OBAMA SAYS HE CAN WIN EVEN IF REPUBLICANS THROW RACE OR DRUG USE AT HIM BECAUSE WINNING THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION WOULD MAKE HIM THE "TOUGHEST, BADDEST" CANDIDATE -- "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY ON CBS
Vows His Campaign Against Hillary Clinton Will be Limited to the Facts
In a Segment That Includes Behind-the-Scenes Coverage on Super Tuesday
Sen. Barack Obama could withstand any last-minute "swift-boat" attacks from Republicans on his race or past drug use because winning the grueling contest for the Democratic nomination will make him the "toughest, baddest, candidate on the block," he tells Steve Kroft. Obama was interviewed yesterday in Washington for a 60 MINUTES story to be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Asked by Kroft if he will be able to endure attacks from "swift-boating" Republicans who may use his race or his youthful drug use against him, Obama replies, "Whoever wins this Democratic primary...they're the toughest, baddest candidate on the block. And if I beat Senator Clinton, then I will be more than capable of beating the Republicans. And if I don't, then she'll be the nominee and [race or past drug use] will be a moot point."
But the senator from Illinois vowed not to use such tactics himself to beat Hillary Clinton. Kroft's question on whether he would pull out any "Clinton skeletons" prompted Obama to say, "We don't play that. I mean, one of the rules that I laid down very early in this campaign was that we will be fierce competitors but we will have some ground rules. And one of the ground rules for me is that we battle on policy differences, and that if we draw a contrast between Senator Clinton and myself, then it is based on fact," he tells Kroft.
Then Obama promises, "We're not going to fabricate things. We're not going to try to distort or twist her positions."
Sunday's broadcast also features unique coverage of Obama. 60 MINUTES was the only news organization allowed to videotape behind the scenes at Obama's Chicago campaign headquarters on Super Tuesday and to record the candidate and his wife as they watched the election coverage on television.