October 18th, 2007
07:11 PM ET
11 years ago

RNC pushes 'Hillary Hypocrisy’

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Party is going back to the well and they are using the Clinton name as a bucket.

In an e-mail to potential donors, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan highlights a recent allegation that Sen. Hillary Clinton eavesdropped on political opponents in 1992 and suggests the New York Democrat is being hypercritical for not in turn supporting certain terrorist surveillance practices.

“The Clinton attack machine is apparently fine with listening in on phone calls if it bolsters her political ambitions - but Hillary doesn't want to give America's intelligence agencies the ability to conduct surveillance on terrorists plotting to attack our nation.”

“This isn't the first time we've seen Hillary practice such craven political opportunism,” Duncan adds. “She's flip-flopped on virtually every issue having to do with the War on Terror.”

The fundraising solicitation is the latest in a coordinated effort to paint Clinton as hypocritical on the issue of government surveillance in light of the allegation published in a recent book by New York Times reporters Don Van Natta and Jeff Gerth.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines has refused to comment on the substance of the allegation.

"It's a valiant effort by Jeff Gerth to get his 16th minute of fame, but we don't comment on books that were utter and complete failures, rift with inaccuracies and falsehoods, and rejected by reviewers and readers alike," Reines said.

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  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    “This isn't the first time we've seen Hillary practice such craven political opportunism,” Duncan adds. “She's flip-flopped on virtually every issue having to do with the War on Terror.”


    This would be funny... if it weren't true. To accept Hillary Clinton one must literally have a willing suspension of disbelief!

    October 18, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. The Admiral St. Augustine Fl.

    So, is Mike Duncan saying that this Admin. broke the law? He's saying what Hillary did was the same except for whom they were spying on. If she broke the law then this Admin must have as well. If he's saying that this Admin. didn't break the law, then Hillary didn't either, and Duncan should just shut up. Another Republican shill/hit-job. It won't matter because they will still be LOSERS in 08'.

    October 18, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. LaWanda Sheritan LA

    aahhh Guys RNC, hello.. YOUR GUYS HAVE LOST! all the bogus Hillary bashing is getting her more and more free press! and its helping her becuase there guys appear so immature. I was supporting obama until his recent crazy political non-sense since he started losing rapidly, wear a pin, refuse to wear a pin, who cares,

    True of the matter. Hillary Clinton is the only choice in 2008.

    October 18, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. Pete, Washington

    Are the American voters concerned about this matter of 'Hillary's Hypocrisy"? ...As a Democrat, I am kind of embarassed that our frontrunner may have been involved in something like this. I think Hillary owes members of our party an explanation about the facts in this matter, as they are presented in Mr. Van Natta's book, "Her Way"....Do other Democrats feel the same way?...I think that the Clintons would welcome a complete and unbiased examination of the facts, so as to clear their name and put to rest these allegations....If we don't get to the truth, once and for all, you can believe that the 'Swiftboaters' will not let this issue go away...

    October 18, 2007 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Steve, Houston, TX

    Oh, so it's ok for Bush & our so-called intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on wqhomever they want,and mind you it's not illegal, because Bush says it isn't, but not for Hillary?

    October 18, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Moe, NY

    I do not think there are too many people left in America who believe the RNC/Republican Party. The Republicans are corrupt and their lies just keep on coming. The Republican's will try everything and anything they can to discredit Hillary. Why doesn't the RNC push Republican Hypocrisy. It would certainly be refreshing to hear the truth from Republicans for once!

    October 18, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    When they haven't really got anything good to complain about... the mud starts flying... typical.

    October 18, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Daniel

    Republicans will need more to attack Clinton! The latest national poll shows her leading Rudy, McCain, Thompson and Romney comfortably, and she is clearly pulling ahead!

    October 18, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Mhm

    If this baseless attack was even true. Would it really matter? Something like that which happend 15 years ago doesn't affect her ability to lead the country right now. The Republicans are grasping at straws.

    And the idea that Hillary is a flip flopper is beyond amusing. Im clearly sad that she wouldn't want to "stay the course" in a terrible, costly, embarrising war in Iraq based on lies out of stubborness like our beloved preisdent.

    October 18, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  10. Cenn, CA

    They have no choice but to attack Hillary because they can't run on the strength of the Republican who wins the primaries. (unless it's Ron Paul)

    October 18, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. T-Boz

    I thought you neocons liked listening on people's private phone conversations?

