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

Clinton: Obama 'complaining' about debate

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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. jojo

    I will be voting for Hillary that is for sure! Obama has a habit of trying to divert attention from mistakes he makes, never giving any real answers to questions asked about his pastor, Rezko, etc. He is like a a fad, a novelty....I doubt he can deliver on all his promises ..he is all talk...

    April 18, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. MJ

    She seriously needs to go away.

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. dlr

    Sen. Clinton, why do you need to dig another ditch to climb out of? You're really making it hard for other women of the world that wish to climb the corporate ladder with your whining, split personnalities. We have no idea which Sen. Clinton we will see on DAY ONE?

    Your Iran/Middle East plan is not different than keeping us in Iraq for 100 years. Do you really think the American people didn't pick up on that statement.

    Stop saying anything to impress us. Those that don't do their homework will follow and believe what you have to say and that is unfortunate.....

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Richmond

    Obama will lose PA big. remember how the polls in Ohio had Hillary wining by point or 2 and some even had Obama winning? watch n see. he will loose and he can't stand the heat in the kitchen so get out Obama

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Mary S. Stickney

    I can appreciate Sen. Clinton's taking over the repair of the shows damage as my daughter set up a scientific laboratory with the exception of the plumbing and electricity – on top of being an internation trade authority and wife. Women are great in more ways than given credit for an d as a President, Gov. Clinton will do the same. with honesty and integrity..

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. CT Chriss

    For a while, I thought I was watching the debate on the Faux News channel or that Rupert Murdoch bought ABC news and had Inanity Hannity write the questions, the ones he has been pushing for the last 15 months.

    Obama had answered those questions previously. The moderators even noted that on some.

    If there is another debate, there should be pertinent campaign questions on REAL issues.

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Mike in Columbus

    I am so glad this woman will never be president!

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Bushwacked

    I am so sick of her nasty whining. When one is in the White House and one is debating an opponent from the other party, one expects the harder questions. Obama was blindsided by Charlie and George on irrelevant personal issues. How many tough questions did they ask Hillary? One, maybe? Like she doesn't have a few ghosts and a bit of personal baggage of her own? Please!

    I am so ready for all this to end. But, I do want her to stay in the race until the last primary is finished.

    And speaking of elitist - anybody taken a good look at Cindi McCain?

    Vote Democrat in November!
    Eugene, OR

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Mark-TX

    Notice that Obama saved his objections about the debate until after the show. When Hillary sensed something a great deal less unfair, that she was receiving questions first at an earlier debate, she started whining right on the spot.

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Alyssa

    Hmm...I do recall Hillary a time when you wouldn't stop whining DURING the debate because you thought the moderators were being unfair...and then you proceeded to reference SNL to back up your complaints which is ridiculous since the whole point of SNLn is to overly exaggerate for the purpose of comedic effect. Don't even get me started on "complaining", Hillary.

    CNN, please post this?

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Steve WDC

    Let's see . . . didn't Hillary complain about being ganged up-on in an early debate, about the media not giving her fair coverage, about always being asked the first question in a debate, there's too many to remember. You got to love the Clinton's, what applies to the rest of us does not apply to them and that's why those of us who remember their time in the White House are voting for change.

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Tony

    Mrs Hillary should move out of the way of Democratic party. It should be noted however,that should the Democratic party fails in the national election, senetor Hillary Clinton and her family should be directly responsible.

    Senetor Obama has brought some thing on the Demo table(The new Voters) but Hillary has broght close to nothing. She depends on older voters that have supported the party during President Clinton's time of Office. This is not fair for the new Generation and for those older voters who want to transfer the party support to their successors.

    Thanks

    Democratic Obamania

    April 18, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. jl

    AND SHE COMPLAINED AND COMPLAINED UNTIL SNL CAME TO

    HER RESCUE!!

    AND MILLIONS OF VOTERS ARE COMPLAINING THAT SHE IS

    TRASHING THE DEMOCRATS CHANCES TO WIN THE

    PRESIDENCY-

    ---–AND YET SHE IGNORES US.

    April 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. P Walters

    Barack Obama is a whiner supreme! Let him get a few hard questions and he can't handle it! What vulnerability he has against HRC (and the Republicans)! This arena is for the "big kids" not the "babies."

    April 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Sam

    Those debate questions were not tough questions. Obama wants tough questions on how to help this country. Those questions were distractions that were not relevant to jobs, the economy, health care, nor the economy.

    April 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Superdelegate

    It's wasn't just Obama that thought the debate was rediculous, all of America did.

    April 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Plainsman

    How hypocritical can she be!?

    April 18, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. JJ

    Ok wait a minute... she DOES think voters are dumb and not paying attention! This is coming from someone who has been playing the victim the whole time. And Obama was not "complaining" he did exactly the opposite he even brushed his shoulders off! My gosh

    April 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Mark

    Can Hillary try to score some points on her own merits rather than twisting opponent's statements?

    April 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Alex in San Antonio

    Tough questions....seriously?? He wasn't frustrated about tough questions he was frustrated about being asked the same questions over and over again. Stop beating a dead horse on these trivial issues and start focusing on issues that matter. The economy, the war, education. Seriously...time for Politics 3.0, not the status quo.

    April 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Doris McGovern - AllenTown, PA

    Is she SERIOUS! Hard questions??? STUPID questions is more like it? I wish one of the moderators would have asked her about her husbands involvement with the Columbia trade deal. Or about Mark Penn. Or about NAFTA. Hard questions..."A Flag Pen" Give me a break! I thought I was going to vote for her simply because she Hillary Clinton, so you feel some sort of obligation...But, not any more. For once I can see the light...I mean the absolute light. That debate, she knows was setup to make her look touch, serious and presidental. Instead it make of look unelectable, unlikeable and evil! I'm sorry but she just over stepped her boundaries...Especially when she has more regards for McCain than for Obama. My friends and I are voting for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Amy R.

    Save it Hillary. This kitchen sink strategy has failed you. You dug in on those distractions that were not questions. Americans want to focus on issues, not flag pins made in China.

    April 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Elizabeth Moore

    I'm a Clinton supporter, and if Obama can't handle the questions about his personal life, than he shouldn't be running for the highest office in the United States. It all goes in his the way he handles himself. He didn't even know how to answer the real questions.

    I wish the american people would just pay attention and listen to what he's saying and not how he is saying. He's a good public speaker, but it takes more than that to run for president. I just hope american people choose the right person and I don't think its Barack Hussin Obama.

    April 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. JpJ

    Didn't she complain also by pointing out the SNL skit?

    April 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. ABC was wrong

    ABC has lost it's creditabilty!!! They lied about the questions from the public.

    The woman who asked about the flag pin, Nash McCabe, was recruited by ABC to ask about the pin. ABC found her after they saw a New York Times interveiw with her from monthes ago. Perhaps she and Karl Roves are they only people who this flag flap bothers and Karl won't ask the question for them. This seems a lot like the terrible reporting that Dan Rather did on Bush before the last election. Should George start looking for a new job? I am sure that George could go to FOX, he is Hannity's new best friend.

    April 18, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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