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While campaigning in Fayetteville, W.Va., Bill Clinton argued with an audience member over claims made by Hillary Clinton that she improved health care during his administration. The exchange was quickly picked up on YouTube and various blogs. (Video by

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 9, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
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It is obvious she didn't know anything because she cited what she has been told! Unless she was in the Administration and close to Senator Clinton she's blowing hot air. There are many people out here who blame Teddy Kennedy and his entourage over this problem since he was supposed to be the "healthcare champion." But because Senator Clinton is a woman he got ridiculously jealous and mean spirited and thinks we don't know what happened.

Considering Teddy Kennedy killed a woman and brags about being the leader of a family that has killed and raped and drugged their way through life it's little wonder these flakes don't show up more at the ralley's. I'd like this lady to apologize for telling lies. WE KNOW WHO STOPPED HEALTHCARE AND IT HAPPENED TO BE MEN WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN WOMEN.

Posted by: UWBizKid | May 11, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Carl Bernstein's book A Woman in Charge (for instance pages 217, 285 and especially 304) illuminates this matter.

Sorry to say the Carl totally blew it in his book. He talked to a few people hostile to Hillary, quoted a few unconvincingly "demonizing" statements, and dismissed Hillary's effort.

I think the fact is that the huge budget deficit crunch, compliments of the Reagan and Bush I, the unified Republican opposition, and the Insurance industry financed ads were too much to overcome. It was the failure of our entire society, not Hillary and the few who worked so hard for health converage for all Americans.

I can't overstate how disappointed I was in Bernstein's book. Very shallow.

Posted by: jrockett | May 10, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what has happened to Bill. I don't recall ever seeing him this angry or keyed-up about anything when he was in office, but ever since he's been stumping for his mullet-headed wife, he's been acting like a sickened pitbull . This is a family that doesn't take criticism well.

Posted by: GregB | May 10, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The woman critic of Hillary Clinton's earlier White House-based effort at health care reform, accessible by video, apparently is not faulting Hillary's dedication or her grasp of detail. She is faulting the Clintons' failure to deliver on their promise during their 8-year co-presidential tenure. Bill Clinton's florid defense of his wife (and himself) is perfectly understandable, even commendably gallant as regards Hillary (though some will regret that at this stage she isn't skewering McCain's feeble health care pitch instead of attacking the realistic draft plan of a fellow Democrat).

Why didn't the Clintons succeed before? The onus of failure must rest in large measure with Hillary and her ineptitude in working with allies no less than in confronting and demonizing "enemies." Carl Bernstein's book A Woman in Charge (for instance pages 217, 285 and especially 304) illuminates this matter. Particularly damaging to the disastrous attempt of the 1990s with its lost opportunity was Hillary's alienation of senators Bill Bradley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Bill misunderstood this current charge against Hillary from his audience, whether willfully or inadvertently.

Posted by: FirstMouse | May 10, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

One of the responsibilties of parents is to guide and advise their children to stay away from persons in life who could have negatve influence in their life and the affects of which could be lifelong. Senator Obama knowing too well about the hate speeches of his pastor, his unpatriotic and offensive comments,and he still had his children baptised by Rev Wright! What a judgment!!! As if Rev. Wright is the ONLY African American pastor in the entire USA!

Posted by: Joeph | May 10, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"Time to be a McCain Democrat. Where do I get the bumber sticker "MCCAIN DEMOCRAT""

Same place where you can buy coat hangers for illegal abortions, I guess.

Posted by: Paolo | May 10, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

jason that shows how stupid you are you would vote against obama because you dont like his supporters thats some good thinking

Posted by: primmtime | May 10, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't going to vote if Obama won but now because of the nastiness of the obamaheads I will vote for McCain.

Posted by: Jason | May 9, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah Bill and Hillary in the White House again! Yeah!

