May 4th, 2008
01:43 PM ET
14 years ago

Sunday Roundup: Dueling Candidates Edition


(CNN) - Presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have not been on the Sunday circuit simultaneously since February 3, two days before the Super Tuesday primaries. Fittingly, today they chose to sit down with two Sunday morning talk show hosts just two days before yet another major big day in the Democratic presidential nomination process, the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

The rest of the Sunday circuit featured surrogates of the two campaigns to make a final push for their candidate before Tuesday’s vote.

(Full roundup after the jump)

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” Obama was forced to clarify why he didn’t immediately end his relationship with Reverend Wright when the controversy first broke in March. “What really changed was a sense that he was going to double down on the statements that he had made before,” Obama said. “That indicated to me that…he did not share my fundamental belief and my fundamental values.”

He also took the opportunity to attack Clinton on her recent comments that the US could “obliterate” Iran should they obtain a nuclear weapon and attack Israel. “It's not the language we need right now, and I think it's reflective of George W. Bush," Obama told host Tim Russert.


Senator Clinton was asked to respond to Obama’s comments and if she had any regrets. “No, why would I have any regrets?” she said during her town hall meeting with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week”. “Yes, we would have massive retaliation against Iran” should they attack Israel, Clinton said. I don't think they will do that, but I sure want to make it abundantly clear to them that they would face a tremendous cost.”

Also during the interview, Clinton admitted that it was “troubling” that a recent poll showed that 60 percent of Americans didn’t find her trustworthy. “I know you hear a lot about me. There is a lot out there that…I have no control over.”


On the surrogate front, CNN’s “Late Edition” featured North Carolina governor Mike Easley, who endorsed Clinton on Tuesday, as well as former presidential candidate and Obama supporter Gov. Bill Richardson. Easley called a recent North Carolina poll which shows Clinton down eight points “very encouraging when you look at just a couple weeks ago she was down 34 points.” The New Mexico governor countered with Obama’s lead in contests won. “He's won Guam, it's now 31 states to 15 in caucuses.”

Easley retorted, “We're not going to win White House by winning Guam.”


“Fox News Sunday” had interviews with DNC Chairman Howard Dean, former DNC Chairman and Clinton-turned-Obama supporter Joe Andrew, and Clinton strategist Terry McAuliffe, who also chaired the DNC.

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Robert Mpls

    Hm. Obama was "forced to clarify", and "attacked" Clinton. As if he were being overly defensive about himself, and unfair to Clinton.

    Clinton gets to lamely dismiss legit concerns about her honesty with vagueness.

    And a moment where Easley makes a crack intended to make Richardson look foolish.

    Your bias is showing. Your corporate masters want you to tear down Obama now, so that you can tear down Hillary later.

    You guys are pathetic GOP shills.

    This comment will await "moderation."

    May 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Gary

    If Bloomberg, the Billionare from NY is against the gas tax relief, then I think the gas tax relief must be good for us uneducated poor folks.

    ."The economy's in trouble. When the housing crisis broke, Hillary Clinton called for action: a freeze on foreclosures. Barack Obama said, no. Now, gas prices are skyrocketing, and she's ready to act again. . . . Barack Obama says no, again."

    . Let obama go be president of MSNBC, his national mouth piece

    May 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. White male for Obama

    Hillary will give you pennies and take away your hard earned dollars.
    Penny wise pounds foolish that is how her idea of gas tax break sounds.

    You can't only win big states and not win small states to become

    Senator Maccain is unpatriotic with his recent statement on war for oil in the middle east.

    A presidental candidate should not have said things what would portray America image as selfish, self centred minded that is willing to invade another country to steal what that country has.

    Maccain comment re-enforce those people whom have criticized American invasion as nothing but embition for oil.

    How is that for some one who want to be president and a leader of the
    free world.

    May 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Richard Bell - Winston-Salem, NC.

    Vote for Hillary to save the Democratic party. vote for Obama to give the keys to the GOP.

