WASHINGTON–White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is mounting a “girlfriend” offensive in accusing her all-male lineup of rivals of piling on as she tries to recover her footing from a poor performance in Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia. Chief rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Friday was not buying the gender defense and said he did not wave a race card when he was roughed up in a debate.
Obama said in an interview on NBC’s “Today Show” “Well, look, I am assuming and I hope that Senator Clinton wants to be treated like everybody else. And I think that that’s why she’s running for president.”
Clinton is working it both ways–acting tough and then complaining about being picked on. Obama alluded to race–Obama is the only African-American running when he said he just toughed out darts thrown at him.
“You know, when we had a debate back in Iowa a while back, we spent, I think, the first 15 minutes of the debate hitting me on various foreign policy issues. And I didn’t come out and say, “Look, I’m being hit on because I look different from the rest of the folks on the stage.
” I assumed it was because there were real policy differences there. And I think that has to be the attitude that all of us take. We’re not running for the president of the city council. We’re running for the presidency of the United States of America,” Obama said.
Obama also said, “No, look, I don’t think that people doubt that Senator Clinton is tough. She’s used to playing in national politics. And, in fact, that is one of the things that she has suggested is why she should be elected is because she’s been playing in this rough-and- tumble stage. So it doesn’t make sense for her, after having run that way for eight months, the first time that people start challenging her point of view, that suddenly she backs off and says, “Don’t pick on me.”