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

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  1. Dara

    Hillary has done more for the minorities of this country than ANY of the other candidates. RESEARCH her background and accomplishments instead of buying into the hype. The anti-Hillary rhetoric is nothing more than an extension of the anti-woman in leadership sentiment that has been both subtly and blatantly poisoned into American brains for the past 300 years. Her analogy is nothing more than saying one is not as good alone as it is with the other. Simple. But NO, the so called 'reporters' have to put their own twisted perspective and suggest her statement is inappropriate. SUCH double standards. During McCain's demonstration someone stood up and asked the question "What are we going to do about that B*!$tch" – all he did was laugh. He LAUGHED!!! Can you imagine what would have happened if someone asked him "What are we going to do about that (insert inappropriate N word here)? Why is anyone bringing THAT up? How come he get's away with BLATANTLY laughing at such a statement and not one so called “reporter,” or anyone for that matter, cares to speak of that? Unbelievable.

    Hillary has been incredibly gracious, to say the least, during her campaign. Anyone who doesn’t see this is blinded by their own bigotry or has bought into the anti-female campaign that has plagued this country for over 300 years.

    January 14, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. kristiowens

    this is so up setting as a black women to see us fighting if clinton get into office will vote for me kids. the clinton are playing right out the republican hand book.

    January 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. ReggaeFan

    To the ISSUES, Clintons, to the issues. When will we hear talk about the issues? Is my man Edwards the only one discussing the issues?

    January 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Rick

    I don't know why Mr. Obama complains so much about criticism from the Clintons. He is engaged in a political campaign. Criticism comes with the turf. I want to know where Mr. Obama stands on the issues. If he thinks he is above the fray, and should not be criticized or questioned as to his positions and his past, he should drop out of the election because he is out of touch with reality. There is a lot at stake here – namely the well being of the United States of America (and the rest of the world). I don't appreciate hearing platitudes and bromides from Mr. Obama, interspersed with complaints about how unfair it is to question him.

    January 14, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. DrumMajorForJustice

    Any self-respecting African American who believes the self-serving Robert Johnson is uninformed. This is a man who capitalized BET with the major help of African American dollars; and when BET succeeded in bringing the ghetto culture African Americans hoped to escape to the living rooms of the new African American middle class, corupting our children and denigrating our women, he saw hugh increases in BET's value. Seeing this he became "greedy" and set out to take BET private again. He set BET's value so far below its market value that the market value had to be set in arbitration to prevent the poor African Americans who capitalized BET, originally, from being robbed by Johnson!! Now, this man is a Clinton supporter. I'm not surprised! He is one of them: rich and self-absorbed.

    If Mrs. Clinton is nominated by Democrats, I will sit out the election for president in 2008. I encourge all self-respecting African Americans to do the same thing.

    January 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. hypocrite?

    "Why doesn't someone ask Obama about his athiest mother and his muslim father, and why Obama doesn't like to wear the flag pin, or why he doesn't place his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegience. He likes to say that he attended Catholic school, but that doesn't mean anything other than his way of interjecting a semblence of religion into his political campaign."- Julie Albuquerque, NM

    It is not Mr. Obama "interjecting" religion into his campaign, it's zealots like you. What difference does it make if his mother was an atheist or if his father was a muslim? How can that possibly affect his ability to lead? If anything, it shows that he has experience with different beliefs and opinions, not just the homogenous ones which we see from nearly all candidates and past presidents. He "likes" to say that he attended Catholic school? He did, it's a fact. Please, when you post something, think before you post, don't just write with your religion in mind. Have an open perspective, for all of our sakes.

    January 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. diprimalaw

    Bill Clinton's "I have a list of 80 Obama attacks" is eerily reminiscent of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's "I have a list," a tactic that will live in infamy. The Ex President had a unique opportunity to do enormous good at as a stateman in the next two decades, but not after this McCarthyesque new low.

    January 14, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. Jim - Tulsa Okla

    hillary can't even do her own fighting ............. has to send hillybilly out to do it .......... another gender gap play .............. is that another tear i see in her eye?

    January 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. G.T.O,

    Is it like a HIT LIST?lol

    January 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. brandie tampa

    Funny, my comment never got posted...

    Who wants a fake, weepy, woman as president? The terrorists do. Al Qaeda's gotta love her fake emotional breakdown. Maybe hormonal woman who are emotional or PMS'ing give her a sympathy vote...just like our soldiers getting killed in the middle east by insurgent sympathizers.

