April 23rd, 2008
03:50 PM ET
10 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. rhb

    Grow up Kaye! You're only showing your ignorance with that comment...and please learn how to spell liar....its not lair.

    Sen, Obama is most definitely our best choice for a nominee. HRC is tough true enough but she cannot be trusted. If she was faced with making a decision that would determine her future...she will decide in favor of herself....not the people. She is doing it now. Clearly she is aware of the damage that the party is sustaining. But she won't quit...why? Because she can't stand losing. She doesn't care what's best for the party at this point.

    Do not even think about calling Obama a liar when Hillary is the biggest liar their is and if you believe otherwise, you are LYING to yourself.

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Jgirl

    Jimmy "169" ???...get a name dude!
    Obama is delusional, just like his followers. friggin Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
    spin it, flip it, say it isn't so, black is white, white is black. Sounds like G W Bush all over to me. If he wants support he better stop talkin down to ppl.

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. marlina

    Obama is self defeating. Even he can't wear all that shiny jewelries or change all those bright wardrobes, please don't frawn so much. Be more relevant and to the point. He has uttered so many words that signaled eventual fall already. I am his supporter. But he is too clumpsy, too gloomy. His campaign is not doing a good job looking over his notes, if there were notes prepared for his speeches. With all the money spent on advertising. what comes out of his words matter the most. And the words are either powerless or irrelevant.

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Sydney

    Keep up the great work Obama! You have made us all proud to be Americans and have inspired us to reach higher and not stoop to gutter tactics even when taunted mercilessly to do so. Keep your spirit, your fire, your ethics. You have won our hearts and minds and together we will prevail!!

    April 23, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Dan , TX

    He's right. He has been very calm about all of this. Now, people on blogs may get all hot and bothered. But Obama is very cool.

    If the people actually are willing to have an open mind and learn, they will understand and appreciate why Obama is so well suited to be president. But for people who want to dislike Obama, and prefer to believe a half-truth or lie rather than seek understanding, they will vote for someone else.

    April 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Michael

    Obama will still win the nomination. All Pennsylvania was do was delay delay delay. Thanks to them the American Dictator is still in the race. Hopefully the remaining states won't fall for her crap or her underhanded and dirty tactics.

    Obamam 2008

    April 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. duhhhh

    kaye.... LAIR? wow... Clinton supporters can spell!

    April 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. jfs Memhis, Tn

    She has complained about cacuses, she has complained about the media's handling of her, she has complained about taking the first questions in a debate, she has complained about mailers, she has complained about how much money Obama has spent(which he has), they have compained about Richardson, etc. etc. I've been involved with elections since Hubert Humphrey ....the Clinton campaign and their tactics are the WORST I have ever seen. I know that the outcome will favor Obama............Trust me Clinton people this IS NOT the women you want representing the USA. There's PLENTY better.....they will come.....It is not Hillary. Obama supporters ...THE CREAM ALWAYS RISES TO THE TOP.

    April 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Brian Granada Hills California

    Sad thing is that Obama has all these signs at every rally stating Change we can believe in, but none of your eloquent speeches talkes about how your actual solve the serious problems of our time. You just say, we need change for change sake. Well you are very good a talking about the problems, I want a leader that can solve the problems. i want a problem solver like Hillary or McCain.

    Everybody worries in the Barack supporters will bail if Hillary wins. Guess what many Hillary supporters will also either not vote at all for you or vote for McCain.

    April 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Wise Dem.

    I am sick and tired of all the spin.

    Who ever has more popular votes, won more pledeged delegates should be the nominee. PERIOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    You learn and adjust, come out and fight another day. The objective is still the same. Yes we Can!

    April 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. LT, Cumming, GA

    Well said Mike and Linda.

    To Ms B, why did Obama took his Yes we can! slogan from Bob the Builder????

