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. PollM, Dallas Tx

    With Clinton holding a huge lead among Democrats in national opinion polls ahead of the November 2008 election, rivals Barack Obama, John Edwards, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and Joseph Biden all took turns aiming shots at the New York senator in hopes of bringing her back to the pack.

    Who do you think won the Philadelphia NBC – MSNBC News Democratic Presidential Debate? --> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=842

    October 31, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Marko, Portland, OR

    I love you Hillary, Mrs. President!!!

    October 31, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Terri, Plantation, FL

    Oh, poor, poor Hillary. Jeez, how many times can Mark Penn bring out the 'abandoning politics of hope' and 'desperate about the polls' line?

    In case you all haven't noticed, his tactics are right out of the Karl Rove School of Slime. When you're criticized, turn it around and criticize your opponent. This way you never have to focus on your own pathetic record.

    By the way, in case everyone forgot, in the Iowa Debate in August it was pile-on Obama time, remember? He reacted by making a joke about getting ready for the debate by riding the bumper cars at the fair and then stood his ground and defended his position. That is called leadership.

    Hillary Clinton was just being Hillary Clinton last night. She usually waits to change her position depending on who she's talking to at the moment. This time she did it within a 2 minute period to the same audience. Oops. Non-answers, evasions, waffling..this is who Hillary has always been. She's been given a pass up until now by the media. Anyone who's watched her for years has never been fooled.

    October 31, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. EBW, Whitwater, WI

    I just heard that Bush is going to use Hill's "Gotcha" line the next time someone questions him about Iraq. He figures it worked for her and who is more "Gotcha" than him?

    October 31, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Fillem LaRose, Chicago, IL

    Hillary, girl....! you made those gang-os look very foolish. They made you the issue. They raised no issue or pointed no single issue but what they helped do was make America more confident in you. Obama and Edwards just behaved like thugs and I liked your diplomacy and calmness. Stay there girl.. If they don't understand, America certainly does.

    May the Good Lord Bless You All the Way to The Whitehouse.

    October 31, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Jake, San Deigo CA

    Jeez here's Hillary trying to have both sides again, she proclaims that she's a strong woman and is a leader, but when others press her to answer the issues she doesn't and later complains about it.

    Now she's playing the, the men are ganging up on a woman line. I'm sorry Hillary if you're a strong woman answer the questions instead of playing the pity card, unfortunately people will defend her, and claim she is still a strong woman when it's becoming clearer everyday that she isn't as strong as she wants you to believe.

    If she can't handle the pressure from her own party how can anyone expect her to handle the Republicans, who we all know will fiercer, and how can we expect her to handle the toughest job in the world.

    Also theinsider you keep proclaiming how all of these staff members are going to leave Obama and how he's going to fall apart, yet you keep proving yourself to be wrong week after week. I guess you aren't much of an insider after all. Just another Clintonian or whatever they're calling them these days.

    October 31, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Leonard, Cleveland, OH

    Poor Hillary..."I'm the victim, I'm the victim, I'm the victim." Just wait, if she gets the democrat nomination, she will be the biggest target of all time. She will not only get the heat from the "vast right wing conspiracy," she will get all the wrath that was earned by her slippery husband.

    She better get used to it. It will be piled on real heavy and I don't think SHE CAN TAKE IT.

    October 31, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  8. Mitchell Dallas, TX

    Give em Hell, Hill!

    Hillary '08
    The ONLY choice!

    October 31, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Patsy T. Huntsville, AL

    Obama and Edwards and Dodd can say and do whatever they want.
    I am voting for Hillary Clinton.
    Our country will be the winner!

    October 31, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. Thomas Gawronski

    Mrs Clinton can slam the democrats all she wants,but she with the rings around her neck and the dark eye shadow and the black outfit that she is wearing,better not come to my house on halloween.......I never liked the witch in the wizard of oz.

    October 31, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Laura - Tulsa OK

    It keeps getting reported that Hill has a mean temper... you shouldn't get on her bad side; that isn't a quality we want in a leader.

