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Clinton to Obama: Stop Complaining


From CBS News' Fernando Suarez:

PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton went after Barak Obama today for "complaining" about the hard questions he was asked at the recent ABC News debate. "We were both asked some pretty tough questions and that's part of what happens in a debate and in a campaign," Clinton told a local Philadelphia morning show. "And I know he spent all day yesterday complaining about the hard questions he was asked. Being asked tough questions in a debate is nothing like the pressures you face inside the White House. In fact, when the going gets tough, you just can't walk away because we're going to have some very tough decisions that we have to make."

While Obama wasn't pleased with the debate because he felt the moderators didn't get to substantive issues until 45 minutes after it started, ABC has also been facing criticism for what some felt was an unfair focus by the moderators on Obama.

But Clinton is no stranger to complaining about the unfair treatment she's received at previous debates. At a recent debate hosted by NBC's Brian Williams and Tim Russert in Ohio, Clinton complained about being called on before Obama. "Can I just point out that in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time," she said. "I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all of these issues."

Clinton was asked this morning if she thought the debate was fair. "Well, can I say that I've been through, what 23 of these debates? And as I recall, I was asked some pretty tough questions in nearly every one of them. That goes with the territory," she said. "The special interests are going to be a lot tougher than 90 minutes of questions from two journalists, and we need a president who is going to be up there fighting everyday for the American people and not complain about how much pressure there is, and how hard the questions are."

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