Monday, January 21, 2008

Obama vs. Bill Clinton

Drudge Reports:

ABC News' Michael James and Tahman Bradley Report: Sen. Barack Obama says he's ready to confront former President Bill Clinton, calling his advocacy on behalf of his wife's presidential campaign, "troubling." In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts to air Monday on "Good Morning America," Obama, D-Ill., directly engages Bill Clinton on a series of issues.

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"You know the former president, who I think all of us have a lot of regard for, has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling," Obama said. "He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts -- whether it's about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas. This has become a habit, and one of the things that we're gonna have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he's making statements that are not factually accurate."

Obama apparently refers to Clinton's comment that it was a "fairy tale" that Obama has consistently opposed to the Iraq war from the start, and that Nevada union officials backing Obama were strong-arming members into caucusing for Obama.

The former president took on Obama's Iraq position at a Dartmouth College event days before the New Hampshire primary, saying that it was wrong Obama was able to trumpet superior judgment on Iraq by being opposed to the war from the start.
"Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," Bill Clinton said.

Clinton was making the case that Obama -- just like Sen. Hillary Clinton -- has voted to fund the war since he's been in office.

My first reaction to this feud was on Obama's side. Bill Clinton, being a former president, shouldn't act with such little respect and restraint. However, with a little more thought I've concluded that it's the same thing as a campaign manager speaking on behalf of a candidate. Obama has used public figures to strengthen his campaign...OPRAH, John Kerry, all of Hollywood. It's all fair game in my eyes. Now, as long as the remarks made by Clinton are 100% factual, and not skewed in any way I don't see a problem in this.

Although he should stop claiming Obama shouldn't be President because of his lack of experience. Clinton won his campaign on charisma and little to no presidential type experience as well.


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