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. Mary Lou in AL

    I feel like I'm getting a divorce, and it's very painful. I LOVED Bill Clinton from the first time I heard him speak. It was in early 1990 on C-SPAN at some sort of NEA meeting in, I believe, New Hampshire. I stopped dead in my tracks and thought, this is my guy. And it never changed. Until now. So I'm taking down my life-sized cardboard cut-out of Bill and his saxophone that I've moved to three houses ( with much consternation from family and friends), and hauling out the old campaign buttons and photos. It's hard. But I have seen something from him and from Hillary over these last weeks that makes me feel dirty and ashamed. And mortified and repulsed. And dispirited. It is really hard.

    They have shown themselves to be the very people I had argued for so many years that they were not. I feel so betrayed.

    But the bright side is I do have a choice, and a very inspiring one. I believe Barack Obama can be that transformational leader that it will take to get us through this dark and daunting time. I just hope that chance hasn't been denied us by the monomaniacal hubris of this powerhungry pair. Really, I'm crushed by it. But please, people . Think about this country and our chilren and grandchildren. Give us all this chance. Go OBAMA.

    January 14, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  2. Sirjaxx

    I would bet dollars to donuts that the Clintons have found some of Barry's Love Children, and they are just sitting on it until they can leak it at it's most strategic time.
    How long did they sit on the Mark Foley Emails?

    January 14, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Mary, Westmont, IL

    Allen Raymond who was indicted on the Dem Party Phone Jamming scheme says this in his new book:

    As a Republican campaign operative at the Republican National Committee it was drilled into me that election law attorneys serve the purpose identifying the bright line of the law so it could be taunted but not crossed. Anybody who has a problem with that or doesn’t get it doesn’t understand America. America is about self interest, within the rule of law.

    The Clintons also see the bright line (truth) and continually cross it ever so slightly. Then jump back and say "I didn't do it".
    Certainly sounds like the Clintons learned alot from the GOP.

    January 14, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. aisha naeem

    go hillary ,all the people r living the fairytale story thinking things will change overnight but reality is ,it takes time and knowledge and experience to make things happen .so lets see obama is a looser and hillary will win .go girllllllllllll

    January 14, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. Zasmine

    According to the American Public Transportation Association, 60 million Americans living in rural communites are completely isolated due to lack of access to public transportation systems. This is especially difficult for aging and low income Americans who either can't drive or don't have access to a vehicle. As president, would you back legislation that would provide federal support to states wishing to expand public transportation into rural areas?

    January 14, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  6. Give Me A Break

    It is good to remember, from time to time, that it is Bill's irresponsible behavior that lead directly to 8 years of Bush. For all his vaunted virtues, he is more trouble than he is worth.

    January 14, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    It's so obvious that Hillary and Bill are NOT going to be welcomed to the nomination of the Democrat Party by a majority. What a shame.

    If the Clinton's slide into the White House by default, get ready for an EXTREMELY divided and rocky road for our country throughout the next 5 years. You think Bush is bad? You ain't seen NOTHING yet!


    January 14, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Regina Glass

    How ridiculous to see the Big Dog wasting his time on this. Guess there's plenty of it, seeing as der Slickmeister probably would be reluctant to be dating while his wife is running for president. The only candidate I can support who would allow me to keep any integrity would be Kucinich, but Obama earns a look-see if only because he is making the Serial Adulterer and his pathological liar spouse look like idiots.

    A progressive Independent who is NOT a fan of the Dem or GOP parties and can't stand the Clintons

    January 15, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  9. Cheryl

    Hillary is running on the basis of all the experience she has. Experience is good, but BUSH has experience too and is a graduate from an Ivy league college, yet he does not know that Africa is NOT a country or that black people live in South America. Experience is not everything, why look at the mess Bush has gotten us into, and he's Experienced : >

    January 15, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. AL of Texas

    My god, this man is terrible.He has had his time as president.He did well.But now it is a time for CHANGE.The country is tired of the old divisiness and back biting politics.Hillary is not the one who can unite this country.She never focuses on unity of the country.With all due respect,Mr former President your time has come and gone.Please don't stand in the way of the country's future.

    January 15, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. xargaw

    When Bill left office, people loved him despite his personal flaws. We now see that both he and Hillary are more flawed and more disgusting than we could have imagined. If she is the nominee, my family is sitting this one out.

