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. Wufpakmom, Illinois

    Bill, "spinning" for Hillary is just adding fuel to the fire. You are the greatest liability in her campaign at this point. I've been paying very close attention to both campaigns, and I have yet to hear Sen. Obama make a single negative attack on anything but Hillary's voting record on the war. That's not an attack, that's distinguishing himself from her. It appears that the Clinton's are following the Rove playbook to the letter and they should be very careful – this is going to come back to haunt them.

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. lcb

    Bottom-line...Obama used drugs. Politics is a dirty business. If you whine during the primaries you are going to be a worthless president, so get over it. Obama's people keep getting offended over everything, that is turning me off. By the way, Hillary is right, MLK marched for change, fought for it, died for it, but it took a president to make sure MLK 's ideas became law. Please, pick up a history book and read all about. Lets get on with the issues that affect us now in 2008! Obama better make sure his people do not turn this into a racial campaign, because as an independent I am already turned off...

    January 14, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Rus, Whitburn

    Starting to feel quite uncomfortable about this Clinton double act – Bill Clinton can't run again – he's had his two terms. What should we expect if Hillary wins?

    January 14, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. drz, San Francisco, CA

    It's sad to see Bill Clinton as the mud slinger for Hillary. Bad Bill. Let's talk about issues – not he said, she said fluff.

    January 14, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Let's presume that either Hillary or Obama is elected the 44th president of the United States (please, God, no!).

    Based on the absurd attacks between these 2 candidates, in my view (as a European-American man), ANY political dissent (with a presidential administration of either of the aforementioned) would be IMPOSSIBLE without my reputation being DESTROYED since I would automatically be labelled a RACIST or a SEXIST.

    How could we possibly have legitimate political debate and dissent under such difficult conditions?

    January 14, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. kevin

    Its good to see that both the Clinton and Obama supporters agree on one thing that John Mccain is their second choice. Vote for John Mccain'08.

    January 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. O

    I am not sure what is so funny about what Mr. Clinton is saying...what is he giggling about? In one breath you call Obama's policies a fairy tale in the next you say you have praise for him...what the heck is that.

    Please listen to him when he says that he has a list of 80 attacks from the Obama campaign. You can tell he is lying because he starts out wanting to say 90 instead of 80. Just listen.

    This guy is a liar and a smooth talker. As a statesman he should be on the sidelines not constantly bickering with candidates. Take a note form the Elder bush that never interjected during his son's run.

    As an independent looking closely at all this, I absolutely resent this whole Clinton charade and I am tired of Hillary running on Bill's resume. When I ask her supporters what exactly Hilary has done in her so called 35 years of service, nobody can ever come up with anythng except that at least Bill will be there to help her.

    There is a reason why the constitution does not allow for a 3rd term and that is what this is. a third term for, Mr. "I did not have sexual relations...". he is a liar and he does it very easily too. Some one ask for this list of 80 Obama attacks.

    January 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Ca Native


    Just like New Hampshire – Bill goes on the attack against Obama... I expect Hillary will shed a few tears today. That's the Clinton "Voice" now.

    January 14, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Adjetey

    Obama has been trying to so hard to focus on his campaign but like a thorn caught in a shirt, the Clinton's wont let him be until he has turned around to sling something at them.

    He remind sme so much of an African; a continent that is robbed, cheated, threatened and stolen from and yet they smile, share and give ... sometimes a man has to step up. Obama we know you are nice but we will see you as a nicer person if you stand against some of the issues Hillary has been raising against you. We trust you enough to know you will do it as you should.

    Enough is enough.

    January 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Carla

    I'm convinced the media has made the race card an issue. I do believe it tears down progress that we as Americans have made. I teach grade school . You don't get to act like this. You have to go to the principal's office. The media needs to back off the issue of race. This is not the issue at all. Someone is mad because someone is getting ahead.
    Let's get beyond this. This hurts all of us. Someone step up and do the right thing. It must start with the media to shut this down.

    January 14, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. mrland

    Please...enough...no more Clintons, no more Bushes, and no more from those who support their politics. It's a new era, and we need smart, TRUTHFUL leaders with far more foresight than we've experienced the past 20 years. Go Obama or Edwards!

    January 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Bob - Florida, RFO

    Bill please publish the list you have compiled!

    We would all love to see it.

    ABC '08

    January 14, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Nick

    This is why the country needs CHANGE not more of the same. This dirty politics from the Clintons just goes to confirm that she cannot run on her issues and policies because they are not that different form OBAMA"s. But there is a clear difference that the country needs a President who is a straight shooter, Listens to the average person with a focus of unity not division. OBAMA comes to his campaign rally's with the FOCUS to inspire, bring hope, vision and a plan to change the course of American politics from the "Status quo" . But the Clintons come out to cut their opponents right at your knees with these vicious attacks. They forget that they are in the same DEMOCRATIC Party. What a Shame. If you are hurt by this behavior please let your voice be heard by going out and voting in the Primaries for OBAMA.

    January 14, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. The G; Henderson NV

    I'm embarrassed for the former President and First Lady. Anybody who has been watching this deal knows Obama has been taking a beating from them since he began to climb in the polls. The truly pathetic aspect is that the attacks have had no impact because everybody can see their desperation. the Clinton's have now even stooped to Bush's level by having surrogates file lawsuits to stop the on-site caucusses at Strip hotels since Obama won the endorsement of the Culinary Union.
    I'm ashamed that a former Democratic President (for whom I voted) would repeatedly stand up and attack his wife's political rival over and over and over again. Is there any wonder why over half the country won't vote for the woman?

