January 22nd, 2008
11:25 AM ET
14 years ago

Hillary Clinton: Obama is 'frustrated'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/22/art.clintonobamasc.ap.jpg caption="Hillary Clinton said Barack Obama came looking for a fight last night."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Barack Obama came to Monday night’s CNN debate looking to spark a brawl.

“He telegraphed it, he talked about it – he clearly came last night looking for a fight, and was determined and launched right in,” she said at a Washington press conference on economic issues.

“I think what we saw last night was that he’s very frustrated – Sen. Obama is very frustrated. The events of the last 10 or so days, particularly the outcomes in New Hampshire and Nevada, have apparently convinced him to adopt a different strategy,” said the New York senator.

Obama’s comments last night, she said, “were so rehearsed that he kept on insisting that I had mentioned President Reagan in what I had said, when I didn't mention President Reagan.”

She also repeated allegations that Obama had said in 2004 he agreed with George Bush on the way the president was waging war. Obama disputes the claim, saying that the Clinton campaign is deliberately distorting his comments from that period.

Shortly after Clinton spoke, her campaign sent reporters a memo containing half a dozen unrelated charges against Obama, including the charge, based on a recent news report, that he “represented now-indicted influence peddler Tony Rezko in his efforts to develop government-subsidized slum housing.”

The Obama campaign has denied links to any illegal activities on the part of the Chicago businessman, and has said it would reject all contributions linked to him.

Related: Watch Sen. Clinton discuss Sen. Obama's debate demeanor

–CNN's Mike Roselli and Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. Maurice

    Stop attacking Bill Clinton for defending his wife! It seems Obama can hand out the criticism but can't take it. How will he then handle it if he were elected.

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    Hillary can stand up to any man even her AWOL Husband! This is one RACE even the Muslim cannot win!

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    go HILARY all th way!

    January 22, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Focus

    It must have hit a nerve with her when he said she was "frustrated" so now she's trying to use it. If this isn't a dog and pony show I don't know what is. It's a shame that they are doing all of the mudslinging but I hope he doesn't respond to her........

    January 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Frustrated Voter

    Speaking of frustration – I can't watch anymore of this.

    I am frustrated with the methods the HRC campaign uses to try to discredit Obama.
    I am frustrated with the racial crap (that HRC brought into it).
    I am frustrated with Bill (stay home and shut up).
    I am frustrated that Obama has waited too long to start fighting back.
    I am frustrated with the unfair questions that CNN always throws into the debates: i.e. "Bill was the first black president" ( so what, he is not running and this isn't about race anyway).
    I am frustrated with the Democratic primary voters – they are so easily manipulated.
    As a life-long Democrat, I am frustrated with the condition of this country after 8 years of Bush, but I don't think I can vote for one of these clowns either.

    Frustrated and tired of the whole mess.

    January 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. David

    obama needs to stick with his mesage. If he gets distracted, he's going down fast. The Clintons can and WILL out-smart him.

    Waiting for Edwards to endorse Hillary after their secret talk. LOL

    January 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Jose Card - Independent

    Obama needs to learn to think like a robot and don't let the Clintons get to him.

    Unfortunately, he is only human and he acts like a decent human being would do after the Clintons started the racial card attack. I am sure Obama learned it well this time.

    Now Hillary is riding high with a winning smile and took pity at Obama as if she were his mother comforting him out of the misery she smeared on him.

    Hillary really deserves an Oscar nomination.

    Hillary's personality is more suitable for a soap opera, not the Oval Office.
    We desperately need a leader, who can convince us for a united nation, not this soap opera orchestrated by the Clintons.

    January 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Ron Az

    I think all of you people are idiots if you think one candidate is better then the rest.
    A quote from a one politician states " I am a politician, that means when I'm not kissing babies, I'm stealing their lollypops! But I keep my options open and say what has to be said to stay in the race" Their is one thing though, ANY PORT IN A STORM, If it comes down to it we have to vote for the lesser of the evils, Thats HILLERY, Obama scares the hell out of me!! No Experience, won't say the pledge of allegiance. Stop being fooled by them all.

    January 22, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. JB Hull, IA

    way to run straight up spin and propaganda in favor of hillary the day after, CNN

    January 22, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Charlie

    It was a healthy debate. People need to know facts.
    CNN could help us find the facts. We need to know who did what or who did not do it.
    Show us the records. Show us, please!

