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