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. Kel from Bham, AL

    Whoa, whoa!! Slow down, Hilly!

    Let's not forget who whined about always getting the first question in debates, here! I think in the grand scheme of things, having the whole debate slanted against you is a much bigger deal than being asked the first question.

    If she wanted to whine about how "curious" it was that she got the first question, let Obama point out the truth about how it took 45 minutes to get to a question that mattered to the American people.

    Geez, woman. Chill out and let the man tell the truth!

    Obama 08!

    April 18, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Obama in 08, 12

    Buh-bye Hillary....it doesn't matter what you think anymore. It's over baby.

    April 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. jw, canadian,ok

    The dude is right Hillary, no more debates.

    April 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. I Wonder

    hummmm....

    Does Hillary have any Brothers? I wonder where they are..... she's framing herself as the only child.... I wonder why..... oh brothers oh brothers... where art thou brothers??????

    April 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Peter

    Whine, cry, complain. Is this how you are going to act after meeting with Mahmud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez? Is this what we can expect for the next four years? There won't be moderators; will you blame the interpreters?

    April 18, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. Melanie, TX

    She's ridiculous. I'm sure she didn't have any problems with the debate. Especially since she was given the questions ahead of time and had her supporters (Chelsea and Gen. Clark) nicely lit in the audience. And what about her complaining that, oh no, she always gets the first question. Go home Hillary. No one is interested anymore. If they had asked about NAFTA, Colombia, Dubai, library donors, pardons or anything that MATTERS rather than your stupid lie about snipers you might not have liked it either. Lapel pins? Bah.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. John

    I'm not a Clinton supporter, but she has a point. Obama is a whiner who is annoyed that people are seeing through his pointless words. He manages to give great talk after great talk without saying anything of value and yet people are mesmorized.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Dee in Georgia

    Those weren't tough questions. Those were digs and the viewers knew it. Even to Clinton supporters, the intent was transparent. What was the point of the rehashing? Either the responses are accepted by the voters or rejected. End of story. Move on to pertinent issues and stop the mess.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Mike

    Hillary you also complained a great deal about the previous debates. And to be honest the debate was a joke. It is no wonder why Bush was elected two times because we have stupid people asking Obama if he believes in the American flag. If that is your only concern as a US citizen then you should probably not be voting. We have record gas prices, home forclosures, the war and the only thing you could ask about is a flag or flag pin. Who cares about wearing a stupid flag pin. It is no indication of someones patriotism!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Johnson

    Hard questions? What hard questions? They were all personal attacks on Obama. If you want hard questions talk about the issues. What does Obama wearing a flag pin has to do with helping the american people out? What does obama knowing someone who did something bad when he was 8 yrs old have to do with helping the american people? All Obama said was we should focus on the issues. That to me is not complaining. That to me is what the american people want. We are tired of all this BITTERNESS.

    Just goes to show how out of touch Hillary really is. Too bad all the PACs and lobbyiest have already gave all they can to the Hillary campaign. she has no more source of funding unlike Obama.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. Dani

    It's about time that Obama actually was vetted a bit. He has had nothing but support and a positive light shone on him, and if he can't handle the occasional waves of negativity that question his very fiber then he probably is not fit to lead right now. It's easy to ride a good wave, and if you can't fight against a bad one you will drown. Obama said there needs to be more transparency with government officials, who better to have transparency than the possible leader of the country? He should be expecting to be vetted, and for him to feel it's okay to put everybody else through the ringer but himself is extremely arrogant.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Bill

    Hillary is right on the money. If Obama can't deal with the questions of the debate how is he going to deal with the general election and being President.

    Obama is coming off as a lousy whinning loser these days. He can't even handle a few hard questions.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Danny Beaulieu

    They literally asked "Do you believe in the American flag?" I found that debate to be incredibly insulting to my intelligence. I will never watch ABC News again.

    Further, as far as issues are concerned, neither candidate gave us any more information that what we already had. These debates are just getting silly.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Mike

    I will be so glad when all of this is over. sighhhh...

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Simone from PA

    We should focus on the real issues (the iraq war, the economy, gas prices ect.). We should not focus on tabloid journalism like Hillary likes. The debate was a mess because the American people didn't hear about they care about.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Caroline

    Just give it up please.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. U-S-hooray

    What a nasty, desperate, bitter and just plain miserable human being Hillary "Romney" Clinton is.

    Why doesn't she go out hunting or something or go back to Bosnia with Sheryl Crow.

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. John Doe

    Obama is right to complain because he was debating Clinton and the two moderators. Shame on George and Charles The more you do this the more we like Obama

    April 18, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Oh Please

    I know Mrs. "I always get asked questions first" is not saying this, since she is the master of whining about debate bias and media bias.

    Mrs. Clinton, your insolence is remarkable, and I hope you realize that Mr. Obama is presidential with his integrity intact! You should take notes, and try to salvage some of yours...

    Mr. Obama chooses to not attack and destroy a fellow democrat, unlike you, Ma'am. He is saving all his fight for the ones we should be fighting, the Republicans!

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Mr. C.

    And from my understanding, Obama never complained about the questions about the issues. He was only pointing out that more than half of the time, the moderators asked questions about irrelevant stuff that are not important to the American People. Hillary I think Americans are tired of the way You SPIN/Dice alot of things.

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Foolish woman! She had no problem with the debate beause she was in her element. The debate not tough it was nonsense tabloid. We are not trying to elect a president for tabloid purposes. The tabloid issues were overdone by the moderate.

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Niall

    Is this women for real! Please Hill just go away.

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. CK

    Is she kidding????

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Peter

    One thing is tough questions, but i think Hillary clearly i missing the point. The point is that Obama (and hillary) recieved irrelevant questions. Questions regarding flag-pins is pathetic when the economy is down the drains, Iraq war is going bad and we have an energy crisis. But i guess hillary cares more about flag-pin issues?

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Rom

    Funny !!
    This is the same person who complained about always getting the first question during a previous debate one month ago
    You're DONE lady, just go away

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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