April 18th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton: Obama 'complaining' about debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/18/art.clintoncomplain.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton said Obama is complaining about Wednesday night's debate."]

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - In her first comments about the Wednesday evening’s controversial debate, Hillary Clinton accused Barack Obama of “complaining” about the broadcast and hinted her rival might not be equipped to handle the rigors of the Oval Office.

“I know he spent all day yesterday complaining about the hard questions he was asked,” she told an interviewer Friday morning on WTXF in Philadelphia. “Being asked tough questions in a debate is nothing like the pressures you face inside the White House.”

In campaign stops in Pennsylvania and North Carolina yesterday, Obama criticized both his rival and the debate format, accusing the moderators of focusing on trivialities and saying Clinton was “in her element.”

Seeing an opening after what some pundits regarded as a poor performance by Obama, Clinton used the morning show interview to make the case for her own toughness and determination.

“When the going gets tough you can't run away,” she said of Obama.

Clinton said she had no problems with the debate, a face-off that some critics — and many Obama supporters — claimed was slanted against the Illinois senator.

“The special interests are going to be a lot tougher than 90 minutes of questions from two journalists,” she said, “and we need a president who is going to be up there fighting everyday for the American people and not complain about how much pressure there is, and how hard the questions are.”

soundoff (833 Responses)
  1. ray

    hillary speaks the truth

    April 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. John in PA

    Which candidate has taken $800,000 from lobbyists?

    Not Obama. He's not caving in to special interests like Hillary is.

    April 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Mike Tacoma, wa

    Wasn't she the one whinning a month or two ago about how all the debates made her go first and asked her tougher questions.

    April 18, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Mark Cary, NC

    I make no effort to hide the fact that i plan to vote for Clinton. And I make no excuse for her behavior, but Obama acted like a sore sport when he finally was brought to town on character questions. The kind of questions Clinton has been fielding, some not to her benefit, all year.

    April 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Obama wins PA

    Hmmm... first you are complaining about the media bias against you... Too bad Obama knows how to spin and win better that you. No one is listening to you Hillary. Get ready for the PA shock defeat.

    April 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. LJ

    I am a Obama supporter, but I have to say that HRC won that last debate! The questions in the debate were just plain stupid, no substance and no real issue talk! That is not to say that HRC didnt do a good job! She was well prepared and answered well! We need to get rid of the division in our party, and give credit where credit is due. She won the last debate, period. I hope Obama wins the primaries and the general election (which it looks like he will), but be honest she was good!

    April 18, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. ABC was wrong

    ABC tracked down the female questioner who asked about the flag pin. She complained about the flag pin in a news article and ABC saw that article and went out and found her to ask that question. Obama has a right to complain about the debate. ABC went beyond reporting news. They instead try to make the news. Check out huffington post to see the articles about this woman (a linton supporter)

    April 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. prakash chand

    Obama and his supporters get real.

    this guy has no idea what is it like to be in the oval office,Obama is running for the white house for the sake of it.

    Obama is a cry baby,he cannot debate a women?

    I think he is the one clinging to guns in bad times. we are seeing the other side of Obama.

    April 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Pat

    At least he didn't shed any tears! The debate should have been about the economic, war, health...

    April 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. James

    Yeah, kind of like when Hillary complained DURING the Austin debate about always getting the first and tough questions.

    April 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Alonzo Demetrius

    B.O. can talk-talk-talk all you can stand, but he can't deliver in the White House. He has made too many enemies in the democrat party by saying all government has been corrupt and only HE can fix it (ha!), besides which absolutely the 'other side of the aisle' will not cooperate with him. He cannot change the hearts of the Americans who just don't like his record or talk-talk-talk only. He would be bad for this country's advancement, even worse than Hillary (imagine that!).

    April 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Jim

    Hillary...You already lost my vote. Now please dont lose my respect.

    April 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. LEL

    Yes because apparently being asked if he likes the american flag is a hard and relevent question. That was the most ridiculous debate I have ever seen.

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. For Hillary All the way

    Oh! MR.Obama, Poor kid.

    He always need too much love from CNN and MSNBC. However, this time, abc slash him heavily.

    Haha........................poor kid.

    Go Hillary 2008

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Taj, Philadelphia

    When I think tough. I think Senator Clinton! Yes, the same one who cried in New Hampshire as she testafied that the campaign trail is tough. That is not tough. My vote is Obama!

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  16. NSM

    You've got to be kidding – Clinton calling Obama out for "complaining"?

    Did she forget when she whined about media bias and hilariously cited an SNL skit as proof?

    She's a joke.

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Obama please stop whining!

    Here we go again. For goodness sake Barack, please quit WHINING!

    If you cannot take the heat of the media in a Democratic Primary, why are we to think you can take the heat and pressure of the White House?
    I for one and getting sick of Obamas whining and his sense of entitlement. Hillary Clinton 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Jenn

    How perfectly predictable. Every day I am more and more ashamed of my Hillary vote, which obviously was nothing than a vote for hipocrisy and delusion.

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Ernie

    "Billary" in the Oval Office? NO WAY!

    Honestly, I don't like any of the candidates. So what do we do?? Tough question,huh? Another election where we vote for the lesser of the evils, and keep our fingers crossed. YUK!

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Susan, TX

    Really, the debate was stupid, not 45 but 52 minutes of bs. The people of PA, IN and NC deserved better. I must remind you there were some of your supporters saying it was pretty bad but they had to give credit to Obama for not losing his cool....You don't think is wrong to have a former Clinton press secretary being a moderator? I have a problem with that...

    April 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. mama4obama

    Oh now I am pissed. The absolute nerve of this lowballing twit has just really finally struck a nerve. Give it up lady...we can see right through you.

    “When the going gets tough you can't run away,” she said of Obama.

    or

    You can lie your way through the event the way that Hillary would.

    April 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. west palm beach, Hawk

    Hillary please go away pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

    April 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Independent Voter

    OMG – Is this the way the first woman is suppose to win the nomination? Sickening!!! Being negative is how you handle the pressure? Hopefully, America will tell her that we have had the Clintons. It is time to try someone else. We are not going back to the past!!! No more dynasty!!! The same old politics,so the same old fights if she wins!!!

    April 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Chris from VA

    Obama sequel: "The Audacity of Gripe".

    So much for the "candidate of hope and optimism" who was going to lift us all up with his positive message, blah, blah. Just another low-rent pol whining.

    April 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. mike

    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"
    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"
    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"
    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"
    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"
    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"
    "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?" "You Know?"

    That's right folks – Hillary said "You Know?" 35 times in the debate. I wonder what would happen if someone said to her, "No, I don't know – why don't you really explain it" Maybe she says "You Know" so much in order to relate to real people? Perhaps she could change it around a little bit for variety, and say "You Know What I Mean?", or "You Feel Me?"

    We don't need a Valley Girl as president.

    April 18, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34