February 26th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton on Obama call out: 'I got a little hot'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/02/26/art.clintonhot.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton campaigned in Ohio Tuesday."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she got heated over the weekend when she sharply criticized rival Barack Obama for distributing literature that she claimed misrepresented her positions on NAFTA and healthcare.

"I got a little hot over the weekend down in Cincinnati," Clinton said at a town hall event in Lorain, Ohio. "Because I don't mind having a debate. I don't mind airing our differences, but I really mind it when Sen. Obama's campaign sends you literature in the mail that is false, misleading and has been discredited.

"That is not the way to run a campaign to pick the Democratic nominee for president," she added, to applause.

On Saturday - only two days after declaring she was "honored" to share a stage at the CNN/Univision debate with Obama - Clinton angrily denounced two mailers his campaign was distributing in Ohio, one that described her as a supporter of NAFTA, and one that said she would force everyone to buy health insurance, regardless of ability to pay.

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," she said. "Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics right out of Karl Rove's playbook. This is wrong, and every Democrat should be outraged." (Watch video: Clinton calls out Obama)

Obama denied Clinton's assertions that the claims in the campaign literature was false.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Alex Mooney contributed to this report

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (363 Responses)
  1. Christine-Bahamas

    I think that Americans have a lot to be proud of, they are finally showing the world that they are truly THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..and I am also proud to say that Obama supports Jews, God must be smiling. Hillary the Jewish community can see right through you.

    February 27, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. Donny Ott

    Concur 100% with cnn#1.

    The media coverage of this campaign has been appalling. It's to the point where there is not an even an attempt to feign anything approaching reasonably fair balance.

    Clearly, they are writing "the story" with Obama as the nominee. And all of the Obama sheep go bleating merrily along right off the cliff.

    Hope everyone will be happy with McCain as our next President.

    February 27, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. Johnny

    I have an idea for the country..............


    How does that sound??????

    February 27, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  4. Rasool

    Sorry Hilary but Im just not buying it. This whole campaign has been postured and planned around the inevitiability of your nomination and now that thats slipping away you getting desperate. At least the next time you get outraged about something (specificly something thats actually factual) do it in a more convincing manner. Take a note from Reagan and go to acting school.

    February 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. Carla

    Russert made it quite clear that Hillary did support NAFTA he provided the sources he used and it was credible so when Hilary ranted about the NAFTA flyer not being true she was lying. This just shows she will act like a child throwing a temper tantrum to cover up the truth. That is not the type of ethics I want my president to display.

    February 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  6. bond

    Either she had hot flashes or she's just doing her Bill Belichik sore loser dance. The better candidate has won. Maybe President Obama will ask her to be the Secretary of... uhhh well maybe just his secretary.

    February 27, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Obamacan!

    She'll distance our allies if she does that as President. Hillary – drop out gracefully. You are a disgrace to the democratic party.

    February 27, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. John

    If she didn't like NAFTA then she should have discussed that with Bill 15 years ago.

    As a Republican, I am BEGGING you people: Nominate Hillary.. PLEASE nominate Hillary.

    February 27, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  9. Sofie

    Shame on you Hillary, chill out. You are out of control. I don't want a President who cant even control herself and emotions if things don't go her way. You have no experience, for what? Being married to an ex-president does not mean you have the experience. Look at JFK, he did not have experienced but it turned out to be the best President we ever had. Obama is calm and very cool never lose his temper like you even when he was behind on the pool. Obama been positive whether the pool was on his favor or not. GO OBAMA!

    February 27, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  10. Cee

    Obama was raised by a single mother, where's the silver spoon?

    February 27, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  11. Vig

    Clinton has been baited, tainted, slashed and trashed. Texas and Ohio it's up to you to put the brakes on Obama and the train back on the tracks so that we can have a fair nominating process free from undue media influences

    February 27, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  12. Debra in Maryland

    Weekend Hillary, ranting and raving Hillary, victim Hillary-
    appears to be the REAL Hillary. SHe looks much more comfortable
    and herself in that skin, than the frozen smile candidate she
    has been playing on and off during her campaign.
    Just say no to perpetuating the Clinton dynasty.
    Barack Obama is the candidate with real experience, real
    ideas -consistent, focused, calm, deliberate, and
    he does bring change! As in: integrity, vision for the future,
    and good judgement. Now is the time to believe-
    Yes, we can!

    February 27, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |

    The next president needs to keep his or her cool and think straight just about all the time. That is one reason why so few (i.e. as % of population) in history have run and gone far into the run for presidency. The president must be mentally, psychologically, and emotionally dominant over his or her own self to actually be 'cool and think straight just about all the time.'
    (hillary = poor in "cool", obama=very good in "cool", mccain=very good in "cool." Vote for Obama

    February 27, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
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