October 31st, 2007
04:51 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton strikes back

Clinton is highlighting the fact she was under attack at Tuesday's debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton released a new Web video Wednesday slamming her rivals for Democratic presidential nomination accusing them of participating in "politics of pile-on" following the latest Democratic National Committee debate.

"I seemed to be the topic of great conversation and consternation," she said in the video. "And that's for a reason."

The video starts with a montage of the six other Democratic hopefuls saying Clinton's name repeatedly during a debate on Tuesday night. The candidates went after her for her initial vote to authorize the war in Iraq and a recent decision to label Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

In a press release, Clinton's campaign said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards "undermined the central premises of their own candidacies" and said their tactics show that they are "desperate to gain traction in the polls."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. David, Fort Worth, Texas

    First, that's President Bush...Senator Clinton. I am really glad to see pressure put on her about releasing archive data from when her husband was in the White House. Ask this.. why did Bill put a 2012 date on the release? I agree with Obama, since she keeps refering to her time in the White House (as first wife) then this should be public information NOW. She keeps referring to her 35 yrs experience. Hog wash!! She has 6 years as a senator. Wake up America SIX YEARS as an elected offical, and she wants to be President?? Remember when she was "in charge" of developing a Health Plan for all Americans during Bills first term. Two years in development...and TOTAL failure. She went back to picking out the White House china. Her idea of Universal Health care will detroy the best Health Care system in the World. Keep asking those tough questions Mr. Russert... oh, and they really are not tough if you can verbalize where you stand.

    November 1, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    I thought Hillary did well in the so-called debate based on the moderators and the other candidates all focused on playing a game of 'gotcha'.

    I sure wish people would stop complaining that Hillary supported the Iraq war. As I recall, the majority of Americans supported the war at one time. This was evident by the many polls taken at the time. So, blame yourselves as well.

    Obama was not a Senator, yet, he always states that he was against the war from the beginning. I don't know if that is true or not. I venture to guess that he would have voted 'Yes' just like the majority of Senators at the time.

    I appreciate Hillary for not backing down on her vote like the other Senators who are running for President did just to appease the severe left wing of the Democratic party. She has stated that she wants our soldiers out of Iraq, but she wants to do it with reason and logic.

    She will be the nominee no matter how hard the others complain about her.

    I hope that the other Democratic candidates would tell us their positions on the issues of the day
    instead of just whinning about Hillary.

    November 1, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. nancy,baltimore,md

    This is bush in women cothing, watch out people!

    November 1, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    "How is his legacy relevant to her running in this race?"

    Exactly Karissa, how? Then why does she keep bringing it up and pointing to that period as her 'experience'. She's the one that keeps raising Bill's presidency as one of her supposed 'positive's'.

    November 1, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Hans Solo 4th Constellation

    Who is running the CNN News Department – George Lucas?

    Cheney is Darth Vader.

    Hillary strikes back!

    What next... Luke Skywalker endorses Obama?

    November 1, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. roger, conway sc

    WAY TO GO HILLARY don't let these guys or their wives pull you down...it is bad enough for the GOP to give you crap but from DEMS it is ridiculous...stand your ground but remain calm & cool...

    November 1, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Mike Smith, Lexington Park MD

    If Hillary can't take it when 4 or 5 others from her own party jump on her what's she going to do if elected and the entire congress, GOP and DEMS jump on her. Go hide in the White House. If she wants the White House between now and the election she better grow some brass balls.

    November 1, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Kamron Ashton, San Diego, CA

    Stay strong Hillary....we're behind you!!!

    November 1, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    These attacks also shows that Obama and Edwards are despicable people who should not hold public office. They have nothing to say so they go on the attack.

    November 1, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Hill-the-Bill looks like a madwoman on this picture. I wonder why.

    November 1, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. RuthieM

    seemed to be the topic of great conversation and consternation," she said in the video. "And that's for a reason."

    Don't flatter yourself. You're the one with closed mouth, sidestepping, dodging, playing gender card' and running for president at the same time - 'And that's for a reason.'

    November 1, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    I keep thinking, "You can dish it out, but you can't take it."

    November 1, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. The Shoveller, Canon City, CO

    Hillary, poor dear.

    You sure can sling it (you make lots of piles!) but once you're under your own pile, all you can complain about is the smell.

    You stink. And your sensitivity is...to quote a famous politician, "naive."

    Love, America

    November 1, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Steven, South Orange NJ

    Once again CNN embraces the Hillary camp and tries to move the issue away from Hillary's terrible debate performance. Not only did she try to avoid answering all of the questions relating to her positions on issues but she started to get really angry when all the candidates, except Richardson, pointed out that she was dodging.

    Sen. Obama did not attack Hillary he stated the differences between them. This is something that all the pundits said he needed to do because if not Hillary can simply piggy-back on everything Obama does. Sen. Obama kept his cool and showed Hillary that he is not going to take a back seat while she misleads the American people just like Bush has for the past 7 years.

    Sen. Edwards' position has not changed. He has consistently drawn distinctions that are more pointed against Hillary. Yes Sen. Edwards and his wife have been very direct in their drawing distinctions between himself and Hillary and that is why he is behind in the polls. The way Edwards comes off people think he is negative the way that Sen. Obama came off yesterday was a person who wants to speak the truth and hear the truth.

    What we need in this country is a President who is able to be open and honest with us. A person who is rich in judgement ant wisdom. That person is most certainly not Sen. Clinton it is Sen. Barack Obama!

    November 1, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Andy, Waynesboro Va

    Plain and simple...she's not ready or able. All double-speak..not substance. The people voting for her are doing so on pure emotion. What has she ever accomplished???

    November 1, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. jimbo from dayton,ohio

    i, for one, want to know where all the candidates stand on the issues. i really didnt think there were any unfair questions. hard questions? maybe. but as president these questions are cake compared to trying to lead this country. so far, as an independent voter, i am still undecided and havent been impressed with any one candidate dem. or rep.! if they want my vote, someone better step up pretty soon. crying about being ganged up on by other candidates and faling to give a clear answer on any question just makes me wonder how hilldog is still leading in the polls. i cant help but think we are still in serious trouble even after the current disaster of the bush administration.

    November 1, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Lily Smith Vidalia, Georgia

    It is true. Obama and Edwards clearly could not mange their own ability to act responsible for running for President so they choose the cheap way by attacking and blaming Hillary. These two did not stand for the people at all that night. They were desperate. Hillary and Biden are the most truthful and intelligent out of all the others DEMS.

    November 2, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Calvin, Tampa, FL

    Hillary shouldn't be alloweed to have it both ways. When much of your political energy is directed toward convincing people that you can be as tough as the "guys" you can't portray yourself as a "damsel in distress" when it is convenient. If she is the candidate I will vote for her but she needs to triangulate a bit less and be more forthcoming.

    November 2, 2007 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  19. Jamika

    What a sorry excuse!!!!

    November 2, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. Richard, London`

    What's all this "gender card", "I'm a victim" nonsense?

    All she did was paste together the words of the other candidates - their own words, just as they did to her.

    November 2, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Marie

    Barack Obama

    Needs to start ANSWERING to WHAT his PLANS for CHANGE are! So far he has repeatedly STATED "we need to change the status quo", But HOW does he PLAN to ACCOMPLISH this? WHAT are his PLANS on HEALTHCARE REFORM,THE ECONOMY, HOW does he intend to stop the WAR IN IRAC?

    His charisma and good looks are NOT going to ACCOMPLISH CHANGE anymore

    This Candidate lacks EXPERIENCE!

    January 9, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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