Hillary to Rush on Crossover Voting: Be Careful What You Wish For

The Fox & Friends crew welcomed both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on their airwaves on Wednesday morning. The Fox hosts were cheerful, but a bit tougher than in previous interviews this year. Here's the most interesting part of the Hillary interview, where she sends Rush Limbaugh a message:  

STEVE DOOCY: Let me ask you, let me ask about this. Over the last week or so, Rush Limbaugh has been suggesting to his listeners, Republicans, conservatives mainly, to go ahead in Texas and Ohio to vote for you. What’s your message to Rush Limbaugh today?

HILLARY CLINTON: Be careful what you wish for, Rush.


CLINTON: I think that’s it.

DOOCY: Do you think you wound up with some crossover Republicans who did help you?

CLINTON: No, I don’t. I don’t think so. I, I think that in fact there was a concerted effort I know of in Texas to get Republicans to vote for Barack. You know, in the end of the day, what difference does it make? We had great victories yesterday.

She also joked about being a real human after hearing that her Saturday Night Live cameo humanized her:

CLINTON: Well, you know, I know that the, the continuing analysis goes on. But, you know, I have a little secret, which I will only tell Fox if promise not to tell anybody else.

DOOCY: Thank you. Yes, it’s our secret.

CLINTON: You know what? I really am a human being. I know, I know that’s hard to believe, but it happens to be true. And occasionally it kind of pokes through and people get a peek at it, but- I had a lot of fun on “Saturday Night Live.”

Obama was interviewed by Brian Kilmeade, and he asked about Saturday Night Live, too:

KILMEADE: But “Saturday Night Live” did this whole skit. They lasted it for two weeks, and many people are giving it credit for turning around Hillary Clinton’s fortunes. Does that bother you and was it accurate? Was the press giving you an easy time?

OBAMA: Well, you know, I don’t think it’s accurate. You know, the truth of the matter is, is people seem to forget that for an entire year, Senator Clinton was the putative favorite and everything she did looked like it was working, and everything we did looked like it wasn’t working. And, you know, what happens in the media is that whoever is winning tends to look like a genius. And whoever is losing looks like an idiot. And, you know, that’s sort of the nature of the news cycle. But in fact, you know, we have been subject to plenty of scrutiny during the course of this campaign, in fact, Senator Clinton in some ways has avoided a whole lot of scrutiny on a range of issues. But, ultimately, I don’t find complaining about the refs all that useful. I think that what we’re going to do is continue to talk about the issues that matter to people. Are we going to help them find a job or get health care or make college more affordable or get their loved ones home from Iraq? Those are the issues that really matter to folks.

(Transcripts by MRC's Justin McCarthy.)

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis