Clinton Rips Media’s ‘Double Standard’

Apr 8, 2008 6:47pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: Asked about press accusations that the only way she can win is if she’s "willing to win ugly," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., told NPR’s "All Things Considered" on Tuesday that she has faced "something of a double standard" throughout her presidential bid.

"Senator, I want you to react to something that I keep hearing among voters, and increasingly among people who cover the campaign — both those who are reporters and those who speak about the campaign on television, on radio — the statement that the only way that Hillary Clinton can win is if she’s willing to win ugly," NPR’s Michele Norris told Clinton.

"When you hear that," Norris continued, "what does that mean to you? How do you react to that?"

"Well, I don’t know what it means because there is no way for Senator Obama to win unless he also obtains a significant number of superdelegates," said Clinton. "I understand that there has been, throughout this campaign, something of a double standard. I accept it; I live with it."

Asked what the double standard is, Clinton at first demurred.

"Well, I think that it’s pretty obvious to anybody who has followed it," said Clinton.

When Norris followed-up again, saying, "Just in case it’s not clear to someone, I don’t want to assume. I just want you to tell me what you think the double standard is because I don’t want to assume," Clinton unloaded.

"No, but you know – for example, why is the question directed at me?" she said. "I mean, neither of us has the number of delegates to win. It is a problem for both of us. And Senator Obama’s supporters refuse to support a revote in Michigan, which I thought was rather odd for the Democratic Party to be against another vote. Senator Obama’s supporters wanted to end this contest and short circuit it so that the votes of the people in the next upcoming contest wouldn’t count because he has a slight lead. And it’s by no means definitive. It would have been like calling the championship game last night with two minutes left to go because somebody was ahead. And that’s not how it turned out."

Audio of Clinton’s interview is available on NPR’s website.

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