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. Kenyon

    Hillary Clinton you really are a "monster". How do you sleep at night? Alone probably.

    April 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. dave, michigan

    Kentucky April 18th, 2008 10:47 am ET

    Well now that an interesting twist. I saw the debate and my first impression was that George and Charlie were Clinton campaign staffers. Funny thing that on Anderson Coopers 360, the same thing was brought up, naming ABC the biggest losers of the night.

    I think you and the rest of the Obamanots in the media, espeically CNN, might find that ABC turn out to be winners in the end, at least in the rattings. DON'T forget Obamas plug about AC 360. The people that I talk too are all too aware of the pro-Obamanites that claim to be the unbias news media and feel that the press are not doing their collective job by not being willing to vet Obama as their should.
    I'm just a carpenter and we lowly working men don't like to be told what to think by our media, we like to be informed by it so that we can chew it over and come to our own decision.
    WE THE PEOPLE need you the media to do your job and act as that 4th spoke of government and keep the PEOPLE informed of ALL of the issues that relate to both the policies and character of a would be President.

    April 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Ig


    April 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Matt

    Lets also point out that on questions like Iraq withdrawl. Senator Clinton provided a clear plan of what she was going to do to get our troops home. Mr. Obama did what he does best, talks about all the problems we have and only said he had a solution. As usual he never provides a clear solution to the problem, just goes on and on about how complicated it is. HE DOES THIS ALL THE TIME.
    Senator Clinton has real solutions and she outlines them very well. Bravo Senator Clinton on providing real solutions!

    April 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Hussien for America

    ******* correction – – – –

    HRC is a SHAMELESS 'DOUBLE-SPEAKING' 'DOUBLE-DEALING' P-H-O-N-Y, whose true character is being EXPOSED more and more daily !
    I cannot even imagine voting for this despicable candidate for any reason – –
    I hope next week's PA primary will turn out to be her final "Gettysburg moment" to exit out – –

    April 18, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Dan, NJ

    I just don't understand why 57% of voters don't like her. What am I missing?

    April 18, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. Arthur-Texas

    The debate in Philly showed clearly that Obama is not ready to be president.He was nervous,fidgety and lacked coherent in his answers.
    Thats usually how a person acts when thay are not telling the truth or have something to hide.
    Hillary was clear in her answers and came across as having much more understanding of the issues and questions being asked.
    Its time to end this charade and select Hillary as our nominee.

    April 18, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. al snyder

    It's funny that Clinton and, more often than not, her supporters are always playing the victim card, yet when a debate which is moderated by one of her former staffers and is heavily slanted towards her, it's not allowed to comment on it. At first I was really disappointed and disgusted with her campain, but she is only one person. The real problem is that there exists a few dead-ender supporters that fall for and identify with her hypicritical, word twisting crap. Good luck people, I can only imagine the sad, pathetic worlds you must be living in. I only hope to god it does not spread.

    April 18, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    P.S. I would vote for ANYBODY but McCain, another Republican
    or Hillary and Bill. Horrible Government.

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Connie

    Put a sock in it, Hillary. Barack wasn't complaining, but he obviously recognized (as any intelligent voter did) that it was a pretty one-sided "debate." Frankly, lady, after the s**t you have slung at him, he can withstand anything! You are one pathetic woman.

    OBAMA '08 and '12

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Bitter Pennsylvanian

    It took about forty minutes for Charlie and George to get on matters that count.

    I hope the American public and fellow Pennsylvanians will wise up to Hillary's desperate digs.

    He had explained himself and apologized on many of those accounts and if people are unable to comprehend context than maybe sudo-republican Clinton is the right candidate for you.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Christine, Tampa

    I cannot wait for her to get on her broom and fly away.

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. rahul maharisa

    now Obama is complaining after receiving but a fraction of what hillary has had to deal with the past 3 months...media bias....even if the 2 journalists were biased (which i am sure they were not) we clearly saw obama behaving like a cry baby...anytime you ask him any question about his patriotism, about race, about any other subject he cries out saying we are diverting from important issues...
    on important issues he is blindly copying hillary's policies such as on health care (where he added a stupid twist by forcing parents to have health care for children but saying parents cannot be forced even if they die which will result in the children not surviving either)...
    he lied initially about not hearing any of wrights hateful sermons but accepted it later
    he lied about his relationship with rezko but later accepted that he dealt with him on a daily basis
    his bitter comments define him about what he thinks of people believing in religion and guns..
    his mentor is someone who has been invovled throughout his life in dirty politics and corrupt practices...

    this is the guys who is gonna surround himself by croonies and be another george bush and be a disaster for the country. i dont see him any different from any other politician...therefore i support hillary because we have had enough of immature people sitting in white house..making mistakes and then apologizing for it....i yearn for the prosperous and peaceful times of the clintons...they are the only ones who know how to beat the republicans at their own game...

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. MelissaMN

    I can hardly believe the way some pundits and Ms. Clinton are responding to Obama's comments. He certainly was not complaining. It was calling the situation for what it was and used humor to gracefully suggest moving beyond it.

    My support Obama solidifies more every day. I can hardly believe I was divided between he and Clinton after Edwards dropped out.


    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. KarenM

    The questions weren't tough Senator Clinton, they were a ridiculous waste of time. And if you're telling us that you would be ok spending all of your time in the White House dealing with such trivial matters as those to which Senator Obama was referring, instead of dealing with the real issues - like healthcare, education, foreign policy, the economy, etc. - that Senator Obama was hoping to debate (and that I tuned in to hear ), then please stop wasting my time because (here's a newsflash for you) my time is valuable too, and while you may be able to spin a time-wasting exercise to your advantage (making it valuable for you), it in no way advantaged me and the other folks who were looking for information, not a side show. You really aren't a terribly quick learner, are you? Every time I turn around you are acting like a proverbial middle school girl and you actually manage - quite publicly - to lend some credence to the notion that women tend to focus on irrelevant, emotional, trivial issues, instead of dealing with the real issues and just getting the job done. What is wrong with you? Can you not hear how you sound? Enough is enough. Just stop this nonsense and get serious about showing us that you know what a real issue is and that you're ready to run this country.

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. pablo

    Who was that crying in New Hampshire ?

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Typical White Person

    Little pouty poo-poo face Oblahblah needed a diaper change and a time-out after his spanking at the debate

    He's SO NOT Presidential – WHAT a crybaby!

    April 18, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Fla Sam

    Give me a break Hillary!!!! How many times have we heard you complain about past debates? Do you have short term memory loss? I remember your comments about maybe they should give Obama a pillow and what about the time you complained about always being called on first? Oh yes, I almost forgot about when you saying that Obama and Edwards was the all boys club. You really need to get a mirror so you can see yourself!

    April 18, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Mike in Columbus

    What's going to be really fun to watch in the future...

    After Obama has the nomination, and Clinton realizes that he will soon be president. She will realize that she still needs Barak, and she will start saying wonderful things about him. And, she will claim to have always thought wonderful things about him...

    Mark my words, it will happen HRC supporters. I can't wait!

    April 18, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Tampa Voter

    No, EVERYONE was complaining about the debacle, um, debate!

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Dear Hillary, we're bored with this, and these type of speeches haven't helped you this entire campaign. Try something new. Talk about the effects of ethanol of food prices, talk about the lack of oil refineries to help with the demand and lower the prices. Talk about what WE care about, not what YOU care about.

    That's what Obama's been trying to say. This is fun for politicians, for the majority of folks working paycheck to paycheck and finding it harder and harder to stay ahead, or god forbid, get ahead through good old American hard work.

    Give us hope for a better tomorrow, not political rehtoric.

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Brent, Roseville CA

    That is the pot calling the kettle black! What about HRC's WHINING in the last debate that she always gets the first question??? WHAT HYPOCRISY!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Chris N in PA

    The George man and his colleague have never been fair to Obama and will never be. The evil in Hillary Clinton came to the fore during the depbate. I've never seen anyone savour and delight in an unfair treatment of an oponent as she did in the course of the the whole charade of a 'debate'. The sadism and meaness in her could never have been exposed better. I hope that people in PA see what I saw and reject her roundly. God save America should she ever emerge as the democratic candidate (God forbid), which I know she won't.

    CNN post this comment for once!!!

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Rob

    HRC has kept this sleezefest going much too long. How much longer must we endure this smug corrupt mis-leading self-entitiled diatribe? Every statement the Clinton campaign makes disgusts me. The pile-on on ABC the other night had the apprearance of a pre-rehearsed Clinton campaign event it was almost like she had recieved the questions before hand and was prepared with all the snark ready to roll.

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. Peter of Oregon

    Wasn't one of the moderators a part of Bill Clinton's adminstration?

    Was Hillary wearing her american flag pin? If so I must have missed it.

    Obama '08

    April 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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