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. Howard

    Clinton has showed that she will say and do "anything to win". She has trashed Obama, doing the dirty work for the Republicans and their spin machine.
    If she can't win it seems like she's willing to destroy Obama giving. Whatever happened to party loyalty?

    April 23, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. Cindy in California

    The clintons are the type of bullies that will attack you constanty then cry foul when you try to defend yourself. Kind of like the 5th graders I teach who complain to me that someone hit them, but when the story comes I find out that the person who got hit has been picking on people all day long. I put both Hillary and Bill Clinton in the "mean bully" category.

    April 23, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Antoine

    I think Hillary Clinton is about to get what she's been dishing out. She's complained about Barack Obama in debates for months. Now that she needs another debate she says he's the one complaining. That's hypocritical. If I were Obama I would be reluctant to do another debate as well if the questions come out the way they did in PA. That debate was tailor made for Clinton.

    April 23, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. Dirty Dirty South

    Linda & Mike GET A LIFE! Wanna talk about 'Hypocrisy' (this shows why you follow Hillary you lack education) Who supported NAFTA causing US jobs to be shipped overseas? HILLARY! Who took $800,000.00 for the Columbians? HILLARY! Who dodged sniper bullets? HILLARY! Get it Right! As for Linda can you say 'about' its ABOUT not A BOAT! Get it Right!

    April 23, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. leicheco


    April 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Debating with Hillary is like debating with a "lifetime criminal!
    This woman is a pathological liar. Hillary is fast becoming one
    of the most hated woman in America. Her and Bill need to take their
    criminal tactics to Dubai or Columbia who pays Bill millions for what?
    Selling our country down the river?

    April 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. karl

    Hillary Clinton is just coming off as pathetic to me and nearly everyone I speak to at this point. But then again I am from the 'elitist' city of San Francisco, where I take the 'elitist' public bus to work every morning and go home to my luxurious apartment above a liquor store in the low rent area of town, so what do I know?

    I just laugh at the Clintons when they think they've pulled one over on Obama, it reminds me of that annoying kid in grade school who would jump up and down everytime he got a point in the game, even though the more experienced players just wanted to get on with the game, because they knew one point didn't matter.

    April 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Speak the truth shame the devil

    Hillary McClinton is the biggest cry baby i ever seen. She whine's that the boys and media is picking on little old me. Barack is a man he could blow away with all her dirt. But he's taking it easy on her because she a women and a Democrat. Obama is showing us we have to change our way to get real reform in our government.

    Yes we can change Obama 08!!!

    April 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. George

    Dear Kaye,
    Clinton has taken more money from oil and gas execs – do a search. Obama has taken 200,000, clinton has taken 300,000.

    April 23, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Paris

    Well the fairness on the media wasn’t brought up by the Clinton at first.
    Hillary brought it up after SNL had a segment on it.
    I am not a Hillary supporter but you could see the bias for Obama even on CNN.
    But I should say I am starting to see a changed specially on CNN, much more balance that I have seen in a while.
    I think if you are an agent of change instead of looking at your opponent you should look at yourself.
    Now that would be a change in approaching problems.

    April 23, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Don

    i sit here and read all these statements and have to laugh all those people that back the hillary after time and time misspeaking not using her own money for running for office playing the race game and lets not forget the dirty political games i for one will never vote for her at least with obama we have a chance so if he is not electec i will be one that will turn my vote to mccain

    April 23, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. J. McKinney

    I don't understand people who are saying Clinton is playing the "fear" card, etc. she is trying to tell it like it is, and save the US from an inexperienced "rock star" who has the 18 to 25 year olds "crying and trembling" while listening to his empty "hope and change" speeches.
    Going back to my farm background, let me give you an example.
    If you have a dangerous bull in your pasture, and you warn people to stay out of that pasture, is that "fear mongering" or is it trying to make a common sense statement that will keep them from being killed by the bull? And if you have a hot wood stove heating your house, and you tell your children to not touch the stove, it is hot and they will get burned, is that trying to put senseless fear into them, or it is trying to protect them?
    Get your thinking caps on, people. Hillary is telling it like it is. Saying we need someone strong enough to handle the US and the mess we are in is not "fear mongering", it is truth. WE NEED HILLARY!!

    April 23, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  13. Nathan

    Hillary has called you naive and unprepared, tough but fair for a relative newbie in Federal politics. She's railed against your health plan also. At every stage though Barry has diminished, put down and tried to denigrate the only re-elected Democrat and his First Lady since WW2. Mate, get a clue, you might be popular amongst those who don't work for a living or think that the USA is to blame for the world's ills (like your acolytes on Huffington, Daily Kos and MoveOn) but in reality Barry, most Dems know Hillary is as tough as your are vacuous, and when she fights for you, you have a chance. Obama is the choice of HAMAS and Ahmenijad- enough said.

