March 27th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton: 'Let's just saddle up and have an argument'

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Bill Clinton said Wednesday his family doesn't like to quit. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - Bill Clinton took aim at critics of his wife Hillary Clinton Wednesday, adding that “if a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office.”

"If a politician doesn't wanna get beat up, he shouldn't run for office,” the former president said in Parkersburg, West Virginia. “If a football player doesn't want to get tackled or want the risk of an occasional clip he shouldn't put the pads on."

“Clipping” is an illegal football maneuver where an offensive player blocks a defensive player from behind, or below the waist.

Clinton added that the recent rough tone of the campaign didn’t trouble him. "I don't give a riff about all this name-calling that's going on. They've been going on ever since Iowa. I've heard them say all these things about her,” he said. “Apparently it's okay to say bad things about a girl."

He added that the advisers on both campaigns who’d been forced to resign because of controversial comments should have stayed put.

"I don't think any of these people oughta be asked to resign. All these guys that say bad things about any other campaign, they say, 'Should they resign?' My answer is no; they're repeating party line. They oughta stay right where they are,” he said. “Let's just saddle up and have an argument. What's the matter with that? That's what America's about, right?"

"All this moaning and groaning - none of these politicians are gonna have anything like the tough time half the people in this audience have already had for the last seven years. This is about you. Don't you let anybody take this election away from you."

West Virginia votes May 13. Clinton complained today that the “glitterati” wanted to end the campaign before the state’s voters had a chance to weigh in because his wife had momentum. "In spite of the best efforts of a lot of the elites in the media and other places it looks like we are gonna have an opportunity for everybody to vote in this primary, and I think your vote should be counted, don't you?

“I know Hillary's gaining on them when they say, 'Oh, let's shut this down now; we don't want to be divided. Let's just disenfranchise several of the million people who could vote.

Wouldn't you like to vote and have your votes counted? Wouldn't you like to have a voice in this election? Don't you think that your vote should count as much as the people who voted in Iowa first? Yeah, well so does Hillary."

Related: Watch Bill Clinton discuss why Hillary won't quit

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand


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soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. Obamasupporter

    Let it run its course, let everyone who wants to vote, vote. Let's add up the votes, she will still be short and then I can't wait for the day when that two faced liar has to stand there and admit defeat. Obama all the way.

    March 26, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Danny

    Yes, I agree let people have chance to vote and (Florida and Michigan) should be counted. If not don't let (Florida and Michigan) vote on general election too.

    March 26, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. I love BILL!

    Bill is not god! He made mistakes. But nobody can deny his achievement as a president!

    If you are a woman whose husband ever betrayed you, you can't guarantee what you will do if those things never happen on you. So please do not blame Hillary. I believe she ever suffered the pain we can't imagine!

    Now, They are together, they are fighting for their dream, what's wrong with those people who blame she should divorce? What's wrong those people who blame Bill? Don't guys forget the good time we ever experienced during his presidential time?

    Please, Wake up! Please be nice! Please!

    God Bless America! God Bless Hillary and her family!

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. TF

    Hillay is all the things people above me say she is but they left out the most important thing. A big liar. This counrty doesn't need anymore liars running it. Look at the last 8 years and the war we were lied to about.

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. sandyj

    I couldn't agree more. Way to go Bill!!! Any person in a leadership role such as president needs to learn to take the negative along with the positive. I just don't see that Obama understands that.\

    Hillary '08

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. mike

    If Hillary was ahead his message would be totally different. That's the Clinton way.

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. let the people choose!!!!!!!!

    THIS SOUNDS JUST LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE CLINTONS, THAT'S WHAT THEY FAIL TO GET PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THIS MESS!! THEY AND MOST OF THEIR SUPPORTERS SEEM TO HAVE THIS ATTITUDE ALWAYS WANTING TO FIGHT AND ARGUE AND BE PLAIN OLD NASTY. MOST OF AMERICA IS SICK AND TIRED OF THEM ALL.EITHER TRY TO GET ALONG, RUN A DECENT CAMPAIGN, WIN FAIRLY OR GET SOMEWHERE AND SIT DOWN AND BE STILL. WE ARE SICK OF YALL!!
    AND YOU ALL QUESTION OBAMA'S FAITH. HAVE YOU SEEN OR HEARD THE WHOLE SERMON? HILLARY COULD STAND TO SIT UNDER REV. WRIGHT FOR AWHILE, MAYBE SHE WOULD LEAVE A BETTER CHRISTIAN.

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Tony

    You are not going back in the W.H. We had enough lies during yours and now the Bush's administration. Your supporters may choose to turn a blind eye on this but the majority of voters are not.