Posted by: Mary | May 9, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

This Obama supporter is an idiot. The idea of Universal Health Care has been around for more than a half century. Who has succeeded? Hillary got the Children Health Insurance passed.

Posted by: Jamal | May 9, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't put up with a few minutes of watching Bill's red face on TV. How is America going to put up with 8 more years of Clintons? America has spoken and the only people who didn't listen are the Clintons.

Bill confronts an audience member and asked him "Which part of we are in it to win don't you understand?"

Well the whole part. Hillary is in it now to lose not to win. She wakes up every morning at 3am running to the phone with the hope that somebody will call and say madame president. But that ain't going to happen.

Th problem Obama is going to face when he is president is that Hillary is going to vote opposite of what he wants on all the bills that come to the senate floor. Hillary should not be allowed to go back to the senate if she loses this primary.

Posted by: Jeff Sisken | May 9, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with this picture? Bow out gracefully Hillary. Bill and Hillary can't accept defeat. It will just have to keep slapping them until they are silly with resignation. Pathetic representaion of the democratic party.

Posted by: crakers4u | May 9, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

who in USA really can put up with 16 years of the Clintons in White House? I know I dont want abraham lincoln!s bedroom tarnished again.

Posted by: sbeckley | May 9, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton's finger waging and red face has become the norm of Hillary's campaign. Bill is confronting poor citizens with a tone and distrust that is ruin not only his reputation but that of Hillary also. I haven't seen any politician confront people from the audience like Bill. There is no compasion or respect for anybody in the audience. For Bill it is all about grabing the white house with lies and deciets.

Posted by: Jack Steele | May 9, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

What the heck has gotten into these two?

Posted by: NandiT | May 9, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the "fat bas*ard* Kennedy insult Hillary? Time to be a McCain Democrat. Where do I get the bumber sticker "MCCAIN DEMOCRAT"

Posted by: vs | May 9, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

God! This Obamabot is pathetic. Someone get it some teeth!

Good for you Bill Clinton, you don't have to take crap from some freakshow that wishes she could lay Obama!

Posted by: Obama Who? | May 9, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Not at all, Greg:

Analysis: 'Hillary Democrats' could be up for grabs

Posted by: JakeD | May 9, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Bill sure isn't himself, there were many better ways to explain the problems they had getting health care through and how it could be different this time. I assume she wouldn't repeat the mistakes of those days and would have more transparency in the planning and include rather than exclude Congress. She did work hard, just not wisely.
(And she took false credit for SCHIP so best not to mention that)

But mostly he is being so rude to a lady that is the demographic of her best supporters, a white older woman. Show her some respect! It's one thing to yell at some male reporter, this is different. If that gets much play there it could turn some people away.

Posted by: Joyn | May 9, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I think Jake's got a crush on Obama.

Posted by: Greg | May 9, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

William Jefferson Blythe III(real given name, changed at age 14) you are are retired president and you should sit down and let people forget all the lies you told when you wre in the White House.Sayonara!

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | May 9, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It's parsing words. As Randi Rhodes explained, she's always like "read the fine print, ***hole!!"

Posted by: parse it | May 9, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

According to Monica, his dick is about as crooked as he is. I think she said it is bent sideways in the middle. No kidding there is a name for it but I forget.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

William JEFFERSON Clinton makes my pee-pee feel all funny! ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 9, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

William JEFFERSON Clinton makes my nipples as hard as DIAMONDS! ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 9, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Now, the Boston Globe takes a longer look at the issue, finding that the program was created by Ted Kennedy and co-sponsored by Orrin Hatch -- with no known input from Clinton. In fact, the Clinton White House opposed it for budgetary reasons when it was first proposed, then later supported it.

Kennedy, an Obama supporter, has previously pointed out the contradiction. The Globe also quotes Hatch: "The White House wasn't for it. We really roughed them up... She may have done some advocacy [privately] over at the White House, but I'm not aware of it."

