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Clinton Furious Over Mailers: 'Shame on You Barack Obama'
ABC's Eloise Harper reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton came to speak to reporters holding two mailers in her hand, visibly angry and animated. They are mailers that have been circulated before -- one mailer reminiscent of the "Harry and Louise" ads that ran in the early '90s, and another mailer quoting Clinton saying that NAFTA was a "boon."
The New York senator said to reporters, as she waved the mailers back and forth, that she wanted to "express [her] deep disappointment that [Sen. Obama] is continuing to send false and discredited mailings with information that is not true to the voters of Ohio. He says one thing in speeches and then turns around and does this." She continued, "He continues to spend a million dollars perpetuating falsehoods that is not the new politics the speeches are about. It is not hopeful, it is destructive."
Clinton then directly addressed Sen. Obama for his actions, saying "So shame on you Barack Obama. It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That is what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio. Let's have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign."
She continued to scold Obama saying, "These attacks on what we tried to do the last time we went after universal health care is the worst kind of politics. Number one, it is wrong and untrue and number two it is exactly the talking points the health insurance industry used on a daily basis. Sen. Obama knows that it is not true that my plan forces people to buy insurance even if they cant afford it."
Clinton went after Obama's speeches in a harsher way that she has before. "Time and time again you hear one thing in speeches and then you see a campaign that has the worst kind of tactics reminiscent of the same sort of Republican attacks on Democrats. Well I am here to say that it is not only wrong but it is undermining core Democratic principles."
Are the mailings a reflection of Obama's character? she was asked. Clinton did not directly answer the question, but said, "Sen. Obama knows, or should know, since he is paying for it, that these two mailings are false, they are false. We have discredited them, they have blanketed the states between Super Tuesday and today with these false misleading discredited mailings, so answer your question. I would if it were brought to my attention, say, wait a minute we shouldn't be doing this and we shouldn't."
Clinton was asked if it was fair to ask her about NAFTA because it is attached to her husband's legacy. Clinton noted, "It wasn't negotiated by him, it was negotiated by the first Pres. Bush, it was passed and signed into law. And I have been a critic of NAFTA for years. As a senator I have raised questions about NAFTA, long before Sen. Obama started running for president."
ABC's Sunlen Miller also reports: The Obama campaign has issued a response, via a paper statement by Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton:
"Everything in those mailers is completely accurate, unlike the discredited attacks from Hillary Clinton's negative campaign that have been rejected in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and across America. We look forward to having a debate this Tuesday on the facts, and the facts are that Senator Clinton was a supporter of NAFTA and the China permanent trade treaties until this campaign began. And she herself has said that under the Clinton health care plan, she would consider 'going after the wages' of Americans who don't purchase health insurance, whether they can afford it or not."
February 23, 2008 in Clinton, Hillary | Permalink | User Comments (337)
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