    January 15, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. Patrick, New York,Ny

    Stop this DOUBLE STANDARD for OBama. CNN STOP GIVING BARACK A FREE RIDE!! I wonder how many Republicans are posting pro Obama comments to divide the democrats and vote against Obama in the General Election!!

    CLINTON 08!!!

    January 15, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. Dr. Gene Colombini


    January 15, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  14. ddt

    Every time the Clintons bring up Obama's record, he plays victim. If this man can't defend his own record, what kind of a president is he going to make? Good judgement! Give me a break, he couldn't even make a single judgement on 135 bills while in Illion senator. He is so weak to be a president....Go Hillary

    January 15, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  15. Vociferant1

    The whole using the BET billionairre to toss out the drug notion was sure sly...

    Too bad the Clinton's attempt at being prophetic immediately falls to the hypocritical when President Bill was noted to have had a nose for the Cocaine himself.

    Perhaps he'll recall the criticism and controversy he got for providing pardon to Cocaine smugglers?

    Or the Cocaine trails, BCCI banking scheming operations, the CIA laundering, Mena, the Lippo Group, financing his 1992 campaign, the videotape and allegations of Cocaine use in the Clinton WH... and his brother, Roger Clinton's, proclamation ","Gotta get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner!"????

    Bill, Bill, Bill. All this preening and preying for Hill seems to made you forget to be aware of your own glass house.

    At least Obama admits it with no shame, unlike Mr. Didn't Inhale.

    Does that also mean they have no respect for the country's drug counselors?.. therapists?... most of which were prior drug addicts that succeeded in healing themselves?

    January 15, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  16. michael, grand prairie tx.

    Charlie Rangal accused Barack of playing the race card today and called him dumb and stupid.
    Barack Obama never commented on Clinton's remark, Rep Clyburn did. His high profile in the Dem party made his comments potent. Obama had nothing to do with that.Clyburn D-SC. interviewed with the NYT's on his on. Now i feel its his responsibilty to come out and let America know that he's not Dumb or Stupid.It's obvious that what Charlie's saying is that any one who who was offemded by her comments are dumb and stupid This was not a mistake by Hillary, these people are gutter politicians who will do just about anything to regain the power that they feel belongs to them. Please don't fall for the hype-its not the first time this tactic has been used.I feel that she's accepted a defeat in SC. So why not take Obama down on the one issue he's strongest on(swiftboat)lets make him seem divisive like us, See first they try and convince you(american people) there better for the country, but you(american people) dont fall for it, so know we'll make him look like us.DIVISIVE. We Want Fall For It Hill/Bill.

    January 15, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  17. Vitali

    The coverage of the election in America by CNN is no more interesting as its obvious the cable network supports Mrs. Clinton openly.I had very high regards for CNN but its obvious while watching "America Votes 2008",that you have taken sides.How can you that claim to be the worlds news leader that should be quoted every where take sides in matters of international standard as this?When she's shown,the audio of her speeches are played with the video while in the case of others,they are only shown/flashed without audio.Its very annoying and at the same time disturbing why you do this.If she is the candidate to beat,give the others same opportunity you give her,lets see how far she can go.The respect I have for CNN has diminished as a result of this.She's given time to clarify,deny,correct or even to accuse others while the other candidates don't have such time or priviledge,only the news reader saying what the candidate said with his picture on the screen,that all.
    From news readers Jim Clancy to anchors like Wolf Blitzer,all are biased.There support for Mrs.Clinton is done in a shameless manner.Do not think nobody notices you guys,we do.Am Ukrainian and I live in Ukraine but believe that since the media has real independence and freedom in America,such rights should not be used to favour a particular candidate irrespective of race or ideology.Good a thing CNN is not the only source of information for voters,you would have delivered the 2008 election to Mrs. Clinton unopposed.Like we all know,politicians will come and go but will CNN go with them too?You need to change the way you report this election so that your claim of having the best team on TV will be for real.

    January 15, 2008 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  18. jane fallows, Ventura, CA

    Obama staffers are busy bees on this board. Notice how many say the same thing with the same cut and paste remarks. Typical of the deception we've come to expect from Obama and his squad of interns, hold-up in the basement at campaign headquarters. One day somebody's going to match-up the sets of IP addresses they're using and blow this phony "groundswell" scandal wide open.

    Of course, it's CNN that's giving them the platform.

    January 15, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  19. DD

    I am aware that gender is an issue in the campaign. Gender also is an issue with the press.

    I think it is unpopular to say this.

    Those who spew hatred at Hillary are afraid of a strong capable woman candidate.

