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Clinton Endorses McCain, Again and Again and Again

On Tuesday, I posted a statement that Hillary Clinton gave that appeared to endorse John McCain over Obama.

Clinton_lifetimeSaid Clinton in the clip: "I think you'll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say. He's never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002."

Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow took her to task for it on Countdown, but it appears it wasn't just a one time statement.

Said Maddow: "That's what you say when you want to be John McCain's Vice Presidential choice. That's not what you say when you are trying to become the Democratic nominee for president."

AFTER THE JUMP, Clinton repeats her endorsement five times.

(via wonkette)

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  1. "Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002."
    Isn't that the truth!
    I Love that!

    Posted by: z | Mar 6, 2008 9:22:50 AM

  2. Whatever, Andy!
    Quit being one of those Obama ball strokers and start taking this seriously!
    Why haven't you reported on Obama's anti-gay vote in the Illinois senate for partners of gay state employees to recieve health benefits?
    Why haven't you reported on one of his (many, many) "no vote"s on the partners of gay teachers receiving pension benefits when he was in the Illinois senate?

    Posted by: jeremy | Mar 6, 2008 9:24:34 AM

  3. I think Clinton is right about her statement.
    Obama was in the deciding process about going to war, he wasn’t even a senator. So it is easy for him to say: I would not have supported the war.

    I am surprised that Obama makes this race for nominee a question of race.
    Go to his church’s webpage and you will find more appalling facts.
    Change we can believe in!? Or: change we can trust in!?

    America needs a leader now not a preacher.

    Posted by: Martin | Mar 6, 2008 9:30:39 AM

  4. Please, please don't make this an Obama vs. Hillary site, folks. I'm running out of websites to enjoy reading without biased commentary.

    Posted by: BusyTimmy | Mar 6, 2008 9:34:12 AM

  5. It is not as though Clinton is running for the Democratic nomination or anything.

    Oh, wait she is.

    She has just given McCain a free campaign ad if Obama whens the Democratic nomination. She should be ashamed for using Republican talking points to try to beat down another Democratic candidate.

    Posted by: Michael Crawford | Mar 6, 2008 9:35:55 AM

  6. I've criticized Senator Obama plenty of times. Check the archives.

    Posted by: andy | Mar 6, 2008 9:37:01 AM

  7. Hi Martin, Specifically, when/where have you found Senator Obama to make this campaign about race? And what appalling facts do you mean?

    Posted by: charlie | Mar 6, 2008 9:37:52 AM

  8. I'm sorry, but it's interesting that the Hillary attacks are ramped up just as it seems that Obama might be losing just the slightest bit of steam. On the other hand, when Hillary was fighting for her life, any attack on Obama was outrageous.

    She's rightfully pointing out that McCain will cream Obama on the foreign policy questions merely by weight of his experience. She's sure not saying that McCain has the correct foreign policy. There's a difference. Get real.

    Posted by: YankinTex | Mar 6, 2008 9:42:02 AM

  9. Oh brother, you can't say anything negative about Obama without committing some kind of heinous crime. She isn't saying anything that the republicans don't already know. Running for president isn't a team sport, HRC is trying to win - stop whining.

    Posted by: Mike Hunter | Mar 6, 2008 9:45:01 AM

  10. Not really a criticism on Towleroad specifically. But it's telling that this story receives so much attention on several blogs, but Senator Obama's interest in stocking his cabinet with Republicans goes relatively unnoticed. Hagel for defense secretary?!

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 6, 2008 9:46:44 AM

  11. This is obviously NOT an 'endorsement' of McCain -- it is simply an argument by Clinton about why she can match McCain as an opponent. Obviously she would not support McCain over Obama and to suggest otherwise is specious.

    Robert makes a good point: Obama is actually planing to put Republicans on his cabinet? Moreover, *Obama* is uttered that famous line about the Republican party being the part of ideas for the 'last 10 to 15 years'...

    Posted by: Bears are Fat | Mar 6, 2008 9:51:47 AM

  12. As Michael points out, Hillary's statements are disloyal to the party and potentially damaging to the presumptive Democratic party's nominee. What it shows is that Senator Clinton doesn't care about the party as much as she cares about her own sucscess. Although it's fine for her attack Obama, it's not fine to promote the opposition. That shows Clinton isn't concerned with ousting the Republicans as much as she is with damaging Obama.

    This could only be part of a strategy that helps her in the 2012 election if she is not the nominee this year and McCain wins.

    So, think about what it would mean if McCain were to win. Do you think McCain would appoint judges to the Supreme Court that would be sympathetic to progressive causes like gay rights or not? Look at the judges Bush appointed to the court.

    Senator Clinton's remarks are giving aid and comfort to the opposition candidate. That's just wrong.

    Posted by: noah | Mar 6, 2008 9:54:38 AM

  13. Charlie - go to his church's webpage.
    If this is not about race than he should have gone to a less race oriented, race issue church.
    If you run for president no candidate can be too extreme - this is why Huckabee and others are out now.

