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. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Get used to it Queen Hilliary. Things are only going to get nastier by the day. But don't worry. Nobody has an edge on you in that regard. Finally, the folks will start seeing through the Clinton 'MASK' and get a feel for the real thing.

    October 31, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. pl. at the UN for a while.

    the whole world can't wait for the "real thing".
    The only regret: that soon is not soon enough.

    October 31, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. BN, Columbus, Ohio

    Go for it! Hillary Clinton, all the way to the White House. Tell Hillary that I support her and my daughters, too.

    October 31, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Jon, Edgerton MN

    You know, she'd be a lot harder to attack if she just answered their questions rather than complain about their campaigns and pretend she's the victim. People aren't that stupid, we can tell that when you're talking about other people's campaigns rather than their stance on the issues you're the one being negative and attacking personally, not them.

    October 31, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Wayne, Silver Spring, MD

    This boggles the mind!

    How come CNN did not report anything substantive about the debate and report when Hillary released a petty video?

    This is unfortunate!

    October 31, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  6. Ryan, Eden Praire MN

    Really? So she's saying that asking her about her stance on political issues is being negative, but it's perfectly fine for her to complain about them asking her. WAKE UP PEOPLE! The other candidates are talking about the issues and trying to get her to do the same. She is complaining about them asking her questions. Who's the one being negative here? Hint: it's the one who isn't talking about policy and instead is focusing on how people run their campaigns.

    You're right on one thing Hillary, there is a reason for all the focus on you. It's because you're such an easy target. You would do the same, but can't criticize any of the other candidates on the issues because that would require you take a position on something, so you focus on complaining about their questions. If that turns out to be a winning strategy I'm moving to Canada.

    October 31, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    Hillary voted for the Iraq War, She voted for the Patriot Act, she voted for the kyle/lieberman act.... Are Americans stupid enough to even think she will represent the people? Shame on you CNN for giving her so much hype – how about some real news?

    October 31, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Kim, Mpls, MN

    Poor Hillary, she blames Russert and the other candidates for her failure to answer the questions. Imagine if she is the Prez and foreign leaders criticize or draw distinctions between them, oh boy....secure the nukes. She's not ready.

    October 31, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. TheInsider

    The fringe still doesn't accept that Clinton will be the nominee. It will not be long now until it will be inescapable.
    In the interim have fun railing against the inevitable...

    PS-Less than a month (12/1/2007) until one of Obama's 3 top advisers quits/is fired...

    October 31, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Morgan

    I give her alot of credit,being attacked,she didnt fall ,at the end the drivers license,that is a worry did you hear her,there on OUR roads,she is correct,i think that governor is to,one thing first there Human,but what happens if you get in a accident in the middle of the night and they have no drivers license no id,some will bail ,some won't ,and i dont even want to think anything else bad that might happen.

    October 31, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. San Diego, CA

    The American people want to know where Hillary stands on the issues; not Flip-Flapping the answers and complaining about questions. Please CNN; Report some real news even if you are the Clinton News Network.

    October 31, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. TransparentTrollop

    "politics of pile-on"
    "politics of personal distruction"
    "vast right-wing conspiracy"

    Will the mindless hollywood sytle, smoke and mirror catch phrases never end from this women??

    October 31, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Senator Clinton obviously stayed very close to her 'play book'. The one charted by her handlers. She invoked the name of BUSH so many times I lost count. She tried to connect him to everything ill and backed it up will ill begotten so-called facts. Her SS diatribe about how SS will be insolvent by 2041 and was solvent until 2055 when Mr. Clinton left office was dead wrong. Actuall, the year was 2037 for the demise of solvency for SS when Mr. Clinton left office and has gained 4 years under Bush. But the point is she was 'told' that by invoking the name of Bush, she would score the most points with Democratic base. She has been told NOT to discuss the issues because doing so would cause disruption of party unity and could very well lead to her being vulnerable. The person in front, whose race it is to lose, is told NOT to do anything that could be seen as stubbing her toe. Let the chasers do the stubbing. Just keep your head down and ride the lead to the finsih line. However, the chasers are causing her to have to speak out on the issues in a substantive manner. This is to her, and her handlers, disliking. This kind of activitiy is NOT to her advantage. So she seeks to disparage it. She is so close to the finsih line for the Dem nomination she can't stand it and she is trying very hard to 'play by the book' to get to that finish line sucessfully. Problem is: She can't win the National election. Insider Dems know this. They just don't know what to do about it. They are busy asessing whether or not Obama can win nationally. They are watching very closely right now. Daily. If indeed it looks like Obama has a chance nationally, then they will start plugging him in in more places in the 'system' to try to assure him the nomination for the Dems. It is really HOT, HOT, HOT in the back rooms of the Democratic power brokers right at the moment. Stay tuned for more 'button pushing' by Obama to see what may tumble out of the closet.