    October 18, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  12. Scott, Tempe Arizona

    "...the New York Democrat is being HYPERCRITICAL for not in turn supporting certain terrorist surveillance practices."

    Don't you think this word should be "hypocritical?" Let's read the article before we post it...

    October 19, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. Van, Beverly Hills, CA

    Ah, the Clinton machine. People are also forgetting the women that Hillary had investigated that were Bill's girlfriends that he harassed when he was governor.

    What type of feminist is Hillary when she allowed Bill to sexually harass women and also humiliate her with several affairs that she tolerated to allow Bill to underwrite her own political ambition?

    October 19, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  14. Axel, RKDA, California

    I think Adlai Stevenson said it best when he said "We'll make a deal with the Republicans. If they stop telling lies about us, we'll stop telling the truth about them."

    October 19, 2007 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  15. James, Phoenix AZ

    Now allegations are truth to the RNC?

    Why are Republicans so scared of Hillary Clinton that they will stoop to this low level.

    The woman must be qualified to be President of the United States. Oo, that's got a nice ring to it!!!

    October 19, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  16. Kathie

    Bush Lite.

    Nuff said.

    October 19, 2007 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  17. wicked monkey minion

    "Craven opportunism" is Republicans starting a war they won't go and fight. "Craven opportunism" is jenna bush saying it's not practical for her to go fight in Iraq but it's practical for somebody else's daughter to go. As a combat vet, I find that conservatives are the nation's greatest cowards, and the filth that spews from their mouths is always self-centered, anti-American poison. Surveillance, torture, billions squandered. If liberalism is a dirty word, then conservativism is blasphemy against freedom. Which is worse?

    October 19, 2007 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  18. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    ABSURD! How desperate are these Republicans? how flip-floppers are they really, peaching in one hand less-government, yet voting for more government intruding into our civil liberties (in the name of security), let me see, didn't Hitler thought of the same scheme before?) what is wrong with oversight? why shouldn't we have some limits, where are we educating the public? the government cannot be the sole police of our society... we all need to help and be responsible, but I don't see the RNC-brain-dead making that stand... phonies!

    October 19, 2007 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  19. david knowles

    A whole lot more to this story. I'm calling it "Evesdrop-Gate" which I realize, is a pretty lame title.


    October 19, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. demwit

    "The Republican Party is going back to the well and they are using the Clinton name as a bucket."

    No, no CNN liberal bias here...., move along please..

    October 19, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. John NC

    Clinton is a flip-flopper.

    October 19, 2007 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. laurinda,ny

    Hillary is not flip flopping. Running for president is a very difficult situation to be in. Everything she does,wears,says,etc. is criticized constantly and eventually she has to step back and collect her thoughts so that she can stay on the right track. My advise to her is don't worry what others think, do what you think is right. In the end she will come out on top.

    October 19, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Joe , Ava, Mo

    We should also remember of the stories of the Clinton's when President Bill Clinton was in office and one of his aid's killed himself in his office, according to news report the Clinton's searched and went inside either before or shortly after it happened. Why were they so quick to want to see what was in there. Also 6 Months after President Bush took office 9/11 happen.President Clinton let our military budget very low. No wonder alqita attacked..Like President Reagan said a Strong military keeps peace. Having a weak military budget invites countries to attack like after 8 years of the Democrats Clinton liberals. We are living in dangerous times in the world and our military is the best, but our next President needs too stregthen the military and expand them. I applaud all our vets and very proud to be a american. We need a strong military minded president too keep us out of wars . Look how Russia is flyiing nukes planes very close to our borders. Will Hillary Clinton Ignore this and raise taxes for pork bugets???
    Thank You

    P.S. We need another Ronald Reagan type President not a liberal

    October 19, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. straighttalker

    RNC Pushes Hillary Hypocrisy
    Posted 10/18/2007 07:11:30 PM | Permalink

    0 comments Friday 10/19/2007 11:00AM

    Is CNN hiding the negative comments about Hillary's hyprocisy again? Hmmmm.....

    October 19, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Steven White Plains New York

    Everything Hillary stands for is calculated and worked out in advance. Her team is well oiled and flat out better that her competitors. She stands for nothing except what will get her elected. Her ambitions will be realized as she will promise each voting block some government subsidy. The only way she will get defeated is if the country wakes up to a threat of our National security.

    October 19, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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