January 24th, 2008
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(CNN) - A new round in the political slugfest is underway as the presidential candidates push full force toward Super Tuesday.

In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, former president Bill Clinton shoots back at the Obama campaign and the media, alleging he’s been falsely accused of playing the race card. CNN’s Jessica Yellin reports on the latest fallout.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign insists the Illinois senator is the one who’s being targeted by hardball politics from the Clinton camp. Candy Crowley set the scene in South Carolina.

Finally, the hunt for delegates is underway. Courting voters and winning majorities is no longer as important as winning delegates in the Super Tuesday states, says Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. He explains who the delegates are and which candidates they will likely help.

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- CNN’s Emily Sherman

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. C. Marie

    CNN your reporting has continued to slant toward Obama. I would stop reading but the reality is MSNBC is no better.

    January 23, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. Jim in Orlando, FL

    I can only hope that Billary gets smacked down. Once and for all. Finally. Fade away immediately.

    January 23, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. mr.fair tax


    January 23, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. Dee

    Election 2008 campaigning
    Sen. Hillary Clinton is focusing her attention on states with, leaving the campaigning for this week's South Carolina primary to her husband.
    and whom is running for President or Presidents ?

    January 23, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. C. Marie


    Michelle and Barack do not campaign in lock step either. Or have you forgotten her mispronunciation of Nevada?

    January 23, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. RW Burkett

    Soledad O'Brien, having filled in today for some other media personality had two guests, and one of them was a black male. She asked the black male for his opinion, but failed to listen or give an explanation. Moreover, she appeared to be in a rush to complete a thought.

    In fact, her performance was very reminesent of Chris Matthews who seldom lets a guest finish an inquiry, thought, or comment, which greatly diminishes the program itself.

    If you aren't interested in your guests response to your question(s), don't ask them. A very poor showing, and I know you can do better...

    January 23, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. Bridget

    The "Clinton Empire" does not have any respect for the American People. Former president is not being a Diplomat. The "Clinton Empire" is not the change we need for United States of America.

    Senator Barrak Obama is the breath of fresh air needed for the United States of America. Senator Barrak Obama needs support from the citizens of the United States of America whom care for the change needed to remove the corporate greed.

    Hillary Clinton was a corporate lawyer on board for the major retail store that does not offer employees any substantial Health Insurance for their families!

    January 23, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. charlotte

    Wouldn't you?

    January 23, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Collette

    I guess they have American fooled that we are voting for Mr and Mrs President of the United States!

    January 23, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. Bridget

    Did Hillary mention why she did not deliver a Health Insurance Plan during her husband's two term presidential administration?..............................

    Hillary does not have experience. Remember all three candidates are senators!!!

    The "Clinton Empire" is the same as the "Bush Administration"!

    Senator Barrak Obama is the breath of fresh air needed for the positive change in Washington D.C.

    January 23, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I'm sick and tired of turning my TV every day just to listen for two words. "RACE AND GENDER" or "BLACK AND WHITE.
    I think is the reporters that keep pumping this up. Why can't we focus on the issues that affecting our nation.

    To Bill Clinton, If you really want to return to the white house, Why can't to just put your name on the ballot ticket so all know you're on the race for the white.
    Let Hillary do the talking, Mr.

    January 23, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Website Design Company

    Its so vague, why would somene do it??

    January 23, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton, TX

    Slick willie's just another academic exercise gone awry. When you aren't affected yourself and have nothing on the line, sitting around in your pretty office sounds pretty good. A few thousand folks in New York City ended up paying the price as have thousands of our military forces. All because one guy was too busy to take decisive action and just wanted some personal attention and feathering of his nest for retirement. Now his wife wants a turn? No way, willie!

    January 23, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. john

    The value of having a co-presidency means you can campaign in both
    places at once. Obama needs to have his wife sworn in at once.

    January 23, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  15. Donna

    I am a hardcore Democrat and been voting for Democrat nominee for President since I started voting. If Obama wil be the parties nominee for the presidential election my vote will go to the Republican Party. This will cause the democrat party to lose the presidential seat comes November.

    January 23, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. charlotte

    Hardball tactics, huh. Shows what greenhorn Obama is, if he wins he ain't seen nothing yet. Your party is nicer than the other one will be.

    January 24, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. Lyndon Samuel

    Senator Obama is the best person to run this country. He is the type that can bring everyone together, no matter who you support.

    January 24, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  18. SuJay

    Hillary Clinton likes to tout her work with the Childrens defense Fund. However, she fails to mention that neither she nor Bill Clinton thought it important enough to get through Congress a bill to provide health care to the children of America as promised to Miriam Wright Edelman, head of the Childrens Defense Fund– no endorsement there.

