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Poll: Is Hillary Bullied?

Last week, the press was definitely quick to write Hillary Clinton's political obituary following her disappointing third-place finish in Iowa.

After her display of emotion, but before her comeback in New Hampshire, Hillary told Diane Sawyer:

"You know for both Sen. Edwards and Obama, they've been given pretty much a free ride and that's fine. I don't mind having to get up there and take all the scrutiny. But at some point the free ride ends, maybe it ends now, maybe it ends in a month, maybe it ends in the general election. You cannot be elected president if you do not withstand the tough questions."

What do you think about Hillary's comments? Is Hillary bullied compared to other candidates?

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Nickey Nickey 9 years
Here here Shawn!!!
shawny_Q shawny_Q 9 years
I feel that if you are a woman and you feel that you have what it takes to be the POTUS you should be able to stand up and take whatever is coming to you like woman. Don't stand behind your husband and have him defend you like this is the midevil times. You are a grown woman! Don't hide behind his record of what he did when he was in office either, because you want to claim your time as first lady as part of your experience then you have take it all, good and bad. You can't claim to have had a part in all the good stuff but have no idea what happened with the bad. And when you get soundly whooped by a better candidate don't cry because things aren't turning out the way you planned for the last 35 years. MAN UP! There is no crying in baseball. I don't care if you're a man or a woman.
Nickey Nickey 9 years
I think all of the candidates are scrutinized and she needs to stop whining about it. It's politics. It happens. It's apart of the job and I'm sure it will continue to be. I think that the media coverage has her being bullied, but all of the candidates are in the same boat. We just don't hear about it as much. The fact that she is a woman should not change the way that she is treated and to be honest, it has. I think it has because of her behavior and the way the media blows it up. I say suck it up and keep it moving!
TuTuLaRoo TuTuLaRoo 9 years
LOL CaterpillarGirl!
TuTuLaRoo TuTuLaRoo 9 years
I second that Lainetm!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Can we please dig up reagan and have him run? even dead he would win against hillary. I cant stand her. and her crying just made me happy
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Oh and as for Criticizing... Watch a Republican debate and see how much heat Ron Paul gets...It's sad that he's the only one that is actually FOR the constitution and he has this huge dream and no one wants to listen because they think he's not a qualified republican...I'm going to laugh at the naysayers when he becomes president
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
I'm for Ron Paul. I think it's great that a women is running for president, it changes a lot of standards in the political world but I don't think we need another Clinton on our hands.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
Hillary can't cry "you are picking on me because I am a woman" and expect to be taken seriously by leaders of countries who stone women for riding in cars with non-relatives. I used to really like Hillary, but now I just see her as a panderer. People call her cold, so she cries, to show emotion, people think she is riding on her husband's name, so she contemplates losing the name Clinton and returning to Rodham.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
Hillary bashing has very little to do with her being female. She was the front runner and ran a campaign that essentially assumed the nomination...that's a big reason why everyone targeted her. It's her "Free ride" comments that annoy people. Edwards and Obama have worked really hard and have had their fair share of controversy to deal with. She just seems to be more of the same DC politics.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Hillary is playing the media, and we're all swallowing it hook, line and sinker. There are some excellent comments above! She pretends to be the underdog, to attract more sympathy votes, but IMO she's the cold, calculating part of the Clinton partnership. I don't think Bill could have gotten to the White House without her. A big second to the remarks that she shouldn't be claiming 35 years of experience. And for those who say they want to vote for her because she's a woman, that's equivalent to saying you won't vote for Obama because he's black. Gender and race should have no consideration in such an important decision. Besides, she has no idea what us normal women's lives are like. Remember, she even furnished her current home with stuff taken from the White House when they left! How utterly wrong is that?!
dblgoldens dblgoldens 9 years
did anyone read Gloria Steinem's op-ed in the NYTimes? it was pretty powerful. no matter what women still get the short end of the stick.
freelulu freelulu 9 years
Crying totally worked for her husband. He showed his compassion unabashedly when it was appropriate and it was perfectly acceptable. I think Hillary can handle the heat and the boys are just jealous.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
oh please NBC news clearly are Obama cheerleaders... some news media outlets don't even pretend to be objective when it comes to him...Obama is against the war, then wil did he vote to fund it, stand for your principle and vote against funding the war, tell people how you are going to have to increase taxes to pay for all your new social ideas...Go McCain
AggieGirl2011 AggieGirl2011 9 years