    Who wants a president who is so fake that she stays in a marriage for political status? Fake Americans with no morals or values.

    Who wants a president who has "35 years of change" under her belt....but has not mentioned ANY of these "positive" accomplishments...& instead focuses on attacking and mud slinging the other candidates? Those who actually believe SHE'S DONE ANYTHING FOR ANYONE BUT HERSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A.K.A-delusional Americans.

    I am interested in hearing the candidates accomplishments & intentions IN DETAIL as opposed to them slashing their opponents in order to get trivial voters votes.

    Obama has too much class. She thinks MLK is a nobody & LBJ is "the man"...but I beg to differ. Yes, LBJ had the power to legislate, but without MLK, none of it would have been established in the first place. If you ask me--Obama can be both!!! He has HOPE which this country is in desperate need of a fresh start from the 20--yes TWENTY-YEAR REIGN of Bush's & Clintons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    With Obama in place, in the presidency, historical things can & WILL take place. And THAT is the HOPE that Obama supporters hold in our hearts for our future & for our children.

    Go, OBAMANATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OBAMA 2008 & BEYOND!!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. joy

    Hillary, new she may lose SC, instead of fighting for the African American vote in SC with the odds stacked against her, she came out with an excuse of why she may lose, But Obama didn't do that in Iowa he knew he had to overcome the odds and he ran a clean campaign to do it, and he ran a great campaign in new hampshire, so this race issue is being perputrated by the clintons, america is not as racist as the media and the clintons would make us believe. and i am an african american

    January 14, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. lungdoc2006

    William Jefferson Clinton is playing the "nasty attacker" same way a vice-president candidate traditionally does during a preelection campaign....how undignified for a former president but again,dignity and Clintonian behavior are oxymorons.

    January 14, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Michael James -- Illinois

    Only Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband could have the temerity to suggest that Obama is distorting her inane and wrong-headed comments, especially the ones about LBJ vs. MLK Jr.

    There is a valid point to be made that LBJ deserves some praise for his efforts, but give me a break. The only reason he was prompted to act was the change in attitudes wrought by the boycotting, protesting, demonstrating, sitting in and speaking out done by various leaders of the civil rights movement, which was personified by Dr. King. Oh, and the fact that JFK was assassinated before he had a chance to make the official move on the legislation.

    In any event, the whole dustup started after Clinton accused Obama of raising false hopes, to which Obama responded by rightly pointing out that Dr. King and JFK's messages would have been radically different if they had agreed with the Clinton philosophy. "I have a dream, but let's not get our hopes up and we need a reality check because it probably won't happen" is not the message Dr. King was sending.

    Backed into a rhetorical corner, Ms. Rodham Clinton decided to belittle Dr. King's work by saying, essentially, that well, it was very nice of Dr. King to do a few things that might have helped, but it took a President to get it done. Unbelievable.

    Don't misunderstand me here, Lyndon Johnson does deserve some credit for advancing the cause of civil rights, but the impetus for those advances was clearly not something that he initiated. It was a movement of people that created the political will to act and culminated in legislation. It did not come out of nowhere from a decider-in-chief of the kind Hillary aspires to be.

    I don't believe she is a racist, but she either has serious contempt for Dr. King's contributions to social justice and/or is willing to throw him under the bus in order to score whatever political victory she thinks she can score by saying these things. Either way, this whole situation is just the latest example of how completely and thoroughly Hillary Rodham Clinton just does not get it.

    Then, to add insult to injury, instead of realizing that she has made yet another clumsy rhetorical mistake, she lashes out at Obama and blames him for the outrage many people rightly feel, despite the fact that Obama did not even comment on her LBJ vs. Dr. King statement until asked directly about it by a reporter well after the original Clinton comments were made. And even then, he really didn't say anything that should be considered an attack.

    Now, Bill is at it again. Please just make the Clintons go away!!!

    Good people of America, I implore you. Please send a clear message to the practitioners of these scurrilous Clint-rovian politics.

    I urge everyone to actively support and vote for Barack Obama.

    January 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Polly Tics

    I voted for Bill both times he ran and supported him for all the years that followed, but I have to say that I am throughly disgusted with the way in which they are running against Obama. I am shocked at their obvious bias that they use when it suits them while singing the old "we are with the people" song. Now they are even trying to divide and tamp down the Nevada vote when the main union decided to support Obama instead of Clinton.

    EGADS, they are acting like Republicans and I have had it with them both. Whereas I might have voted for Hillary at one time; I will now NEVER vote for her NOR support Bill Clinton ever again.