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Yes08

    Hey, while Billary's at it they may as well try too flip the democratically elected delegates. Yea, that's democracy all right! These Clintonists are soooo transparent. We all know why they're really pushing this "democracy" ,"people's right to vote" line.

    March 26, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Jenny in DC

    Thank you, Bill!!! I'm glad that someone has the courage to go stand up and tell the truth! Very refreshing!!!!

    If the DNC shuts this thing down rather than allowing it to play out - and that includes seating the MI and FL delegates - I fully intend to change parties and/or vote GOP this fall (first time ever in my life)!

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    There is this trend followed by the media and Obama supporters that if anything is said against Obama is a racist comment. But, Obama followers including reporters can say anything on Hillary, humiliate her, bring the blue dress, and expect Hillary not to retaliate. If Obama can't sustain the attack from a girl, what will happen to him if Rove machine fires nasty shots on general election?

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  12. KHAL

    Bill ,Go Home and shut up. You had your turn..Slick Willie and you blew it!....paying all that money to "Hookers "like Paula,Genny and what that other one's name...????Monica. You have no credibilty, you got "impeached" fired...had it been anyone else, they be in the Federal Prison now. You and Hillary are One.

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Nicholas Hussein

    Go Bill!
    This is why I love the Clintons!
    They're set to self-destruct!!

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Silvain

    I guess this isn't surprising, given that it's coming from one of the many who have popularized and benefited from mud-slinging in this generation.

    I'd prefer my campaigns civil and rational, thanks.

    Guess we can't do that, though.

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. maria

    Go Bill !!!!!!!!!! you tell them...If Obamo can't handle it now, wait till the Republicans get a hold of him...

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Tawanda Bell

    Dear Former Obama Supporter. You were never a supporter. Hillary and Bill are mad because what they thought was going to be easy now turned to be a rude awakening for them.

    March 26, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Sue

    Go BIll!! He is right. Hillary has been through this for years and she knows her stuff. We need her in the White House and I guess it is about time to get down to real Politics. Every single vote should be counted!! We after all are in America and we have rights. I honestly feel "some" people, (Pelosi may be one of them, think about it!), are having a real hard time imagining woman running this country! What a shame. Actually, Hillary could be green and I would still vote for her AND ONLY HER!!! She thinks for herself and she is determined, strong and has the knowledge to get America back where it should be. It is Hillary all the way or my vote for this party is lost.

    March 26, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. byrd

    Maybe he should cry.......oh wait that was Hillary.

    OBAMA

    March 26, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Benjamin

    Thank you Bill. I haven't met an Obama supporter who hasn't mocked my educated decision to support Hillary Clinton in the most ridiculing and vile manners.

    I am 25 years old, with an engineering degree, working for the department of defense, and I support Hillary Clinton.

    March 26, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Virginia from PA

    I would be saying that too if I was the one doing all the nonsensical attacking as well.

    March 26, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. Denise

    Former Obama Supporter, why is it any better for Bill to complain about people saying things about Hillary because she's "a girl"? Last I checked, she was a 60 year old woman, plenty capable of dishing it out to whomever and whenever.

    March 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Erika from Atlanta

    I don't think people understand that counting MI and FL does not help Hillary Clinton get closer to 2025 delegates. If the DNC adds in those states then the new magic number goes UP to 2208 to win the nomination. So basically the finish line just gets pushed out further! The people in those states knew that their vote would not count. The candidates ALL agreed not to campaign in those states. Finally, as for pledged delegates voting any way they want, that same theory applies to delegates in OH,TX,CA and so on...

    March 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. CNN watcher in L.A.

    President Clinton is so right. Hillary is a fighter and if you don't want to get hit, then maybe you shouldn't be in the fight.
    All this talk about her dropping out is silly. She is ahead in many of the polls, she's leading in Penn and other upcoming states, and for some reason she's being asked to quit because Obama and his young followers think it's okay to quit just because it may get a little tough.
    I tell my little girl all the time, to never give up, no matter what people say, if you want to win, then stay in the game and keep fighting.

    We democrates are a lot tougher than the media thinks. Once the primary is over, we will unite and go against McCain with everything we have. But until then...Fight on Hillary!

    March 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. VJmem

    Bill didn't worry very much about beating up on "girls" when he cheated on her. He didn't get very concerned about "beating" up on her pride.......if she's as "tough" as he says she is, then, let her fight her own battles......he can't make up now for what he did earlier by speaking up for her........she shouldn't want any part the WH....that same place where a lot of his demise occurred, unless, that is, she gave him permission......

    March 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Jen B.

    Heaven help the country if we end up with more of the Bush/Clinton dynasties and style of politicking.

    March 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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