Bill Clinton seems to unload on the press when his Wife is down by double digits. Such is the Case in South Carolina
Politisite says, “Quit Yelling at Jessica Yellin
January 23, 2008
Bill Clinton got visibly upset with CNN’s Jessica Yellin Wednesday.
(CNN) – Bill Clinton became visibly upset Wednesday over comments by a prominent South Carolina Democrat that compared the former president’s actions on the trail to those of infamous Republican strategist Lee Atwater.
In an interview with CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Dick Harpootlian, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and a supporter of Barack Obama, said some of Bill Clinton’s recent remarks on the campaign trail were appeals based on race and gender. He said the comments were meant to “suppresses the vote, demoralize voters, and distort the record,” and said they were “reminiscent of Lee Atwater.”
Clinton sharply disputed the charge, and lashed out at Yellin for raising the question.
“You live for this. This hurts the people of South Carolina,” he said. “Because the people of South Carolina come to these meetings and ask questions about what they care about. And what they care about is not what’s going to be in the news coverage tonight, because you don’t care about it.
“What you care about is this. And the Obama people know that. So they just spin you up on this and you happily go along. I mean, the people don’t care about this,” he added. “They never ask about it. And you are determined to take this election away from them. And that’s not right. That is not right. This election ought to belong to those people who are out here asking questions about their lives.”
(CNN) — Sen. Hillary Clinton is focusing her attention on states with contests next month on “Super Tuesday,” leaving the campaigning for this week’s South Carolina primary to her husband.
Ex-President Bill Clinton is campaigning for his wife in South Carolina while she focuses her attention elsewhere.
Days before the South’s first Democratic contest on Saturday, the senator from New York is zigzagging across the country, while former President Clinton makes the rounds in South Carolina and doubles up the attacks on Sen. Barack Obama.
Obama sees his rival’s absence as a good thing, according to Christian Broadcasting Network correspondent David Brody, who interviewed the senator from Illinois on Tuesday.
“He believes that it is a sign, in essence, the fact that she’s leaving the state — that that bodes well for him,” Brody said.
“He was talking about the fact that she had said that … he’s not running against Bill Clinton. But then, at the same time, Bill Clinton is here in South Carolina by proxy, running against Barack Obama down here in South Carolina.”
The 42nd president has been immersed in the intense, back-and-forth exchanges between his wife and Obama, who said this week in a debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that he sometimes can’t tell which one he’s running against in the race.
The former president has attacked Obama in recent days, accusing him of overstating his opposition to the Iraq war, complaining about Obama’s union supporters in the Nevada caucuses last weekend and blasting his remarks on former President Reagan in a newspaper interview. Video Watch the battle brewing between the Clintons and Obama
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