May 21st, 2008
08:06 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton says race card allegation 'revolting strategy'


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bill Clinton had some tough words for the media and the Obama campaign."](CNN) - Bill Clinton says that he thinks most people in the media are in Barack Obama’s demographic, telling People magazine “There have been times when I thought I was literally lost in a fun house."

In an interview hitting newsstands Friday, the former president said his wife Hillary Clinton has been “outspent, dismissed, denigrated, declared dead” this primary season.

Asked whether he likes Obama, Clinton responded that he did not know the Illinois senator very well – but “I think I understand him. There are enough similarities in our childhoods and things that I think I get what he is doing.”

Clinton said the allegation that he and Sen. Clinton played the race card was a “cold-blooded, calculated, manipulated, and a revolting strategy,” and that his only campaign season regret was speaking “late at night when I was tired, ‘cause if you are tired or angry, you shouldn’t be talking.”

Clinton told People that after her mother lost the Iowa caucuses, daughter Chelsea “was upset, bawled, went to her employer and said, ‘Look, you got to let me go or give me an indefinite leave of absence. I’m not letting my mother go down like this.’”

Does the former president think Chelsea Clinton would consider a run for elected office? “I don’t know. If you had asked me this before Iowa, I would have said ‘No way. She is too allergic to anything we do,” responded Clinton. “But she is really good at it.”

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  1. M cClinton 3 no way

    Never saw 3 worse sore loosers this really speaks well for our children to observe first hand.
    Hillary has thrown her kitchen sink strategy from the beginning and we are tired of her nonsence,nasty remarks,her many Bosnia lies infact this never ends from race card ,Bosnia lies,bragging on "her McCain" ,flag pins "noticed she never wore one" her math padding scores is the limit.
    Since Hillary also agreed,/signed for the Michigan /.Florida not to campaign or votes to be counted is this her normal behavior to break rules when she sees she is loosing ?

    And Bill do you really think the name McClinton / Bush are the only USA citizens capable to run the oval office ? if not fallow our movement we have a great man by the name of Barack Obama /he also has a very lovely Michell and 2 daughters .

    No hanky Panky in Oval office not this time .

    Hillary must think the rest of the world are not hard working she keeps on " her white hardworking voters " .
    Well. we have news for her we work hard as well.
    Go obama we love you and your family.08 /12

    May 22, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. Mel

    Senator Obama is exactly the person we need for these times and for the situations we face. Some folks think there are folks out here who cannot see through their schemes. Perception has become the new reality for a great deal of persons, so politicians spin, tell half truths, lie with a view of changing our perception of things. Pres. Clinton is a master politician. He is good, but his spin will not work this time. There is a Higher Power at work in our midst, and the bluster and charm have been vetoed. We need that which helps to lift the nation spiritually, and not just economically.
    The Nation needs truth, integrity, and spiritual depth in order to set the climate for a new era. God bless Senator Obama and spread a wall of protection around him.

    May 22, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. OPO

    Go away Bill! Nobody has done so much harm to their reputation in such a short time. You will not support the eventual nominee with those kind of comments and it proves how divisive the Clinton campagin. This divide-n-conquer strategy has no good purpose and great legacy has been tarnished.

    May 22, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  4. get with the program

    Clinton recalls 2000 Florida recount in push to count votes

    To my recollection, Bush stole the election. He was never elected as President. If you demand to count FL and MI as is, then you would be trying to steal this nomination too. We played by the rules so why don't you?

    May 22, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. Nia

    OOMMGGG!!! They both need to STOP!! Hilary is throwing the gender card in the ring with her hintch women Ferreraro and Feminst groups. And now Bill is opening his pie whole!! He just said not to long ago "They played the race card on me". And Hillary said that "Obama's numbers with hard working White Americans is slipping". Are these two serious and if that was bad enough now they are using thier daughter for sympathy votes!! She agreed with the rules of the DNC at the begining of the campaign, she agreed with the DNC rules when they said the MI and FL votes would not count, not all of a sudden she is comparing herself to Aboloshinist who freed slaves...if she cared so much to have everyones vote count then she should fight to have a re-vote and add Boracks name to the ballot in MI along time ago and not now when she needs them in order to stay in the race. These two will stop at nothing to regain power.

    May 22, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  6. Terry

    WHOM changed the rules? Is the truth being told on CNN? Is Lowering the numbers required, or only seating 48 states, or desiding whom can run in Nov. with the votes of Super (somethings) that no one voted on or for fair.

    We do need a rules change, and Please report what it is; It is Called 'WE THE PEOPLE', and thats not happening or being reported.

    Bad Math and forgetting to properly report this mess as 'To Close to Call' makes me really mad at the whole process.

    May 22, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. Deezy


    May 22, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |

    Hey SWIGG:
    amen to that.

    May 22, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. Al

    I would address a particular demographic among Obama's supporters, those with a Degree. It is a Timeless truth that Institutes of higher learning impart knowledge and not Wisdom. That fact is abundantly evident in this Campaign. What percentage of the graduates became Rhode's Scholars as President Clinton is?
    To those making comments with obssessive emotion, your comment is as meaningful as the level of intellect used in composing it. I see no evidence of Christian spirit on these pages. Comments here and elsewhere are from are the same voters that tolerate Drugs, Pornography, Gambling, Corruption, at every level in American society, then they utter a dim witted "Why do we have these problems".

    May 22, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. F, MPLS

    I absolutely despise the Clintons

    May 22, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. Growup_Hillary_Supporters

    Whatever Billary says dumb people listen. MI and FL were not included right from the beginning of the campaign.Now all of sudden Billary wants to include it jiust because she cant win the delegates.What a Crock...Let FL and MI re-election again.She may win FL but not MI. By the way I am an American Indian livng in MI.

    May 22, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  12. BBGG

    The Clintons have played the race card and used scared tactics to discredit Obama. Bill stated Obama getting the presidency was like a fairy tale. Hillary has repeatedly stated I would not have stayed in Rev. Wright's church for 20 years over and over and over, and over. Her next statement was Obama’s affiliation with William Ayres, the terrorist. (These are some of the reasons why the Appalachians are not voting for Obama.) However, Bill pardoned two members of William Ayres' Weatherman group. Who is better Bill for pardoning them or Obama attempting to help the children? Hillary thought she had the presidency wrapped up because she was Hillary Clinton. She and Bill are still in a state of shock that Obama a two year senator beat her. What experience does Hillary have as a president? We have Bush who had experience and he has run this country into the country. So much for experience!

    Also, I am going to be like Hillary supporters. If she wins the nominee for president by some miracle, I will sit this one out.

    May 22, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. Snapper, Seattle

    Yeah, right. Like the Clintons are not "cold-blooded, calculating, and manipulating." They just love being this deep in the hole because it just draws media attention, which is what they both live for. The only thing that bothers me more, is how many people buy into their games.

    May 22, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Ratgurl

    Someone needs to tell Bill to shut the eff up!

    He's just making things worse for Hillary.

    May 22, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  15. Karena , Canada

    Obama stated on May 18th , that Iran is no threat at all and is just a tiny little country with no power at all , going to great lenght to redicule McCain and middle east policies that view Iran as an unstable country aiming to get nuclear weapons.
    If you haven't seen the video clip , it is a must see.
    Like an immature school boy , he is talking about it jokingly..
    Well , 2 days later , May 20th , with a changed demeanor , chin up , he tells another crowd about the extreme threat that Iran is posing and will be dealt with accordingly.
    This is the man , you are hoping to be your next President .??
    Obama is a man of many words , he'll tell you whatever you want to hear..!!!!

    May 22, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. ed

    the clintons cant stand that the torch has been past down to new generation of americans,they will get what they deserve,if u keep on eating horney and decide not to stop at some point u will eventually end up with diarrhea

    May 22, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. Mia

    The Clintons are the masters of spin. If Obama was the first to play the race card, where is the proof? And why is no one paying any attention to Bill, except late night comics who are just elated anytime he opens his mouth.

    I switched over to Obama months ago. Everyday that Hillary and Bill open their mouths, I remember why.

    May 22, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |

    The old Bill that I know has changed, the new Bill Clinton and family will resort to any thing in order to cling to power. It is time for the Clinton family to wake up and accept the reality. GO OBAMA this is your time, the Clinton era is over for now, until Chelsea is ready for office

    May 22, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  19. gregg la

    Hillary, don't give up. We're not giving up on you.
    Till the end of the line.

    May 22, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  20. oscark

    i was a huge hillary fan but i had to take my support elsewhere becuase:

    * hillary has turned extremely negative (majority of voters polled agree – even many of her own voters)

    * hillary's refusal to gracefuly bow out of the running has been a major turn off (look how the republics left the scene as numbers worked against them)

    * hillary is using fuzzy logic/math to confuse people and have them think she could still win (her claim to being ahead on the popular vote excludes several state caucuses and includes FL and MI...two states she agreed were out of line at the begining of the campaign after they violated DNC rules)

    * yesterday, she held a news interview to openly play the gender card. when she was the frontrunner she complained that the other candidated were tough on her...YOU ARE THEIR COMPETITION! YOUR WERE WINNING...just as now obama gets all the flack from mccain becasue obama is the front runner. mccain does not even mention hillary anymore. hillary can not complain that there is too much focus on her, then that there is too little...

    * decorum calls for civility – she should NEVER have said that mccain would make a better president than obama – NO FRIENDLY FIRE – you simply don't do that...sad. meanwhile, obama urges his supporters to vote for hillary if she is nominated because his world view is more in line with hillary's than with mccain's...

    * hillary has 0$ to battle mccain...mismanagement?

    * hillary's comment: "[a USA Today poll] that found how Sen. Obama's support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me." what??? and "clinging" was elitist was condescending how?

    * hillary (and mccain) claimed that obama was an elitist...a man who just payed off his college loans (sounds like an average joe to me) and once live on food stamps...meanwhile, hillary (and mccain) is a multimillionare (college stamps...what are those?). do these two know what elite means?????????

    * last hit to mccain – a harp back to the republican debates – "what would ronald regan do [about iran, syria, cuba]?" (think: ussr...i believe republican precious regan engaged the ussr – and it HAD nukes! BIGGER threat!)

    i *used* to favor hillary...until a brighter alternative appeared. go obama

    May 22, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  21. karen

    It is sad that the best person to be president has still got the forever unforgiving self rightous people pointing at the Clinton's as being awlful because Bill didn't tell the truth to the counrty about something between husband and wife.
    Don't you fools relize that no matter how morally depraved Bill's sin, the Clinton's are heads above any on you. Hillary forgave him.
    Doesn't it say somewhere"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone".
    Pity Hillary really is the real thing. To bad there are to many blinded by the mote in their own eye.

    May 22, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  22. Nia

    Hillary' Clinton's Plan B:
    MI And FL – Somehow eveyone else knew to remove there name from the ballot except Hillary.

    May 22, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  23. Les-Wa

    President Clinton, Obama played the race card to the hilt and blame it on you. During debate in Nevada, Tim Russert showed Obama memos from his campaign to use the race card against Hillary.

    From South Carolina all the way to EVERY state OBAMA USE THE RACE CARD with so much gusto he thought he can get away with it.


    May 22, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  24. David Minneapolis

    What is revolting, is that the Clinton's are doing absolutely everything to derail the democrats for the general election so that Hillary can run again in 2012. That's what's revolting. The popular vote is not how the nominee is chosen. It's a lie, a bold face lie that the media and CNN are going along with because it's fun and profitable to allow these power hungry egomaniacs to blow their hot air. THAT'S WHY SO MANY STATES HOLD CAUCUSES...BECAUSE IT'S THE DELEGATES STUPID! Those are the rules of the party. And if you think it's unfair it's only because the Clinton's didn't plan to contest every see she felt that they had the nomination taken care of because they are so connected you know, have so many friends, like Richardson, Edwards, Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Carter, Gore...all who are in the Obama camp, because he is going to win, by the rules.
    Clinton does not want to be V.P., she wants to do everything within her power to make sure that Obama doesn't win in a landslide victory, that would mean that the Clinton's time is over, and they just can't stand it, they're going to hold their breath until they turn blue.

    May 22, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  25. ar58

    McCain picking a VIP ? did " THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX" mean any thing to him. of course not, does he need Glen Beck to tell him that Ebay was not the most marvelous creation of the century ?
    Oh dear John.

    May 22, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
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