I'm really NOT a Hillary fan, which could be why I don't think she's criticized any more than any of the other candidates. But it's not like she didn't know what she was getting into when she decided to run, so I can't really feel sorry for her even if she IS criticized more than the others.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think she's human, and as a human (save psychotic humans) has emotions. Jon Stewart played a montage of many presidents crying, including one of both of the Bushs'. As for things she or people in her office have said, every single president ever sworn in has said things that, taken out of context, would be bad. I feel sorry for this country when people hear something and say, "Hillary said WHAT? I hate her now!" I've found it to be true that they ALL say things you won't like. You have to pay attention, research, and dive deep into their politics to really know them. Of course most people just look at them, watch one debate, or hear them talk in a 30-second news snippet and swear off them forever. People are just dumb. I digress... Yes, Hillary has been bullied, but they all get bullied.
elizabethgracef elizabethgracef 9 years
I'm not a fan of her, but yeah, I definitely think because she's a woman she's being treated a little differently, more harshly.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I do think men are always less criticized than women, unfortunately. Women in politics always have to deal with more skepticism. Nevertheless, I just don't believe Hillary. Everything in her looks so premeditated, she is so desperate to give a specific "image", but she doesn't succeed.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I have liked Hillary ever since her health-care proposition days as the first lady. She really is an independent thinker. I think that's one of the things that's difficult for her. Many men and even women find this uncomfortable. Also, I think that staying with her husband after his indiscretion is part of the reason she is called "cold". Like she couldn't really care if she didn't smack the crap out of him and throw him out on his ass. But relationships get more complex the longer we are in them. I think it showed both strength and grace to stay, both of which are qualities that I love.
remedios remedios 9 years
I agree character is a factor to consider, but it seems to be given far more weight than it deserves. And I really don't see how much someone's hair cut costs as a character issue. These are all red herrings. They keep us from talking in depth about the things that really matter. I would be fine if it was given the small weight it merits, but stuff like that is given the most weight. The debates are evaluated not on positions but on who spoke with authority, who was nice and who wasn't. As to Clinton not being the most right winged dem running, I guess I just don't know who's more right wing than her, then. I'm not questioning whether one likes her or not, but she's more right wing than Obama, Edwards, Kucinich, Richardson, Dodd, Biden. She does follow a different path than the dems, just a more conservative one. That works for some people, just not so much me.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Jillness I agree with you. I think that she's kind of jumped on the female president bandwagon much more after her loss in Iowa. And while I can respect that, you can't play both sides of the field like that...don't attack those singling you out when you're using it too. And Obama has been getting the rather unfair "inexperienced" label...not a free ride.
thewavingcat thewavingcat 9 years
well, i am all for a woman as president, but just not hillary. i think its a bunch of b.s. that she's stayed with bill when he's cheated on her so many times just so she can use his name for her own political gain. then she's supposed to be this great feminist role model! i want the first female president to be someone that i can look up to, but i can't bring myself to even thinking about voting for hillary. although i do feel bad for her that she's constantly under the microscope, i do not want her to be prez.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I also agree that her "35 years of experience" is very deceptive. She was a first lady...not an elected official by any stretch of the imagination. I believe that if you count Obama's state congressional work, he has actually been an elected official for longer than Hillary (his combined senate experiences equal 11 years). He was the president of the Harvard Law Review, which is a group that 6 Supreme Court Justices have been alumni of. Not too shabby. We don't know what the future holds for us. We need someone that can wisely sift through it all and guide our country. Based on what Obama says in the "issues" section of his website, I think he has very wise ideas. Hillary is too invested in corporations, IMO.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Most of the time she is the one who brings up the fact that she is female. I think it is tacky to use it as a gimmick. Edwards and Obama don't side with each other because she is a woman...it is because of policy. It really saddens me to hear people say they WANT to vote for her simply because she is a woman. Can we get past such trivial details, and focus on the issues at hand? I am very irritated by news articles that always have the tag line attached to Obama and Hillary's names...", running to be the first female president." and "running to be the first black president." GET OVER IT! It really cheapens the democratic process to vote for someone based on their biological make up and not their level of wisdom and competency.
redegg redegg 9 years
"Why do we constantly talk about the unimportant things like crying, screaming, name calling, hair cuts, fund raising" We talk about these things because they attest to the character of the person. It's very important. Is someone's funding legit or are they getting it from someone who is not on the up and up yet they have no problem with that? Are they being manipulative and insincere through having crying episodes that are not real or was this genuine emotion? Discussing things like this bring factors to light about a candidate that are not revealed when they just spew forth their same viewpoints over and over for the camera. We're left really wondering if they are going to do what they say, if they are sincere about it, and if they are honest. And Hillary is not the most right wing. She follows a different form of thought completely.
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