January 22nd, 2008
11:22 AM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton: Seems like Obama's running against me

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Barack Obama said Monday he felt as though he were campaigning against both Bill and Hillary Clinton. On Tuesday, former President Clinton said he felt the same way.

“I thought he was running against me for a while there in Nevada when he said that Republicans had most of the new ideas, and you had to challenge the conventional wisdom of the 90s. I thought we challenged the conventional wisdom of the 90s,” said Clinton.

He also hinted again that Obama specifically targeted Nevada Republicans in hopes of securing a win there - a charge that has been denied by Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Clinton said Sunday that his wife Hillary Clinton had “won a victory in spite of a very well-organized, and I might say a very well-executed, strategy by the Obama campaign. Which included doing well in the north of Nevada, where his demographic of upscale voters lived, and by making an explicit effort to get Republicans to come and vote for him in the Democratic caucus."

Related: Watch Bill Clinton's latest remarks regarding Sen. Obama's campaign tactics

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (294 Responses)
  1. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    When all the media was bashing Hillary including democrat leaders after Iowa, what is wrong if Bill campaigns for Hillary? Obama is not a "god" that whatever he preaches should not be questioned? He ctritisized Hillary for her Iraq vote several times, that was okey! But, when his positions have changed from 2002 to 2007, that's not Fairy Tale? Bill rightly showed him his place. You just entered a senate, and wants everyone to listen to you, and hand over the nomination just like that. Thats not going to happen!

    January 22, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Roger....guessing hearing problem or Hillary supporter (either way medical help is required)

    January 22, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. GWisdom

    Wake up everyone! Isn't this how this country inherited George Bush. A steady drumbeat against the Clinton's and absolutely no light in the Bushes. Now we are in a mess. If you forget your actions in the past, you will repeat them in the future.

    I am a black woman – Democrat. Shine the light on everyone. We have a lot at stake here in who will be the next President of the United States. The games are over.....we are approaching serious times.

    Wisdom

    January 22, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Mscarol13

    I don't think he made a mistake. and he did try to eplain the present votes In Illinois the rule is to vote present if you have concerns with the vote. This is where people to fail to realize that there are different rules for different states. Now if you come to NC you would probably think the system is really screwed up. Especially if we have a law on the books that you can take your wife down to the court house and beat her on sundays. No one has ever taken it off. go figure

    January 22, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. kathleen

    here we go again....CNN gets quotes from hillary and OUR EX-PRESIDENT AND none posted by Obama....

    what is with that?....all media get reactions and founds the clintons by not obama...

    oh i get it ONLY IN DEBATES....

    January 22, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Jon rene

    What's the relationship between CNN and Hillary Clinton? There is this obvious preferential treatment of her over her chief rival in this campaign; it' repugnant and
    and divisive. Why positively editing her comments while the reverse is true for her competitor's. Come on.... Should not you be unbiased in informing the public rather than erroneously inluencing them? Be real.

    January 22, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Jason C.

    As someone who likes and has a lot of respect for Bill Clinton, I have been disappointed in his recent behavior in this election. I truly hope that he stops the mudslinging and let's this election be judged on the issues.

    January 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Sheri

    What IS President William Clinton's AGENDA?
    One step closer to being involved with Executive decisions again?
    Hillary takes back seat to Bill everytime they are together, you can see it in her demeanor. I'm tired of hearing from him (YAWN).

    January 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Sean McM

    Last p.m., Charlie Rosere-ran an interview with one of our most distinguished and respected historians, John Hope Franklin. How wonderful to hear, once again, that Bill Clinton named him chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on Race....yes way back while Clinton was President. The focus of the Council was "ONE AMERICA".... Obama, you can't re-write history.

    January 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. adam

    i was an undecided voter until now. i'm sick of the clinton's dirty politics. yes obama does have to learn how to stand up for himself and i understand bill is trying to support his wife but bill clinton can't just attack obama by no means in order to get votes. you can just just twist a guy's words around and expect us to actually believe that it is true. if obama says he did not support the war from the start then he didn't. obama makes a good point when says he's not sure who he's runnung against. its like the clintons planned this and they are trying to play mind games with obama. well your not fooling anyone.

    January 22, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Vgee

    I can't believe the vitriol being spewed on this board! Let's keep it simple people – John Edwards should have had the nomination – but for whatever reason – the two "celebrity" candidates have taken all the attention – and out of Hillary and Obama – Hillary has more experience, is more articulate and is better able to be president at this time – Obama is too YOUNG too ARROGANT and TOO INEXPERIENCED! He will have his day and it is not right now – And REGARDLESS any of the three is EXPONENTIALLY more qualified than the idiot we collectively voted in for the last 8 years. If you are a democrat do yourself a favor and TRY to stay focused on the prize...

