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. KK-OHIO

    I think he handled himself pretty well considering the circumstances-the debate if that's what you choose to call it was clearly one-sided. I don't care whether he wears a pin or not-so trivial. I had a lot of respect for george and charlie prior to the debate but have a different opinion now. She still does not have my vote either way it goes. You do choose your family to a certain extent-family can be your worst enemy sometimes-so her analysis of that is incorrect and I'm surprised to continues to repeat that statement. And yes I am bitter and frustrated-it's seems that whenever Obama says something that is correct they meaning Hillary and her people for some reason find this to be funny-well the american people do not.

    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Hillary is more devicive than Bush and generates a tremendous amount of negative emotions among all but her loyal followers. Why does she continue to bring the Dems down. Everyone who is going to vote for her alrady has made up their mind. Unless she has something up her sleeve then she is done. No one believes anything that comes out of her mouth.

    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. Scott Hughes ATL

    all the pundit in the world can try their best to keep you in the race Hillary. After all, it good for their ratings to keep you two going at it, but if you think your lying, mispeaking, mudslinging, feature-dumping, quipping, karl-rovian grinnin butt won that debate, then not only are you not qualified to be president, but you're definitely certified to be committed...lol

    too much weed in the 60's may have ruined your short term memory. You were horrible in that debate..

    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Robert from NJ

    Please PLEASE can't we stick to the issues that matter most? Poverty, War, Economic Hardships, Education, Healthcare.......PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. Mona

    It's about time he was on the other side of the media's Hillary hatefest, and my what striking results we see from our democratic nominee? We finally got to see how Obama is still in training pants. He was very slow to respond to negativity and the republicans will definitely eat him alive come November if he is the nominee.

    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Excuse me, but wasn't she the one complaining she got harder questions in at least one earlier debate? Also, he did NOT say the questions were hard, he said many were trivial, and I agree.

    “When the going gets tough you can't run away,” – OMG, I can't believe she said that! Poor Chelsea – how did she endure such a manipulating mother.

    GOBAMA ~

    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Mark

    Um. Okay, Hillary.

    But you complaining about "biased" media coverage, and the fact that you've complained DURING DEBATES is okay?


    April 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Fred C Dobbs

    What's the difference between Barack Obama and a dog?

    At some point the dog stops whinning!

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. PoliTrickery

    i seem to remember some saturday night live skit that was a result of hillary whining about always being asked the first question...
    way to avoid the issues hillary!

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Thomas

    Is this all this woman can do? She sits and waits for Obama to say something and then pounces on what ever misinterpretation she can for her own agenda.

    I used to be rather neutral concerning Clinton vs Obama but recently this ole Republican is leaning more and more toward Obama.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. @americans

    anytime this woman opens her mouth, she spews out garbage!

    how low can she go?

    well, voters and superdelegates just have to put her out of her misery!

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Grif

    He, ( Obama), doesn't want to Talk about, what he call's Trivialities, because His concience bother's him so much. He's like a pre Programmed Item. He had so much Hidden, and it bothers's him something Awry.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Joe

    wasn't it Clinton who was complaining and said that the moderators should get Obama a pillow at a previous debate? I can't wait to see this woman lose.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Wayne

    Hard questions like.."Did you sleep with that woman?"

    The Clinton era is finished..as is the Bush era. It's time for the people to take their government back.

    OBAMA 08

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. CL OT

    They are both losers! I can't believe that these are the best people that the Dems can offer. It is very sad…

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Gary in Toronto

    He wasn't complaining about tough questions. He was complaining about inane ones. He also quite rightly called Hillary out on being "in her element". No way does a Clinton presidency wind up as anything other than business as usual.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. get real

    You are exactly right Hillary! He also said he just wants to campain, no more debates. I really don't think he can take the heat of being a front runner.

    Is Obama scared that the American people are going to figure him out before he gets the nomination? I believe this is the case.

    Obama just will not win over moderate democrats. You Obama supporters just don't get it. I think most of just don't believe in partial birth abortions or turning our backs on Israel if they are attacked.

    Since Hillary won't say it... I will... Barrack Obama is not electable!

    Don't wait until it's too late and he is the nominee. People of PA, vote Hillary before it is too late!

    Hillary '08 (or McCain if necessary) No unpatriotic fools in the White House!

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Susan MO

    Yes, he is and it is because of the bitter, insulting remark he made to the people of Pennsylvania. He wants that to 'fade away', but America will always remember it.

    Also we noticed at the April 16 debates, that Obama did not appear to be prepared for the debates. He stalled and skipped around some questions. This is a concern for a president.

    Our vote is now for Hillary Clinton 🙂

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Nancy

    After what Hillary and the media has put Obama through (totally undeserved) and he's still holding his head high, shows just how competently he could handle any crisis in the White House. Hillary, on the other hand, with her critical demeaner, would push the red button simply because some other country disagreed with her. All the media's hard work to push Obama over the top just has not worked. Congratulations to the new President of the United States, Barack Obama.


    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. a NJ voter sick of the CLINTONS

    hillary is so smug about her negativity and the slogan that tauts the fact that 'she is a fighter' is a total turn off. it's time to stop fighting and heal the nation of their financial woes and their disappointment in our government. I will NOT vote if she STEALS the nominee. it's impossible but anything can happen..after all, she has been stewed, marinaded and cooked with Washinghton.

    signed a cynical voter for Obama

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Whatever!

    Note to Hillary: *America* was complaining because it took an hour to talk about what matters to us and not the pundits!

    The media has made this election a reality tv series while we are suffering. Get real Hill.

    p.s. I do remember you complaining, oh, this entire primary season!

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Will

    Why are you trying to sound like the Obama campaign?

    The black poor background former athiest drug user is an elitist. He's been getting easy with the media and now is whining about it? He needs to release even more tax forms....

    Clinton grow up. Watch an Obama speech. He said he'd just have to get over it.

    Your the one who referenced SNL to make a point. You even complained and took up debate time to complain about people being mean to you. You cried on camera for crying out loud.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Reality check #1

    True! Everytime Obama is ask a tough question, the media is being soooooo unfair to him. Well, Hillary has stood up to one tough question after another her entire career. If Obama thinks things are tough now, let the Republicans get their hands on him. I bet he will begin to say it's because he's black. What a wimp, cry baby Obama is, along with his supporters. How can he run the country when he can't even answer Americans questions? If he gets the nomination, this life long Democrat will vote for McCain. I can never vote for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. JD

    She just doesn't understand that it wasn't about the questions being tough. It was about the questions being superficial. The debate was more about the politics, and less about the governing.

    Then again, she has spent her entire career in the murky depths of negative politics, of mudslinging, of petty arguments over minutia rather than addressing the real substance of issues. Why should she change now?

    April 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. larry loebig

    good thing they didn't ask about this from the Sun Times

    News reports and now court testimony have linked presidential hopeful Barack Obama with Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi through Tony Rezko. Here's a rundown:
    March 11, 2004 - Obama met Middle Eastern bankers at the Four Seasons hotel in Chicago at a reception hosted by Rezko, who was courting potential investors for a 62-acre South Loop development. Auchi later took control of that project.

    April 18, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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