"New" Politics? Obama
"Punching" and Pushing for Hillary to Drop Out immediately following Obama's losses campaign manager David Plouffe implied that Hillary should drop out of the race. In an email to "supporters Plouffe offered that:
"It's clear, though, that Senator Clinton wants to continue an increasingly desperate, increasingly negative and increasingly expensive campaign to tear us down.
"We can debate John McCain about who can clean up Washington by nominating a candidate who's taken more
money from lobbyists than he has, or we can do it with a campaign that hasn't taken a dime of their money because we've been funded by you."
I must interject yet again. Perhaps Obama hasn't taken money directly from lobbyists, but one of his campaign co-chairs is a pharma lobbyist. When asked about it at a debate, Sen. Obama got caught on videotape saying "That's not true" when it was true. Also, Sen. Obama essentially took an interest-free loan from a political player in Chicago who now faces a criminal trial. The transaction might have been perfectly legal might be business as usual in Chicago but it doesn't evince clean hands or "new politics."
One of Barack Obama's four New Hampshire co-chairs, who is also one of the state's most prominent lobbyists, entered the conversation of the Democratic presidential race last night with this phrase from Hillary Clinton at the debate: "When it comes to lobbyists, you know that Senator Obama's chair in New Hampshire is a lobbyist. He lobbies for the drug companies." "Not true," said Obama. But it is true.
He is respected by legislative leaders from both parties and is relied on by reporters to be very knowledgeable with the latest statehouse rumor or how pieces of legislation are moving. He is also a frequent Democratic analyst for WMUR-TV.
He gives thousands in contributions to the state Democratic Party and Democratic campaigns. In 2004, he headed up campaign for Dick Gephardt in the state. And to aid in that effort Demers purchased an RV from eBay that he then drove around the state with Gephardt to campaign events.
Punching, Obama decided to question whether Hillary had actually been vetted.
"She's made the argument that she's thoroughly vetted, in contrast to me," Mr. Obama said to reporters aboard his campaign plane. "I think it's important to examine that argument." Mr. Obama took aim on Wednesday at Mrs. Clinton's claim that she is a seasoned hand in foreign policy. "What exactly is this foreign experience that she's claiming?" he said. "I know she talks about visiting 80 countries. It is not clear. Was she negotiating treaties or agreements or was she handling crises during this period of time? "My sense is the answer's no."
"I am quite surprised that anyone would suggest that Hillary Clinton did not perform important foreign policy work as First Lady. I can state from firsthand experience that she played a positive role for over a decade in helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland."
In these talks, one in the Presidential Palace, another in the residence of the American Ambassador, Christopher Hill, Mrs. Clinton pressed the Macedonian government to fully open the border so that Kosovar Albanian refugees could flee the war zone to safety. She also committed herself to work with the government and people of Macedonia who also faced an emergency because of the threat to their own safety and stability. Hillary Clinton promised to take action to help the Macedonian economy. Returning to Washington, she pressed hard in the administration for action to support the Macedonians. She even contacted American business executives to ensure that American textile contracts in Macedonia were not canceled.
Claims Clinton Has 'Character Gap'
asserting that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is lacking in character and regularly misleads voters."She is not seen as trustworthy by the American people," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.Plouffe said this perception would make it "next to impossible" for Clinton to win the general election.Today, the Obama campaign blamed Clinton for what Gallup called a "perceived honesty gap" and Plouffe called a"character gap.""Her access was very limited and her trips abroad were largely ceremonial," Craig said. "She says she is ready to becommander in chief based on claims that are not supported by reality."
Assailing the Clintons' refusal so far to release any recent tax returns or the names of donors to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Plouffe asked, "What are the Clintons scared of? Why won't they release this information? & What's lurking there?"
I would not be running for President if I didn't believe with all my heart that this is what the vast majority of Americans want for this country.