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Clinton Camp Targets Obama's Drug Use
MyWay ^ | Dec.12, 2007 | PHILIP ELLIOTT

Posted on 12/12/2007 5:00:38 PM PST by COUNTrecount

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said Wednesday that Democrats should give more thought to Sen. Barack Obama's admissions of illegal drug use before they pick a presidential candidate.

Obama's campaign said the Clinton people were getting desperate. Clinton's campaign tried to distance itself from the remarks.

Bill Shaheen, a national co-chairman of Clinton's front-runner campaign, raised the issue during an interview with The Washington Post, posted on washingtonpost.com.

Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, said much of Obama's background is unknown and could be a problem in November 2008 if he is the Democratic nominee. He said the Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama's admittedly spotty youth.

"It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" said Shaheen, whose wife Jeanne is the state's former governor and is running for the U.S. Senate next year.

"There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome," Shaheen said.

Clinton's campaign said it had nothing to do with his comments.

"Senator Clinton is out every day talking about the issues that matter to the American people. These comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way," spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said in response to Shaheen's remarks:

"Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the fun part of this campaign, and now she's moved from Barack Obama's kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls. Senator Clinton's campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he's talked about the lessons he's learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country. He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people."

Obama wrote about his teenage drug in his memoir, "Dreams from My Father." His rivals have largely remained silent on the subject.

"Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final fatal role of the young would-be black man," Obama wrote. Mostly he smoked marijuana and drank alcohol, he wrote, but occasionally he would snort cocaine when he could afford it.

Speaking to Manchester high school students earlier this month, Obama said he was hardly a model student and had experimented with drugs and alcohol.

"You know, I made some bad decisions that I've actually written about. You know, got into drinking. I experimented with drugs," he said. "There was a whole stretch of time that I didn't really apply myself a lot. It wasn't until I got out of high school and went to college that I started realizing, 'Man, I wasted a lot of time.'"

New polling shows Clinton and Obama basically tied in New Hampshire. A CNN-WMUR-TV poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire shows Clinton at 31 percent support, Obama at 30. The same poll had Obama trailing by 20 points in September.

Clinton's campaign has distributed its first flier that criticizes Obama's health care plan for leaving 15 million people without insurance. TV ads following the same theme also have been prepared.

"This is not the time to go back to the same old politics of, 'now I'm going to smack you over the head with a baseball bat and call into question your character,'" Obama co-chairman Ned Helms told reporters in a conference call earlier on Wednesday, decrying what he said was Clinton's negative campaign.

"I think it will backfire on them. I think they had instinctively good judgment to say Hillary Clinton would not take personal attacks. But once polls showed them losing out on the positive argument to Barack Obama, they have chosen to go negative."


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KEYWORDS: chutzpah; didntinhale; hillary; obama
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She is not amused.


1 posted on 12/12/2007 5:00:38 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: COUNTrecount

Another heavy handed, unintended carom shot by the Clintons.


2 posted on 12/12/2007 5:01:49 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: COUNTrecount

This is ridiculous. Is he currently using drugs? If not let it go.

Oh, it’s Dhimmicrats attacking osama obama? In that case....carry on!


3 posted on 12/12/2007 5:03:47 PM PST by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: COUNTrecount
Can you imagine Hillary Clinton as a McGovernik back when she looked and dressed like a Manson Family member and wrote legal briefs on behalf of the Black Panthers and come to find out that she never took drugs?

Man, that's even scarier than learning that she was on acid the whole time.

Sheesh, Hillary Clinton has taken every drug there is. Come ON now.

4 posted on 12/12/2007 5:04:36 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: COUNTrecount
Clinton Camp Targets Obama's Drug Use...

Did anybody really expect that they wouldn't?

5 posted on 12/12/2007 5:04:36 PM PST by Recovering Hermit ("A liberal feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.")
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To: Recovering Hermit

The wife of Mr. “I didn’t inhale”. Delicious irony.


6 posted on 12/12/2007 5:06:24 PM PST by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: COUNTrecount
A top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign said Wednesday that Democrats should give more thought to Sen. Barack Obama's admissions of illegal drug use before they pick a presidential candidate.

I seem to recall the phrase “nose like a vacuum cleaner,” and not in connection with Obama.