    January 22, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Jerry

    It's sad to see so many bloggers saying Hillary Clnton is a liar and the Clintons are liars. The people in this blog are probably on Obamas campaign team. Hillary Clinton has always had a stereotype labeled on her from day one; she a woman, she is stronger than a man, she is this and that...i think the issue is people do not want to admit tat she is the bst candidate for the position of th epresidency and is the only one capable of making a change with experience. Americans say they want something new. Something new is not a black MAN, it is the same as a man. Man is man; black, white, brown or any other color. A woman is not a man and has the capabilities to be better than any man president. America is supposedly ready for change and open to new things; countries around the world who are not as opened as we are accept woman in higher position.

    Let's Make the real change and elect Hillary Clinton!

    January 22, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. john harris

    Hillary mentions Barack looking for a fight?!?!
    ha ha ha isn't that a hoot.

    Barack summed it up well, He doesn't know who he is running against... bill or hillary

    I like to say Billary.

    Bill has been doing Hillary's dirty work and both he and Hillary are the one's throwing the rocks – no make that tossing boulders off bridges.

    Hillary is just more of the broken system – the clintons would throw their mother under a buss to get a vote.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  13. CJ Richards

    All politics is dirty. People on this board seem to overlook Obama's "politics" but are alarmed when Hillary does the same thing. i think she won the debate last night (and I'm black).

    Obama mentioned that he voted for coorporations to be able to charge us (the people he loves) more that 305 interest becasue he thought it was too high!!! this is worse than "I voted for it before I voted against it" and "I didnt inhale." Obama exposed himself as a politician and I dont know why the media is not talking about it. When Hillary made unclear comments about the drivers liscence issue in NY the media was all over her.

    Obama said he voted for companys to charge us more than 30% interest because 30% was too high – it's too high so let's make it limitless... that is talking out of both sides of your mouth.

    Why is Obama able to talk about Clinton on walmart's board but Clinton cant talk about obama working for a slumlord? Why can Obama talk about clintons voting record but she cant bring up his 138 "presents" and the 30% interest rate 'idea"?

    The media is exposing their hatred for the clintons by overlooking so much about Obama...

    Also, how can obama accuse clinton of making jusdgements based on what republicans think but he wants us to vote for him because republicans dont like clinton... He is a mess and we need to see through it. I dont dislike obama, but the more I watch the more I see a fairytale – republicans will eat him alive and the media is setting democrats up by not addressing the issue NOW.

    i want to win.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Karen

    To Tom Dedham at 12:50.

    You aren't working. You are blogging. Are you as clueless as Obama?

    Independent, and proud of it.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Undecided, but not for Hillary

    Hilary listed Ronald Reagan as one of her favorite presidents..Did she mention that last night? Hillary is a liar, manipulator, arrogant, and devisive..hey a George Bush in womens clothes. She is not the woman to run this country. Give Barack a chance.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Dave, Milwaukee WI

    I can't believe the ignorance of these Clinton lovers. How can you not recognize her strategy? Are you that blind? Her campaign has taken a page right out of Karl Rove's playbook...accuse your rival of doing something while it is actullay yourself who is guilty of the act. For example...accuse Barack of coming looking for a fight when it was clearly Hillary who came looking for one. Hillary personally attacks Barack and distorts his record during almost every one of her responses so he has to respond and is unable to talk about his ideas and policy initiatives (another Rove strategy). You people better wake up and condemn Hillary's slash and burn politics otherwise you will be very very disappointed in November....and you will deserve every day of sufferring you get under some idiot Republican.

    January 22, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Ellie, OR

    My God! Do you really think people will buy these lies about Hillary? Get real!
    Mike: The Clintons did NOT file a lawsuit over previously agreed upon caucus sites. It was the Nevada Teachers Union that filed the suit.
    Jim in Orlando: Of course Hillary looked frustrated, she was trying to debate with a guy who talks out of both sides of his mouth and won't own up to any wrongdoing (Replay the bit where he tried to explain why he didn't vote to limit credit card fees to 30% . That was classic Obama. While you're at it, replay his lame explanation of his ties to Resko.) Obama was not polished and on-message throughout, quite the opposite: he was off balance, stammering and groping to come up with answers, uninformed on many issues, and outright lying about others. At times it was impossible to follow his meanderings. But he did take up a lot of debate time, I'll give you that. (You're a Republican, aren't you?)
    To All of You Who Accuse Hillary of Lying: Either explain what her lies are or forget it. You actually sound like Obama, throwing out anything he can about Hillary and hoping some of it will stick.)
    <To All of You Who Complain About "The Clintons": First, Hillary is running, not Bill, so whatever your personal complaints are about him, they don't apply to her. She is her own woman: strong, informed, experienced, and brilliant. Second, Obama is the one going negative. Hillary's correct: Obama came into the debate looking for a fight. He started right out by hitting her about Wal Mart and she nailed him on his ties to Resko (who, by the way, has done plenty to get Obama elected and to whom Obama owes lots of favors). She didn't bring up his ties to Exelon but I'm sure she had that ready if he continued to go down that muddy path. If Obama chooses to play with fire, he'd better expect to get burned.
    Bottom Line: Both Hillary and Edwards beat Obama hands down on every issue, from the economy to health care and back. Maybe in 20 years or so, if he knuckles down and works really hard, Obama may be ready to run for the highest office in our land. But not now.

