now Obama should do another seminal speech, but this time on offense rather then as defense. I think he should do it on war, national debt, and the military industrial complex. or he could do it on global labor market. those are just a couple where more attention could be given and that Hillary really doesnt want to touch.

    April 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Megan

    Wow, some people on here sound just like first graders...

    It's true that Clinton has complained from the start. First she said she was "ganged up on" by the other candidates in the early debates. Then she complained that the media was being unfair and/or sexist to her, then she complained about getting the first question and made that lame comment referring to Saturday Night Live and pillows, then her husband said something about "picking on a girl," and now she's accusing Obama of whining because he thought the moderators wasted 45 minutes on tabloid issues? Clinton should be ashamed of her hypocrisy. You show me one instance of Obama actually complaining about a tough question...a quote, with a link. My god, you guys talk about Obama supporters drinking the kool-aid...Clinton supporters have moved from kool-aid to hooch!

    April 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. Peter Maryland

    Her $ 310.000 recieved from big donors have never been mentioned............

    April 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. mary, Dallas, Tx

    He is absolutely right. The only difference is that when the poor white female crys foul, then the press goes on attack mode on Obama. Regardless of what he does, it will always be seen as a problem because people do not want a black president.

    You have my vote but if they take the nomination from you, I will campaign for McCain and so will my friends and family. I am tired of liars or people who misspeak, people who change their position on issues based on which way the wind blows and especially a democrat who uses racial politics.

    April 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Jordan

    Hey Canadian, Mind your own maple business and stop giving advice to the future leader of the free world. Canada isn't even a real country, so you have bigger problems than Obama being our democratic front-runner!

    April 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. ChrisStewart--realnamenogimmick

    kaye,

    You're right that Obama has complained. But not nearly as much as Clinton, her husband, and her campaign. However, none of this really matters or is uncommon. Who doesn't complain when things don't go their way. Both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama are just people. Neither of them want to be treated unfairly.

    April 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Adam FL

    Its amazing to see barak when he is desperate, such a different kind of politics then those of what he offered us in december and january.

    April 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. HAWK,TEXAS

    No Obama, you can't stand the heat. every time you say these stupid things you hurt yourself. wake up to the real world.rour remarks are the words of a coward. what do you think the republicans will do to you. hold your hand and guide you through all of this. i don't know if you are niave or just plain stupid. and quit stuttering when you talk. be a man. not a wimpy crybaby.

    April 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Cnn For Me

    Linda are YOU SERIOUS???

    God again help us for we no know what we do. Black have proved that we will support whites... When are you going to do the same. Your right he did start the race issues...

    HE WAS BORN!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Margi

    There were no complaints from the Clintons until they realized they had competition, by then it was to late. They had not planned on campaigning past Feb 5 and their campaign has been in chaos every since. She can't balance the budget in her campaign, it is mind boggling that Ohio and PA thinks she can run a country.

    April 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Pat

    Please, Sen. Obama, you have been dishing it out just as much as you have been taking it. You are not a victim, and it's becoming more and more obvious you will not stand a chance against Sen. McCain.

    April 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. SMS

    The PA Department of State's unofficial numbers as of today, 04/23/08 are 54.3/45.7%, indicating an 8.6% difference. Even with generally accepted rounding rules, it seems the reporting should be: 54/46% with a 9% difference not a "huge double-digit win". Please report accurately. Thank you.

    April 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Adam - TX

    Face it, Obama, you gave it all and choked. Own up to it for once. This is the problem people have with you. You evade reality.

    April 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. chris

    I agreed with Obama whole heartedly. Nobody complains more than the Clintons!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. T in Kzoo

    I agree with Obama on this one. The fake crying, the "vast media conspiracy," the, "why do I always get asked the first questions," the "if you watched SNL, you'd agree that we should be asking him if he needs another pillow," blah blah blah.

    Let's just stop all non-sense now. The Republicans are making ways and comments to purposely divide the democrats. Let's make them put their foots in their respective mouths by showing that either democratic candidate can cream McBush and the rest of the Repubs in Nov.

    The Repubs are causing the fall an empire. Whoever comes out of the Dem nomination, vote for either Dem over McBush. I'd vote for my dog before I'd vote for the total destruction of the U.S.

    Dems 08

    April 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Marcelino R. Gutierrez

    Both Hillary and Bill are whiners. Everytime they opened their mouths they are whining about something.

    April 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Tracy

    No kidding. Just this week Clinton's camp was talking about Indiana and whined about how it would be a miracle to win that state and they knew they just wouldn't. Then when Obama said he didn't expect a win in Penn. Clinton accused him of whining and making excuses. Hello? How stupid does Clinton think people are? Well, pretty stupid I guess, some still vote for her lying ways.

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Kathy, Texas

    While I know Obama is an excellent communicator, he is the man who turned and walked away from greeting Clinton when he was frustrated and continues to make very immature facial expressions when he doesn't agree with something. He's very chrismatic – but haven't we learned chrisma doesn't ensure a strong Presidency with the Bush experience?

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Katie

    Kaye, sweetie you really should learn to read for yourself so you can stop listening to stupidity. Just because someone works for Mobile, Exxon etc. doesn't mean they are lobbist. If you work for a company does it mean your vote should be considered one from your company? That is just plan CRAZY! Hillary took money from special interest and lobbist who; she will owe dearly if she is elected. Obama only took money from individuals and will only owe us to be the best possible President, try his best to begin to get us out of the mess Bush put us in. Ex President Clinton was the one who signed the NAFTA bill into existance that we are still suffering with and of course Bush loves NAFTA it takes thousands of jobs from millions of American people and YES the senator (Hillary) campaigned hard for it.

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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