September 25th, 2007
08:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton grounded by radar failure

Sen. Hillary Clinton was stuck in Little Rock, Arkansas Tuesday after appearing at an event there with her husband.

CHICAGO (CNN) – Sometimes it doesn’t matter who you are – even presidential candidates can’t overcome air travel headaches.

Like thousands of other travelers, Senator Hillary Clinton, D-New York, found herself stuck on the tarmac Tuesday. She was grounded in Little Rock after a communications line failed, knocking out radar and telephone service to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Memphis Center.

The delay forced her to cancel an appearance at the Change to Win union convention in Chicago, where she was to deliver an afternoon address. Instead, she spoke to the gathering by phone, explaining she was still on the tarmac. Fellow Democratic candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards spoke to the convention earlier in the day.

Related: Radar fails in Memphis; hundreds of flights affected

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    And Karl Rove was in Little Rock yesterday?

    September 25, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. Joan, Dallas TX

    Ask yourselves, CNN: why is this important? Why are you spending time on this? Thank you.

    September 25, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  3. r. james

    Idiots,all of them............

    September 26, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  4. Mike, Orlando,FL

    That stinks.

    September 26, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Liberals – blame a Republican conspiracy for the radar failure(funny thing is...the majority of liberal bloggers will believe it – I mean...they believe all the other stuff that her camp tosses out)

    September 26, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  6. Paul TX

    Chris in Middletown, CT. Are you so stupid to think that liberals will actually think Republicans caused her plane to be grounded? Atleast she was on the plane and not hanging out in the bathroom inside the airport. Republicans say the most stupid things and you just proved that. She didn't mention anything about Republicans causing the delay. People like you should be banned from showing yourself in public as you are an embarassment to the country.

    September 26, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Dave Malone - Red Springs, KY

    Chris from Middletown, CT:

    The FAA is typically thought of as a partisan or Republican organization. So your entire spiel is groundless, and fed on what I assume is "Hillary-hate".

    Don't drink the ol' haterade, champ- Hillary's a bad candidate because she's a bad politician – you don't need to dream up radar failure conspiracies.

    September 26, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Coach Haughton

    Liberals – blame a Republican conspiracy for the radar failure(funny thing is…the majority of liberal bloggers will believe it – I mean…they believe all the other stuff that her camp tosses out)

    Posted By Chris, Middletown, CT : September 26, 2007 8:51 am

    Hey Chris. fact. An large majority of Republicans think that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11. That is so smart of them.

    Oh and as far as republican conspiracies.


    September 26, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Funny this network thinks this is a newsworthy story, but it chooses not to post this (directly from the uber-liberal Boston Globe 9/26/07)-

    Disgraced fund-raiser Norman Hsu did a lot more than just pump $850,000 into Hillary Clinton's campaign bank account: He also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local, state, and federal candidates who have endorsed Clinton or whose support she courted.

    A major fund-raiser for Democrats since 2003, Hsu became one of Clinton's biggest bundlers – gathering scores of individual checks and sending them to her campaign. But since revelations last month that Hsu was a fugitive in a 15-year-old California fraud case, Clinton has said she would return the $850,000 she has taken from him and his associates.

    In at least some cases, Clinton or her aides directly channeled contributions from Hsu and his network to other politicians supportive of her presidential campaign, according to interviews and campaign finance records. There is nothing illegal about one politician steering wealthy contributors to another, but the New York senator's close ties to Hsu have become an embarrassment for her and her campaign.

    Last fall, as the Nevada governor's race was heating up, Clinton agreed to help raise money for Democrat Dina Titus, a prominent party leader in a state that holds a key early presidential caucus. Clinton arranged for Hsu, at the time a little-known New York apparel executive with no apparent reason to take interest in Nevada politics, to give Titus $5,000 on Nov. 3, according to a person with knowledge of Clinton's fund-raising.

    And in February, when former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack ended his own White House bid, he was about $450,000 in the red. A month after dropping out, Vilsack endorsed Clinton, and Clinton agreed to help him retire his debts. (Both insisted there was no quid pro quo.)

    Over the next few months, some of Clinton's biggest fund-raisers gave Vilsack checks, including Hsu, who kicked in the maximum allowable contribution, $2,300, on May 3 after attending an event organized by Clinton's campaign, Newsweek reported this month. An associate of Hsu's, Paul Su, chipped in $1,000 on the same day.

    In other cases, Clinton helped direct Hsu's money to influential politicians who have yet to endorse her but hail from key presidential primary states. Clinton raised at least $6,000 from Hsu and his network last year for Governor John Lynch of New Hampshire, according to Lynch aides. Lynch has no plans to endorse anyone before the state's crucial January primary, aides said.

    And at least some of the $17,000 that Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan collected from Hsu and his associates in 2005 and 2006 stems from a Nov. 29, 2005, fund-raising reception for her hosted by Steven Rattner, a New York investment firm executive and major Clinton donor seen as a candidate for US Treasury secretary if Clinton wins. Granholm's office said she has not made an endorsement decision.

