December 2nd, 2007
07:57 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton's zinger-at Richardson's expense

Clinton hit Richardson with a one-liner Saturday night at the Iowa Brown and Black Forum

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – The Iowa Brown and Black Presidential Forum is a debate where each Democratic candidate has an opportunity to pose a question to one of their opponents on stage.

For his question, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson turned to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York.

After first comparing himself to former Arkansas governor and former president Bill Clinton saying they were both CEOs and have both balanced budgets, Richardson asked Clinton, "Don't you think that governors make good presidents?"

Richardson may not have anticipated the response she gave after the laughter and applause subsided.

"Well, Bill," Clinton said, "I think they also make good vice presidents."

Once a much louder applause settled, a moderator asked Richardson if he was sorry he asked.

Richardson insisted he wasn't.

For what it's worth, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich posed his question to himself.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Jimenez - Texas


    I am w/you Sir Hawk in Texas. No diehard democrat would give Obama a slight glance – this is the republicans beyond a doubt.

    December 2, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Anne Detroit MI

    Hillary is just full of one-liners. Gov Richardson has actually REDUCED the tax burden on the New Mexican people. Hillary on the other hand has smirked while saying "you can't AFFORD the kind of government I want to set up" – – meaning taxes, taxes, and more taxes

    December 2, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Hillarylover - SA

    Hawk in Texas – we couldn't agree with you more! We all know diehard democrats would never give Obama the time of day. It is conspiracy. These are republicans at their sneakiest! Thank you for your commment. Clinton 08

    December 2, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Hoping in San Antonio

    CLINTON 08!

    December 2, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Robert, New York & Miami, Florida

    Go and vote for Obama.

    That will guarantee a Democrat President in 2012!

    I will stick with Clinton.

    December 2, 2007 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Dennis, Boston, MA

    Excuse me, Rob from Des Moines... did you really say "in addition to her excellent handling if the hostage situation in New Hampshire?"

    Are you kidding me??? She "handled" nothing. The scenario was "handled" by local law enforcement and the last time I checked, Hillary wasn't calling the plays from DC which is where she was most of the day.

    I don't think she should have been expected to do anything but what she did, which was to stay out of the way. But for crying out loud, to make her out to be some sort of hero in the resolution of the hostage situation is laughable and reeks of desperation for positive spin. Get a grip.

    As for the retort to Richardson, she's probably rehearsed that or had it fed to her a dozen times by her staff. Not very original - just like her "not because I'm a woman, but because I'm ahead." These are answers to softball questions which I am sure she has had time to practice.

    We saw how adept she was at answering REAL questions when Russert had a go at her. She was flustered, did poorly and her campaign immediately branded Russert a bully. Hillary Clinton has skated for her entire political career and triangulated every issue that she could get her hands on. She has never had to answer truly tough quesstions - it's beginning to happen now, and she's not good at responding. For crying out loud, she (as well as her Democratic colleagues) are afraid to answer a debate question from Brit Hume of FOX News. Pretty telling...

    December 2, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. TheVotingPublic

    Rather interesting article:

    Interesting read –

    Sen. Clinton To Pay Off Vilsack's Campaign Debt
    Details Have To Be Worked Out
    POSTED: 6:31 pm CDT March 27, 2007
    UPDATED: 6:53 pm CDT March 27, 2007

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack gave Sen. Hillary Clinton his endorsement for her presidential campaign.
    The Clinton campaign has promised Vilsack to help pay off a $400,000 campaign debt he built up during his run for the White House.
    A representative for Clinton's campaign said they are not sure how their campaign will do that. They concede that at some point, Clinton will have to contact her supporters.

    The campaign said there is no connection between Vilsack's endorsement and their commitment to help pay off his campaign debt.

    December 2, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. Maria, Miami, FL

    hahahah wow, that's a kick ass question. it would've been better if she had actually answered it though.

    Good come back, except that also shows that she know Richardson's right or else she would have seriously answered the question.

    December 2, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Ken, San Diego, CA

    The boos, by the way, were ALL from the Chicago group that traveled on buses from Chicago. They attended the first forum (in which Hillary was booed by them for stating that immigration reform would be a top priority of hers RATHER than saying that she would push legislation through in her first 100 days to create a pathway from "undocumented" to "citizen"). Any boos from the second forum were by them as well. It appears that Obama has brought Illinois to Iowa (as he did at the JJ diner, and as he is going to do at the Iowa caucus). If I were an Iowan I would be pretty upset about this (even if I was an Obama supporter).

    By the way, if anyone thinks that the number one priority of ANY presidential administration is to move the undocumented to citizen is being a bit naive (in the first 100 days no less). How about getting us out of Iraq? How about securing the borders (so that the other parts of immigration reform can actually work)? How about fixing no child left behind? For any candidate that said they would push through a hybrid-amnesty legislation (to which they can't do anyway) in the first 100 is either lying, pandering, or doesn't have their priority straight. Clinton's answer was the only honest one.

    December 3, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  10. Mary, Cedar Rapids Iowa

    Ken in San Diego, you are wrong about the busing and the booing. At JJ, there were candidates who signed a pledge not to bring in people from other states, and Obama was one of them. Clinton, on the other hand was NOT; SHE REFUSED TO SIGN!!! And since I was in the crowd, and was at the rally before, I just see a smarter person doing what Obama does best; getting people TOGETHER for a COMMON CAUSE!!! I saw about 50 people I personally KNOW. No way were we bused from Chicago. We came from EVERY COUNTY IN IOWA!!! We sat, county by county.

    And Obama supporters are not BOOers; that's for sporting events, not presidential candidates. Don't forget, Clinton's people started the BOOing at the last debate when Edwards challenged her policies, or lack thereof. But has anyone questioned his camp? OK. If you want to see dirty politics, look at your leader, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton! She's got a lot of desperation boiling around now to start lobbing ETHICS questions at others!!!

    December 3, 2007 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  11. Kate, Aurora CO

    I've been a democrat for the past 17 years and I am a female but I won't vote for either one of these people. (1) Hillary is just too secretive and I personally think she is just simply a puppet for the corporations funding her campaign and (2) Richardson has his own amnesty agenda for the millions who have entered this country illegally, effectively putting the interests of criminals above those of the citizens that actually vote for him. I am so tired of voting for the "lesser of two evils". These two and the other "front runners" have convinced me to vote independant for the first time since I've been registered to vote.

    December 3, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Max, NYC NY

    For what it's worth, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich posed his question to himself.

    -CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

    Um, Chris? How about instead of a) mocking Kucinich and b) failing to provide any useful information whatsoever in that sentence, you simply report the facts (i.e., what was the Congressman's question?) and let us decide "what it's worth".

    December 3, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Adam, Sacramento

    First Hillary won't put Richardson on her ticket if she win's. To do so would be an implicit admission of her own lack of foreign policy experience.

    Who she'll pick I'm not sure other than it won't be Bill.

    Obama or Edwards they will take someone like a Richardson or Biden.

    She just wanted to dodge the lack of executive experience question.

    December 3, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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