    January 24, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  19. aware

    I just watched AC 360 and AC's interview with two AA women. I am a former Canadian, and I must admit that I have never understood the racial issue in America. I am learning! It was so sad to see two Black women admit that although there really is very little difference between Hillary and Obama on the issues that black women may be drawn to Obama because of race and gender issues. 😦

    I can see the generational thing having an impact but race and gender? Don't women remember that the Clinton's have been their strong advocates. Also, Black women do not have an easy time with Black men. Why would they trust this man over a woman who has been their advocate?

    Who is this man born of a white woman and a black father? What has he ever done for African Americans or anyone else? His resume is pretty thin. Why does he claim a Black heritage even though he is equally White? Why is he running for president at this time? What is the rush? Is it instant gratification or something more? Why does he claim to be an agent of hope and change when a search of his rhetoric and actions prove otherwise? Why does he fan the flames of anger in an already angry younger generation, disaffected Republicans and Independents? Is this the new politics of unity?

    Why is the media mischaracterizing what Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton say while covering Barack with a mantle of protection. Are they just on a feeding frenzy, a power trip or what? The media needs to cool it big time!

    Bill Clinton has been the voice of reason in all this whipped up paranoia. I say – Shame on the media for your lack of respect and civility.

    January 24, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  20. Nancy

    Bill Clinton says that the people are there today to ask questions....
    How can they ask questions to Hillary when she isn't even in South Carolina?

    January 24, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  21. Ryk

    I have to agree with Bridget. Hillarys experience in the senate is only slightly longer than Barak Obamas. As far as her time as first lady goes, the only project she had any influence on was her health care plan which was so bad even the most liberal Democrats ran screaming from it. Other than that her only role in the white house was as the presidents wife, and honestly if sleeping with Bill Clinton counts as presidential experience, there are many women more qualified than Hillary.

    January 24, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  22. JohnS

    Before and immediately after IOWA, Edwards was SEEN as ANGRY; yes, very different and ANGRY. How short minded are we as a nation?

    In NH, Hillary cried being close to losing to a "black man." Women rushed to her rescue to save the day. Now, Bill is out there daily. If Hillary wins this nomination, can we say that she did it at the backs of women and her MAN? I guess it is hard for such people to stand alone!!!

    Well, after all the previous and ongoing negative commercials about a "black man," are we to say that he has no RIGHT whatsoever to CLEAR his own GOOD name even if he does not get your vote?

    I guess the reasons above validate the thinking for NOT taking the "popular votes" very seriously; thanks to the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, there are tons of simply "ill-informed" people out there who should certainly stay out the voting process; the system cannot depend on the judgments of such people. As a result, your popular votes will really count LESS, thank GOD!!!!

    January 24, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  23. PoliSci GradStudents

    For the record:

    Bridget, it was thanks to the concerted efforts of the Republican party led by Newt Gingrich who shot down the Health Care Plan in '93 which was headed by Hillary. So why keep bringing it up? It's past history and not relevant to today's issues. Time to move on sheeple.

    John Edwards is a former Senator, only Hillary since 2000 and Barack since 2004 are currently US Senators.

    However all are lawyers.

    As to a breath of fresh air in Washington, Michelle has already confided to reporters about her husband's smelly morning breath and stinky underwear 😉 sorry we couldn't resist but along with her off-the-wall comment about guns in Iowa – She is quite an interesting breath of air on the campaign trail. Remember when John Kerry's wife, the Heinz ketchup heiress, told an obnoxiously persistent in-your-face reporter to shove it? She certainly was refreshing too.

    January 24, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  24. mediawatch117

    I think it is appalling that CNN refuses to cover Ron Paul. He is the only candidate that talks about the real issues facing this country and the good folks over at CNN fail to even bring up his name is discussion with the other candidates. He has consistently hauled in record donations from the internet and even placed 2nd in the Nevada caucuses and yet the emphasis is on Rudy the 9/11 kid who has basically faded in obscurity. Cover Ron Paul and show the American viewers you are willing to give a true defender of the Constitution space on the airwaves next to corporate lapdog candidates and religious fanatics.

    January 24, 2008 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  25. Lori, Woodland CA

    Bill is perfectly within his rights to campaign for his wife while she is campaigning elsewhere. After all, Michelle Obama was campaigning steadily in South Carolina while Barack was campaigning in Nevada. Does anyone really think it's okay for Michelle but not Bill. Come on.

    Obama's campaign is complaining because he's 'being targeted by hardball politics from the Clinton camp"? Welcome to the real world, Obama. It's exactly what the Obama camp has been doing to Hillary (and they started it).

    January 24, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
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