Bill Clinton: ‘I Don’t Give a Rip About All This Name-Calling….Let’s Just Saddle Up and Have an Argument’

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 26, 2008 2:06pm

Don’t like the tenor of the Democratic contest?

Don’t look to former President Bill Clinton for consolation.

Speaking to voters in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the 42nd president Wednesday said, "I don’t give a rip about all this name-calling that’s going on. They’ve been going on ever since Iowa. I’ve heard them say all these things about her.

"Apparently it’s okay to say bad things about a girl," he said laughing, in an apparent reference to his 60-year-old wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, per ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf.

"The only thing that matters is, what happens to you?" said Mr. Clinton. "That’s all that matters. If a politician doesn’t wanna get beat up, he shouldn’t run for office. If a football player doesn’t want to get tackled or want the risk of an a occasional clip he shouldn’t put the pads on."

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

Clinton also had a word to say about all the surrogates of both his wife’s and Sen. Barack Obama’s campaigns whom had been ejected, including former Obama campaign adviser Samantha Power, and former Clinton campaign finance committee member Geraldine Ferraro.

"I don’t think any of these people oughta be asked to resign," said the former president. "All these guys that say bad things about any other campaign, they say should they resign? My answer is no, they’re repeating the party line. They oughta stay right where they are.

"Let’s just saddle up and have an argument," he continued. "What’s the matter with that? That’s what America’s about, right?

"All this moaning and groaning — none of these politicians are gonna have anything like the tough time half the people in this audience have already had for the last seven years. This is about you. Don’t you let anybody take this election away from you."

- jpt

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