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. Marc

    Then why are you so chicken to debate?

    April 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Paul

    unless its obama!
    if you want to know obamas true character read his book " Dreams From My Father." may scare you.

    April 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Carol

    Obama hasn't had to complain about the way he has been treated by the press and the media because he has become the Teflon candidate. The media treats him with kid gloves. If someone does happen to stray a bit, his campaign immediately labels the comments (or whatever) as being racial. Even Neil Bortz, who I really don't like, said on the air that anything he said about Obama would get the racist label if it wasn't complimentary of Obama. Well, this is one Hillary supporter (I think there are others) who will either vote for McCain or stay home in November in protest if Obama is the Democratic nominee. It really is a shame because I have waited (not too patiently) to see a Democrat in the White House again. But there won't be one in this election. McCain will sweep the floor up with Obama. And not just because of people like me who refuse to allow the media to dictate who we must vote for. McCain will win because Obama is unelectable. Hillary may be, too. But, at least, she has a shot at beating McCain. All these 'red' states that Obama has won in the primary don't mean a thing – they will vote Republican in November and the swing states will vote Republican, as well. Sometimes we get what we wished for – this time the Democratic Party has done just that. And the party should learn from this debacle – don't disenfranchise your voters or allow others to disenfranchise them. And I don't mean just Michigan and Florida. I also mean people like me. The media and the Democratic Party leadership are responsible for this mess. And the reward will be yet another Republican in the White House for another 4 or 8 years.

    April 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Lee WV

    Obama has had to stand the heat since Hillary opened ths kitchen sink strategy, remember after he won the 12 states in a row,Hillary complained that the media was picking on poor little her.

    April 23, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. American Girl

    So true -–

    Hillary – tears "I love this country"
    Hillary – Why are they always picking on me
    Why do I get the tough questions and have to go first... maybe becasue you won't be quiet and you always interupt.

    You kow their is something to said about silence sometimes. She just goes on and on and says anything., When people won't stop talking they are lying and will say things they do not remember.

    Hillary you fo complain..

    OBAMA '08

    April 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Just Thinkng

    I agree. Remember the pillow comment in the debate!

    April 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Derrick

    More negativity coming from the Obama camp.

    Hey Obama, DO YOU WANT TO CHEESE TO GO WITH THAT WHINE?!

    Hillary 08' 12'

    April 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Wayne

    oh please. Obama whines and whines and whines. He complained and complained about the last debate. He got his head handed to him, and now he's running scared and is refusing to debate Clinton in N. Carolina or Indiana. He is a coward and a complainer.

    April 23, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Fella from Chicago

    Barack, are you whinning or just beginning to sniffle like a baby? You know, I don't think you can take the heat. Love him or hate him, agree or disagree with him, President George W.makes decisons as a man (right or wrong). I don't think you can do the same without looking for someone to blame. Not good. Hmmm. No substance?

    April 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Greg

    He needs to just stop playing her game.

    All he has to do is remain positive, allow her and her surrogates to slosh about in the mud, and let the thing run its course.

    This nomination is over regardless of what Team Clinton or some members of the media (who obviously have an agenda in keeping this thing going as long as possible) have to say about it.

    There is no way she can win the Democratic nomination without, in the process, destroying the Democratic party for years to come.

    The superdelegates are well aware of this fact.

    April 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Independent

    So true. Maybe you should ask Hillary if SHE needs another pillow!!

    April 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Jesse - San Antonio TX

    Of course not because your camp has been getting a free ride from the press and debates prior to the ABC Debate.

    Now amplify that by a hundred and you will crumble against John McCain.

    April 23, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. HSNP

    Drop out, Barack!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Adam

    How true ~ it seems to me that the Clinton machine has two gears: Cry/whine and Attack.
    It is sad when you think about it. She thought that there was a "vast right-wing" conspiracy in the 90's, but it turned out it was just her husband cheating on her with younger women. She has had so much emotional damage that she can't be trusted to run a Wal-mart, let alone the US of A.

    April 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Ardnuas

    SMART people have seen the TRUE Clintons...... it is scary!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 23, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. @americans

    Obama, please dont even bother to respond to this distractions!

    The Clintons are good with complaining and twisting the facts just to say that they are winning...the american people know better!

    OBAMA, YOU ARE THE LEADING THIS RACE – KEEP FIGHTING TO THE NOMINATION!

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Stacy Clarks, TX

    Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Obama, but I really want him to go back to what really made him rise, his positivity, his hope message, that's why we love him so much!!!

    please Obama, show us Americans what we are so staved for!!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. CO Ted

    It's true, Hillary has been the big complainer. heck, she even "cried" after she lost Iowa. But it's all pots calling the kettles black. No pun intended.

    April 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Drew

    Who was the one who invoked Saturday NIght Live at the start of a debate to complain on unfair treatment by the press? Give you a clue, it's not the candidate with the most delegates right now.

    April 23, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. shirley

    Senator Obama is right, Hillary has claimed 'bias' of news media, 'picking on a woman' and 'negative campaigning' when asked to be accountable. Hillary has used gender, race and religion to garner votes and run a very nasty 'kitchen sink' campaign. Her recent 9/11 ad was disgraceful, I don't think American's will fall for Bush's 'fear factor' campaigning again .

    April 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Mary - PA

    You got that right Barack! The Clintons are hipocrites!

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

    Clinton is destroying the democratic party with her attacks on Obama. If she were an honorable, responsible person, she would stop. It doesn't matter how much of a fighter you are if you are fighting for a lost cause. You have too much baggage coming with you, Hillary, and to have to have it thrown in our face every day is not for the best interest of the people. You are married to someone who lied before Congress. That says a lot about you. The American people have had enough of the Clintons. Let the healing begin.

    April 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Will

    What Obama could have done to attack Clinton:

    -Bring up the trail she and her husband are set to go to involving Peter Paul
    -All the Drug dealers and weahtermen Clinton Pardoned
    – The nuclear technology sold to North Korea and China thanks to Bill
    – Bosnia swaps (only media brings it up)
    – Her inconsistant stances of ever policy and issue she stands for
    – The amount of % of people who do not trust her
    – Accusing Obama for what she has done.

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

    Obama... we need to somehow prove that nice guys don't finish last. We cannot get into the kitchen-sink strategy coz like CLintons, we don't have to prove that the opponent is weak, we want to demonstrate that WE are strong!

    Thanks for running a respectable campaign... Go Obama!

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

    I agree with Senator Obama, and I'm glad he said that. It was Clinton that balked at her treatment during the Texas debate. It was Clinton that help up the SNL skit as evidence that she wasn't treated fairly. It was both the Clintons that have complained about the way their remarks regarding race were interpreted. Obama's complaints are very tame by comparison.

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