7 posted on 12/12/2007 5:08:01 PM PST by dighton
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To: Recovering Hermit

Is this what Hillary claimed they had on Obama but refused to use - at least initially?


8 posted on 12/12/2007 5:09:17 PM PST by Dante3
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To: yorkie; TigersEye

ping


9 posted on 12/12/2007 5:09:24 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

If they ask him he should say he didn’t inhale.


10 posted on 12/12/2007 5:10:52 PM PST by shiva
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To: COUNTrecount
“Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, said much of Obama’s background is unknown and could be a problem in November 2008 if he is the Democratic nominee.”

Unlike Hillary, who’s background we DO know, notwithstanding a MSM spin you wouldn’t believe!

Why do Hil’s Handlers remind me of the famous tap-dancing attorney scene in, “Chicago”?

11 posted on 12/12/2007 5:10:56 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: COUNTrecount
Are Hillary's medical records public?

What about John and Elizabeth Edwards?
12 posted on 12/12/2007 5:13:45 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Al Gore and Osama Bin Laden have the same position on global warming, for the exact same reason.)
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To: IGOTMINE
Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, said much of Obama's background is unknown and could be a problem in November 2008 if he is the Democratic nominee. He said the Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama's admittedly spotty youth. "It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" said Shaheen, whose wife Jeanne is the state's former governor and is running for the U.S. Senate next year. "There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome," Shaheen said.

Translation: "Only we in the Clinton's campaign are best equipt to fend off any damaging past deeds by our candidate than Obama or any other Democratic candidate. After all, we have decades of successful experience in doing so, and already have the machinary in place"

13 posted on 12/12/2007 5:18:24 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: IGOTMINE
"The wife of Mr. “I didn’t inhale”. Delicious irony.

Yeah....and the tons of coke shipped through Mena airport under the toons watch.

14 posted on 12/12/2007 5:25:12 PM PST by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: COUNTrecount
Hillary as smoking dope when Obama was a toddler.
15 posted on 12/12/2007 5:33:11 PM PST by kempo (I)
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To: kempo

Hillary was smoking dope when Obama was a toddler.


16 posted on 12/12/2007 5:34:38 PM PST by kempo (I)
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To: COUNTrecount
"Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the fun part of this campaign, and now she's moved from Barack Obama's kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls..."

God bless this guy...for once somebody is telling the truth!

17 posted on 12/12/2007 5:38:44 PM PST by pray4liberty (The Truth sinks people whose only recourse is lies.)
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To: COUNTrecount
The difference between Obama's use of drugs, President Bush's abuse of alcohol on the one hand and Clinton's abuse of women is that the first two learned earlier in life to clean up their act. Slick brought his perverted lifestyle with him into the White House.

If the Clintonistas attack him on this, I hope Obama calls them on it.

18 posted on 12/12/2007 5:39:07 PM PST by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: IGOTMINE

Its not irony...


19 posted on 12/12/2007 5:39:13 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: COUNTrecount
Shaheen, an attorney and veteran organizer, said much of Obama's background is unknown and could be a problem in November 2008..

Sounds like she doesn't have his FBI file.

20 posted on 12/12/2007 5:40:13 PM PST by pray4liberty (The Truth sinks people whose only recourse is lies.)
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To: dighton
I seem to recall the phrase “nose like a vacuum cleaner,” and not in connection with Obama.

Right. And those were during the Arkansas governorship days.

10-30-96 Investors Business Daily - Roger Clinton Drug Arrest

What did he snort and when did he snort it? Americans well might wonder what to make of the stories that Bill Clinton's drug use went far beyond just puffing on a joint or two.

The stories are easy to disregard - except insofar as they provide the missing motive for an unquestionable scandal: the president's terrible record in fighting drugs. Two years ago, Sen. Lauch Faircloth, R-N.C., said: ''If any credible evidence surfaces concerning drug use by President Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas, it would be a national scandal.''

A lot of testimony has bubbled up. But is it credible? Sally Perdue, a former Miss Arkansas and Little Rock talk show host who said she had an affair with then-Gov. Clinton in 1983, told the London Sunday Telegraph that he once came over to her house with a bag full of cocaine. ''He had all the equipment laid out, like a real pro.''

Gennifer Flowers says she saw Clinton smoke marijuana and carry joints with him when he first began visiting her in 1977. Clinton was Arkansas' attorney general from 1977 through 1979. His first term as governor ran from 1979 through 1981. He was governor again from 1983 through 1992.

