Blogger notes: Maybe Bill likes to see Barack and Hillary fight. I would like to see debates with truthful statements. Arguments should be substantiated with facts. Give us a reason to vote for him/her, not vote against his/her opponent. I agree with Tom Daschle's warning that this could "destroy the party." What do you think? Please give us your comments.
Just when you thought the Clintons and Barack Obama couldn't get any nastier
BY STEPHANIE GASKELL in Greenwood, S.C. HELEN KENNEDY in Greenville, S.C. and IAN BISHOP in New YorkDAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Move over, Hatfields and McCoys.
That blood feud is looking downright civil compared with the trash talk in the Democratic duel between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, which took on the ring of schoolyard taunts the day after a debate melee in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"Sen. Obama is very frustrated. The events of the last 10 or so days ... have apparently convinced him to adopt a different strategy," cracked Clinton, who appeared the morning after to revel in the bareknuckle brawl.
"He clearly came [Monday] night looking for a fight and he was determined and launched right in," she added.
"I wasn't looking for a fight," Obama retorted. "What I'm looking for is a correcting of the misstatements that have been coming out of the Clinton camp."
The intensity of their grudge match has kicked up a notch ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary and the approach of Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, when New York, California and 20 other states hold primaries.
Clinton and Obama had no qualms about slinging mud Monday night and seemed to relish the personal and policy slaps - more comfortable territory than their flareup over race earlier this month.
Their verbal combat has gotten so nasty that rival John Edwards said he was happy to "represent the grownup wing of the Democratic Party."
Ex-President Bill Clinton, stumping in South Carolina Tuesday in his wife's stead while she campaigned in the West, suggested Democrats wringing their hands over the rancor should lighten up.
"I know you think it's crazy, but I kind of like to see Barack and Hillary fight," he said lightheartedly. "They're flesh-and- blood people and they have their differences - let 'em at it."
Obama told the Christian Broadcasting Network that Bill Clinton is "making stuff up" about his Iraq record.
Justifying his retaliation, Obama told a Palmetto State crowd: "I think its very clear that Sen. Clinton and President Clinton have been spending the last month attacking me in ways that are not accurate. At some point, it was important for us to address them."
Obama backer Tom Daschle, the former Democratic Senate boss, whacked the ex-President yesterday for his "overt distortions," which he branded unpresidential and warned could "destroy the party."
Hillary had no apologies for what the Clintons said, or will continue to say.
"Time and time again, we see where the words and actions don't match," she said.
If anyone is making stuff up, she contended, it's Obama. "Many of the points that he was making [Monday] night, his record doesn't support them," she said.