In the debate, Hillary Clinton made the argument that Barack Obama was frustrated with his losses prompted him to look for a fight in the debate. At the same time, Obama fired back asserting that both Hillary and her husband former President Bill Clinton were distorting his record repeatedly.
“I think it’s very clear that Senator Clinton … and the president have been spending the last month attacking me in ways that are not accurate,” Obama said to reporters in a conference call after Clinton lashed out at him in an intense exchange that carried over from Monday night’s debate.
As Clinton spoke to reporters in Washington, Clinton would belittle Obama’s line of debate criticism.
“I think what we saw last night was that he’s very frustrated,” Hillary said and added: “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.”
The morning after the Monday night debate ended, both Clinton and Obama continued going at it back and forth with each other. Both have argued bitterly over issues such as the Iraq War and the role of Bill Clinton in Hillary’s campaign.
Clinton reiterated her argument about Obama unwilling to answer hard questions about his record such as the opposition of the war in Iraq but supporting budgets for the military.
But Obama fired back at Clinton.
“Senator Clinton announced while we were still in Iowa that this was going to be her strategy and called it the fun part of campaigning. And, you know, I don’t think it’s the fun part to fudge the truth,” Obama said. He would add: “The necessary part of this campaign is to make sure that we’re getting accurate information to voters about people’s respective records.”
He also accused Clinton of taking politically expedient positions that were inconsistent with her record.
“We can’t afford a president whose positions change with the politics of the moment. We need a president who knows that being ready on Day One means getting it right from Day One,” Obama had said in his speech. It was the only standing ovation of Obama’s speech.
Hillary would defend Bill’s aggressive criticism of Obama and said that it did not contradict the former president’s role as senior statesman and Democratic Party leader.
“I can tell you that never crossed our minds. That’s not how we think,” Hillary said and continued with: “It has absolutely nothing to do with a unified Democratic Party around a nominee and a full support for whoever our Democratic president will be. That is just the way it works.”
John Edwards who seemed to be left behind addressed about 300 people in a peanut warehouse. He said that the bickering between Obama and Clinton do not help those in need.
“When all those kinds of personal attacks are going on, it doesn’t do a thing to help somebody get health care who doesn’t have it,” Edwards said to the crowd and added: “It doesn’t do a thing to help our kids get the education they need. We have work to do in this country.”