February 26, 2008 – Transcript – CNN- Anderson Cooper 360
COOPER: Paul Begala, Clinton also made an issue of feeling like the press has not treated both candidates equally. I want to play some of that.
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CLINTON: Well, can I just point out that, in the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time. And I don’t mind. I — you know, I’ll be happy to field them. But I do find it curious. And anybody saw “Saturday Night Live,” you know, maybe we should ask Barack if he’s comfortable and needs another pillow.
I just find it kind of curious that I keep getting the first question on all of these issues. But I’m happy to answer it.
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COOPER: Paul, how did that come across to you?
PAUL BEGALA, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: I don’t like politicians whining about the press. And yet, she’s right, simply as a matter of objective truth. Watch the debate.
My e-mail was going off — not a one from the Clinton campaign, by the way — but from friends, colleagues, competitors in other news media outlets who were struck that the tough question on health care, the tough question on Iraq, and even the gotcha question — what’s the name of the obscure opera chick (ph) who Vladimir Putin has put up to be his puppet replacement? OK, that’s like — that’s Final Jeopardy. Really a hard question. Nobody knows that. She even knew that one.
And really, frankly, that’s a question you logically would give to Barack, who many voters, and Hillary alleges, is not ready to lead on national security.
COOPER: So you think it is, what, is too favorable toward Barack Obama?
BEGALA: I don’t — I think they’re going to be plenty tough on Barack. I don’t think the media is anti-Clinton; I know the media is anti-Clinton, Anderson. Let’s just tell the truth here. I mean, there’s a horrible deep bias against Hillary in the press. But that’s life. There was a bias against her husband, and he carried 37 states.