    May 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. carrie

    you know you can not win and now you want to ruin barracks chances
    if u really want the best for america
    why wont u drop out of this race
    and give obama time to regroup for the republicans?
    why are you so selfish?
    if u have devoted 25 years of your life to the service of people
    why cant u add another 8 more years?
    you will be 68 ans still fit to run
    the race is over this time for you and you know it
    barrack has to focus on november
    dont ruin america because you are power hungry
    what is it with u and that white house anyway
    did u forget something in there
    you can call michelle obama and ask her to find it for you
    if u did
    if u didnt,do u want to die there as well?
    think of te democratic party and america
    do the right thing!

    May 4, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. norm

    If all else fails and the racists win then 4000 of us have already pledged to vote McCain across 3 states. So long Hillary no matter how you cut it.

    May 4, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Susan MO

    Go Hillary Clinton!!

    She will be a great president 🙂

    Hillary 08 🙂

    May 4, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Shirley-Ohio

    It really does matter what happens in Indiana or North Carolina, the race been over Hillary cannot win. She has allowed herself to go on to try to make a case to the superdelegates. Well I say and I am a voter Obama has won fair and square and the superdelegates know if they take it away from him and hand it to Hillary ( an African-American who did not cheat or did not smear anybodies name to get where he is at today) there is going to be hell to pay and you can bet you bottom dollar that McCain surely will when. Any African-American watching or following this race will not vote, plain and simple. Can you blame them if it is taken away from Obama and given to Clinton? If that happens ( and I am confindent it will not) this will clearly be about race and the world will divide even further apart.

    May 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Mama Sue, Chicago

    I'm amazed at how resilient Hillary Clinton is. And how she can ignore the obvious. Every time Barack Obama wins or makes a point, she just shrugs it off as if it doesn't matter. She acts like her failures mean nothing because we have known about them for so long. What she fails to see, or maybe just chooses to ignore, is that Barack Obama is still winning pledged delegates. And that Superdelegates are still endorsing him. And he WILL be our candidate, and then he WILL be our president.
    A Mama for Obama!

    May 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Sue

    Well I feel that George Stephanopoulos was a very good moderator. He asked some very hard questions and did not let Senator Clinton off the hook. On the other hand, Obama had another easy interview without some real hard "issue" questions. He really did not give any firm information.

    May 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. David

    I have voted for every democratic candidate for president since 1976 when I first became eligible to vote and I may not vote at all if Obama is the nominee. When he is on TV I pause the DVR until I can fast forward past him, he turns me off. The “elitist” reporters and pundits that bend over backwards to peddle him and justify his naive, limousine liberal fluff disgust me too. What turns me off; probably the most is his healthcare plan that must have been dreamed up by his health insurance lobbyist wife.

    May 4, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Joe in OH

    Obama is an ELITIST flipfloper. He should go back to his scramble white-egg. This year I am willing to vote HILLARY CLINTON, but if she doesn't win, I will vote JOHN McCAIN!!!

    Hillary or McCain!!!
    NO OBAMA!!

    May 4, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Steve

    Sometimes I wonder if Hillary is on the same ticket as John McCain. She seems to have some of the same war views as President Bush. Maybe she is a undercover agent for the republicans. lol



    May 4, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. gerald strother

    Oregon Democratic Primary
    Oregon: Obama 51% Clinton 39%

    May 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Tina

    Le'ts wait and see after tuesday May 6th.
    I wonder why “troubling” that a recent poll showed that 60 percent of Americans didn’t find her trustworthy. “ It isn't troubling this is the consequences of her multiiple lies even the ones that are obvious to the point a retarded could see through. It's seems its run in the family. Take the sniper fire; she lied, Bill lied and Chelsea who accompany lied by omission.The only time she was telling the truth was when she said she has a big baggage. We all know is the truth because she has a regiment of skeletons in her closets

    May 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. American Girl

    Hillary is lying again and speaking down to the people she deems as the not so sharp uneducated white blue collar workers.