    April 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. Dave

    Here we go again, the racist liar trying to spin again, your obamanites might believe him, but anyone with a brain won't.
    HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  15. Jake, California

    You rememebr the Texas debate when Hillary complained about She always getting the first questions and then she wondered whether Obama needed another pillow to get more comfy?

    Now she's the one saying people are complaing? This is what disgusts me most about this woman..she's such an ugly person..and not decent at in any way...how can you accuse someone about the very things you do?

    April 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. James

    what he says is true-though there is plenty of complaining from both camps. but it seems that the Clinton group consistently insults the intelligence of voters-
    -claiming that Obama can't take the heat-not so long ago, Clinton complained about getting the first question in debates, and the boys ganging up on her
    -claiming that Michigan and Florida don't mean anything, then saying that it is Obama trying to prevent votes from counting (when she is no longer the leader in the counts)
    -claiming small vote states are great-when winning the Nevada vote-then claiming that the caucus votes are not democratic (when she loses most of the rest)
    -Pres Clinton comparing Obama's S. Carolina win to Jesse Jackson's wins-then claiming he never said it (sounds like the word playing games of the 90s)
    -Clinton claiming that it's the delegates-then the number of states won-then the number of big states won-then the number of Democrat states won-then the number of electoral college votes (Sen Bayh said this)-then saying that there are no pledged delegates-and on and on-seems that she does not know what the definition of win is-keeps changing it!
    This can go on!
    The point is – what a shameful campaign! This is sad because both senators are making history.

    April 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Paul

    Do the delegate math on CNN and you'll see she needs to win 66 percent in each of the remaining primaries. At 66, that means Obama would have to be beaten down to 34 percent! That's impossible, because he's very popular! For example, Oregon is in favor of Barack Obama now. So is North Carolina. He's not doing bad in Indiana, either.

    According to a CNN analyst, she'll need wins in the 90th percentile or above in the other primaries.

    Clinton's negativity transfers over to even her supporters, who – like her – don't even bother to restrain themselves from expressing their mudslinging in racist overtones.

    Considering a few weeks ago she was polling 20% above Obama and he's closed the gap so she is only 8.5% above him despite all the negative "kitchen sink" attacks that are essentially fratricide against your own fellow party candidate, giving free ammunition to the Republican attack machine later on... I'd say he's done well with his hope and change message, while refusing to stoop to her despicable level – which has earned her very low trustworthiness ratings and very high negativity ratings.

    Obama has been rather nice to Clinton. He hasn't brought up all of her scandal baggage. I won't either.

    April 23, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Sherri

    Bill whines. Hillary whines. They dish our mud. They take cheap shots. Then they twist it like the spin doctors they are.

    America is tired of the same old political machine. We need change, dignity, and integrity in the White House. That is what Barack Obama brings.

    April 23, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Garrett

    Barak had ample time to stop pouting about how he was attacked and actually talking about issues and yet he spent most of the time belly aching about Hillary's dirty tactics.

    Hillary only used what Barak gave her as ammunition and she exploited it. Barak can pretend to take the high road all he wants but if Hillary was thought to be connected to a white supremacist , anarchic bomber, divisive minister or a perceived crook she would not be in the race today.

    The media may be excited about Obama in office but come on, it is time to stop drinking the Obama Koolaid!

    April 23, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Phoenix

    And in the end, who do we choose? The clueless gramma's boy whiner or the relentless determined female whiner?

    April 23, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Chip

    I agree with Ms B - Obama can change the path that this country is going down - I am tired of corrupt politicians that only struggle for power towards their own good, not the good of the people. - Obama does not come from a privileged background but has truly come to this point in time where he can make the people's voice heard. There are so many people that make political race a "race" issue. Its not about race but about social-economic status. - Clinton = wealthy whereas Obama = knows what lack of wealth means. Please keep this in mind when voting, given the worlds current economic state. Obama knows what it feels like to be you and I. When he wins this coming year, I know that he will change things for the greater good of the country (he will be inheriting a LOT of problems) - But we need to remember - change starts at home, with our own lives and families. Obama can change a lot of things, but I can only change myself. –and oh - by the way, Canadians should not comment on things that do not pertain to them. - Please stay out of my countries business. Your ignorant comments are embarising to both you and Canada itself.

    April 23, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. mk

    Obama is the only candidate that is living in reality. We're behind you Barack – you will have the numbers. Just remember – Her voice may be loud (and most of the time, excruciating) but most of the time, it's just not right.

    April 23, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Ted in Chicago

    To parody a line from a while ago debate

    Sorry BO but you are no Mohandas Gandhi

    April 23, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. um.

    By saying this, he is actually complaining about it...

    April 23, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. NObama

    Oh, and I forgot to mention.... I'm just "a typical white person" (as Obama likes to call us).

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