    Go Hillary

    April 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |

    All of you obama supporters keep saying that obama has more super delagates than Hillary. these super delagates can change their mind and can vote for anyone they want to. even if they have pledged to obama they can still turn around and vote for Hillary. never count your chickens till your eggs hatch.

    April 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. robb

    I agree with Obama, and so do a lot of fellow Americans, newspapers, politicians and SUPERDELEGATES which keep coming out for him. At least two more today!

    April 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Jan

    Obama only needs 29% of the Super D to be the nomination of the party..

    He got 2 SuperD today

    Go Obama 08!

    April 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. akaDoug

    Obama is soooo right! Name the candidate who has held steady while mud and false accusations have been slung at him...Obama! Name the candidate who's emotions have ranged from crying to laughing uncontrollably, from rage to regret over being caught in numerous lies, from whining about getting the first question in a debate to anger at her husbands lack of control on the campaign trail....Clinton!

    At 3am I would much rather have the calm, cool and intelligence of Obama over the sleep deprived, emotionally disfunctional, and overly dramatic Hillary Clinton!

    End the drama, vote Obama!

    April 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. Christina Mercelle Carlson

    He is right!
    Mark my word Hillary is wasting your time and your money.
    Don't think him hitting back is him fighting dirty. This is politics folks. You have not even seen how low Hillary will go.
    You just wait, she will be crying foul the whole way. Just like that lying womanizing husband of hers.
    This is a waste. Hillary is going to take everything down with her.
    Waste waste waste.

    April 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. king from toronto

    no need to worry! obama is gonna be the nominee.clinton supporters deal with it.an move on to tha general election united.

    April 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Florida Girl

    I am sick and tired of the Clinton machine. Because both of them are only concerned about the personal goals, not the people of America, I think whites trying to hurt Barack Obama is a bigger hurt to to all of us who care about the state that the republicans have left this country. White people stop voting your race. Blacks have always voted for the candidate that could delivery, not becasue they could throw the nasty toilet. I bet if the campaign got to the business of what's in it for me (gas prices, the war, education for our children) and not because he's black , then you would see that Barack Obama is a worthy candidate for the President of the United states. Stop being afraid and let's learn about each other. I think the Clinton's have brought back racism in a big way when progress had been made.

    April 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. A.M. Saqib

    Never mind what she says; she is nothing but a hot baloon, soon to drop flat on ground when all fails.

    Keep up the good work Senator Obama.

    Real Change is at hand and is coming soon ... go 'Obama' go!

    Next President of United States 'Barak Obama'...08!

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    April 23, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Bobby


    "I always get the first question..."
    "the media loves Barack..."
    "did anyone see SNL..."

    blah blah blah. The Clintons are the most dishonest people in this country and the fact that they are benefiting from racist people in PA and OH is disgusting.

    We need change in this country and I don't mean change from Clinton to Bush and back to Clinton. That's not change. That's moving backwards. Do we really want the uneducated people of this country to decide who our leader should be?

    Move aside Clintonites, your day is done.

    April 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. JM

    I remember her complaining on TV, about how the press always questioned her first.

    Pot can not talk about the Kettle

    Wichita, KS

    April 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. jvaleda

    kaye's speculating. Hillary has taken money directly from lobbying groups on record.

    Prove me wrong kaye and i'll send you a stats book so you can figure how out it was over when obama won more delegates in texas.

    thank hillary for killing the bank because she's in denial

    April 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. HUMPU

    Hey Kaye,

    It is L I A R. If you can not spell such a simple word, how can you understand a bundler?

    April 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Susan

    Obama is 100% correct! Clinton has done nothing but COMPLAIN, LIE, CHEAT, AND WILL STEAL to win!! When she gets a question she does not want to answer, she will just laugh it off and the reporters just drop it?! Why is that? America needs to wake up! They will have no right to complain about losing their jobs because they are all being sent to Columbia all because they believed the lying Clintons!! Do you really think she is thinking of the American people when Bill is out making millions on the trade deals?!!! Cash registers are ringing in her head!!

    April 23, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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