November 8th, 2007
09:45 AM ET
7 years ago

Edwards launches repeated YouTube attacks at Clinton

Sen. Clinton was interviewed on CNN's Election Express Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — For the fourth time in the last week, former Sen. John Edwards is using online video to accuse Sen. Hillary Clinton of parsing her words.

And this time, he's using her interview aboard CNN’s Election Express to make his point.

The video, entitled 'Politics of Parsing – Part 2,' focuses on Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley’s question asking if Sen. Clinton supports drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. Clinton starts by saying, "No. What I have said is that I support what governors are trying to do" and then continues on with her response. After Crowley interrupts by asking, "But you can see why people think that you are not answering the question," the video displays a series of graphics saying "What's Senator Clinton's answer? Nobody knows… Not even Senator Clinton”.

Edwards, original "Politics of Parsing" video, targeting Clinton’s answers at last weeks Democratic Presidential debate, received almost 300,000 views on YouTube.

Sen. Clinton's campaign responded to that video by saying of Edwards, "now that his campaign has stalled, he's launching false attacks on his fellow Democrats.” The Clinton camp didn't respond Thursday to Part 2.

Video: Watch "Politics of Parsing – Part 2"

Related: Edwards assails Clinton for 'double talk' 

Related: RNC, Edwards hit Clinton on debate performance

–CNN Associate Producer Eric Weisbrod


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Juan Markos Ganzalas Remeras de Mexico en Nueve York

    Mi amore Clinton! Dámelo driver's licenses votar para usted!!

    November 8, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Edwards, as so applies to the other "would-be's", hasn't got a snowball's chance in Hell of winning this presidential election. Furthermore, Hillary Clinton is going to make that explicitly clear when she wins the 2008 election!

    November 8, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Daniel

    Edwards is a sore looser!

    America needs Hillary.

    November 8, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Leslie Palmer, Nashua,NH

    John Edwards is asking what every voter in America should be asking themselves–when will Hillary be straight forward? The answer is never if she can arrange it. The obvious is so hidden with snide remarks and always blaming President Bush for all that is wrong with this country that we as voters are left with no answers. The immigration problems are a yes/no answer. No-the US doesn't want you if you sneak across the border and hide in plain view. Yes, please decide to live here and come in the front door please. And NO if you are not a legal US resident and/or citizen you have no right to complain.
    Answers are difficult because then you have to have the fortitude to handle those who disagree. There isn't a speck of fortitude in Mrs. Clinton-and that is an answer that I stand by

    November 8, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Don,OR

    Edwards is desperate and it shows. The issue of immigration is a complex one and you know it. Hillary is right on the money – she's being a realist – she did NOT say she approved or disapproved on giving licenses to illegals. And it's exactly right – she agrees "these people" need to be brought out of the shadows and identified – and that she applauds the state for at least trying to do something about the problem. She says that it's going to take a lot of different ideas to solve the problem and that is NOT JUST A YES OR NO ANSWER. Get real people.

    November 8, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Chip Celina

    Bea from Hoboken;

    Your blind admiration of Hillary si admirable. Hillary is only a one and a half term senator from NY, what makes you think she has what ti takes to lead this nation? If he's such a loser, how is it he can 'soften up' the "nominee"? Must not be much in the nominee.

    You would at least think she'd have the decency to leave a tip for that poor waitress yesterday. My word, the waitress makes LESS than minimum wage (augmented by tips) yet Hildabeast can't cough up a tip and then goes on to use the waitress as an example in a stump speech.

    November 8, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Scott, New York, NY

    This horse has been beaten to death. As much as many would like, complex issues such as this cannot be boiled down to a simple "yes" or "no" soundbite answer. I have listened to HRC's answer on this several times, and I think her reasoning and logic make perfect sense. Is it just me?! After 8 years of Bush the dimwit, this country needs a president with not only a functioning brain, but also the reason and logic to weigh complex issues. Aside from Biden, I don't see any other candidate coming close to Hillary's capacity for these traits.

