Their spat intensified when Obama mentioned he was “working on those streets, watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas,” while Reagan was President. Obama said at that time Clinton was “a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart.” (As the first lady of Arkansas, Clinton was a board member of the Arkansas-based retailer for six years.)
Clinton retaliated by saying Reagan’s ideas were “bad for America, and I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner-city Chicago.”
Clinton was referring to Tony Rezko, a longtime Democratic supporter and Chicago landlord who faces federal corruption charges. Obama had accepted campaign donations from Rezko, but later donated them to charity.
At the debate, Obama said he did “About five hours of work” for Rezko.