    Clinton said in a National Public Radio interview last week that Hsu's past was "a rude awakening to all of us – I mean, not only in my campaign, but the dozens of campaigns going back to, I guess, 2003 and '04 who, you know, took contributions. None of us caught this and we all ran searches."

    But the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that a California businessman had warned the campaign about Hsu in June and that a Clinton aide dismissed the concerns. "I can tell you with 100 [percent] certainty that Norman Hsu is NOT involved in a ponzi scheme. He is COMPLETELY legit," Samantha Wolf, Clinton's former West Coast campaign finance director, wrote in an e-mail to a California Democratic Party official, the Times reported.

    Other Democratic presidential hopefuls have collected money from Hsu and his network, including Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, and Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico. But Clinton has been by far the biggest beneficiary of Hsu, who was reportedly trying to establish himself as one of her elite fund-raisers by pulling in more than $1 million.

    As you can see, this is a wide ranging scandal, that is getting not nearly the coverage it deserves.

    Say is that Larry Craig..............

    September 26, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. slimegreen

    I wonder when she's going to get back on the global warming soap box and spew more hypocrisy? After the elections??

    September 26, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. James, Phoenix AZ

    CNN is fantastic!

    A whole article on Hillary and Bill getting delayed at the airport. The very last line of the article: "Candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards spoke to the convention earlier in the day".

    No, let's not have any news on the speeches of the other candidates... Hillary was delayed!

    CNN Political Blog agenda:

    One for Hillary
    One for Larry Craig
    One for Hillary
    One for Larry

    September 26, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Her entire campaign has been grounded by radar failure. She consistantly fails to respond to real peoples' questions and concerns. She equivocates, back peddles and flops around as much as Kerry did. She says stuff like "I'll take on the right." and "I'll get us out of Iraq... unless Al Queda is still there."

    She speaks of her Hillstars taking on the world, a thousand volunteers at a time, and yet her website shows two, yes TWO houseparties on her behalf in southern california while Barack Obama, on his website, has no less than 60 events going on at any given time.

    Every time the woman speaks, I can barely stand to watch her stiff body language and posture and shrieky voice which to me all shrieks "insincerity."

    She manipulates the press and threatens to pull Bill off the cover of GQ because GQ was about to run an article that was not all hugs and kisses about how there is infighting inside her campaign and how she comes across as arrogant to her own staffers as she does to the American public at large.

    YOU have grounded your campaign Mrs. Clinton. You're out of touch, stuck in a cold war mentality. You've lived so many years in an ivory tower that you have forgotten that America is all about real people and about dealing with the issues on the people's level, not the Washington beltways.

    Oh, and by the way, Barack Obama has outpaced you fundraising wise in the last two quarters using half a million individual donors while you use a smidgen of that, getting money from federal lobbys that you will be beholden to if heaven forbid you're ever elected.

    and besides all that, I cant stand to look at those plastic beads around your neck and those bad armani pants suits until November when you'd lose the elections to Republican election fraud and voter apathy anyway.

    You remind me of Mrs. Umbridge from Harry Potter, the epitomy of establishment chique, ready to tow the party line and make sure we all color within the lines.

    I'm voting for Barack Obama. Maybe he's not on your radar yet, but I assure you if he's not, he soon will be. It will be nice to get a real person instead of a robot into office for a change.

    Obama 08

    September 26, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Ryan Indianapolis

    Bill was mad he had a couple of dates lined up and hillary ruined all of his fun. On a serious note how can so many people think Hillary could be a good president, the woman is a liar and a fraud. Worst than that what has she ever done succefully????I just dont get it with that loser.

    September 26, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Bernadine Stanfield. San Bernardino, Calif

    Hillary are you for illegal immigration, and amnesty, the dream act.?

    September 26, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Clinton said in a National Public Radio interview last week that Hsu's past was "a rude awakening to all of us – I mean, not only in my campaign, but the dozens of campaigns going back to, I guess, 2003 and '04 who, you know, took contributions. None of us caught this and we all ran searches."

    Come on apologists of all that is Clinton, can't you read here we she tries to portray this as everyone screwed up even though they took small amounts, but he was a HUGE part of her campaign. You wouldn't look into a thousand dollar donor, but you would a couple of MILLION dollars donor.

    You can't tell me that they did research on this HUGE donor and did not find that he was a FUGITIVE from justice, or maybe they did and figured "I am teflon Shrillary and the media will not even investigate this further".

    Take off the blinders for a second people and can you honestly say that if this were ANY OTHER CANDIDATE that was so in bed with this guy, there candidacy would be over?

    She hired Craig Livingston for White house security way back when and he could get access to FBI records on hundreds of Republicans (pick a scandal, any scandal), but they couldn't get the details of this guy? Yeah right.

    September 27, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |