Bill Clinton complains about Obama’s attacks
(CNN) — Former President Clinton on Monday complained about attacks from Sen. Barack Obama on Sen. Hillary Clinton in the latest in the back-and-forth between the two rival Democratic presidential campaigns.
Sen. Hillary Clinton says Sen. Barack Obama’s camp is deliberately distorting her remarks.
“I’ve got before me a list of 80 attacks on Hillary that are quite personal by Sen. Obama and his campaign going back six months that I’ve had pulled,” he said, speaking to CNN contributor Roland Martin on WVON-AM’s “The Roland S. Martin Show” based in Chicago, Illinois.
On the program, Martin played a recording of comments Sunday by Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson that appeared to criticize Obama’s admitted past drug use.
Johnson later said he was referring to Obama’s community organizing efforts.
“When you listen to that tone and the inflection, he was not talking about community organizing. It seemed to be very clear what he was implying,” Martin said.
The former president said Johnson needs to be “taken at his word,” adding that “nobody knew” what he would say and “it wasn’t part of any planned strategy.” Video Watch Martin’s take on the interview »
“This, to me, is another example of [the Obama campaign] wanting a double standard,” he said. Video Watch the latest on the war of words »
Clinton went on to say comments from Obama’s campaign in the aftermath of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination were “a lot worse” than what Johnson said.
Obama’s campaign implied that some of Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy decisions helped exacerbate problems in Pakistan.
The ex-president said his wife’s way of handling attacks showed a clear difference from Obama. “She didn’t complain about it,” he said. “She just said, ‘I disagree’ and went on.”
The senator from New York did respond then, saying she regretted that Obama’s campaign “would be politicizing this tragedy, and especially at a time when we do need to figure out a way forward.”
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