    October 31, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    People want to know WHAT candidates stand for NOW and in the General Elections. Voters don't want to vote a candidate as the Democratic Nominee and then find that the candidate was not honest about what they will do as President. It's easier to vote them into the Office of the Presidency then to get them out.

    Example; When the average person board a form of transportation, lets say a Bus. When you ask the driver where he is taking you (what is your destination). We want a direct and clear answer. Not a wavering uncommitted unknown answer.

    With 2 month before the voting begins. If a candidate cannot/will not state exactly what their positions are. Then that disqualifies that candidate to become President.

    October 31, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. AJ, Chicago IL

    Its just amazing! Hillary gets placed in a position to have answer questions forthright and she cries "VICTIM"! The "politics of pile-on" is the best answer the Hillary campaign comes back with. WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! The Hillary supporters responses to the debate is even more disgraceful. Instead of thinking about why did Hillary vote for Iraq war or to designate the Iran Revolutionary Guard as terrorists? What does that really mean? Or what will Hillary specifically do to make sure Social Security remains around and solvent for the next 50 to 100 years? If Hillary is so experienced to be President why doesn't Bill Clinton revoke his letter demanding that the national archive not release his and Hillarys' official time in the White House earlier than 2012? What's the big deal?

    These are the sort of questions Hillary supporters need to be asking themselves not just supporting Hillary because her husband is "cheatin-freakin" Bill Clinton.

    November 1, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  14. Maria, Houston

    Teri from FL,

    excellent observation:

    When they were piling on Obama, he joked that he was preparing for the debate by riding in a bumper car at the Iowa State Fair. I have never seen Barack Obama to loose his cool. Never.

    When they're piling on Hillary, she plays is a victim of unfair attacks by those mean men...

    She should be able to take heat instead of getting all worked up and play the gender card and the victim. The Commanderess in Chief of the world's superpower? Hardly.

    November 1, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  15. mike shelton, Yuma, AZ

    Hillary's counter attacks are so transparent she ought to be ashamed. "Politics of pile on". What are they supposed to do? Bow as she passes by and gets the nomination?

    November 1, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. dukesjames griffin georgia.

    Sen. Clinton of all people know what hell will send her way. So the senator must plan wise-ly, prepare and stay abreast of any and all facts; accept worth-while support beware of ruse's and tricks; never to make the mistake of put-ing total trust in any one person with a political agenda such as; gay-black-hispanic-jewish-ect-take it all in and be careful in making any decisions based on such people advice. This none of it is new to Sen. Clinton-she had to see it coming. Nov-0-8 is out there between now and then is a lot of crap for the Senator-this aint no game any-more the bush people have been busy wipe-ing out any support for its enemy-so the public is almost help-less now. we the people aint nothing now; thanks to the courts and the congress.

    November 1, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  17. ck

    well hillary has laid out plans ,obama/edwards this will bite them in the ass,where are your plans
    there obessed so bad with hillary,they cannot fight the republicans for president no way
    you go hillary girl!

    November 1, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  18. Axel, RKDA, California

    Not only will Hillary Clinton win the Nomination for the Democratic Party, she will win the General Election as well. Just in case you people haven't been paying attention, most people in America are sick and tired of the way things have been going under the Bush Administration, and they are going to elect a Democrat this time around. And as you may have noticed, Hillary Clinton is so far ahead of everyone seeking the Democratic Party Nomination it's almost pathetic. She will be the next President of the United States of America. And I am seriously looking forward to the flood of tears from those who all but forced her into the White House by their own actions. (Or lack of them, as the case may be.)

    November 1, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  19. Paul Miller from Orlando Florida

    The "people" that made stupid comments
    about you Hillary they hope for a CHANGE,that means change from Bush to Obama? Who is this guy? or a change from Bush to Edwards? Tell me what Obama or Ed made for this country so far? What they have is just "ideas" and we had 8 excellent economic years with Clinton. You "people" that made non sense comments about Hillary Clinton
    should remember that, unless you're suffering from "senior moments"!!!

