December 13th, 2007
01:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton apologizes to Obama for drug comment

Obama brushed off a Clinton advisers comments about his drug use Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton personally apologized Thursday to rival Barack Obama for an adviser's comment that Republicans will likely make an issue of Obama's past drug use, a Clinton aide tells CNN's Candy Crowley.

In an exclusive interview with Obama earlier Thursday, the Illinois Democrat brushed aside the comments.

"I just think people are feeling a little worried about the polls," Obama told CNN’s Ted Barrett before a Senate vote on Capitol Hill.

On Wednesday Bill Shaheen, a chairman of the New York senator’s campaign in New Hampshire, told a Washington Post reporter the Republicans will likely exploit Obama's past admission of drug use should the Illinois senator win the party's nomination, and may even suggest Obama once dealt drugs.

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- CNN's Ted Barrett, Candy Crowley, and Alexander Mooney

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  1. Chuck, Miami Fl

    The Republicans ran one ad against Harold Ford in Tennessee, the next day he lost 10 points in the campaign and lost the senate race.
    This will be Obama's problem in the end.

    December 13, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Steven Stewart, Portland, Oregon

    As far as I can tell, the majority of people who post stuff here based their support on Obama due to his Hope politics. What truely does Obama half to offer? While Hillary has been living in Bill's shadow, she has been learning and attempting to better the world. Being a state senator does really measure up. Hillary had far more influence as first lady of both a state and the nation at influencing and affecting issues such as childern, women, and even health care, which at least she tired to do something. I also love that CNN and you bloggers post such limited messages, when ironically the other news sites show different and multipe polls and ideas. I get more verifiable news from the demon news )FOX( then I do from CNN.

    Oh and we're the haters?
    Obama people do you listen to yourselves? I once wanted Obama for VP really badly, but now I think he can just suck it to be frank.

    You make me sad as a person.


    December 13, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |

    Mike, Houston, TX

    there is no left-wing. there is only a right-wing on that conspiracy plane and thats why its crashing to the ground!

    December 13, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Deletethisstory, Chicago, IL



    December 13, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |


    its sad when you think taking the cake is infedelity but putting us into an accidental war that we have no plan of getting out of is NOT....

    December 13, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. anon New York, NY

    Mrs. Clinton did the right thing by apologizing to Sen. Obama.

    If she learns how to admit mistakes and apologize more, she might win.

    December 13, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Ken, Suitland MD

    And, buy the way, I just love it when the anti-Clinton, anti-[D], anti-enlightenment Texans chime in on these discussions. Knowing they were the initial turd-burglars to vote our current chimp-in-charge into higher office puts them in a very special place on the national "intelligence" map. Let's just all of us, except for those in Texas, put down our votes, and let the Texans choose how to run this country next Nov. Should be interesting......oh wait, we already know how that would work out for America.

    December 13, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. arni

    of course his opponents are going to use the admission to his disadvantage. the more heat he take over this issue now,, the better off his campaign will be when push comes to shove. he should thank Bill Shaheen and hope more follow suit. im an Obama fan,, but have not yet made up my mind who i will be supporting (not even close). i admire his openness on this subject. maybe it was because he had no choice. hard to say. either way, i wish others would follow his lead. my greatest disdain for the inner workings of washington is the hypocrisy. taking positions i don't stand for is fine by me,, as long as you back them up and stay true to your positions. don't get on your high horse to tell me one thing and then do the complete opposite behind my back. that boils my blood.

    December 13, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. You Guessed It Tampa FL

    He was of college age. Maybe you all should be more concerned about what drugs YOUR KIDS are doing...

    You people are the biggest idiots on the planet if you think the Republican candidates have never...inhaled...snorted...whatever! At least he is HONEST enough to admit what he did & GREW UP! Have YOU?

    December 13, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    If Hillary Clinton or Mike Huckabee or any of the other front runners had admitted to past use of Cocaine, they would have been questioned whether they are fit to run the nation. Why should Obama be any different? It speaks to the character of the candidate. I am certainly not judging, but it is not out of line to be asking the questions.

    December 13, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Jeff, The Republic of Illiois

    Its incredible how many Neocons make such a big deal about Obama's teenage dabbling in drugs.

    In fact, many of them go for the typical neocon strategy and outright lie (heavy cocaine abuser??), when their hero, their pride and joy, George Walker (I use the middle name since so many of them are obsessed with Obama's middle name), is a well-documented former (and possibly present) alcohol and cocaine abuser.

    Why are Neocons and Clinton supporters so ardently afraid of the truth? My only guess is that they hate the USA.

    December 13, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Ted C., Wilmington, NC

    Stating that the Republicans will use or exploit (Obama's drug admission from his younger days) against him are absolutely true. Republicans are already trying to interfere with the Democratic primary in hopes Obama will win, so they will have an easier target in the general election. They use dirty tricks and do not allow truth to stand in the way of anything. Haven't Democrats learned anything from the past two elections?

