Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Clintons vs Obama

the pair continue to recite that Obama said the Republicans were the party of ideas in the 90s...

Ed Shultz on Chris Matthews Hardball talking about Bill Clinton


What was his original quote and what did he mean?

'You just said that I complimented the Republican ideas. That is not true.'
Or is it? What the barbs Obama and Clinton traded during the South Carolina Democratic primary debate really mean
Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
Tuesday January 22, 2008
Guardian Unlimited


Clinton, Obama reach new level of rancor
LA Times

In a brutal back-and-forth of interruptions, Obama replied:

"You just said that I complimented the Republican ideas. That is not true."

He pointed to his background as a community organizer during those years to contrast himself with Clinton.

"What I said," Obama told her, "and I will provide you with the quote, what I said is that Ronald Reagan was a transformative public figure because he was able to get Democrats to vote against their economic interests to form a majority to push through their agenda, an agenda that I objected to, because while I was working on those streets, watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of Wal-Mart."

Clinton -- who has been criticized during the campaign for not standing up to the merchandising giant while on its board from 1986 to 1992 -- responded that she had taken stands against Republican programs.

"And I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner-city Chicago," she said.

Obama, offered an opportunity later to respond to Clinton's reference, said that as a law firm associate he had represented a church group that partnered with businessman Antoin Rezko. Obama said he worked on the matter for five hours.

Rezko, one of Obama's earliest patrons, is scheduled to go on trial next month on federal charges alleging he joined a scheme to force investment firms seeking business from Illinois state pension funds to pay kickbacks. Obama is not alleged to be involved in any wrongdoing, and on Saturday he announced that he would donate to charity $40,350 in past political contributions from seven Chicago-area individuals who appear to be linked to Rezko.


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