    November 8, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. matt, pittsburgh

    The reason she can't answer the question "yes" or "no" now is then everyone will just say that she said the opposite the first time around. Her answer was clear, she doesn't think that it is a good idea but she understands why he is doing it. What is confusing about this, Edwards is just giving Republicans fodder against her, she is most likely to get the nomination and the more she is attacked by other Dems the harder it will be for her to win...STOP IT!

    November 8, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. sonya, atlanta, ga

    edwards go on and speak the truth! it only serves to help Obama.

    November 8, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. John, OH

    I am a Democrat and have never voted for a Republican. I voted Edwards on 2004 election, however if this guy gets the nomination this time I'll vote for a Republican. He has started a bad culture of personal attack on democratic party which was limited before. And so much about Clinton..what about "war on terror is a bumber stricker" Johnny boy, you want to explain that?

    November 8, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Jimenez - San Antonio - Texas

    Someone send Edwards back home. He is such a cry baby whaa whaa!!! He's a sore loser who needs to go back home. Put a muzzle on the guy.

    November 8, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Michael Vick, San Francisco, CA

    Why in a post about Edwards do you use a picture of Hillary? As if she doesn't get enough publicity on this and every other site, we need to have her picture displayed in stories about her opponents?

    November 8, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. SWINFORD DAYTON,OHIO

    John you a making a fool out of your self.You just do not have a chance.Wait is that a ambulance I hear!!Better check it out John.

    November 8, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Matt, Pennsylvania

    The only thing I hope for is that Edward's strategy works, and that is to get the message to young voters that Hillary is absolutely no good. Hopefully enough will register to drown out the insane babbling religious idiots in the mid-west, the goofs that think that Hillary will make some kind of change when she is just another career politician, and the 'most selfish generation' crying about their retirement.

    November 8, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Bea from Hoboken;

    Your blind admiration of Hillary si admirable. Hillary is only a one and a half term senator from NY, what makes you think she has what ti takes to lead this nation? If he's such a loser, how is it he can 'soften up' the "nominee"? Must not be much in the nominee.

    You would at least think she'd have the decency to leave a tip for that poor waitress yesterday. My word, the waitress makes LESS than minimum wage (augmented by tips) yet Hildabeast can't cough up a tip and then goes on to use the waitress as an example in a stump speech.

    Posted By Chip Celina : November 8, 2007 1:25 pm

    Get your facts straight, my dear Freeper. Hillary and her people not only paid the $157 tab, but also left a $100 tip for the waitress. If you don't believe me you can read it in the conservative's beloved TV network, Fox News. Cheers!!

    November 8, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Mary NY

    I agree the photo is absolutely horrendous, it looks like they photoshoped that smile on her! of course I guess it is going to look that way when she isn't used to it!.

    November 8, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. John Henry Louisiana

    nobody asked her her opinion on immigration. They asked whether or not she supported the Govenor of New York and his proposal of giving illegals drivers licenses. how is this a complex issue? if she supports it, it is yes, if she doesn't it is no. Only hirrary crinton would make such a simple thing turn into a complex situation. But what would you expect from the people taht brought us "it depends on what your definition of is is". what a crock!

    November 8, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Hannah -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    I don't know what problem Edwards is having - or fabricating - understanding Senator Clinton's answer. Her position was clear from the interview: she doesn't blame governors, who have no control over immigration policy, for doing what they have to do to keep their states safe by tracking "undocumented" aliens. It is the federal government's responsibility to control immigration policy, and as president, Senator Clinton will execute policies that help to keep governors from facing this Hobson’s choice in the first place. What’s so hard to understand about that?

    November 9, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  19. Karsen Rumpf, Iowa City IA

    If she would have just answered the questions the first any one of the three times they asked her Edwards wouldn't have said anything. Hilary treats us like idiots.

    November 9, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  20. DEF, Norfolk VA

    Good for Edwards. He's one of the few who SEE the truth. Keep up the good work John.

    November 9, 2007 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
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