Clinton Slams Obama Tactics

Clinton Slams Obama TacticsSenator Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Senator Barack Obama’s campaign for sending out fliers that she contends misrepresent her positions. (Photo: David Kohl/Associated Press)

CINCINNATI – Accusing the Obama campaign of using tactics “that are right out of Karl Rove’s playbook,” Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton angrily denounced Senator Barack Obama on Saturday for sending fliers to Ohio voters that she called misleading and false.

“Shame on you, Barack Obama,” Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference after a morning rally, holding the fliers and shaking them in the air as she spoke. “It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public. That’s what I expect from you. Meet me in Ohio. Let’s have a debate about your tactics and your behavior in this campaign.”

The fliers were handed to Mrs. Clinton by a woman who attended the rally and then approached her on the rope line after her speech.

It was not the first time the Clinton campaign had seen the trade flier, which cites an article from Newsday that says Mrs. Clinton believed the North American Free Trade Agreement was a “boon” to the economy. Mrs. Clinton said the newspaper had since corrected the article.

(Editors from Newsday responded on its Web site last week, stopping short of a correction but saying that “Obama’s use of the citation in this way does strike us as misleading.”)

“Time and time again,” said Mrs. Clinton, of New York, “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.”

Mr. Obama, during a news conference on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, waved off Mrs. Clinton’s attack as campaign performance art.

“I’m puzzled by her change in tone,” said Mr. Obama, of Illinois, who added that her anger seemed “tactical.”

An Obama spokesman, Bill Burton, said in an e-mail message, “Everything in those mailers is completely accurate.”

Trade is a particularly sensitive issue in Ohio, which holds its primary on March 4. Many people there believe that trade agreements like Nafta, which Mrs. Clinton had supported, have cost the state thousands of jobs.

Former President Bill Clinton was a vigorous supporter of Nafta. He lobbied Congress to pass legislation authorizing the agreement and signed it into law despite objections from fellow Democrats, who believed that it would cost the country jobs.

Mrs. Clinton strenuously distanced herself from that Saturday. She said “the agreement was negotiated” during the administration of her husband’s predecessor, President George H.W. Bush, and “passed in the Clinton administration.”


One Response to “A quick Look At USA Politics…..Road to white house”

  1. Mitch Says:

    Senator Obama is one of the most shrewd politicians I know and people think he is honest but I bet to differ. He uses very dirty tactics all the time against his opponents and comes back smiling like he did nothing wrong.

    Also, it is not easy for any one to become this popular without a driving force behind him. I am thinking if we followed the money, we will soon find out who is driving this campaign and for what reasons.

    I am very scared right now for my country because I have never seen anything like this Obamamania before, I don’t want to lose my country to an underworld operation, go Hillary

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