    Amazing what the hunger for power does to ordinary human beings...

    January 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. jan

    Glass houses and stones comes to mind.

    One thing republicans, like myself can always count on, you lefties love to eat your own.

    carry on, I got me popcorn and soda pop, am in my pajamas and watching the show!

    January 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. Susan

    I am a DEMOCRAT and Proud supporter of Obama

    January 14, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. mike kaplan

    I would gladly vote for either Hillary or Obama, and I hope that things don't too ugly on the campaign trail. One of them is going to be the nominee, and we really need to avoid another 4 years of Republicans screwing up the country. The Clinton years were pretty good for all of us, and I would gladly go back to those days. At the same time Obama seems like he would make a great president too- he's intelligent, the opposite of the present President.

    People, we need to stay focused on the most important thing here- getting the Republicans out of power. They've screwed up EVERYTHING at this point- it's going to be a tough job for either Obama or Hillary to undo so much damage. But at least we can stop them from doing any more damage.

    January 14, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. E Sterling

    Ok folks. If these two don't quit slinging mud like two kids at recess, let's go find someone else to run this country. I am SO disappointed in both of them.

    January 14, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Nick ny, ny

    I think Democrats are really doomed esp people like Jesse Jackson Jr going around on TV and attacking on Hillary's loss of composer last week. Then Michelle Obama going and running around her mouth. No one talks about that. However it is a big problem if Hillary fights back or Bill supports his wife.
    Obama has been trying to play as this very very honest politician something america has never seen. He coming out now as a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    January 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. jim

    This is a sad day for both Barack and Hiliary. In courting the so called" black vote" as if the African American community holds the keys to the whitehouse, both have been drawn into the type of bickering that their "change" campaigns promised to end. Why not try to speak to all Americans without the constant voting block pandering. Healthcare, Jobs, Safe communities. good schools, a functional federal government are AMERICAN issues. This race discussion is costing them both. Change? What change?

    As an African American, I don't vote "black" and no one " leads" me. I'm voting for the best candidate I think can lead this country doing some very challenging times. I am a registered Republican who saw for the first time, two Democrat candidates in Obama and Clinton that could end the divisive politics of Gerorge Bush, who I'm horrified to say I voted for.

    Let's get back to the issues. I'm not voting for a "poker buddy". I want to cast my vote for a president who hopefully will have the dignity and grace this country deserves.

    January 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Sharon

    It's a promise – I will vote Republican before I will vote for Obama.

    January 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  22. V. Leonard

    Save the fight for the Republicans.

    HOW could anyone contemplate voting McCain? He hasn't a single idea regarding the most important issues facing us in the next 8 years... just more of the same old crap that got us into this mess to begin with.
    FACT: Obama's work in Congress has been groundbreaking.
    FACT: Obama did much better in law school than Hillary.
    FACT: Many of our great Presidents were not steeped in the politics of Washington before they assumed leadership.

    Stop letting polls, political pundits, other people do your thinking for you. Think hard about what kind of country you want to leave your children. Do you want them to lose more civil liberties... do you want them to face disease and possible death as a result of our failure to address climate change?
    Great! Then vote Republican... and watch your worst nightmares come true!

    January 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Vidya

    Newsflash for November 5, 2008:

    And that is how the Republicans retained the White House in 2008........

    January 14, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. David, California

    Obama won't discuss his illegal drug use, won't tell what his experience really is, won't say how he is the "only one" to bring people together and now says that the comments by the Clintons are racist in vague terms that we all get.
    He doesn't have any good ideas or sound judgement as his drug use and suspect contacts with some people to be our President.
    His followers must be poor and uneducated to vote for him or follow him blindly.

    Vote for Hillary

    January 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Antonio

    Most of what I read here sounds very inmature.

    The journey to The White House has been always rough.

    These controversies are very good, because they let us learn details that aren't covered during TV debates, etc.

    The President of this country will be under fire and on the spotlight, all the time. Isn't it now a good time to get trained on it?

    Obama has an impressive potential, but Hillary is closer to what we need, closer to what it may take to sit in the Oval Office.

    People: WE ARE TALKING about the President of the USA. Isn't experience a matter to be counted on? It was was. Why not now? Just because we are infatuated with Obama? No way.

    If it were about Obama vs. unknown one, I'd say Obama.

    But it's Obama vs Hillary: we sould say: Hillary. THOUSANDS of times.

    Respect to all.

    January 14, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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