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. JJ Pennsylvania

    Hillary has brought change to my family. Every time we see them on TV, we change the channel.

    January 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Carl

    Back on topic: where were the Obama attacks?! he's been remarkably serene and stayed above the fray... The Clintons have been called far worse than "likable enough". Let's stay real here – this is a one-way mud slinging!

    January 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. CE, Wisconsin, USA

    First came Sheehan's comments. They were followed by Mark Penn, Then Hillary made her comments about MLK/LBJ. They were followed by Cumo's remarks and finally Bob Johnson. This has all taken place in the last 4-6 weeks, has come from the Clinton team and is a heck of a coincidence.

    January 14, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. statusquomustgo

    Bill needs to be quiet

    January 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Kyle - Austin, TX

    I was once one of Bill Clinton's most ardent admirers. Now I'm just saddened at what he's become, an embittered attack dog. The Clintons are what we thought they were.

    January 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Kay

    It is unfortunate that someone who smoked but 'did not inhale' will be throwing mud at another who told the truth that he smoked and inhaled, naturally Bill, fell sorry for what he did and wrote about it in a book for all to read. We don't want saints in the White House. We want people who will tell us the truth. And if I were Obama, I would not worry about BET's Johnson's comments. On what moral grounds was he criticising Obama anyway? Am I missing something?

    January 14, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Brent Christopher

    This is one FORMER Hillary support. My first choice now is Edwards, then Obama and I would have to hold me nose to vote for Hillary.

    Hint: Bill, you are NOT running for a 3rd term, so just stop it. This is way beneath the statesmanship that is now your position. Do you see other former presidents actively campaigning for the candidates?

    January 14, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. John

    I have listened to both sides in this campaign Hillary's campaign is giving Obama's campaign lots of unsubstanciated slurs which eventually backfire on her, Obama's response is usually fairly mild and measured. but guess what she is the one loosing advisers and managers faster then Mcdonalds sell burgers.

    January 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. sfam

    And BTW, having Bill "I didn't have sex with that woman" Clinton telling us, "I think we have to take (Johnson) at his word" that he didn't mean "drug use" when he clearly did is literally creating a caricature. Could they have possibly come up with a worse spokesman to tell us to believe an obvious lie???? I don't think so.

    January 14, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. mivogo

    Wow, can the Obama people be even more thin-skinned?
    What "terrible" thing did Bill say–that Obama has attacked Hillary too?
    Get over it! This is a walk in the park compared to what the Republicans will do if Obama is the Dem. nominee. What Bill has said is fair game. If he can't take this, I don't want him running.

    January 14, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. kuhlfrog

    let's get to the issues please....
    I want to hear about Obama from Obama and about
    Clinton from Clinton
    There's so much to talk about, why waste time with mudslinging?

    January 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. caywen

    BTW, I believe HRC is going to find herself the target of a Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy. Democrats want the independents, and Obama is the only candidate that can compete for them. That's why Obama's scoring the endorsements despite not being as established as the Clintons in the party. The Democrats want to win the *election* – not to trivially anoint a party line Democrat the nomination. They don't want to repeat Kerry '04.

    January 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Moonwood

    Bill's strategy is called "inoculation" , its something Rove perfected. You accuse your opponent of exactly what you are doing.
    Bill is saying Obama is attacking Hillary and keeps saying it and saying it and then the media asks Obama what he thinks and he says its their fight and so the Clintons say he is continuing to attack her.
    The Clintons know Hillary's negatives are very high – the strategy is to raise Obama's negatives higher which will give Hillary a better chance.

    January 14, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. richard thaler

    can't the clintons give it a rest? it is their tone and adjectives more than the supposed intent of their comments that are really getting offensive. these are the same folks who told every one to only talk issues and not be divisive when they thought hillary would win in a cakewalk. perhaps hardest for me to fathom is why they think that their mode of attack will help them with the african american community. i would like to believe that they are not trying to stir up white animus in the democratic party. as a white democrat, that would be very repugnant to me. equally unclear to me is what hillary stands to gain from this. does she want to helpo the republicans and destroy her career and the legacy of her husband all in one fell swoop?

    January 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Saundra Tucson

    Well, well well. It's ok for Obama to be critical of Hillary, and to be somewhat condiscending of her. However, if she or Bill start to protest and point out Obama's weak points, then you all Clinton haters, cry foul. Do your homework people. Look into his stands on the issues. He is very ambigous and doesn't talk much about the issues but emphasizes "change'. Change for change's sake is no change at all. A feel good candidate is not what this country needs. We have serious problems, people without healthcare or high premiums, the mortgage mess, job loss, economic pressures, the dollar falling like a rock. Where is Obama on these issues?? Or actually where is Oprah on these issues?
    One person commented that she was going to go for Hillary, but because of the way the Clintons were acting, she is going for Obama. That sure is a intellegent reason for voting!! Never mind what he stands for, not important??? With the way the country is being run right now, this is the only reason to vote for him? How sad

    January 14, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Lisa

    Mitt and Rudy talk about carrying a card around with them with the things that they want to accomplish as President – and Clinton, well he carries a list of scores to settle.

    January 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. ceci

    "It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If 'is' means 'is and never has been' that's one thing – if it means 'there is none', that was a completely true statement,"
    Bill Clinton

    Enough said. He will spin, triangulate, say anything. So will she. Linguistic aerobics 101!

    January 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. mo-lama

    Every time Bill opens his mouth I get further away from being able to vote for Hilary. He is exactly why I have reservations about supporting her - I don't want a dynasty, I don't want a rerun of his presidency, I don't want a return to this crap, with the only difference being it will be between them and the Republicans. What's next - Newt as vp?

    January 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. Matt

    Just another example of the former President being a bad Democrat. What happens if Obama gets the nomination. Will President Clinton refuse to support and campaign for him? If he does campaign, would the support be negated by this type of behavior? President Clinton is still very popular and a great campaigner. I'd hate to lose his ability to generate support for the Democratic nominee because of comments he made to support his wife.

    January 14, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Mary, Las Vegas

    What does everyone think about what the Culinary Union is doing to make sure Obama wins the caucus in las vegas?

    January 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. jack,boston

    Monte Brown, New York, NY,
    stop wasting so much of your time with paragraph. At this point in time we are only reading the first part of your paragraph and know who you are supporting and we move on.
    Either with us or not with us!

    January 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    I don't know if I should get mad or laugh at Bill Clinton's childish tirades. Maybe they should let Chelsea speak in their place?

    And this is the all-inclusive Democratic party? Doesn't this power obsessed lunatic realize what's at stake?

    Hey Bill, we thought it was a Republican conspiracy? I lost respect for a man I voted for. Keep it up! Your library won't be receiving many visits.

    January 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Randolph Monroe, Chicago

    The Clinton's are crashing and burning, they're in a panic and showing blacks their true colors. If blacks see this as the true colors of the democratic party, the republican party will have a field day on election day.

    January 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. hulka

    Bill, go pardon some more of your criminal cronies when you get back in the White House.

    January 14, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. brain,boston

    It is so fortunate that those who are for Obama from the beggining,of which is the majority are either well informed or educated.
    Clintons, fool me once.....

    January 14, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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