Two Arkansas state troopers have sworn under oath that they have seen Clinton ''under the influence'' of drugs when he was governor.

Sharlene Wilson is a bartender who is serving time on drug crimes and has cooperated with drug investigators. She told a federal grand jury she saw Clinton and his younger brother ''snort'' cocaine together in 1979. Jack McCoy, a Democratic state representative and Clinton supporter told the Sunday Telegraph that he could ''remember going into the governor's conference room once and it reeked of marijuana.'' Historian Roger Morris, in his book ''Partners in Power,'' quotes several law enforcement officials who say they had seen and knew of Clinton's drug use.

On a videotape made in 1983-84 by local narcotics officers, Roger Clinton said during a cocaine buy: ''Got to get some for my brother. He's got a nose like a vacuum cleaner.''


21 posted on 12/12/2007 5:41:34 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: spokeshave
Yeah....and the tons of coke shipped through Mena airport under the toons watch.

Keep on talking, Hillary. We have long memories around here!

VIDEO: MENA CONNECTION: Clinton, Cocaine & Coverup

22 posted on 12/12/2007 5:44:15 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: pandoraou812

If I were Obama, I would rather be called an “X druggie”, than be laying in a park somewhere........ (sucicide, you know.)


23 posted on 12/12/2007 5:47:56 PM PST by yorkie ( For God so loved the world........................ that He didn't send a committee.)
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To: pandoraou812

If I were Obama, I would rather be called an “X druggie”, than be laying in a park somewhere........ (sucicide, you know.)


24 posted on 12/12/2007 5:47:56 PM PST by yorkie ( For God so loved the world........................ that He didn't send a committee.)
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To: yorkie

Shaking my head. I just don’t understand why the Clintons are so sure they can do as they like ...The trail of dead people who knew them is strange enough. Why so many questions aren’t asked of these two is disgusting...


25 posted on 12/12/2007 5:53:52 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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Shaking my head. I just don’t understand why the Clintons are so sure they can do as they like

Why shouldn't they do as they please? When have they ever been held to account or made to pay in any way for that which they have done?

26 posted on 12/12/2007 6:14:53 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: COUNTrecount
So, a top campaign advisor to the Clinton Campaign makes comments about Osama Obama's drug use and the Clinton campaign says with a straight face they had nothing to do with it.

I bet Hillary had no idea about these comments until she read them in the paper too!

27 posted on 12/12/2007 6:16:04 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: COUNTrecount
"There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome," Shaheen said.

Sure, the Dems dig up all the dirt, then blame the Republicans for "the politics of personal destruction."

I'm rooting for Obama on this one. May he unleash the hounds of hell on the Clintons, and remind everyone of Bubba's own addictions.

28 posted on 12/12/2007 6:16:18 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: COUNTrecount
He said the Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama's admittedly spotty youth.

It's just so typically Clintonian that the campaign staff would say "the Republicans will try to discover this" when the Clinton machine already has and is publicising it.

The Clintons are creepy.

29 posted on 12/12/2007 6:20:09 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Between Bill and Hitlery, they are walking pharmaceutical experiments.

I will always believe that they both have used everything wafted anywhere in the same zip code they were in.

This comment from a “presidential “ candidate who “invested” $1000 in “cattle futures” and reaped $100,000 for her efforts in a matter of days? Who does she think she is kidding? She must be on something now to believe that ALL of us cannot remember her behavior in the past.
Wouldn’t surprise me to learn that she could braid her armpit hair when she was attending college.


30 posted on 12/12/2007 6:21:23 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: COUNTrecount

Obama and Silky Pony have been playing too nice with the Beast! I don’t get it.


31 posted on 12/12/2007 6:22:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (We all need someone we can bleed on...)
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To: rockrr

Back in 1992, Clinton got away with drug use by claiming he had not inhaled. Obama must have inhaled. Is inhaling the litmus test of illegal drug use? Leave it to the Clinton’s to spin, spin, spin.


