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Obama's camp: Hillary's Ireland claims are blarney
suntimes.com ^ | 3-16-08 | Abdon M. Pallasch

Posted on 03/16/2008 9:53:39 AM PDT by doug from upland

Obama's camp: Hillary's Ireland claims are blarney WOOING IRISH | He says she exaggerates her role in peace process

March 16, 2008 BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter/apallasch@suntimes.com Marching in Scranton and Pittsburgh, Pa.'s, St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday seemed a perfect time for White House hopeful Hillary Clinton to release her Northern Ireland position paper. Irish Catholics will be a sizable part of the electorate in Pennsyvania's April 22 Democratic presidential primary.

As a regular part of her stump speech, Clinton cites what she says is her role in helping to bring peace to Northern Ireland as evidence of the foreign policy experience she says she has and Barack Obama doesn't. In her position paper Saturday, she pledged to make nurturing Northern Ireland's peace process an important part of American foreign policy.

Obama's campaign reacted to Clinton's Northern Ireland position paper by sending out an e-mail accusing Clinton of exaggerating her role in her husband's efforts to encourage Northern Ireland's peace process.

"In President [Bill] Clinton's own book about his work in Northern Ireland, he did not talk about any particular contribution by Hillary Clinton," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Saturday.

Clinton no longer offers as part of her stump speech a story she gave in New Hampshire about bringing together women from opposite sides of Northern Ireland's Protestant-Catholic divide for a meeting at which they spoke to each other for the first time, after the Boston Globe raised questions about the story.

But she reminds voters that she has visited Northern Ireland seven times, accompanying her husband on all of his trips and going sometimes by herself. Her position paper offers quotes from some of the most highly regarded participants in the peace process, including moderate Catholic leader John Hume, who said: "She made countless calls and contacts, speaking to leaders and opinion makers on all sides, urging them to keep moving forward."

Bill Clinton's granting of a visa to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, over Britain's objection, helped him persuade IRA members to embrace the peace process, and Adams credits Hillary Clinton with playing "an important role" in the peace process.

Bill Clinton tells rallies around the country that Northern Ireland leaders visiting the United States ask to see his wife to thank her for her help.

The Obama campaign distributed a statement from former State Department official Greg Craig calling Hillary Clinton's claim of helping the peace process "a gross overstatement of the facts."

Clinton last week agreed to appear before the Irish American Presidential Forum. Plouffe said Saturday he would check to see if Obama would likewise accept the invitation.

Obama has the backing of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has also been active in the peace process.

"If Sen. Obama is elected president, continuing the progress that had been made in that area of the world is going to be critical," Plouffe said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: demlies; hillary; nobama; northernireland; obama; pa2008

1 posted on 03/16/2008 9:53:40 AM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY - here is the MP3 - "THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN"
2 posted on 03/16/2008 9:55:47 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: doug from upland

O'Bama !

O'Toole, O'Reilly etc .....

3 posted on 03/16/2008 9:56:40 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: doug from upland

Bill is black, Hillary is Irish - these people will be whatever you want them to be!


4 posted on 03/16/2008 9:58:08 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88

Hillary must have ate at O’beano’s,she is blowing a lot of hot gas.


5 posted on 03/16/2008 10:06:20 AM PDT by jocko12
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To: doug from upland

she’s a freakin’ liar. She is a legend in her own mind. She never did any of those things. She was the wife that was it of the president (if you could cal him that even). She THINKS this is the woman’s time for the job and was surprised as HELL when Obama came on the scene. She must have pitched a hissy. One can only imagine. Seems justice comes when we least expect it. Now the people she claims to have done so much for and cared so much about have a candidate for President and it must be KILLING HER. There is no way she can win this one. She’s done! Go Obama!!!


6 posted on 03/16/2008 10:08:10 AM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever fully realize.)
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To: PGR88

my husband is Irish and he knows Irish and he says: hilllere is NOT Irish.


7 posted on 03/16/2008 10:09:21 AM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever fully realize.)
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To: Squantos
I'm Irish. I created this one about a week ago.


8 posted on 03/16/2008 10:14:34 AM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Squantos; doug from upland
"Erin Go Bragh", declares Democrat hopeful Barry Finnegan O'Bama *

Nam Vet

*New tagline because middle names mean nothing. (we are told)

9 posted on 03/16/2008 10:15:22 AM PDT by Nam Vet ("Erin Go Bragh", declares Democrat hopeful Barry Finnegan O'Bama)
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To: doug from upland; Nam Vet

ROTFLMAO !!!

Funny stuff !

Stay safe Ya’ll........~


10 posted on 03/16/2008 10:20:47 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: jocko12

Hillary will pander to whomever’s cause because of the votes these causes represent. She’ll talk with a funny accent or come up with a new heritage (besides Lenin and Marx). But look at the base cause of this, HRC is a communist scumbag trying to get into the White House and make us into the United Soviet States. The only way to get herself in is to be everything for every one and trick voters into thinking she’ll be the best candidate.


11 posted on 03/16/2008 10:29:32 AM PDT by U.S.overallothers
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To: doug from upland
"In President [Bill] Clinton's own book about his work in Northern Ireland, he did not talk about any particular contribution by Hillary Clinton," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Saturday.

While I don't doubt the Hildebeast's ruminations on this to be somewhere between extreme exaggeration and sheer fantasy, the fact that Bill didn't give here credit doesn't mean anything.

It was Bill's book; all about Bill.

12 posted on 03/16/2008 10:58:44 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: doug from upland

Hey, Hillary! If you could do the Irish jig in front of me, I’ll give you some credence. Otherwise, you’re a liar!


13 posted on 03/16/2008 11:51:38 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: doug from upland

Watch out for that famous Clintoon Irish temper

14 posted on 03/16/2008 1:31:25 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: doug from upland

Obama’s camp: Hillary’s Ireland claims are blarney...so it b. HUSSEIN”S claim that he was not schooled in a madrasah!!!!


15 posted on 03/16/2008 1:32:48 PM PDT by nyyankeefan
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To: doug from upland

Well, whatever other foolishness she’s trying to claim, at least she’s not claiming to actually BE of Irish descent.


16 posted on 03/16/2008 2:03:21 PM PDT by Mila
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To: Free ThinkerNY

17 posted on 03/16/2008 2:32:38 PM PDT by mcar
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To: doug from upland
"In President [Bill] Clinton's own book about his work in Northern Ireland, he did not talk about any particular contribution by Hillary Clinton," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said Saturday.

I wonder if Bill will now claim that he cut the bit about Hillary bringing peace to Ireland out of his 1008-page book for the sake of brevity.

18 posted on 03/16/2008 7:47:23 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("a wee bit silly." -Lord Trimble on Hillary Clinton's claim of foreign policy "experience".)
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To: doug from upland

After everything that has happened this weekend, Osama’s bringing out the big guns!! LOL!!


19 posted on 03/16/2008 7:49:22 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: doug from upland

Hillary Clinton has has made false claims about her role in the Irish peace process and brought a St. Patrick curse upon her campaign:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ejqshbcCvQ


20 posted on 03/17/2008 12:40:05 AM PDT by ireland rocks
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