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. iris demar

    nuff said. GO HILLARY.

    March 26, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. CHERYL

    YOUR A SMART MAN BILL!

    I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR YOU!

    IN THE END THE PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THAT HILLARY IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE!!!!!!!!

    OH WAIT, I JUST SEEN THE POLLS! I THINK THEY ALREADY DID!!!!!!

    I TRUST SENATOR CLINTON!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Justin

    That's awesome. Wish he had had this fire when he was president.

    March 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Lindsey

    Even Bill is derogatory about his wife's gender by referring to her as a girl!!! She's 60 years old Bill-she's a woman and should respectfully be referred to as a woman.

    March 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Tex'un

    Yeah, let's all get down into the mud with Bill!

    March 26, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Teresa (NC)

    I think Hillary fans forget that "Bill" is not running for office..........or his he? (At least he likes to stay in the saddle.) Hillary is trying her best to run on his coat tails and this is his only way back into the WH.

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Nancy TC

    Good for you Bill Clinton.

    I am so sick of the media half-wits stating that Hillary should not go forward.

    I am a supporter of Hillary and have been from day one. I do not want her to back out of this race. She is the only one in my eyes who will be able to fix our country.

    To all you media hypocrites, why don't you back off? We the people want Hillary Clinton as our next President and we will not back down.

    Nancy Pelosi, you too should stay out of this. You have no right dictating to the people who support Senator Clinton.

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  8. Debby

    Bill Clinton = Smart and the best politician ever. I guess thats why he got the best apporval rating even after he left the White House.

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Ifeanyi

    The only thing Clinton should be explaining is what he did and why he did it, and stop embarssing poor Chelsea any longer.

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Aubrey

    Where was this speech when Silly Hill started crying on camera a few months ago, hmm? Bill is definitely right that we need to see these primaries to the end but he should not be acting like Barack's the only one getting hot and bothered in this race.

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. Jermal

    Really? Seriously, just go at it? Everything is fair game? Everything?

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  12. Thompson

    Cry me a river CLINTON's...

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Claire, Austin, TX

    Yep. And if Hillary was ahead he'd definitely be saying we still need the rest of these primaries.

    Oh, wait, no, they also said they want super delegates to overturn them anyway.

    Is anyone else just confused?

    March 26, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  14. VA

    OH YEA BILL AND WHY IS IT THAT YOU LIED ON OATH...YOU LIE TO GET WHATEVER YOU WANT...YOUR WORD MEANS NOTHING JUST LIKE THIS ARTICLE.

    March 26, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Decided

    You go Clinton's. They can do all the polls you want, but if voters before the Ohio primary would have know about Obama, he would not be in the position he is in. He would be out. I want to know why the elected officials are behind a racist for President.

    March 26, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Amy in Iowa

    Actually the best thing for the Clintons to do is to "saddle up" and bow out gracefully with some dignity while they still can. Hillary can't win.

    March 26, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  17. Hoohray

    Good for you Bill. If Obama and his supporters cannot take the heat tell them to get out of the kitchen. They have all been pretty nasty for some time, yet everyone is handling them with kid gloves. Time for the gloves to come off.

    March 26, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. CHERYL

    YOU BET HE'S RIGHT! I AM ONE OF THE TENS OF THOUSANDS THAT OBAMA STOPPED MY VOTE FROM COUNTING!!!!!!!!!

    SENATOR CLINTON HAS HER STIMULUS PACKAGE OUT, AND IS TRYING TO DO SOMETHING WITH FORECLOSURES IN THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!

    WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THAT INSTEAD OF ALL THIS NAME CALLING!!!!!!

    I TRUST HILLARY 100%

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. rob

    Delegate count from Ohio until now (not counting supers and changes in Iowa) Clinton 206 Obama 207. No one should be saying that Cllinton should quit now but if after the last 10 contests she is still way behind? Im all for everyone getting to vote for on or the other but at some point you have to be able to read the writing on the wall.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. kate

    Go Bill Clinton!
    This is the guy I remember who knows how to run a campaign and a country. This is the guy Obama and McCain don't want anyone to remember. He's a fighter and so is Hillary. That's what this country needs right now. This is the Democratic party we need right now. China, India ,Germany ,Russia and Brazil have booming economys while we are all facing a recession. Hell ,we are in a recession! Let's see this through to the convention.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Chiman

    I am sure if Obama would have been behind on delegates he would have been saying the same thing that Hillary and Bill are saying about super delegates and all votes should count. It is politics and all politicians are the same.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Chris In California

    I agree with President Clinton...

    100%!!!

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Diana-Michigan

    You go Bill!!!!!

    This is the kind of talk we need!!! The Clinton's have been through it all and are still standing! Hillary has the strength and ability to rebound, I have absolutely no doubt about that! she clearly is the better candidate to take on McCain in November!!! The Republicans are going to hit the Democratic nominee with so much....Obama is the one who's skeletons we don't yet know of completely! What is he going to do against the Republicans? Go on another vacation when the going gets tough? Hillary can hold her own & fight back in a way that will prove to this country that a woman can lead!!! She is strong enough and the Clinton's have my entire family's support!!!! We love you guys!!!! Keep on fighting!!!!

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. VA

    NO ONE IS TREATING OBAMA LIKE A BABY...GET A GLUE.....HE HAS HIS BATTLES BUT HE DOES NOT HAVE THE LONG HISTORY OF LYING AND DECEIT THAT THE CLINTONS HAVE.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Austin, Texas

    Bill is a better speaker than Obama. I got fired up just reading this article.

    March 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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