February 20th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton targets Obama backer's botched interview

CNN

Watch portions of Clinton's speech Wednesday morning.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign Wednesday pounced on a recent television interview with a surrogate of Barack Obama who was unable to identify a single accomplishment in the Illinois Democrat's Senate record.

"My good friend Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Ohio represented me on one of the TV programs in the last day or two— some of you may have seen her," Clinton said during a speech at Hunter College in New York City Wednesday. "And she was on against someone representing my opponent and for the first time, actually, the host, asked the representative of my opponent to name one accomplishment."

The interview in question was with Tubbs Jones and Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson on MSNBC Tuesday night. Host Chris Matthews asked Watson, a supporter of Obama, to name the Illinois senator's chief legislative accomplishments.

"Well, I am not going to be able to name you specific items of legislative accomplishment," Watson said.

Asked if it was a problem he was unable to name any of Obama's accomplishments, Watson said, "Well no I don't think it is. Because I think one of the things that Sen. Obama does is he inspires. He's able to lay out a vision, he's able to lay out solutions."

The Clinton campaign called the interview "Must See TV," and e-mailed a clip of it to reporters Wednesday morning - shortly before the New York Democrat mentioned it in her speech.

“That is all we’re asking," Clinton also said of the interview in her speech. "We’re asking to compare our records. We’re asking to compare our years of service. We’re asking to compare our ideas, our solutions."

Also in her speech Wednesday, Clinton maintained her campaign is moving forward.

“It is time to get real, “ Clinton continued, “to get real about how we actually win this election…It is time to move from good words to good works – from sound bites to sound solutions.”

Commenting on Obama's 10 straight victories, Clinton also conceded the Illinois senator "has had a couple of good weeks."

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. David

    Could somebody please name an accomplishment of Senator Clinton?

    February 20, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Jacqueline Samms

    I can't name an accomplishment of Hillary either?? Big deal..

    February 20, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Shannon - Dallas

    Okay Barack I know you've got at LEAST a few. I know you haven't built your campaign on them, but you must a few to name. Do a press conference or SOMETHING. These Hillary followers are going to blow this out proportion too!

    February 20, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. LifeLongDemocrat

    I saw this. it was hillarious! The same thing happened on Fox when they asked a group of Obama supporters to name an accomplishment and not one in the crowd could name one!

    February 20, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. D. Elwood Cook

    It's funny because I can't think of a single accomplishment of Hillary Clinton other than...

    1.) Voting for War in Iraq.
    2.) Voting to make the Iranian Guard a terrorist organization.
    3.) Skipping the vote to remove Telco immunity from Fisa.

    February 20, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Chris

    "It is time to get real, “ Clinton continued, “to get real about how we actually win this election…It is time to move from good words to good works – from sound bites to sound solutions"

    Says someone trying to use a sound bite from a Texas State Senator completely removed from this election.

    February 20, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. sk

    I don't see where Hillary can and has pulled the people together. If she should happen to win by some miracle, the Republicans will surely beat us in the fall elections. She makes it too easy for them. They know what to expect from her whereas, Obama offers something new and unexpected and who can fight the unexpected? Not even the most experienced war heroes!

    February 20, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. MIKE, Austin, Tx

    Obama can chip away clinton's lead... But any ONE would elect an AMERICAN WAR HERO than a phony SLOGANS.

    HOW CAN YOU LIST AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR SOMEONE WHO NEVER DID ANYTHING.

    WHAT IS COMMON BETWEEN JESSE JACKSON, SHARPTON AND OBAMA? ALL PREACH HOPE. AMERICANS ARE PRACTICAL PEOPLE. I HOPE THIS AMERICAN HERO WILL DEFEAT THIS STORY TELLING, SPEACH STEALING, EMPTY PERSONALITY

    February 20, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Jonah, San Francisco

    And people wonder why her campaign is collapsing on itself like a dying star?

    February 20, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. MediaJunkie, Arlington, VA

    Yikes. That one's going to need some damage control Obama.

    February 20, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. TJ, Austin, Tx

    WHY CNN DOES NOT POST ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT OBAMA?

    February 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. KEVO777

    It's hard to run against hope, especially if you cant bring about the inspiration to do it. You have to be able to bring sides 2gether.

    Power in numbers

    OBAMA '08

    February 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Sean, Detroit MI

    Another great Hillary quote: "I think we have to think more creatively. We can't just do the same things over and over again."

    The same things such as electing a Bush, then a Clinton, then another Bush, and now another Clinton? Holy cow! Now she's even sabotaging her own campaign!!

    February 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. cbb

    Actually, that's not the first time. I've see Chris Matthews ask that exact question before - and a previous guest was able to give a fairly long list in response.

    February 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Obama = all talk

    This is exactly what people need to hear: Obama has NO record of accomplishment in the senate!
    He's all talk!

    February 20, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Ryan

    If we want to talk about accomplishments, how about all of Hilary Clinton's failed Health Care Bills shes tried to propose in the senate the last couple of years.

    February 20, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Will-South Dakota

    The Clinton machine is showing signs of stress and fatigue. She says she has 35 years of experience....how many years has she served in the senate? She says she has been beaten up and has been battling the Republicans for years whats been the results?

    February 20, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. aPuerto Rican

    It's time to stop. The hole is getting deeper for that Sen. of New York. What next? The dirt on her side is among us. Sen. Obama step it up, they are not playing FAIR!! YES WE CAN!!

    February 20, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Cindy

    Why is everyone blaming CNN and Obama for the switch up? When your boss tells you to do something – don't you do it? If they told the camera men to switch views, then that is what they did. Blame the BIG time executives for this. How did Obama know that Clinton was speaking the same time he was? Were they not in separate states? Was someone saying Hillary, Obama is about to speak, start talking or did someone clue Obama and say start talking? So, when you start throwing mud, look around first and make sure it does not fly back on you.

    February 20, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. enoch needles, jersey city nj

    All of Hillary's arguments are sound.

    Mere sound.

    February 20, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Michael

    Swiftboating...wow.

    February 20, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. roger

    Here we go again ... who has the most experience argument. How many times Sen. Clinton wil beat this drum when voters are not buying it??

    Respect the voters will. Voters are comparing both and voting for Sen. Obama because they find him better.

    Every one has lot of respects for Sen. Clinton, but Sen. Obama is a better candidate in the minds of the voters . So he is winning and that is great. He is an excellent candidate. he has run a very good campaign.

    To win, one must fight and earn every state / every vote and respect others victory and accept losses.

    One cannot win by simply a "big states" strategy.

    February 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Joe

    Just because some stupid State Senator can't name a legislative accompliahment doesn't mean that one does not exist. Hillary is getting really desperate.

    February 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Lynn - Alhambra, CA

    I think that interview was UNFAIR...if it were Chris' show, then he has every right to ask those types of questions. The supporters were on to talk about the night's results. I am sure had he been on Chris' show, he would have been better prepared to answer ANY and ALL questions that were thrown his way!

    It is unfortunate that Chris Matthews feels he has to right his wrong in this platform. (he made comments about Bill Clinton and his philandering ways). It was obvious that Keith Olbermann was perterbed to say the least, as Chris responded to his "demand to name one accomplishment" "that's why they call this Hardball" wrong Chris, it was election coverage! And I'm happy that Keith pointed that out. I love watching Chris and Keith on MSNBC and watching Larry King and Anderson Cooper on CNN.

    Chris went over the line and I'm sure that I am not the only one upset about how he handled the situation.

    February 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    PFFFT! Hillary's only accomplishment as an elected official is being the NUMBER ONE recipient of lobbyist money in the Senate.

    February 20, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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