    I was really hoping that this wouldn't happen.

    I will be voting for Hillary. I trust her.

    January 15, 2008 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  20. Ann Aloha, PA

    Ist the media stirs the pot
    2nd the supporters blasts each other
    3rd the candidates spar and exchange words
    4th the supporters continue the bashing
    5th the media stirs the pot some more
    6th the candidates explain their position and their remarks
    7th the supporters deny the truth(ALWAYS)
    8th the media gains ratings and is laughing at everybody(all the way to the bank)

    Poor misled people
    We should demmand objective reporting to avoid this "Stirring the Pot" tactics by bias media coverage
    Watch Reliable Resources and be sure to be objective or you miss the lessons in their reports and commentaries

    January 15, 2008 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  21. KISSman

    Bill Clinton has staked EVERYTHING on his wife winning this nomination because, if she doesn't, he will be rendered completely useless within the Democratic Party. Can Bill Clinton speak at the Convention in '08 in support of Obama should he win? I can't see how he can.

    This man is a former president and is supposed to be a leader in the Democratic party. Instead, he's risking his own legacy on this gamble because he owes his wife big-time for the public embarassment he put her through towards the end of his presidency. If Bill Clinton wasn't married to Obama's competition, he"d probably be in love with the Obama campaign.

    Simply put - Bill Clinton is abusing his influence in this race.

    January 15, 2008 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  22. fairygaymother

    Here is a thought folks.............................................

    How about all the campaigns – Republican and Democrat – actually start sharing with us their SPECIFIC vision and SPECIFIC ideas for fixing where the current sad story in Washington has led us? Isn't it too bad that your campaign contributions are being used to pick apart, interpret, or twist the words of another, rather than focus on what the candidate is actually going to offer us? And to make it basic and simple, try looking at it this way............we have all had a friendship or some other type of relationship end or be permanently harmed because of our interpretation of actions or words?

    And why all the hate in some of these posts. If you think the Clintons are awful people, you're just as bad as the Clintons when you bash them.

    Shame on you all.

    Vote the Fairy Gay Mother for President!

    January 15, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  23. Obamaistheone

    Yea, Bill, show us the list.

    There are so many things Obama could bring up if he wanted to attack the Clintons. Obama draws contrasts... I haven't heard him say anything I'd call an attack. Even his surrogates have been very restrained.

    In New Hampshire, the Clintons put out flyers saying Obama didn't fully support a woman's right to choose, then tried to stop him from calling supporters to undo the damage, saying he was not complying with the "do not call" laws (untrue also).

    Real nice people, aren't they?

    I voted for Bill, and remained a supporter while he was president, but there is no 3rd term, buster, and I just don't want to go back, as someone else said, to all the drama.

    January 15, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. gwill

    "I would point to the fact that that Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the President before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done. That dream became a reality, the power of that dream became a real in people's lives because we had a president who said we are going to do it, and actually got it accomplished."

    As a U.S. History teacher, I feel there should be NO controversy regarding this quote. The March on Washington, the assassination of JFK and the twisting of many arms by LBJ all contributed to the passage of the act. The full quote is accurate in the fact that Sen. Clinton is speaking to the special role a president can play in seeking social justice. If you take a less controversial topic, say the passage of the Meat Inspection Act, many give Square Dealer Teddy Roosevelt credit for getting the legislation through Congress (ever heard of the "bully pulpit"?). Anyways, I guess by giving him credit, we all insult Upton Sinclair and other muckrakers. Or do we?

    This has nothing do with race and more to do with muddy politics and the need to make race a wedge issue. In this instance, we really should focus on what legislation can be passed today for those in need, not who gets credit for the remarkable victories of the past. Perhaps if we had more of them in recent memory we wouldn't be so fixated on such a silly argument. Last question, who gets credit for the Great Society?

    January 15, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Juca

    Something else I would like to point out...

    When have you seen a former president campaigning in the primary against a candidate of his own party!?

    This is not admirable behavior on Bill Clinton's part. His role as a Democrat and former president should be to support all of the candidates until the people have chosen.

    Instead, he's out there in the trenches saying unflattering things about one of our favorite candidates, and he's made several untrue statements in the process of campaigning for his wife... for both of them... to get back to the White House. If Obama were to win the nomination, the Republicans will have all this video of our former president trashing our candidate. That is disgusting!!

    As a Democrat, I feel like we have no one in the party who we can look up to anymore.

    I feel Barack Obama could fill that role for the party.

    January 15, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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