Clinton: Obama was "Looking for a Fight"

As I said before, I noticed Obama looked tense when he came out last night.  People should replay the beginning to take a look at it.  While both Edwards and Clinton seemed relaxed and smiling, he seemed serious though did start smiling a little- I do think he had it on his mind from the beginning that he was going to start a fight at the first oppotunity.  Whether it was effective, I don't know- how the public sees these things to me are sometimes a mystery and either could have benefited from it.

This is a good item on Hillary talking about it- and also Barack making his points and both still going at it the morning after.

Here are parts:

Speaking to reporters in Washington, Hillary Clinton belittled Obama's various criticisms at the debate as "rehearsed points."

"I think what we saw last night was that he's very frustrated," she said. "I believe that the events of the last 10 or so days, the outcome of New Hampshire and Nevada, have apparently convinced him to adopt a different strategy. He clearly came - he telegraphed it, he talked about it - he clearly came last night looking for a fight. He was determined and launched right in."


The morning after the debate, the back-and-forth between the two leading Democrats continued unabated. The two had argued bitterly and in personal terms at Monday night's debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over issues such as the Iraq war and Bill Clinton's role in the campaign. The two also traded accusations over Hillary Clinton's work as a lawyer for anti-union Wal-Mart and Obama's relationship with a political patron facing fraud charges.

"He was determined and launched right in. And I thought it was important to set the record straight," Hillary Clinton said.

She restated her argument that Obama was unwilling to answer hard questions about his record, from his opposition to the Iraq war but support for military budgets to his "present" votes as a member of the Illinois legislature.

Tags: Barack Obama, debates, Hillary Clinton (all tags)



he clearly wanted to say both clintons were

LIARS and start a media blood frenzy over that.

but after he he hit her with the snide wal-mart corporate lawyer knock, Hillary REZKOED upside he head.

he's done. finis. dead man walking.

he will win less states than jesse did in 88, mark my words.

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-22 09:16AM | 0 recs
His body language did show him tense at start.

It's fair to say that. He has boxed himself in and we're not hearing much about the politics of hope these days.  

by ottovbvs 2008-01-22 09:22AM | 0 recs
Re:Clinton:Obama was"Looking for a Fight

I think Clinton wins this from an overall publicity perspective. The headlines are not about Obama taking on Bill, they're about this "personal" battle between Obama and Hillary at the debate. It makes Obama look like the politics of usual.

Obama in how he defended himself was a little too long winded. Hillary is clearly better at deflecting attacks by ignoring them or with simple one liners (for instance in regard to Bill's involvement in her campaign she stated they all have commited spouses that support them, and that was it). Possibly Obama earned himself a point or two in South Carolina, but in the long run he may have been hurt.

by Christopher Lib 2008-01-22 09:41AM | 0 recs
go to the mat on healthcare...

and against Obama.

If you're going to try to start a fight, i dont think HRC is the best one to start it against, because you will just get put in your place -

by sepulvedaj3 2008-01-22 09:56AM | 0 recs


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