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. Erik William

    Ugh. Enough of the Clintons. I can't even tell which one is running at this point.

    January 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Craig, Seattle, WA

    GO HILLARY! Barack can talk all he wants, but the facts speak for themselves. At least Hillary can walk the walk.

    January 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Dave

    What's Bill going to do next? Promise to go "Waco" on Obama?

    January 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Kara

    I think he has truly lost his mind. Obama never "complained" about the attacks in the first place. HE was the one who took the high road, not Billary. It's almost as if they think if they repeat the lies enough, people will be brainwashed and somehow start believing them. Not the case this time around. People who pay attention to the news know Obama is staying away from this nonsense and talking about what really matters.

    January 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Yolanda, SC

    What is so wrong with the Clinton Camp pointing out the facts about Barack Hussein Obama and the the giant media outlet attacks on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    Why is it ok for Obama to insult and insinuate that the Clintons are Racists. You think that they should just keep Quiet and let the media and the Obama camp distroy their life long work and commitment to African American community and civil right?
    Every intelligent person in the African American community knows that Clintons have fought for civil rights in this country in their entire public service life.
    How soon do we forget that president Clinton was called the "1st Black president of America" from the leaders in the African American Community.

    January 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Jr., California

    Hillary stated that she has 35 years of experience. I would like Wolf Blitzer to confront her on this.

    January 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Enough Already!

    Are you listening Clintons? Do you see what you are doing? You are turning people off big time! I would say that 95% of the comments here are pretty negative toward both the you. Are you listening Hill & Bill? People want you to stop this nonsense. Your old politics of hate and lies will not work against hope. Just a few short weeks ago these comments were very different. You had support and people loved you Hillary. Are you listening? You need to send Bill home now and stop this type of campaigning.
    There is still time to save this and our party but you had better move fast or you will be saying Mr. President to McCain or Obama.

    January 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Juliana Smith

    Obama is running for the President of the US. He should expect any dirt or achievement or success on him to be opened book. No skeleton. Bill Clinton or anyone else can point it out. That's call democracy. Look at what the comments made by Obama supporters. How they still digging dirt on the former president. He is not even running. Yet people, still like to talk about what he did.
    Bill can defend Hillary, just like, Michelle Obama can defend Barack Obama.

    January 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Hmmm. Let's see....Who does it benefit to bring race into this campaign. The Clintons, who are being portrayed now as racists? Or Obama, who is drawing increased support from pissed off black folks who now believe that Clintons are racists? And people believe this because Obama's campaign asserts this every time Hillary or Bill says ANYTHING critical of Obama.

    If Obama supporters really do believe in the "politics of hope," I gotta bridge to sell. It looks like Obama is about as effective a "uniter" as George W. Bush.

    What a huge disappointment. For months I've argued that Obama is NOT an "empty suit." I can't do that now. Hillary may be flawed, but she's not selling herself as phony, holier-than-thou, above-politics-as-usual person while engaging in down-and-dirty politics as usual.

    Obama just proved he's a hypocrite. If the Democrats nominate him, we'll surely have a Republican president. He won't survive a general election, not after he alienates the Independents by claiming racism is behind every criticism. It's as dangerous a tactic as Hillary's playing the gender card too often.

    But let's be clear: it's a tactic, and it's coming from the Obama campaign to (a) neutralize criticisms and (b) draw African-American support from the Clintons by painting these people who have fought for civil rights for years as racists. Disgusting.

    January 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Richie T

    It disgusts me! Just when I thought we were about to bridge the race attack, who plays the issue, the dirt, the same old political EXPERIENCE game- H. R. CLINTON.

    I have always voted Democratic.

    I will never vote for HR Clinton.

    January 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Anjir

    An interesting but sad role for Bill – "attack dog".

    January 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Ray

    Others have asked, and I'm still waiting:

    What has Obama said that could be interpreted as a "smear" attack? When has he allowed himself to sink into mudslinging? Please, offer some quotes? Bill, please, the list?

    Obama disagrees with, and has attacked Hillary's position on issues, including her voting record. Is that what we now consider mudslinging? If that's all that Bill has on his list, that will be boring.

    For those of you who want to know more about how the candidates stand on the issues, check out their websites. This is where you can get the meat and potatoes – not from stump speeches.

    Side note: The Bob Johnson comment – wow, how could the Clintons not publicly distance themselves from that statement? We know what Johnson said, and we know what he meant. That was shameful, and the follow-on lies made it five times worse. You would have to "inhale" a lot to believe his weak explanation of what he really "meant". Still, I haven't heard Obama react in kind.

    Please, someone, quotes? Tell me how Obama has done anything but stay completely professional in this whole ordeal.

    January 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Joan

    I'm getting really tired of Bill and I used to like the man.

    January 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Joe

    It is really high time for a woman in the White House, unfortunately for Hillary, she has to run against Obama and, as an African American, for him it would be also high time to get a shot at the presidency. So far, Hillary must be simply given the edge because of her experience. Obama, well yes, he excites and seems to generate a lot of enthusiasm among the younger generation but, I still have to hear from him one single exactly defined plan for our withdrawal from Iraq, a better healthcare system or a good solution for the immigration problem and...... importantly how to pay for it all.
    Obama is a nice guy but a little too short of substance for the most important job our country has to offer.

