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. gary

    WHATS HE GOING TO DO IF HE GETS NOMINEE. CANT TAKE THE PUNCHES NOW HE BETTER GIVE UP. HRC GOT THE SAME TREATMENT ,SHE DOSN'T COMPLAIN. HRC SHOWED O.B. UP ON THE REALISTIC PART OF THE DEBATE. HE DONT LIKE DEBATES BECAUSE ITS HARD FOR HIM TO LIE AND SMOOTH IT OUT IN FRONT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. GIVE ME A BREAK. GO HRC.

    April 18, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Deana

    Here we are, in for another day of insane ranting...oh boy can't wait. Don't know who is the bigger baby, Obama or his supporters! Negativity from the very people who say they want change, HYPOCRITES!!

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Alyn, PA

    Hmmmm....is this the same woman who asked in the last debate why she got all the hard questions first??
    Is this the same woman who said the media pays too much attention to Obama?
    Is this the same woman that asked msnbc during a debate if they'd like to get Senator Obama a pillow so HE'S more comfortable?
    Is this the same woman who says Obama has more campaign money than her in all the states she loses?
    Is this the same woman who says she "thought" she was shot at by snipers because she was just really tired?
    HER complain??? Naaaahhhhhh.

    Grow up America, VOTE OBAMA.
    He's younger and he's got more energy.....and no....he doesn't complain....he's just sick of the bull!!!

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Luke Teangle

    Good to see that Hillary is still delusional

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. kim

    Obama's right.She does like to twist the knife and others words.She's playing right out of the Republican play book.He didn't say the questions were to hard for him,but that he wanted to focus on the important issues facing all Americans.This woman is really hurting the Democratic party.I'm glad Obama knows better and has shown restraint when given chances to do the same.He could have hit her on Bosnia during the debate,but didn't.It's a shame she has no such scruples.

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Gail

    When will she learn, deduct another point from her 1% postive rating. Now she is at zero....

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton (PA)

    There is a diffrence between being "educated" vs. being "learned."
    After reading 95% of the notes (blogs) on CNN, here are some conclusions:
    1. Hillary's supporters may be learned, but they are not educated. That is, they show gross negligence in doing research to uncover the truth.
    2. Majority of Hillary's supporters write using "uppercase" letters, suggesting that they are rude, bitter, and inconsiderate.
    3. Like their candidate, most of Obama supporters are very humble and put this nation "first". Wealth and greed are seen as secondary or remote issues.

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. AS

    I think the her argument is right. Obama is too weak and inexperienced to be president. He is smart but unproven. So why let him develop and run later. And now for the sake of the country, lets vote for Hillary!

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Independent for Hillary, Pittsburgh

    Obama couldnt handle the heat !!!

    He is simply not ready to be president.

    For the first time he was treated as the frontrunner and asked the harder questions and he tanked... and I am not just talking about the fluff in the beginning but also on the issues.

    All talk and cant walk the walk

    Hillary-McCain '08

    April 18, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Hayden

    So true!

    Obama is weak, unexperienced, and not ready.

    I can't even imagine what will happen to him in the general election against the Republicans.

    Hillary 08 & 12

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. balthus

    "The special interests are going to be a lot tougher than 90 minutes of questions..."

    Is Hillary referring to the special interests that are funding her personal jihad? Because it probably would be tough for her to take on industries (pharmaceutical, oil, insurance etc.) she's already indebted to.

    Fortunately, Obama's campaign is funded by small donations from everyday Americans.

    And why is Hillary once again distorting Obama's words...implying he complained about the toughness of the debate questions, when in fact he only criticized their substance...or more specifically, the lack thereof.

    Oh, that's right. She's a desperate loser who consistently lies whenever she thinks it's in her best interest.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. JL Pagano

    Is it just me or is Hillary conveniently forgetting that she has already complained herself before that she was always asked questions first in debates? How tough was the going then?

    I find her feeble attempts to land a punch on her opponent so far beyond laughable.

    Hold on to a shred of dignity and pull out now, Hillary.

    OBAMA '08

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Terrence W from NC

    Clinton is a fool if she thinks he will be as laid back against the special interests and John mcCain. He has said that he only laxes on her because she is a Democrat. At least we know that one of them isn't interested in destroying the party.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Bradley

    Thats right......

    Go Hillary, Go back to African Obama...

    This Black American is for Hillary.....

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Kentucky

    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.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Deb in Texas

    How dare Hillary talk about Obama is complaining. She has compained after every debate from day one except this one where she had moderators who owed her favors. She is so disgusting.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    Look who is talking, she was the one that compained to Tim Russet saying I seem to get the first question all the time, he husband compaint to the Media for favaring obama over his wife. Obama did not complain all he said was the debate did not help the american people, and he is right we need to hear what you can do about the Economy,Iraq war, Housing crisis we are tired about this silly staff.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Micheal

    This is why people do not trust either Hillary or Bill Clinton for that matter. They appears to be a hypocrites. Hillary is always complaining about something and now is accusing someone else of complaining. How can she be truested? In many view, a hypocrite is the most vile of politicians.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. Indiana for Obama

    Its obvious that all her attacks and divisive plots just drives people away from her camp and driving Obama's numbers up ,and if she is not seeing that...too bad.

    Bitter comments =Badly phrased
    Bosnia Comment=Complete Lies

    U decide.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Go Home

    Hillary...You're giving everyone a big headache. Just leave us alone so we no longer have to suffer your lies. You have no chance and are incapable of serving our country.

    April 18, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Alex

    What a useless politician HRC is. When she is asked about the last time she fired a gun or went to church, she said the questions were "not relevenat to the discussion at hand" which is essentially the same message Obama was trying to get across yesterday.

    Then this stupid woman comes out and says, after the debate was CLEARLY all about Obama's faults, that he is "weak"?

    THis is just as hypocritical as her moronic "elitist" comments and shows that HRC is getting more and more "Republican" in her attacks against Obama.

    The superdelegates need to speak, and put a stop to this uppity woman; send her back to where SHE belongs, making dinner for Bill!

    April 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. AZM

    I agree...
    He calls many of these things trivial... which I agree on some... However those not already blindley following him no matter what and those who are undecided are concerned with things like his affiliations, his back tracking and having to re-address answers, his views toward people when he stereotypes them as religious gun lovers who have hatred of trade and immigrants. I don't understand why he feels none of this are important. They may not be an issue to him, or the Obamanots... but to the undecided, the independents, the Regan democrates and moderate conservative this is.... and it should also be noted that without a significant number of the above mentioned he can't win. As of today he would lose Florida, Ohio and several other of the swing states he would need to win. I also believe the more he dodges questions and becomes more and more a politician (while claiming change and unity) he will fail to get those people he needs to win.

    April 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. JN

    Hillary: "Tim, As happy as I am to answer the question, why do I always get the first one?' Who was whining??

    Bill: "The media has been so unfair to my wife." Whaa Whaa

    Clinton Supporters: "The media is unfair when it comes to Hillary!"

    enough said!

    April 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Bill

    The problem with the debate was that it wasn't a debate. It was tabloid style trivial pursuit. No real questions about any of the important issues facing the nation. Just gotcha questions...

    April 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. mother too

    very true.
    He is acting like tis spoiled rich boy. Whatever he does not like is bad, is racist, is not something he wants to deal with – he just does not want to do it or makes fun of it or attacks it. How is this suitable for a president? I do not think it is.

    April 18, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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