They also quote John McDonough, a Mass. legislator and healthcare advocate who worked on the legislation with Kennedy and has not endorsed Obama or Clinton: " 'I don't recall any signs of Mrs. Clinton's engagement,' McDonough said. 'I'm sure she was behind the scenes, engaged in lobbying, but it is demonstrably not the case' that she was driving the effort, he said."

is this crazy lady completely forgetting the children health care part in 1997?? i think NOT!

Posted by: BonoX | May 9, 2008 4:45 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Big F'n deal, she hardly did anything other then try to take credit for it later.

"She wasn't a legislator, she didn't write the law, and she wasn't the president, so she didn't make the decisions," says Nick Littlefield, then a senior health adviser to Kennedy. "But we relied on her, worked with her and she was pivotal in encouraging the White House to do it."

is this crazy lady completely forgetting the children health care part in 1997?? i think NOT!

Posted by: BonoX | May 9, 2008 4:45 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks Hillary and Bill did not have an effect on healthcare during his time in office only has to go back and look at the rates before he left office. You will see a spike in the cost of healthcare that coincides with when he left. Their is no doubt that even though universal care was not passed, just the threat of it kept insurance premiums down.

Posted by: john | May 9, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

is this crazy lady completely forgetting the children health care part in 1997?? i think NOT!

Posted by: BonoX | May 9, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton's poisonous leadership style and reliance on cronyism were among the prime reasons why healthcare reform tanked. [Another one was the opposition of the AMA, who fought her reforms tooth and nail--I wonder how they feel about that now after a decade of getting screwed by insurance providers?].

Anyway, imagine how much better shape our economy would be in with a decent government run health-care program--instead of the rigged system that we're stuck with now.

The debacle of the health-care project--and the fact that Hillary worked really hard at it AND FAILED UTTERLY (along with the Iraq vote) constitutes the bulk of her leadership record. And that's why I'm voting for Obama.

Posted by: R Mc | May 9, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama supporters are simply sickening! Good job Bill clinton.

Posted by: BonoX | May 9, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

omg... i think bill has hit retirement age hard. i swear for some of the things i've seen him say during this campaign he's either senile, a little buzzed, or just that much of a pompous a....

Posted by: jencm | May 9, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

He is a disgrace. The more he speaks the more he looks like the low class trash he and she really are. Now they are lying yo people pretending to be campaigning as they fund raise before they shut it down. Hillary was actually at a fund raiser this morning instead of campaigning. That is where the priorities are as they screw their loyal supporters out of as many dollars as they can before it all dries up. They can't even be honest with the people who trust them the most, their contributors. It's all about money now, nothing else.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 9, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Bill trying to rewrite history - again. And when his wife's campaign has officially come apart at the seams, too. Time to go home...

Posted by: matt | May 9, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The questioner was wrong. She really did work tirelessly for half of Bill's first term for health care. Unfortunately, she was incapable of working with a Democratic Congress and the whole thing was a black eye for her and the Clinton administration. You can certainly fault her for mishandling health care, and the Clinton administration for ignoring it in the second term. However, you could never legitimately argue that she didn't try damn hard.

Posted by: Justin | May 9, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

She TRIED to improve it, nobody can deny that. But she failed miserably, and that's why health care is still a an issue.

Bill Clinton needs to cut out the revisionist crap, take Hillary, and go back to Chappaqua.

Posted by: Steve Charb | May 9, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Noticed how he switched-hit. She said claims of "improving" healthcare. Bill switched it up and was arguing she "worked" for healthcare. She did work for it but she did nothing to improve the state of healthcare.

That man should be in advertising. He good. A liar, but a darn good one!

Posted by: l A lawrence | May 9, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Bill talking down to voters now?

Posted by: XXX | May 9, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

wow Bill

Posted by: XXX | May 9, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hillarycare for
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Posted by: RAT-The | May 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Go William JEFFERSON Clinton!!!

Posted by: JakeD | May 9, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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