    January 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Gwen,Albuquerque,NM

    Mark Penn must be rolling in his oversized blummers. This is the uproar that they planned. Obama was flying "under the radar"; Iowans and New Hampshire voters appeared to be voting on issues not on his race. This had to stop!!!

    THE GRAND PLAN: Put Bill, Hillary and a few surrogates out there with a few well timed and easily explainable statements with alleged racial undercurrents. This causes a backlash!!! Great it's working. Now we have every Tom, Dick and Hannity talking about racial division rather than the issues. You have Bill Clinton on every Black Radio Show in America trying to charm and fool the masses..Still talking about racial division. Hillary's camp is blaming it all on Barack Obama who I have not heard from. GOOD-Now everyone can get back to judging Barack on the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

    Bill can go back to being the "first black president" and as for Hillary, nobody will ever notice or say out loud that she got her definition of 35 years of " experience " the old fashion way...She slept with it.

    The Clintons have lost their luster with me. He is also losing his Legacy. I am beginning to remember Nafta, Cafta, the explosion of the private prison system along with record numbers of Black men in jail, the joke of the Welfare to Wal-Mart....uh Work Program and their standing with the same old poverty pimps by their sides. No room for new ideas or people.

    The fact is The Bill & Hill Show owes more to the Black community than The Black community owes to them. They got over 95% of our vote, a vote that has propelled him into all of his elective offices. We got a few keep you in your place "programs" and little HOPE for a future that all Americans should be able to acheive. Now I want these two patronizing, paternalistic, Jim Crow mongers to take their show and go the route of Sonny and Cher...enough already! We need new leadership and new ideas.

    Now, let's get back to the business of taking our Country back.

    January 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. CTony

    Bill Clinton lied to his wife, he lied to his friends, and he lied to the American people.

    Every time he puts a microphone to his face and opens his mouth, I'm reminded of all his lies. Why should anyone believe anything he says now?

    January 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Screamer

    Bill Clinton should not even be an issue in this race, but clearly he is or should I say, he has become “the issue”. This is just an example of how a Hillary Clinton presidency would be: Bill Clinton always in front and center of any and all issues and positions. There is no way around it. Even if Hillary is the elected president, Bill will be the de facto president with all the experience (that incidently Hillary claims as her own), the answers, the attention and will get most of the credit, for better or for worse. This is why a Hillary Clinton presidency would be the country’s second biggest political blunder, the election of George W. Bush being the first.

    The Clintons have had their day in the sun. They should step asside to help introduce a new era in politics. Bill Clinton is now a member of the old guard. The proof is in his buddy-buddy relationship with Bush One.

    January 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. M.G

    I hope Hillary can keep it together and remain above all of this. They are trying so hard to get her to snap and say something that will destroy her campaign then Obama will sit back , wide-eyed, and say "Who me? I didn't mean it that way".I will never vote for him now .

    January 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. mussmelon

    It's all about press, remember no press is bad press. As long as we keep talking about how ridiculous Billary is, were going to forget the real bright side of this campaign season. Edwards and Obama are in my opinion, two the most down to earth and sincere candidates I've ever seen. Let's all turn the focus to these two great candidates and do everything in our power to create a Obama/Edwards 08 ticket!!!

    Experience means nothing, if your exerience involves the same old Washington run around. As long as republicans and some democrats never actually answer a question, they can't be wrong.

    January 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. convicted felon clinton

    He is a felon need I say more.

    January 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. bruce goldberg

    as someone who would have never entertained the idea of voting non-democratic party in the next election, the clinton's have started to make me think how much they are simply a left sided bush/rove team and how i DO NOT want them in the WH – now i will think hard about mcCain as long as he softens his ridiculous stance about supporting bush's iraq failure.

    January 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Momentum

    John...and everyone else (including Hiliary and BET Founder etc). If Obama was trying to hid a "drug issue" would he had written it in his book. Get real people! Obama campaign has momentum and everyone is now on the attack ....bottomline.

    Obama wrote himself that he used drugs at one in his life. So what! He's not using it now and that's what happens. So please...try to come up with something else.

    January 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Dr. Wu

    You know what will really help Obama, Bill? If you keep every one of those 80 attacks alive in the mediasphere by harping on them. Keep up the good work!

    January 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Butch Dillon

    For any Clinton supporter who thinks her camp and her husband are being defensive, just check the content, tone and novelty of the dirty charges she's slinging. These are all raw attacks consisting of newly dredged up material. The Clinton's are as divisive a force now as when they were at war with the Republicans in the 90s. This time, they're doing it in their own party. They had me on their side during Slick Willy's presidency but not now. If HRC wins the nomination and faces McCain, I will definitely vote for him, and never regret the choice.

    January 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Susan

    I am not surprised at the Clinton's .....is this list of attacks going to make me feel sorry for Ms. Clinton? Does she need her husband standing up for her...listing all the ways that she was somehow attacked....This is politics and politics is a rough business......
    The Clinton's comments were insensitive....and not thought out as to their impact on others...When .running for president ...a candidate must be mindful as to what comes out of their mouth....I just couldn't believe that they would make such a blunder just days before the South Carolina Primary.....What were they thinking? OR ..Were they not thinking at all? OR Were they so wrapped up in how shocked they are that Obama just might ruin Hillary's coronation as President...they were letting off a little steam, and in the process offending the African American Community?
    Who knows ...all I know is that the Clinton Dynasty is not going to get my vote...now or in the future.....

    January 14, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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