Clinton Responds to “Pimp” Comment

By Dotcomabc

Feb 9, 2008 2:13pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Clinton responded Saturday morning to a comment made by NBC’s David Schuster on Thursday,  who rhetorically asked,  "Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?”

“I am a mom first and a candidate second. I found the remarks incredibly offensive. I can take whatever comes my way, that’s part of what I signed up for as a candidate, as an office holder, but I think that there’s been a troubling pattern of comments and behavior that has to be held accountable. So I have sent a letter to the head of NBC expressing the deep offense that I took and pointing out what has been a troubling pattern of demeaning treatment, and I would expect appropriate action to be taken.”

Clinton would not say if she would participate in the NBC-sponsored debates. “We have accepted a lot of debates from a lot of different sponsors and were going to wait and see how this plays out.”

Clinton was asked if she sees herself as the underdog, and the reporter referenced Mark Penn’s comments about Sen. Obama being the establishment candidate: “(Obama)  has increasingly run an establishment race and he has increasingly relied on big endorsements and on celebrities to sort of attach himself to get the kind of validation that comes from that sort of endorsement and he has increasingly in my view really tailored his positions so they are more establishment orientated, like giving up on universal healthcare."

Clinton was also asked if she thought superdelegates should support pledged delegates, as Senator Obama as suggested. “Superdelegates are, by design, supposed to exercise independent judgment, that is the way the system works. But of course if Sen. Obama and his campaign continue to push this position, which is really contrary to what the definition of superdelegate has historically been, I look forward to receiving the support of Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Kerry."

When asked if she thought Florida and Michigan should have a caucus, Clinton said, “The people of Florida and Michigan spoke in a very convincing way that they want their voices and their votes to be heard. The turnout in both places was record-and I think that should be respected.”

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