January 13th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton: Obama 'distorting' my remarks

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton accused Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign Sunday of distorting remarks that she and her husband have made in recent days which touched off concerns among some African-American voters.

Clinton and Obama are in a heated fight for the support of black voters, particularly in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Jan. 26.

Speaking to NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton accused the Obama camp of "putting out talking points" about the recent remarks.

Obama rejected Clinton's complaints as "ludicrous."

Sen. John Edwards, also in the running for the Democratic nomination, stepped in with his own fresh criticism of Clinton. Speaking at a church in South Carolina, he accused Clinton of suggesting "that real change came not through the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, but through a Washington politician."

In an interview with Fox News last week, Clinton said, "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It took a president to get it done." She has argued repeatedly that her experience shows she can get more done as president than Obama.

Some African-American leaders criticized the remarks as denigrating the civil rights movement and Dr. King. Both Clintons have long been popular among African-American leaders, and have extolled the civil rights movement. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Clinton referred to King as "one of the people I admire most in the world."

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- CNN's Josh Levs

soundoff (530 Responses)
  1. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Carol – Of course I am for the clear headed and intelligent candidate Barack Obama
    that is obvious and well declared – so what exactly is your point?

    And Carol I can clearly see that you are for Hillary no matter what and I applaud your
    freedom of choice and would be for a women as well if one of true character with a heart for the people would emerge. But Hillary's calculating and cold pursuit of power at all cost, does get in the way.

    I believe that if Hillary was really about change she would drop out and vote for
    Barack and Michelle and show the world that she really does care.

    Actions speak louder than tears.

    I look forward to your conversion, Carol.

    January 15, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  2. Max Shrum

    Jim, Columbus, OH January 14, 2008 2:58 pm ET

    The Clinton supporters all try to attack others using the word "shame" when their candidate is morally bankrupt. How ridiculous. Since when did Bill and Hillary become the moral beacons of America? Shame on them!


    Billary Clinton is morally bankrupt and her husband is nasty.

    January 15, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. spicyrass

    Righ now, I have no clue who i'm going to VOTE for. I always liked Hillery Clinton but lately I find her talking a bit too much and rambeling on and on. As for Obama, he is young and inexperience but maybe that is what this countyr needs right now ..... a young face with new ideas. Remembered when Bill Clinton people said the same thing about him and he did became out president. I have my work cut out for who i'm going to vote for.

    January 15, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. R. Emmet

    It is unseemly for a former President to be distorting the truth for political gain to serve his wife’s ambition. Bill Clinton immorality helped George W. Bush get elected in 2000. Mr. Clinton should be in a monastery praying for forgiveness for his contribution to the debacle that has befallen us rather than distorting the record of Barack Obama. At the very least Mr. Clinton could comport himself in a manner befitting a former president and set a worthy example for others. Perhaps he might ask Jimmy Carter for advice.

    January 22, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  5. Wendy, NY

    I am SO disappointed in the Clinton's behavior toward Obama. I understand that they want to win, and these tactics have worked against Republicans before... but, really, it just shows that they really are about the OLD ways of doing things. I was a HUGE supporter of the Clintons. Now, I am disgusted and very disappointed in the former president that I loved and cheered for.

    And, by the way, the media have it all wrong... they think women will support Hillary and blacks will support Obama. People are people first. And their support of a candidate will hinge on who represents their views the best. Obama's dream of a better America represents my beliefs better than Hillary's flawless campaign of supporting whatever the polls say. As a woman, I can't tell you how much I want a woman to win. But, I won't vote for Hillary in the primary. As a democrate, I will vote for her or Obama or Edwards in the general election.

    January 24, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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