    December 13, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Victor Hugo, California

    The Republicans are too corrupt, sneaky, and greedy to simply give Obama a fair General Election campaign. People will be real surprised if Obamama does get nominated to only get thrown to these professional dirt diggers, and finally loose the general election. We really need to have someone nominated who knows how to work our cracked system, with them, for our behalf, instead of allowing them to run circles around an unexperienced president, for their own greedy least until it can be patched up. Having Bill at Hillary's side could really make a difference to not allow that to happen, or we could vote for the president of chance (more like hope)and watch him get thrown to the wolves! Do you really think our government officials are going to hand over all of a president's agenda on a silver platter? You need to be Greek to the Greeks and Roman to the Romans, until the systems gets overhauled! I'd love it if Edwards got the nomination, but I'd rather see Hillary get it and win the general, than see Obama win the nomination and loose to the general to have another rotten Republican destroy America some more! Better safe than sorry folks!

    December 13, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Jean, Columbia, MD

    Honesty folks, that's what it's called! And that's Obama! Something we never had with Bill 'I didn't inhale' Clinton or the ever partying alcoholic, drug using, liar George W.
    And who are these all-mighty people claiming if you screw up once, you're not qualified to be president. At least he has the knowledge of what drugs actually can do to you. I'm sure most of Congress are alcoholics but since that is legal, then it's ok.
    Alcohol should be illegal and pot legalized, it'd be a better world and alot less accidents on the highways!!!

    December 13, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Kay, LV, NV

    There are some truly nasty, hateful people who add comments to these blogs! Fascist Republicans? Cokehead president? Rotten Republicans? Sneaky and greedy...and not using Clinton x2 in that reference? It is truly no wonder why we have such angry, crazy people walking into malls, chuches, and schools shooting the places up! If you posters are a sampling of the American psyche in 2007, God help us because we are truly on a path to destruction from within! Common decency and an ability to share opinions without resorting immediately to angry despicable name-calling has disappeared from this country. You make me sad that my husband is on his third tour of Iraq and has spent 20 years defending your right to call me a fascist. You make me sad for America.

    December 13, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Gee CNN, three articles on the SAME THING. If I didn't know better I would think you are trying to influence the voters against Obama.

    Problem is....Bush partied on cocaine and alcohol to the point of getting a felony conviction.

    Bill Clinton, who would never tell a lie, didn't inhale.

    Of course, there are many others who are not honest enough to even mention anything until they are forced to...they operate like Larry Craig.

    Give Obama a break for being honest and no different than our last two presidents. In other words, CNN, stop playing into the Clinton campaign.

    December 13, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Brenda - Orlando

    Of course his drug use is an issue. If the democrats think it is not an issue that is a real problem.

    An apology for what? Speaking the truth?

    December 13, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. mark wilkes barre pa

    This shows the depth the clintons will go to win. In true clinton form ,,,make up some story then say the republicans will use it, when they in-fact just did. Please dems !! see thru this for what it is. stop fooling yourselves that hillary will be any better once she is president

    December 14, 2007 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  19. BCNU purple state, usa

    Another unsuccessful attempt at mudslinging by the Hill camp. When it comes to this, she doe s 'throw like a girl.'

    December 14, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  20. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Its incredible how many Neocons make such a big deal about Obama's teenage dabbling in drugs.

    Posted By Jeff, The Republic of Illiois : December 13, 2007 4:36 pm

    I have been posting here for a period of time and I know the players pretty well, the HUGE majority of anti-Obama postings here are Clintonista's.

    I was one of the MANY Conservatives that applauded him just like I did when Bush admitted his dalliances in his past.

    If you want to vent, aim it towards the sheep who salute and support the Clinton's even though they lie over and over again, but then they have the gall to speak ill of someone speaking the truth.

    December 14, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Beth & Jeff Chicago, IL - HILLARY IN 2008


    She's the only one who can "roll up her sleeves and clean up the mess" left by the GOP — NOT dreamer boy!!

    Or vote Biden or Richardson b/c God save our country if the newbie gets elected = who isn't even wise enough to realize what he DOESN'T KNOW yet; let alone play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in the Oval Office! He chould have waited until 2012 or 2016. He's only 47, but he's such a baby that he's demanding to be King now 🙁 Sadly the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator Obama is certainly NOT!!!! AND Oprah should stick with her own life and hawking her Book Club (which she can't even get right all the time either).

    JUST SAY NO – TO OBAMA IN 2008 🙁

    Posted By Beth & Jeff Chicago, IL HILLARY IN 2008 : December 19, 2007 7:18 am

    December 20, 2007 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
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