On the same day that the Clinton campaign premiered a new attack ad in South Carolina, former President Bill Clinton tried to blame the Obama campaign and the media for heating up the rhetoric. Bill has been dispatched to South Carolina to hold the line against Obama while Hillary shores up support around the country.
The former president has attacked Obama in recent days, accusing him of overstating his opposition to the Iraq war, complaining about Obama’s union supporters in the Nevada caucuses last weekend and blasting his remarks on former President Reagan in a newspaper interview.
Clinton on Wednesday tried to distance himself from the attacks, telling a CNN correspondent that the rhetoric was “crazy” and “getting a little carried away.”
“What [the news media] care about is this, and the Obama people know that. So they just spin you up on this and you happily go along. I mean, the people don’t care about this,” he added.
“They never ask about it, and you are determined to take this election away from them, and that’s not right. That is not right. This election ought to belong to those people who are out here asking questions about their lives.”
But earlier in the day, the Clinton campaign launched a radio ad in South Carolina that takes another jab at Obama, highlighting some of his recent comments on the Republican Party.