March 4th, 2008
05:57 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama: Clinton's attacks on the media are working

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (CNN) – Democrat Barack Obama — a candidate who's confronted two of the most negative news cycles of his campaign over the past couple of days — said Tuesday that he's "surprised" rival Hillary Clinton's strategy of taking aim at the media has helped her campaign "as well as it has."

"I didn’t expect that you guys would bite on that," Obama told reporters aboard his plane, "this whole spin of just how the press just has been so tough on them and not tough on us."

Ever since Saturday Night Live's parody of a recent Texas debate - one that ridiculed the media for going easy on Obama - Clinton has used that comedy sketch as part of her campaign strategy, even asking moderators at the last debate if they'd like to ask the Illinois senator whether he is "comfortable and needs another pillow."

Standing in the aisle of his press plane with his wife Michelle at his side, Obama added that he is a "little surprised that all the complaining about the refs has worked as well as it has for them."

His comments came in response to a question about what he's learned from the tough coverage he's encountered the past few days — namely, the stories surrounding his connection to Chicago businessman Tony Rezko and allegations that a campaign official, in conversations with the Canadian consulate, may have made comments downplaying Obama's criticisms of NAFTA as mere campaign rhetoric.

-CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. Hillary For President

    Barak Obama is whining because people are finally realizing that behind those speeches about change, there is nothing to back them up. GO HILLARY!!!

    March 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. anne-marie

    I am glad that for once the media is getting critical of Obama. I hope the table has turned and it is Obama's time to get the criticism, because the media criticised Hillary enough.

    March 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. LeRoy

    I'm waiting on the SWIFT BOAT guys to start investigating Obamo then you will see a real cry baby....Sir u aint seen nothing yet!....Your squicky clean image will soon be like sand paper when the republicans get done with far as i'm concerned a vote for you is a vote for McCain

    March 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Kevin

    now isn't the Canadian quarter worth more than the US quarter?

    March 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Gary

    We'll see late, late, late tonite how well it works. It's not over 'til Texas says it's over!

    March 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. joyo

    Sen Obama, stay on message, i have not watched cnn, msnbc, or fox for the last two days, since they want drama, i am no longer tuned in

    March 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Yes We Can

    Go OBAMA, win, win, win!!!

    Obama 08

    Obama 08

    Obama 08

    March 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Dave, Santa Barbara CA

    I noticed that Obama never wears the plastic smile that negative campaigners wear to disguise their offensive ploys.

    March 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Scott H.

    The level of vitriol from Clinton-backers is amazing. The zealous nature of Clinton and her supporters is just too much to stomach.

    March 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Goodheart

    Finally, Obama is taking some heat. Because he is black, he has been given a free ride up to this point. Now, the media is finally treating him like any other candidate. Go Hillary!

    March 4, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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