Skip to comments.Bill Clinton says he witnessed voter suppression
Posted on 01/19/2008 10:26:50 AM PST by COUNTrecount
Bill Clinton, speaking at a Vegas YMCA last night, made more charges against Obama and claimed to have, with Chelsea, personally witnessed voter suppression by the Culinary Workers:
There is this whole business of the new politics. Well I got a taste of the new politics today. We need a new politics where we all love each other. Youve heard all that. Theres a radio ad up in the northern part of Nevada telling Republicans that they ought to just register as Democrats for a day so they can beat Hillary and go out and be Republicans next week and vote in the primary. Doesnt sound like the new politics to me.
Today when my daughter and I were wandering through the hotel, and all these culinary workers were mobbing us telling us they didnt care what the union told them to do, they were gonna caucus for Hillary.
There was a representative of the organization following along behind us going up to everybody who said that, saying 'if youre not gonna vote for our guy were gonna give you a schedule tomorrow so you cant be there.' So, is this the new politics? I havent seen anything like that in America in 35 years. So I will say it again they think they're better than you.
(The transcript was provided by one source with a recording of the event, and confirmed by another.)
To go over the facts here, the only publicly reported radio ad anything like what Clinton refers to is one that encourages Republicans and independents to caucus, but doesn't mention Hillary.
And the Vegas papers haven't found any evidence of the kind of straightforward voter suppression Clinton reports. The Obama campaign has suggested the Clinton campaign file formal complaints if it has evidence.
"This is ludicrous," Culinary Workers political director Pilar Weiss told Politico. She said the union is "aware that some workers aren't going to vote our way" and doesn't engage in intimidation.
"The fact that they lost a lawsuit aimed at suppressing workers' votes, and that now they're trying to hold on to these baseless claims is ridiculous," she said.
Weiss also said Clinton's claim is "technically impossible." Clinton supporters can ask union organizers -- who are actively promoting Obama's candidacy -- to add their names to the lists of workers who will take time off to caucus today. But signs posted around the casinos advertise another avenue to get the time off: Workers can go around the union and ask their managers directly.
"We have found it shocking that President Clinton has gotten so engaged in promoting these accusations," she said.
Payback's a bi#@H, isn't it BJ?
wahhh, wahhhh, they’re stealing our dirty tricks. Those are OURS, we invented them. wahhhhh, wahhhhhh.
How depressing it is to see an ex-president of the United States running around like just any old political hack, so desperate is he for a return to power of the co-presidency.
I have news for Bill: if you pull this off, SHE is going to be running the show and you will do as you are told.
Every time Clinton opens his mouth a flood of lies spews forth.
We’re so worried about our own primaries that we forget that the Dims are in the middle of a meltdown.
Better put some ice on that.
Strong message to follow.
How many decades have Republicans been the victims of intimidation and harassment at the polls by union thugs getting paid time off in order to rig elections for Democrats?
Gee, Clinton! How does it feel to be a Republicn?
I guess he pissed that the "rules" of dem politics actually apply to him and Hillary also.
That old man has to stay home and stop going out in public. He is an embarrassment and a repressive force on voters.
“A lie unanswered becomes the truth in 24 hours...”
Of all people....he should know....
YO slick...........do you REALLY think anyone is going to believe YOU?
Upon witnessing voter suppression former President Clinton pulled out his badge, a stained blue dress, and threated to ....
Suuure he “witnessed voter suppression”
But as a Lawyer, former Governor, and ex-President of the US with a Secret Service Detail, he was powerless to intervene ......
Got to get a government investigation going though...