November 5th, 2007
04:50 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: I’m attacked for winning, not for being a woman

Sen. Clinton took questions from reporters Sunday along the Mississippi River in Clinton, Iowa.

CLINTON, Iowa (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, told reporters Sunday that her Democratic rivals are attacking her simply because, as she said, she’s “winning.”

Clinton was asked about an essay written by Kate Michelman, a senior adviser to the campaign of former Sen. John Edwards, that criticized the New York senator for what she called “disingenuously playing the victim card” by bringing up gender in recent stops and emails.

“I don’t think they piled on me the other night because I’m a woman,” Clinton said. “I think they piled on because I’m winning. And that’s what happens.”

Clinton has been using the phrase “piling on” ever since Tuesday night’s Democratic debate where her opponents took various opportunities to draw contrast with her over issues like her vote to authorize the war in Iraq, her vote in support of labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, and whether or not she’s stated clearly enough her position on New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s plan to give illegal immigrants driver’s licenses.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. therealist

    More flip flops??

    She does better when she keeps her mouth shut...

    November 5, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Casper NYC

    I believe she meant to say she's being attacked for "whinning", not "winning". Probably a typo, doncha think?

    November 5, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    Mm Hm. Hillary Clinton is right. Obama and Edwards are player hating. They mad at Hillary because Hillary is winning. They need to stop hating and to join the winning team. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate, the most experienced candidate and she's READY TO LEAD.

    November 5, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. s

    I thoght she wasn't the frontrunner. What happened? P.S. You've won nothing yet!

    November 5, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Juan, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Give me a break – she's being attacked because of her warped political ideology!

    November 5, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Gorbashov

    Smart clarification!

    November 5, 2007 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Dave, Evergreen CO

    Correction Mrs. Clinton, you are 'leading in the polls' not 'winning'. You can't win anything until votes are actually cast.


    November 5, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Dan, Wilmington NC

    They wouldn't waste their time if she wasn't a front-runner, but her flip-flopping answers based on the audience is reason for attack. I've seen many of the debates and she never answers a question yes or no. It's always "well, I agree with...but..."

    November 5, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. roger, conway sc

    They are all politicians and are going to tell us all what they think we want to hear...that includes Edwards & Obama as well as Clinton. I am sure if we all researched Edwards & Obama have done some flip flopping....BUT taking all that into consideration I will continue to support Clinton since she is running the least negative campaign & attacks the GOP more than the others...

    November 5, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Tere, FL

    what are you winning, the opinion poll by Mark Penn?

    November 5, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    The problem here is that she has had unofficial spokeswomen claiming she WAS attacked for being a woman. Geraldine Ferrara and the head of a feminist organization endorsing the campaign have pushed this "victim" aspect. This is the kind of double speak and deception we have come to expect for H.C.

    November 5, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Charlie, Upstate NY

    She will be the next President. She's the only Democrat in the race who's being honest about Iraq and Iran, and that's because she has to consider the general election, while her opponents are all throwing Hail Mary passes in the hopes of igniting their soggy campaigns.

    In the horse race, she's many miles ahead in the polls, organization, and money. When she wins the nomination, it will be a historic day that only foreshadows the amazing spectacle of her swearing-in in January 2009.

    The GOP race is filled with cheap claiming horses, has-beens and never-was'es, wannabees and self-congratulators. Putting them all together, there's no plan for foreign or domestic policy, other than full-speed ahead on Iraq and Iran. Who's next?

    If as expected Clinton gains the nomination, she will certainly trounce the sorry candidate propped up by the once proud party of Lincoln.

    Let us hope that it's not too late.

    November 5, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Terri Tacoma, Wa

    Oh WIN-ning. I thought she was talking about her WHINE-ning.

    You're being attacked Hillary because of your flawed views and policies.

    I hope someone – anyone – close to you tells you the truth.

    November 5, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |

    STAY STRONG MRS HILLARY CLINTON, the reason you are being attacked is because you are right, you are winning and the boys are running scared. HRC has the right message and she has the team structure to wrap up this nomination by feb.08. The last ditch effort by the boys is to portray HRC as weak and indecisive. To her contenders dismay, this tactic will fail and HRC will win the nomination and the Presidency.

    November 5, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Now she says she wasn't "attacked" because she is a woman, but I'm sure her and her campaign staff still want you to feel sorry for her because she is a woman. Sorry Hillary, you can have both sides.

    Edwards/Obama '08

    November 5, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. David, Dallas Tx

    "therealist" said, More flip flops??

    She does better when she keeps her mouth shut…

    I find myself in total agreement.

    I didn't think I'd ever say that about one of therealist's comments.

    November 5, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Wayne, Silver Spring, MD

    Nov. 1st:
    Hillary, "in so many ways, this all women’s college prepared me compete in the all boys’ club of presidential politics.”

    Didnt you say that, Ms. Clinton? Dont you think it is disingenuous?

    You are insulting our intelligence.

    The "politics of parsing" in play, some can say.

    November 5, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Adam, Plano, TX

    attacked for winning? there hasn't been a single vote cast, you aren't winning anything. you're attacked because you don't have a firm footing on ANY issue, you're stance spins around like a weathervane.

    November 5, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Mike, Orlando FL

    Wrong again're targeted because you are an insincere, lying scumbag.

    When will we get proof of your Executive Experience?

    November 5, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. monica, rochester new york

    Hillary's message that "The boys" were attacking the "Girl" came through loud and clear. Now that she sees this was a weak and insulting response she's trying to change her story. It's very telling that she didn't choose to address the challenges directly. She doesn't like answering tough questions directly and consistently.

    November 5, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I had a hunch it was her staff that thought of the piling on statement. Hillary is too smart and too tough to whine – she's ready to run with the big dogs.

    It really annoys me tho, that when Mitt panders to one group and then another ... he's just "evolving" – in a party that doesn't believe in evolution! But only Democrats "flip-flop" according to those functioning in the parallel universe inhabited by the usual GOP hypocrites.

    November 5, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. travis

    Then why did YOU play the gender card?

    November 5, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. Michel, Los Angeles

    The moderators set up the debate to be a democratic front runner bash to fuel the republicans and the foolish second tier dems. played right into it.
    Obama and Edwards have only attacks; they obviously are not winning by their leadership abilities, issues or vision. They are weak candidates, that is very clear. Edwards lost twice in 04 (primary and general) he should have bowed out then. (Talk about learning lessons from the past). The campaign should be about issues not dems attacking dems. this just fuels the republicans. If you can’t win on your strengths, you will definitely not win on your attacks. Edwards seems to be the instigator of destruction for the democrats. Hillary will be the last one standing when the others have done themselves in with negativity. Hillary will win!!

    November 5, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Jed in Texas

    Like a drunk trying to walk the line.Yes Ociffer I want to make everyone happy, especially swing voters........Signed Bush-Lite.

    November 5, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. jmaya, iowa

    It amazing to see how these macho man like to underestimate an intelligent woman. Hillary you know it is tough and it gonna be tough for you; its not because you are flip flopper its because you are a woman. Even in 21st century man can't see woman winning. You are wining so men are whining.
    Be strong and do what you can do!

    November 5, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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