    November 1, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  20. Ann ME

    She's darned right it's for a reason everyone is watching her. They area playing by the rules and she is not.

    November 1, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Chip Celina OH

    So, the going gets a little rough on the debate stage and she 'strikes back', what will she do when the stakes are higher?

    She blamed things on Bush 25 times in the debate, like her failure to answer questions is his fault.

    The line about the failed immigration reform and the governor having to do 'something' was weak. It's the president's fault, right Hill?

    If I were to carpet bag myself and my family to New York, pitch a tent in her backyard hook into her power supply, park in the yard and go to and from work, how long would I be there?

    Could I go up to her door and ask for a third tier permit from her so she would let me stay in her backyard, then go to her doctor when one of us was sick and send her the bill? I would also not pay any squatters taxes for staying in her backyard and then demand that when I reach retirement age, she support my family and I (after all, it was MY decision to move there, not theirs). I would also demand that she adopt my kids, since we're living at her place, remember, it takes a village.

    To answer this scenario, the answer is a resounding NO! Would she blame the president for not pushing forward squatters reform? No, she would use the laws already on the books and have the cops quickly escort me off the premises.

    She can't release her papers from the White House days because HER HUSBAND signed some paper that says keep 'em until 2012. The world's most intelligent woman, the strongest leader of our generation and such a political saavy operator can't convince her own husband (A former president) to expedite that release from a government agency to let us all know about the GREAT accomplishments she was involved in during his term. If she's so proud of what happened during those times, I would think she would be chomping at the bit to get them out in public and stand up and say "Look at me! Look at me!"

    But alas, she's powerless to get a couple of low level civil servants in that government agency to step and fetch it. That's out of her hands, she just has to stand idly by and let the procedures and processes run their course.

    It just doesn't add up.

    November 1, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  22. roger uville ohio

    Any thing to distract the public from the real problems of the country.

    November 1, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  23. JB Boston MA

    A woman on Lou Dobbs last night said it best (sorry can't remember her name).

    She will waffle saying she thinks licenses are a way to solve the problem, in order to win the votes on the left. Then come the general election, she will say she is against licenses for illegals.

    More people on the left are for licenses for illegals, but nationally 70% are against it. But for now she needs to pander to the minorities. Don't be fooled!

    Old school politics! When are we going to say enough?

    November 1, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    Hillary is smart, political, intelligent and crafty–it all makes for and outragous president who will run with diplomacy and her speech rather that with a toothpick in her mouth and a rifle under her arm. I have to admit that the last debate was not so good when it came down to her actually saying, 'Yes' I will endorse and honor the driver's license issue in NY city-it makes sense to me to endorse something like that with all the illegals around. When you have 15-20 undocumented workers (and I say workers!!!) I think that she is so concerned about what she does commit to with the American people, she is tempted not to say anything, but as time goes by all the candidates will start sharing. Obama is interesting, Edwards can go suck on an egg. His entire debate was saying, "Yada Yada, Clinton this, Clinton that–and where the hell is he going to get all the money he needs for his programs???????
    It was not a debate is was a Clinton 'I hate you' fest. One out of the bunch stood out–Biden, I like that guy. Clinton/Biden, that is the ticket. Obama is a baby boy who has zero experience with the tough stuff. He is a paper shuffler. Edwards is a freak that should live on a commune.
    I like Biden as the seasoned vetern–too bad he isn't tough–My vote "HILLARY"

    November 1, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Dan Whitehouse Station, NJ

    I am really enjoying watching her go down. I can't wait for the GOP to throw some water the witch and watch her melt! Wish we had access to whatever she's hiding in Bill's library? Very interesting! Did everybody catch the lastest Hillary video on youtube.com Watch both 1 of 2 and 2 of 2. Got ya Hillary!

    November 1, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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