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

Clinton targets Obama backer's botched interview


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. ExHillary voter

    I did see the interview and was taken aback by how Chris Mathews attacked the interviewee! I was shocked by the lack of respect and more than the answer, it revealed how important it is for reporters to be neutral while replorting because when you are not neutral you reveal more about yourself than the person you are interviewing.

    For Hillary, there is a thing as too late. And, I really feel that her campaign could not have run a worse campaign. It is an indication of wiseness to face a few facts, and it is time she acts that way.

    February 20, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Vince, Phoenix

    Oooooohhh! The Clinton supporter comments on this ought to be PRICELESS...... (OR maybe just a regurgitation of every talking point from the last six months)....

    February 20, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Kathy

    Watson isn't running for president, Hillary. Barack is and might I add, he's doing a fine job of it. (I guess desperate times call for desperate measures for Hillary . . . again)

    February 20, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Dem123

    Mr.Obama:Where is the beef?

    February 20, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Indy for Obama

    Hillary, there are supporters for you who have gone so far as to switch to Obama, so don't push your luck.

    You're done, Hillary. Unite your party. Stop campaigning. You lost.

    February 20, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. John A.

    Really? Attacking supporters? Certainly, that person shouldn't have gone on tv to espouse Obama's campaign if they couldn't fully articulate Obama's positions. But for the Clinton campaign to go after that person...desperate, simply desperate. It's sad, really.

    February 20, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. David, FL

    Hillary- much ado about nothing. your ship is sinking. face it. we just do not need to go beyond 20 years of Bush/Clinton rule/regime. it is killing our country.

    February 20, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Maksym

    Good Morning,

    Well, this is quite sad on Clinton's part because I asked several of Clinton's supporters in regards as to what is her so called "experience" and none were able to name anything.

    This argument can be applied to both parties, so no need to try to sound like everyone knows what she has done.

    It's time to step aside and let Barack Obama take a stand against McCain.

    Obama, 08.

    February 20, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. therealist

    Then the question begs, what are Hillary's legislative accomplishments??

    February 20, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Karen

    Why is it when you ask any Obama supporter ,what Obama has done ,the answer is always "he inspires me."Have people ever heard of the Pied Piper, who tooted his little horn and all the mesmerized rats followed him to there demise.I guess we have a pied piper in our mist. I am so sad that we Americans can all be so fooled, so desperate like a young school girl ,we would believe anything.

    February 20, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Leigh Anne

    If the democrats want their party to win, they need to get Obama and Edwards together and start pushing the positives of their party and shut Hillary Clinton up. The more she pushes those stupid negative adds the more she hurts her own party's chances in the election. I want to vote Democrat this time as I have had it with the Republicans especially over the topic of torture. And as long as the Democrats keep doing what they are doing and recognize the second amendment right to keep and bear arms as they FINALLY seem to be doing I will vote for them.

    February 20, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Matt Scott

    I think the more Clinton goes negative the more people will come to see that she doesn't care about damaging party unity and only cares about her own ambition.

    I think she is far enough behind she doesn't have an alternative but to make every petty little attack she can muster but i don't see it helping her stop Obama from winning.

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Jim, American in Paris

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Real ideas, Real solutions, and a Real record of accomplishments!!!

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. AMW, Los Angeles

    Again, Senator Obama all talk and no action.....even someone on TV representing him nationwide was unable to cite anything!

    Get real people, he can inspire but that is all. Check the records, so some reading, get the facts, forget the spin, forget the media....get informed because knowledge is power. If all we do is listen without thought we will be lost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John Kennedy had substance to back up his inspiration! Martin Luther King had substance to back up his inspiration! Senator Obama has inspiration and little substance!

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Bismarck ND

    Mr. and Mrs. Obama scare me, if they were not patriots in the past why do they desire the higest position in the land?

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. mike

    So she hasn't been "real" up until now? The woman who's ready to lead on day one is just now getting "real"? The fake Hillary is hard enough to take, not sure I'll be able to stand a "real" Hillary – a very scary thought. If Obama had lost 10 in a row he wouldn't be getting any press – why is she?

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Enderlyn from Canada

    There you go again!!!!! Dejavu all over again. Hillary as well has her campaign knows that it is not true. Obama may not have accomplished as much as she has, but he has done a lot. Why don't you do your research and check facts. Instead of focusing on a tongue tied supporter of Obama. That said, negative attacks don't work just focus on your own accomplishments. I guess you never learn.

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Hillary Supporter MD

    "YES" Hilary. Hope "American People" atleast now from OH, TX and PA realize this. I from MD realized this long time ago as I go from my own judgement and was not "BRAIN WASHED" by his words. Its too late for those people who supported him. But it is never late to TX, OH and PA people. People are thinking these are negative attacks!! But why don't they soon realize these are the facts.

    "YES" both your policies are almost similar. "Why Mr. Obama is using the word to excite, Inspire and Brain wash AMERICAN PEOPLE"??? When the policies are almost similar he cannot use the word "CHANGE" simply to Inspire people. Stop his momentum by bringing out facts. Hilary connect to people by bringing out these facts infront of "American People". He is just a liberal Bush thats all lieing to American people like the way George Bush lied to American people.

    February 20, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Debbie

    I just want Hillary to tell us about the civil lawsuit pending against her Los Angeles County for fraud and unfair business practices.

    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Brad, Obamaha NE

    let it go already Hillary.

    obviously no one is listening.

    Obama 08

    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Tee in NC

    Come on Hillary, you are making yourself look stupid!! You can't run a campaign and you sure in the hell can't run this country....

    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. BeFAIR

    CNN, MSNBC, etc. Please present all these candidates with their accomplishments, who they are and what they do FAIRLY!!!! Leave the judgment to voters! We as a nation at the very critical time, we NEED to elect a president who can deliver!!!

    A sincere voter

    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Jimmy206

    I'm not a Hillary fan at all, but she has a good point here. Obama has a lot of work to do to prove that he is not all fluff.

    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. VA


    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Kevin

    She has a point, but its begining to all look desperate on her part.

    February 20, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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