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


    Really? The media created this Hillary juggernaut and now you blame the MEDIA.
    Let me ask you...What exacly did Hillary do to earn your unquestionable respect?

    You seem to be reflexively supporting a candidate based on gender alone or maybe you're just a racist.

    January 22, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. Nadia, North Carolina

    Senator Clinton is indeed experienced. She's run an almost a perfect tactical campaign according to the old-school rules.

    What's so disappointing is that so many Americans (and particularly those who should know better–people over 50) appear to be ready to endorse this style of politics again.

    We'll get what we ask for. Everyone complains about "Washington" and the "politics of personal destruction." There's one way to fix it. Don't vote for people that practice it. Until votes change, we'll get the same old garbage that has worked in the past.

    Why are many Democrats under 50 supporting someone other than Senator Clinton? It's because so many of us believe there's a different way to behave and that we don't have to endure yet another campaign run out of the slash and trash Karl Rove and Mark Penn playbook. I can hear it already from the older set: you're just naive. Perhaps. Or perhaps we're sick of poison in our politics.

    January 22, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Ms. Universe

    Hillary be a lady, use your first lady's manners. You don't want your dirt to be reminded to the American people (you have plenty of them) Calm down fight with dignity no with your mouth. Show your experience and presidential qualities. Let the American people decide.

    January 22, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. kevin from alaska

    Why are women so proud to elect a woman that's just riding her lying & cheating chauvinistic husband's coat tails into office? Do women think this is really the best they have to offer? I sure hope not, otherwise the sexists are right.

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


    Yeah i get frustrated to with someone who iss upposed to be an intelligent honest perosn lying all the time

    Obama should have even got more down to your level Ms. Clinton and should have spoken to you in the remedial Laguage you seems to understand of ........

    liar liar pants on fire......Maybe thats easier for you to understand

    Clinton supporters...... do you go to work and say whatever, even if it is not true, just to get ahead?????

    Well that is what your beloved HRC is doing and you Clinton supporters look even dumber supporting her

    Hillary lies tooo often

    Hillary needs to get out before she and her hubby do even more damage to the dems during the general election

    Obama Go baby GO !!!!!

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

    Oh Please! My advice to Hillary would be to "JUST SHUT UP".

    I am an undecided voter, but I am tired of the Clintons. Everyone saw the debate live yesterday and nobody needs an explanation from you.

    People are not idiots to not take notice of what you and your hubby are doing the last few weeks. I am now starting to get little bit SCARED about you both, as you guys are starting to show your true colors.

    Now, you are once again trying to drag Obama into a fight. Just leave that man alone.....

    January 22, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Dan, NJ

    The obvious Clinton strategy is to stay on the offensive and away from issues. If Obama is always defending himself, he cannont be speaking about his message of hope or his plans for the future.

    Hillary's experience on big issues:

    1. National healthcare. Brutal failure after closed door session produced unwieldy plan.
    2. Education. According to a blogger above, she "took on" education as first lady of Ark. and left the schools in terrible condition.
    3. The economy. I couldn't believe she had the gall last night to take credit for the economy of the 90s. Set aside that she had nothing to do with it, that economy was based solely on the internet and the dot com boom. She CANNOT recreate that special circumstances and is giving lip service to something she can't accomplish.

    Super Tuesday may knock out Obama. If that happens, it will be time to take a closer look at John McCain.

    January 22, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Al, Los Angeles, CA

    This kind of campaigning by the Clintons is part of what Obama is trying to change.

    I was undecided, now I'm for anyone but a Clinton.

    Which one is running again?

    January 22, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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