    Posted by: Martin | Mar 6, 2008 9:55:28 AM

  14. I keep on saying it Hillary is Lady MacBeth. She will do whatever it takes for the power even endorse the other party's canidate over her rival.

    Posted by: kujhawker | Mar 6, 2008 9:58:34 AM

  15. How is it unfair in a primary to bring up what the republicans might use against the other guy? I thought the primaries were about vetting our party’s best candidates.

    All she was saying is that McCain is more experienced. WTF. I mean if we are going to put up a guy who waltzed into his Senate seat after a short part-time state senate gig against a war hero in a time of war, experience is really something that needs to be brought up. John McCain really has done a lot of bipartisan work with real results he can point to and Obama really hasn’t. Should we all just pretend that won’t be an issues.

    JFK had experience and charisma. And the last candidate that thought he was JFK was Dan Quayle (who also had more experience than Obama). What would be sooo awful about Obama as VP.

    His whole “hope” line dies for me when I hear him say that he will not run again if he fails this time. Because that’s what I want, A president who will give up if he doesn’t succeed the first time.

    Posted by: e | Mar 6, 2008 9:59:26 AM

  16. Obama supporters hear very little of truthfulness and facts so they get a little baffled when they hear Senator Clinton speaking wisely. I really don't think she is in any way putting down her party, give me a break

    Posted by: davey | Mar 6, 2008 10:02:07 AM

  17. Of course, I and most other Obama supporters will vote for Hillary Clinton if she wins the nomination, but this is some real ugly shit she's doing: saying the Republican candidate is better suited to be president (because of so-called experience) than her fellow Democrat. It's something that Republicans never do...well, not traditional Republicans (these new religious fanatic, right-wing nut Republicans threaten that crap, but then they recant before November).

    But two can play at this game. Barack will attack Senator Clinton personally on the issues of her income taxes, her White House papers not be released, and past scandals. Like the Clinton camp, the Barack Campaign will also do the Republicans' dirty work for them, dammit. By the Pennsylvania Primary these two will have beaten the crap out of each other. Does that make you Hillary folks who are rejoicing at this betrayal of the Democratic Party happy?

    So, stop the "gentlemanly stuff", Barack, and go on the attack. A man can be a far worse bitch than a woman. As a homo, I've been a witness to that from both gay and straight male motha' fu...

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 6, 2008 10:03:31 AM

  18. My lifetime of experience tells me should Hillary be elected, the stalemate that is Washington will continue for another four long years. Why the "experience" argument should matter so much is a mystery. Hillary has had six years as a Senator, I don't believe being the First Lady counts as a political experience. But I think the Bill summed it up nicely when he said: "If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."
    Thanks Bill, I'm gonna take your advice.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 6, 2008 10:12:28 AM

  19. With these repeated statements about McCain being more qualified for the presidency than Obama, Clinton has given McCain a free campaign ad. It is one thing to make the case that she is better suited to the presidency because of her experience. It is an entirely different thing to support the opposing party's nominee as a way to attack your party's frontrunner.

    Posted by: Michael Crawford | Mar 6, 2008 10:17:01 AM

  20. Good point about her past issues; however that is old news. EVERYBODY already knows all the dirt on HRC and that will be met by a collective yawn - but, what skeletons are lurking in Obama's closet? If he get's the nomination I'm sure we'll all quickly find out. Of course, the Obama response will be "negative campaigning, unfair attacks..." - that won't hold water with the general election voters when they hit the voting booth.

    Posted by: Mike Hunter | Mar 6, 2008 10:18:21 AM

  21. Thank God Hillary pointed it out because of course the Republicans wouldn't have reached this same conclusion on their own. Lame, Andy. Lame.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 6, 2008 10:24:28 AM

  22. I don't know what experience she has over anyone. She won't get the nomination but in true Clinton style she will spend the next couple of months destroying her own party so that the Dems don't win in November.

    Posted by: Roger Newcomb | Mar 6, 2008 10:24:31 AM

  23. Tehnicaly

    McCain is more qualified than Hillary to be president if you use her "experience" schtick as a measuring rod.

    That said. The math is against her. She is going to be Obama's VP and she just needs to accept that.

    Jeremy , post a link. I have heard the exact opposite of your linkless claim

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Mar 6, 2008 10:27:45 AM

  24. As an outside observer watching all you Democrats air your dirty laundry and attack each other, I'm not sure I'd want to vote for either of you. Is that your grand strategy?

    Posted by: RJ | Mar 6, 2008 10:29:10 AM

  25. So her experience in foreign policy is what? Being Bill's wife? Her 35 years of experience is such a load of crap, especially when she includes her 8 years in the white house. Give me a break.

    Posted by: David | Mar 6, 2008 10:34:35 AM

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