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. Nicci

    I started off feeling ambiguous about the Democratic candidates who I both thought would make good options. But Clinton has lost ALL my respect. Her tactics of scarying people to vote for her (i.e. an ad with images of Bin Laden and Pearl Harbor) are no different, if not worse, than George Bush's campaign in 2004.
    Fear politics makes me sick, and so does Hillary Clinton!!

    April 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Rohit

    Hilly asks: Why do I always get the first question?

    and later

    Billy says: They are picking on a girl.


    April 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Beth form Jersey

    Dont give up hope!

    Yes We Can!

    Your speech in Philadelphia brought chillbumps to my skin.

    The Clinton campaign resorts to lies and mudslinging because she knows she cant beat you honestly. She touts being "ready on day one" and having more experience. What experience? She was the First Lady and then she was a Senator. Being First Lady of Arkansas and the United States does not give her more experience at being President.

    You are what we need for America. I have faith in you. I believe in your words.

    Just ignore the mudslinging, get behind your plans for how we're going to change things.


    April 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Susan MO

    Is he serious??

    He has made many attacks against Clinton & McCain.

    Does he not see his own negativity?

    Well, look how he rudely spoke to the good people of Pennsylvania. That was critical, bitter remarks. VERY INSULTING.

    He is fooling himself. That shows he is not experienced enough to be the president of our country.

    Strongely Now for Hillary Clinton 🙂

    April 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Jack - Miami

    He speaks the truth.

    My favorite is when HRC rolls out the "you can't hit me – I am a girl" routine. Can't have it both ways and republicans are more than happy to work her over.

    April 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. veronica

    yeah she complained uhh once during the debate and that was it but besides his obviouse frustration during the debate and his upset face he had to complain to everyone the next day ! come on and he still is playing the finger pointing game? grow up !
    Obama sometimes things can't always go your way you big BABY !

    April 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Tan in Dallas

    That's because nobody has been treated more unfairly than Hillary by the media. Is it hard to understand? You whimp!

    April 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. May

    Obama, THAT IS THE GAME! Respond in kind. That is how the Clintons play their political game. Meet them in kind – of course without lying as they do! They will accuse you of their weaknesses. And if you don't respond, AND attack at the same time, they will make it stick by repeating it over and over and over with different flavors. You have to meet them squarely otherwise they are destroying you and the future of Americans that are relying on your victory. Hillary's plan is that if she destroys you then you will lose to McCain and she can come back in 2012. Barack, COUNTERATTACK!!! And make sure THIS TIME, you take nothing for granted. Make sure you even check your pillow before you sleep at night, lest you talk in your dream and it becomes news!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Kh

    Well said – lets hope she stops whining now.

    April 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Mike in Columbus

    The difference is, you have dignity Barack... they don't know what that word means.

    April 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. joe

    its about time this charlatan of a woman, is met with the same kind of politics she employs. it amazes me how and why people cannot see through this clintons. with the exception of their daughter, i think the clintons are the most corrupt in morality this country will ever produce. this is a man who spins and twist everything to benefit him first, and a wife who will say anything to the willing person to get his/her vote. no wonder the "educated" aren't voting for her, because we can see through her. however, this is the politcis of america, where you don't have to be honest or have a good moral to be an elected official. with the hate we are expeiencing in this world, to support a person who doesn't believe in fairness, talking to your enemies and a host of other comprimising factors, but rather using nuclear armament to wipe off the face ot the earth a country , just to win votes, makes me wonder.
    women, go on blindly following this woman b'cos of her gender, and believe me, George Bush time as president will be much more welcome.

    April 23, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Anti Reaganess Big Talkers.


    Obama should drop out and save the Democratic Party. The media, move on dot org, and the NYT are trying to "steal" the election for Obama.

    He should drop out and let McCain run unopposed, or let HIllary have the nomination.

    IF he loved America that's what he would do. He is too..... divisive, destroying the Democratic Party.... He is not good.... Not only that he "double parks." They say in Chicago and Washington that Obama double parks, he takes "two parking spaces" I could never vote for some left leaning liberl that would do something like that..... I was going to vote for Obama until I found out about this terrible thing, you just can't trust this dude man, he takes two spaces, no way, he is out,

    Anti Reaganess, Big Talkers.

    April 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. MichaelP

    Amen Brother, you can say that again!
    Hillary is constantly spinning and distorting.

    April 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Jana

    You know why many people vote for Clinton, because Obama campaign, Obama himself and his supporters constantly twist the truth. Here we come again. Try Obama find even one record tape were Hillary complain about hard questions. She sad fairly that in every debate she constantly was asked first. In contrast, you are complaining about how hard or bad questions were. One of your endorsement in Pensylvania tell yesterday that Hillary had 33% plus in the pole and Obama cut it to 10%. Find me that pole. We are not dump, we do research. You do that because is not in your vocabulary. That is why people do not want to vote for you. In the history all revolutions in the world were done by very educated people. And none of them were good for those countries.

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

    Obama'a being half black pr whole black has nothing to do with his winning or losing in the primaries. The only people who look at the color of his skin are the Afro-Americans. I hear so many of them say they are voting for him because he is black and a black man shold be president. No, a person with a plan should be president and that is Hillary Clinton. Obama's plans are are all rewrites of her plans. I am also tired of his never being to blame for anything. He was always, "never there" or "didn't hear it". He is also good at being negative but talking with a smooth voice and smiling while he tosses dirt and his followers don't hear what he really says.

    April 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Teresa of Newport Bch

    That's true Obama. The Clintons are complainers. I still voting for you no matter what. She won that state because it's her home state where she grew up. That's alright. There are more races and she'll never be able to catch him. He needs 293 delegate to wrap this thing up.

    Go Obama

    April 23, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Keep this attitude, Senator Obama. Let Senator Clinton destroy her campaign through all the negativity, and don't stoop to her low level.

    April 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Jeff in Alabama

    Did your loss in Pennsylvania hurt?

    April 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Phillip-Little Rock

    There you go, Obama!!! Dish it out better than you can take it!

    The main strategy should be to take the remaining states, go out and kick her butt, and believe me, it's a big, wide target!

    GO OBAMA '08

    April 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Barack, it isn't about whether her charges are truthful, it's about whether they'll get airplay on the cable news shows. Truth is something that can be decided at a later date. Like, after the election.

    That's why they say, "Hillary will do anything, say anything, to win an election."

    April 23, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Pa voter

    I hope he continues with the offencive! People need to see that he can stand up for himself. Also, he needs to stress the issues and policies more because apparently people are too dumb to look on a website and find out for themselves these days.

    April 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Hillary is a viscious, repulsive individual who will stop at nothing in her quest for power.

    April 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Jeff - Schaumburg, IL

    True. 'Nuff said.

    April 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. MikeA

    Please Obama. Go Away.

    HILLARY 08

    April 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Tiffany from AZ

    How many times is Obama going to say "kitchen sink" strategy? He says it about everything. It's just another buzzword that now has no meaning because it has been overused. Also, he keeps saying that he is being tame with regard to leveling accusations at Clinton...he doesn't really have to...the media has been doing it for him!

    April 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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