    If that is not elitist then I do not know what is....

    May 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Fred up North

    Barack Obama :
    Strength : Honesty, integrity, Loyalty, Team player
    Weakness: Honesty, integrity, Loyalty, Team player. Enemies: CNN (Lou Dobbs, Keith Richburg, Errol Louis, Wolf Blitzer, Jessica Yellin, Jamie McIntyre, Dana Bash, Willam Schneider, Louise Schiavone, Anderson Cooper Campbell Brown
    Weapon of choice: Rev. Wright (is he running for president?)

    May 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    I just read another topic that was closed but I would like to address it.
    Obama Mama keeps bring up Bills Impeachment, and adultry. First of all Bill was not impeached, if he had of been impeached there would not be a Clinton library, he would not have an office in Harlem. He would not have his retirement etc…The adultry is something he and Hillary have to deal with. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Many women actually love their husbands for better or worst. I think her courage and commitment are very evident in her decision to keep her marrage together. Call it what you will. Maybe if there weren't so many unwed mothers, this country would be a lot better off. Maybe time does heal all wounds, and as a woman I can say, I know some of the choices that we have to make are not always easy..Women face their problems head on, men think if you ignore it, it will go away..Hillary does not give up easily, she will fight for what she believes in. I admire that quality in a President.

    May 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. twister49 - oklahoma

    he won Guam by 7 votes...all the polls showed her way behind..even with the last precint votes were waiting to be counted..... 7 votes people...this wasn't a win-it was a tie...

    May 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Sue

    I saw Sen. Obama on Meet the Press....very honest, informative and in command of issues. Very presidential. Well Done!
    Can't wait until you are in the oval office.

    May 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. justobserve

    Of course if Obama won, it is not important. Where Clinton won, a few big states then they are important. Isn't the normal way to select a nominee from primaries and caucuses then the winner will go to the general election? She argues of electability but can anyone be sure of who will win the general election until the end of the election day, not at the end of primaries? She is unelectable by the high untrustworthy rating and negative rating so it is arrogant of her to say she is certain to win. Obama can run as Independent. His supporters are disgusted by this attack dog. She is desperate and divide the party for nothing.

    May 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Paul. California

    If 60 percent of Americans don't find Hillary trustworthy, its for a reason.
    Bill Clinton was impeached maybe? Why should we elect them again
    and expect different results?

    May 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Allen

    The gas tax is nothing but fluff and political pandering. What is much more critical is the sleazy conspiracy between the Clintons,Rev. Wright and the news media. I have listened to the Rev. Wright speech that sparked this manufactured controversy. Guess what I heard. The Rev. Wright gushes with love for the Clintons. Don't believe it? Listen to the speech. Rrev. Wright Loves the Clintons! The speech never mentions Obama once. Rev. Wright was a confidant of the Clintons during the Bill Presidency and he still loves and supports them This whole Rev. Wright contoversy is a plot by the Clintons,Wright and the media to discredit Obama. If the truth comes out. Rev. Wright would become a Clinton controversy as it indeed should be.

    May 4, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    I watched them both. Hillary by far is the most specific and knowledgeable than the other guy, what's his name? "I fall asleep in church for 20 yrs. and I wake up and all of a sudden I'm a presidential candidate, what happened?"

    You know, that guy who wants change and is delusional to think when and if he gets in the house that all he has to do is snap his know that guy, and the world will beckon to his feet? I think not.

    May 4, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Double Down? Is he a gambler as well as a liar? He threw the Rev. under the bus because the Rev got his feelings hurt by Obamas' rhetorical comments earlier and retaliated. His 'Uncle' didn't much like what Obama said and let him have it with both barrels. It is getting crowed under that bus, first his typical white grandmother, then his mentor/uncle. He will say what ever he has to say to win this election. When will people see him for what he is a 'typical' politician.

    May 4, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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