    October 31, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. greg boone harrisburg,pa.

    you go hillary. hillary is tough and strong and you know what i would trust hillary with my life. hands down....greg

    October 31, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Karissa; Austin, TX

    Did any of you nay-sayers even watch the debate? The "guys" were on her like gangbusters.
    How many times did they interject comments about Bill? How is his legacy relevant to her running in this race?
    Think it could be a group of little boys afraid of THE WOMAN showing them up?
    She didn't flip-flop, she just didn't speak on things she didn't know details about.
    Btw, Tim Russert is a sorry excuse for a moderator/journalist/analyst/human.

    October 31, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. greg boone harrisburg,pa.

    i believe that this will back fire for O. and E...you know they say people show who they really are when they are down or out.I expected this from Edwards however real dissapointed when Obama jumped on the band wagon. going to no where. stay strong Hillary... greg.

    October 31, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Don't be fooled people – last night at the debate was Hillary, spot on. People aren't talking about her because she is the "nominee", the "threat". People are talking about her because they want answers. The other candidates were absoutely right making clarifications as to where they stand and how they conduct themselves vs. Clinton. Hillary is no more than a George Bush with a "D" behind her name. Look at her on her own – without the Clinton name, without the Bill connection – she doesn't stand up very well. As a matter of fact, in a much shorter time Barack Obama has accomplished more in the US Senate than Hillary has. Hillary had to come out with this statement today because she didn't have come backs at the debate last night when she should have.

    Look – a year ago I supported her. Now, I know who she really is and I just can't do it. We NEED real change in the way our country does business, it is in a mess like it has never been and the US does not need a leader that stays with the status quo or that is so polarizing that nothing will get done.

    October 31, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Perhaps the most manipulative woman on the face of the earth.

    It's very simple. Answer the questions and the moderators will move on.

    October 31, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. pbj, San Ramon, CA

    More words of wisdom from Hillary "I actually supported the idea of drivers licenses for illegals before I opposed it" Clinton.

    The most that can be said for Hillary is that she's no better and no worse than any other candidate. They're all liars and thieves motivated by the desire for self-aggrandizement; they just tell different lies and try to steal from different constituencies.

    Anybody else think that the Republicans have a hole card on Hillary that they're just waiting until the general election to play?

    October 31, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Hillary will be pilloried for her support of Governors like Spitzer who think that issuing driver's licenses to illegals is a good idea. Let the self-destruction begin and confirm that she is UNELECTABLE.

    October 31, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Thomas Hall

    Hillary is the best! Obama is just trying to win the nomination, he's not prepared for command. Hillary has worked her whole life to win the Presidency. She has earned it!

    October 31, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. thinkbeforevote

    I dont think she can give us answers we dont know what mess is in that white house right now. I know for a fact she probaly knows, she is tight lipped on things,she has said it a few times,what are we going to inherit within this adminstration.I gotta vote for her she knows more than what she is telling us.but she has stayed closed to iran iraq,on those issues,at the spare of the moment for bringing the troops on the last debate, she said 2013 obama said 2013.right after her,I'll be glad if she is elected ,at least bill will be in there.something fishy going on she used to speak out with answers truly when she was goldwater girl ,when down in arkansas when she was first lady.she is smart i give her that,those other clowns i dont think there ready for a big Challenge.Just my opinion.

    October 31, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Enoch, Salt Lake City, Utah

    If you want to know where Hillary stands just look at the 8 horrible years with her husband 'in charge' and you know exactly where she stands on various issues. She doesn't make a stand....ever until it's over and done with and it will help her look good or achieve some goal she views as personally worthy. She isn't fit to lead anything, she is a perfect example of someone who would say anything but do nothing in the end.

    October 31, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Biggdawg, Chicago, Illinois

    Not only were Edwards and Obama attacking her left and right, but it seemed MSNBC was trying to fuel the fire. Given the very difficult questions lobbed directly at her constantly by the hosts she did an absolutely stand up job. I mean, it was if MSNBC was going out of its way to try and tear her down. "Hillary, your husband said this, what do you think? Edwards, Obama, what do you think about Hillary's answer?"

    This guy Chris Matthews is a joke. For some reason he's got this Obama fatuation for who know why and is simply imbecilic in his stupid attempts to attack Hillary at every opportunity.

    Oh well. That's life in the fast lane. All I know is Hillary handled the adversity far better than Edwards or Obama could ever "hope" to.

    October 31, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. pam Eugene, OR

    The debate was great fun to watch last night. Hillary was "Hillarious". She can't stand being forced to say what she really thinks and I loved it.The lady has a temper for sure and it is very hard for her to contain it.
    She can not ride on Bills' back or name recognition. She MUST tell the American people what SHE will do if she wants to be our leader. She is so terrified of telling the illegal immigrants what her plans are for them that she will endure that level of ridicule not to alienate the Latino vote. The more she runs and hides from direct answers the greater the pressure will be to hear them. The fun is just beginning!
    Let the best man win.

    October 31, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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