32 posted on 12/12/2007 6:24:45 PM PST by MHT
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To: Phantom Lord

Thats the point..Why are on earth are we letting them do as they please? Two scummers & the rest of us sit & wait ? Makes no sense to me at all. I talk to the ladies at my daughter’s bus stop who are complete sheeple...They don’t care about the drugs, sex, bodies, scandals etc..they just want to see a woman win. Its sickening to say the least. I just can’t stand talking to these woman anymore. I ask them would you have stayed with your husband if he was screwing anyone in sight? They say well she is Hillary after all....ewwww


33 posted on 12/12/2007 6:27:10 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I think Obama’s comeback ought to be that he quit using drugs at a younger age than Hillary started using them.


34 posted on 12/12/2007 6:33:05 PM PST by Defiant (Huckabee puts the goober back in gubernatorial.)
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To: Phantom Lord
I bet Hillary had no idea about these comments until she read them in the paper too!

LOL! You forgot the "/s". ;-)

35 posted on 12/12/2007 6:51:48 PM PST by yorkie ( For God so loved the world........................ that He didn't send a committee.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I don’t think it’s the republicans who are bringing this up at this time. The clinton crime family is the pot calling the kettle black. Oh, he IS black... well, since clinton is our first black president, I guess he can talk. the clinton crime family will do anything to win, even forget what crimes they committed against the American people. But WE aren’t forgetting.


36 posted on 12/12/2007 6:56:51 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: coloradan

they’re evil...


37 posted on 12/12/2007 6:59:41 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Sheesh, Hillary Clinton has taken every drug there is. Come ON now.

It's not the same for a woman. She didn't actually pay for any of it... ; )

38 posted on 12/12/2007 6:59:56 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: COUNTrecount
“There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It’s hard to overcome,” Shaheen said.

These frigging people have no shame. They flatly use a dirty trick then blame it on the Republicans.

As far as dirty tricks go, none of the Republican candidates can even THINK of going toe to toe with Hillary’s bunch.

39 posted on 12/12/2007 7:07:06 PM PST by ryan71
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To: Marysecretary
You're right. Not GOP.
The Clintons are looking for an Obama blue dress...
40 posted on 12/12/2007 7:08:21 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: COUNTrecount

satan always overplays her hand.


41 posted on 12/12/2007 7:10:24 PM PST by Hoodat (hillary always overplays her hand)
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To: COUNTrecount

This, after all the drugs the Klintons did. Oh, but-how silly of me-that doesn’t mean anything.


42 posted on 12/12/2007 8:05:27 PM PST by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney ("To Live Outside The Law, You must Be Honest"-Robert Zimmerman song lyric)
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Clinton N.H. Official Warns Obama Will Be Attacked on Drug Use
blog.washingtonpost.com | Dec 12, 2007 | Alec MacGillis
Posted on 12/12/2007 12:25:37 PM PST by MaestroLC
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1938528/posts


43 posted on 12/12/2007 8:44:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, December 10, 2007____________________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: COUNTrecount
"There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome," Shaheen said.

Sliming the guy while simultaneously blaming it on the Republicans. This is the very definition of Clintonesque.

44 posted on 12/12/2007 8:46:25 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: COUNTrecount

Why on earth would anyone look to the Clintons for moral “high ground?”


45 posted on 12/12/2007 8:47:37 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: COUNTrecount

Can the Clinton people be that stupid to go down this road?


46 posted on 12/12/2007 8:48:47 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: COUNTrecount
He said the Republicans would work hard to discover new aspects of Obama's admittedly spotty youth. "It'll be, 'When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?'" said Shaheen..."There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It's hard to overcome," Shaheen said...Bill "Edgar Bergen" Shaheen - the guy would make a great ventriloquist - he slimes Obama on behalf of Hitlery but puts the words in the mouths of the Republicans - amazing.......
47 posted on 12/12/2007 8:56:52 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: kempo

Yeah, but she didn’t inhale.


48 posted on 12/12/2007 9:05:54 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: COUNTrecount
Obama’s misdeeds are smalltime.

Consider Bill Clinton’s repeated episodes of having a young intern commit fellatio on him inside the very Highest Office of the American People - and then lie about it when caught.

Mrs. Clinton could have some unpleasant questions posed to her about Vince Foster. Obama hasn't even lifted the lid of the Arkansas years.

49 posted on 12/12/2007 9:27:05 PM PST by mtntop3
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To: shiva; pandoraou812
If they ask him he should say he didn’t inhale.

In a fake Bubba voice.

50 posted on 12/12/2007 9:38:00 PM PST by TigersEye (Love is making mittens on your master.)
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