    January 22, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Corey

    You would think the country would finally just be sick enough of the Clintons to get rid of Bill and her Hag. I'm undecided in the race, but I can tell you for sure that I want no part of that legacy back in the White House.

    January 22, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Kim

    I agree with an earlier comment that Obama has been given a free ride from the press until now. Nice to see some fair coverage of all the candidates.

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. rb

    Don't you people get it? If Hillary is elected, all we get is four years of republican fillibusters blocking anything, really anything she might try to achieve – a vote for Hillary is a vote for more of what i am soooo tired of.

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Karen

    To Jay at 11:47. Are you new to this website? If not, you're not paying attention. The media has rehashed everything about the Clinton's for years. Do you not read the statements on this website? pfffftt I haven't seen one person come up with anything that hasn't been out for years.

    Independent, and proud of it.

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Rico

    All said and done Barack is like the last nominee the dems had he is far too serious.
    Yes personality is important when you have to deal with other people.
    Did Obama even smile once last night.

    January 22, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Kimberly

    Bill, you've already served as President…give it a rest and let the candidates take it from here…please, try to keep what little dignity you have…

    Obama and/or Edwards 08 or whichever Republican is running…I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER CLINTON!

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. vicki

    Hillary is truly a talented POLITICIAN . This is EXACTLY what I want a change from . Politicians who spin the truth and distract American voters So the facts become less important then who's winning at the lastest conflict. With everyone distacted Hillary doesn't have to explain how with her " 35 years of experience" she (admitedly) voted wrong on very important issues . Including her vote on the war.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Vince

    First of all, it's obvious that Hillary is using Bill as her attack dog. Before each primary Bill comes out and makes highly negative, critical attacks on Obama. Hillary gets to play miss innocent at the debates, if she gets attacked, she pulls out the woman victim card.

    Obama's campaign has been much more positive, his message of unity resonates with young voters, his message resonates with independents and even some fed-up Republicans. His Presidency can unite this country, hers never will. Obama can build the coalition needed to solve our nation's problems. We need a leader who can unite, not Washington insider.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    Making the Dems look like a bunch of racists idiots is easy. The Dems are divided and demoralized. Save your vote and make it count. Come on over to the Ron Paul camp where you can make a difference! We welcome all people who believe this country needs to get back to the principles upon which it was founded!

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Shannon S

    I'm a lifelong Democrat who USED to think the world of the Clintons – no more though. If Hillary gets the nod for the Democratic nomination, I'm hoping for a Bloomberg/Obama Independent ticket – if not, I just will pass on marking any box for President come next November.

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

    I am hoping for a Clinton President / Obama VP ticket next election, so that there are two historical firsts in 2009. However, any of the democratic candidates would be acceptable though, and much preferred to any war mongering, overspending Republican.

    Clinton(s) is / are the best choice because as a team they have proven they can eliminate the deficit, create jobs at home, understand the health care crisis, and can accomplish relief on America's myriad of Bush problems (they cleaned up after the last Bush!).

    Those Dems who would vote in any Republican because the Clinton's past personal lives (if those aren't really Rep posers?) need to grow up. You don't hire a carpenter or mechanic based upon his morals or relationship with his wife – that is his / her business. The same should apply to the Presidency. The candidate best for the job should be chosen people. If anyone can bring back American prosperity (and Clinton's can) – they should get the job. Hillary and Bill are not perfect (there was only ever one man who was), but she is indisputably the BEST CHOICE for President.

    God Bless Hillary, and all the candidates today, for all they put up with personally and professionally to prepare for this position, and for choosing to go through this process to serve American citizens. I pray that Americans can remain strong until Bush is out of office, and that American incurs minimal additional damage to our economy until that can occur. AMEN

    January 22, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. zozo

    Bill is right right to support his wife. Please stop spinning for Obama and make it look as if he were an angel. The guy is probably a good candidate but stop giving him a free pass. His policies, his votes and everything else need to be scrutinized just as it is being done for any other candidate.

    January 22, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. jellymom / florida

    Obama is not what you think! STOP babying him. If he can't hold his own now how will he hold his own against all the Countries that hate us after the Bush nightmares of the last 8 years???? Wake up people!

    January 22, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. John, NC

    Those of you Clinton haters,

    Face it: HILLARY is head and shoulders above the field. OBAMA is simply not ready. He is all rhetoric and little substance.

    As a Centrist Independent, I may back Obama if he wins the Democratic nomination, but boy will he need a lot of hand-holding! He is fantasizing if he thinks that woozy-fuzzy talk is what America needs to move forward on Health Care, Immigration, and all the other thorny issues that plague our country.

    The Republicans are hating on HILLARY b/cos they are SORE AFRAID of the Clinton SMARTS! They'll lose every time against a Clinton, and this country will see NEW FORWARD PROGRESS!!!

    Go HILLARY!

    January 22, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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