January 14th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Bill Clinton compiles 'list' of Obama attacks

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/14/art.billclinton.ap.jpg caption=" Bill Clinton appeared on Roland Martin's show Monday."] (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign came out swinging Monday against the latest complaints from her rival, with former President Clinton announcing he has "a list of 80 attacks on Hillary" by Senator Barack Obama's campaign.

In a nationally syndicated radio interview on WVON, Bill Clinton said Hillary Clinton's way of handling attacks showed a clear difference from Obama. "She didn't complain about it," he said, citing one in particular that he considered "appalling."

"She just said 'I disagree,' and went on."

Clinton's remarks on the Roland S. Martin Show - which has a largely African-American audience - came amid a flare-up over remarks by Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson, who appeared with Hillary Clinton on Sunday at a church in South Carolina, site of an upcoming primary.

Many believe Johnson made a veiled reference to Obama's drug use as a young man, though he insists that was not his intention.

"I think we have to take it at his word," the former president told Martin, adding that "nobody knew" what Johnson would say, and "it wasn't part of any planned strategy."

Johnson was rejecting the controversy over a recent remarks by Hillary Clinton, who noted that it "took a president" to make the Voting Rights Act a law after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had led the struggle for it. Some interpreted that remark as dismissive of the civil rights movement. Obama on Sunday called the remark "ill-advised."

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- CNN's Josh Levs

soundoff (617 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    Dear Lord, it will never end. And the worst thing is that both Clintons seem to enjoy slinging the mud so much. Maybe if they don't make it back to the White House, they can start a stucco or drywall business.

    January 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. S.K.M. Boston Mass

    Where's the list?

    January 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. matchu

    Oh my goodness. how low can you sink.....its gotten ridiculous. I refuse to vote for this woman if she wins the nomination. How sad

    January 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Scott, Madison, WI

    We saw Bill's victim routine last time around and look what the result was.
    Need I say more? So, is Bill going to come out crying every time Hillary gets any kind of flak for her poorly chosen words or is she going to put on her big girl underwear and stand up for herself?

    January 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Mike

    The Republicans don't need to launch any attack ads on the Democrats....They're doing a good enough job on each other.

    January 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    It boggles my mind that the bitter, angry old man posing as Bill Clinton on Hillary's campaign trail is the same one Democrats hailed as such an excellent former leader four years ago.

    January 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    He's making a list, checking it twice –
    Hillary's desperate, and no longer nice.....

    January 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Lillian

    What Johnson said was true. Obama put the drug use out there when he wrote about it in his book. This is not something the Clinton camp dug up. If it is OK for Obama to make money talking about his prior drug use, why is it not OK for people to discuss it. You better believe the republicans will bring it up.

    Perhaps the money earned from his book is how he purchase that million dollar house with the help of Rezko (?).

    January 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. C.Lo

    I have never seen a couple with such hunger and obcession with power.


    January 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Bob Maurer

    New "softer," humanizing advertisements were released last week in Nevada and South Carolina by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.

    After her 30 years of often referenced political and policy experience and two best selling autobiographies, NOW we are getting the REAL Hillary. So much for experience.

    The Senator says she has NOW, finally, found her voice in the last 48 hours. But it is pretty shrill. Her performance on Meet the Press was either soft nor humanizing – same old, same old.

    "Hard as nails" Hillary tried to take Obama to the woodshed demeaning Martin Luther King and Obama's anti-war message as she sought to defend her and President Clinton's attacks on the Illinois Senator.

    Come on folks, we are being spun. Remember the great right-wing conspiracy?

    January 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Alice, VA

    What a despicable human being. This man has no credibility with a very large segment of the population. Consider this Bubba, contempt for you is transferrable to your wife. While it may not be obvious in the Primaries, it will become readily apparent in the General Election. The Clinton attack machine has awaken....the closer it gets the worse it will become. These two will stop at nothing for their personal goals. Disgusting.

    January 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. David

    Same old status quo.

    January 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Gman

    Even if Hillary wins the nomination now, she has lost my vote. I will abstain rather than vote for her. I take solace in knowing that Hillary's feathers have been ruffled and Obama has given the establishment a great fight.

    January 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. JD, WI

    Not just attacks, Obama's economy plan released yesterday is a total copycat of the Clinton plan released last week. This is shockingly embarrassing that has never seen in political history. Even his economic advisor admits it’s similar to Clinton plan. Is this how Obama bring about change? By changing numbers of an opponent’s plan?
    If you can’t even come up with an original idea how can you be a change agent?
    Of course, Clinton camp has been asked for meat all this time.
    But it is unthinkable that Obama will produce meat stolen right from the Clinton’s refrigerator.

    January 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Anonymous

    It's laughable to think that the Clinton people were saying just a few weeks ago that Obama wasn't electable because he would be torn apart by the "Republican Attack Machine".

    If Obama survives the Clinton attack machine, he'll be able to handle anything the Republicans dish out. These Clinton people spit, kick, bite, scratch, and go for the groin. They think they own the White House, together with the Bush family.

    Bill Clinton is standing in the doorway of the White House, saying that Obama gets in over his dead body.

    January 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. James

    How stupid and naive of barak and his entire team to think thatno one will ever bring his drug use up? If he does win, you know that the Republicans will gleefully bring up his cocaine use, so....if he cannot handle the subject now, he should drop out.

    January 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Pope

    The Clintons just wants to take down the whole ship if they are going down. the mentality is, "if hillary isn't getting the white house, Obama wont eithe" very sad

    January 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Jack

    90's all over again. Typical Clintons. Go McCain.

    January 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Greg, NY

    This is getting childish now, seriously.

    January 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Stephen

    Neither of the Clintons have any ounce of credibility remaining, anybody who would consider voting for them needs to think long and hard if they really want this kind of slime ball politics back in the White House. We have had it for years and years, Americans are just sick of it, we need to move beyond this.

    January 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Mike, Conway, AR

    Now I understand why Al Gore didn't want his help in 2000. He just makes things worse.

    January 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Bill has been whining enough for any 10 candidates. He's been attacking enough for any 10 candidates as well.

    I guess the Clinton camp has decided that Hillary can't campaign for herself at all anymore, and is just letting Bill do everything.

    That would definately be better for her campaign than letting Hillary screech about something, but I can't see how this is supposed to show America that she can actually do something (such as lead the country) on her own.

    Having an impressive spouse is not exactly qualification for president.

    January 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Rosie

    Why does everyone run scared from Obama's drug use? I think it would be okay to raise this issue for any other candidate, but for Obama, it's racist? Can someone explain that double standard?

    If Obama supporters think they will get a free pass in the general election from the GOP on his past drug use, they are living in a fantasy world.

    As for Mr. Johnson's comments, he's free to say what he's thinking and should not have to apologize or "correct' his statements. He should have just let them stand on their own.

    January 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. clinton hate politics

    this guy obstructed justice about 9 years ago as well. Please go home bill, thanks for all you did for this country. It really was a great 8 years, we need to move on now though

    January 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Monty

    I need a definition of what you would call the slinging stuff from the Obama camp?

    January 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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