    Democrats: if you want to win this one, you must vote for Obama or Edwards. A vote for Clinton is a guarantee of, at best, four more years of this kind of disgusting politics, or, at worst, another Republican in the White House and a nearly unanimous Supreme Court.

    January 14, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Shelly-Ohio

    I'd like to see his list of 80 attacks...

    So far, Obama has stayed above the fray and has barely even commented on this nonsense.

    And for those of you sick of the mudslinging from BOTH sides, I ask you...What mud has Obama or his campaign slung? It seems pretty one-sided to me...

    January 14, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Cynthia, Indianapolis

    Unfortunately, the barage of insults and attacks are undermining the message of candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

    Fox News is truly enjoying this...as they have declared today,
    "RACE has officially entered into the Democratic politics. " This is great entertainment for Fox (and the Republicans) and it is terrible for America.

    Just as Russia declared that the United States would become a communist nation as a result of its own doing...the Democratic party will implode at its own hand.

    Americans, both Republican and Democrats, in own ignorance – will still allow race to rule in every scenario resulting in a cutting off of the nose to spite the face.

    Barack, while I haven't witnessed any formal response from his campaign, I hope will continue to conduct himself with intelligence and diplomacy and keep his head above the fray.

    The Al Sharptons, Bob Johnsons, Bill Clintons, etc. and other so-called "leaders" of today – need to stay out of this – its truly petty, demeaning and ignorant.

    Bob Johnson, Mr. BET sell-out – cleanup your own house (with that garbage on TV which was allowed to exploit our youth) before you get on any stage to demean anyone.

    Sharpton, with all due respect, you have no place in this race. You had your turn and your anger and radicalism is not needed . Mr. Obama has the credentials and capability to defend himself. Please don't interfere.

    Mr Clinton, this is not your race, it's Hillary's. Please stay out of it.

    Democrats – we're smarter than this...let's stop.

    January 14, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Ann

    I totally agree with Bill Clinton. Hillary tried to stay on issues in this campaign. Obama couldn't keep it and started to insert race aspects in his speeches by daring to compare to MLK. Hillary just pointed that Obama has a long way to go to do what MLK did and that MLK understood better the political aspects of his movement and the need to transform it into a law. And this was clearly President Johnson's contribution which shouldn't be denied. Hillary presented objective facts, Obama is trying to use a sensitive historical event to gain political points. He is not MLK!

    By pretending non-stop to go against Washington when he is an INSIDER there, its hypocritical. Starting attacks on Bill and Hillary in relation to the black community is an outrage. I don;t know of many white politicians who were so dedicated to this cause. How can Obama dare? Plus there are real issues to discuss in this campaign, so they should all settle this story somehow.

    January 14, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. bean counter, Motor City, MI

    The list is somewhat odd. Obama is trying to run his campaign as a "new breed of politics – being nice. " However it does seem that he is negative as much as the others. So I think there is some reason to list the attacks. If Hillary can point out that Obama is just another DC insider, the better her "experience" argument works.

    January 14, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. James Brown ( Independent )

    Clinton's just keep digging a deeper hole , but at least there honestly showing the country what kind of people they really are. They have convinced this Independent to cast my vote for anyone else.

    OBAMA 08

    January 14, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Amazed

    This is just crazy............I hope Obama just keep doing what he is doing and not get involved with this foolishness that the Clintons are trying to bait him into.

    January 14, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Elisabeth

    Until now I admired former president Bill Clinton to the hilt. However, his recent whinnings with regard to Sen. Obama have disenchanted me. Sorry Hillary, my husband and I are going for Obama during the Nevada Caucus, come January 19. I usually tend to lean towards the little guy and not those who demonstrate a sense of entitlement as a result of their pedigree or social status. Mr. President, don't forget your own history!

    January 14, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. AJ

    Bill is at it again. I use have the deepest respect for Bill but now he is crossing the line. How can a former President act this way. Hillary needs to fight her own battles. Hillary is just throwing tons of mud at Barack Obama and this type of politics needs to stop. I hope Obama can stay above the fray with this one.

    January 14, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. AJ, IL

    This is unfortunate for the Democratic Party to a have popular US president dragging himself through the mud to see if he can get anybody else dirty. Bill Clinton has been on the Al Sharpton Show and now the Roland Martin Show in an attempt to quell any resentment in the Black community coming off of Hillary's ill-advised remarks. So instead of Hillary being these black radio shows, she sends Bill Clinton. Wake up people! This whole race baiting issue has been raised by the Clintons. Hillary could have made a simple apology for offending some folks with her remarks, and added a little elaboration to her apology and be done with it.

    Of course, Hillary never has apologized to her anti-war Democratic base for supporting the Iraq war, so why would I expect her to apologize about her MLK and LBJ remarks?

    January 14, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Courtney S.

    This is sick and sad. I'm so upset and disapointed at the Clintons and even at Obama for commenting on her crazy mess. The Clinton blame game is aweful, and Johnson....as a black woman I am insulted that the founder of BET (that isn't really too uplifting to the struggle of real blacks..with the aweful video's....grrr)

    STOP it all of you STOP! In the last week I have been made sick by this. Thanks Billary! You are ensuring the Republican's will win because all will be sick of the Dem's and this fighting... It just goes to show the Clinton's care only about THEIR legacy....and will bring the party and other down with them to win.

    January 14, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Bob

    Lets go back to the root of the tree. Sen. Obama/Edwards started off attaching Sen Clinton, over three months ago. Why someone did not speak out during said attach. The way I see it Sen. Clinton, should attach back, due to they was the one to start this actions. However, all involved should leave this behind and move on.

    January 14, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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