December 6th, 2007
07:08 AM ET
12 years ago

Clinton volunteer's sending of anti-Obama e-mail causes stir

An anti-Obama e-mail sent by a Clinton volunteer is causing a stir in Iowa.

(CNN) - One of the recipients of a controversial anti-Barack Obama email forward that put Hillary Clinton’s Iowa campaign on the defensive Wednesday said the volunteer county coordinator who sent the original message may have been unfairly targeted.

“She thinks people misunderstood her intent,” said Gary Hart, who said he spoke with the volunteer, Judy Rose, a short time ago. The former Clinton volunteer insisted “she was just sending it along so people know what kind of information is out there,” not because she believed the charges herself. He added that Rose is baffled by the uproar.

The controversy began early Wednesday when an Iowa supporter of presidential candidate Chris Dodd posted a comment on the liberal Daily Kos Web site, accusing an unnamed Clinton volunteer of forwarding an anti-Muslim e-mail aimed at the Illinois senator, containing charges that have been widely discredited.

The e-mail - one of several hoaxes that have been circulating since the Illinois senator announced his candidacy - claims that Obama is a Muslim whose campaign is part of a plot to destroy the United States. Obama is not, and never has been, a Muslim.

Within minutes, Clinton Internet Director Peter Daou posted a message from campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle disavowing the remarks. Rose, a Jones County volunteer, was immediately asked to leave the New York senator’s campaign, and did.

The war of words between both candidates, who are running neck and neck in Iowa polls less than a month before Election Day, has reached a fever pitch over the past week. Within the past few days, both have asked supporters to track attacks and “dirty tricks” aimed at their campaigns.

The Obama campaign is not commenting on the incident.

Earlier: Obama camp denies 'dirty tricks' accusation

- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    WOW

    Team Hillary just keeps stumbling.

    Bill must not be impressed.

    December 6, 2007 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Bryn, West Orange, NJ

    Volunteer or not, she should not have sent out a false e-mail about her candidate's rival. The volunteer represents the candidate so all of her "well-intentioned" efforts are nullified by such a careless, unthoughtful action. When I heard about this, I was not shocked at all because of how that campaign has been conducting itself thus far. Let's stop with the lies and focus on healing America.

    December 6, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Michael New York

    A person can not be a good Muslim and a good American. The two are mutually exclusive. I am not saying Obama is a Muslim just trying to clarify.

    December 6, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Janine, Chapel Hill, NC

    A little common sense, people. As a political science major, I can tell you that no campaign manager in his/her right mind would EVER attempt a smear tactic this improbable and blatantly incorrect...it would be party suicide, straight up. Hillary cannot be held accountable for an incompetent zealot. As liberal as she is, I highly doubt that she herself would ever think such things about Obama, despite the fact that he is her opponent. Hillary is also a women who has been cheated on by her husband, the PRESIDENT, and laughed at by the public. She took the poor bastard back and was actually BLAMED for doing so, when to have divorced him would have killed her dreams of being the first woman president. She is constantly attacked for being too cold for a woman, when we all know that if she loosened up the slightest bit she'd become "incompetent" and "soft," unable to represent the US in this troubled age.

    The woman has been in the public eye for 17 years. We know soo much about her and she's had soo much more of a chance to slip-up than all of these other babies. Of course we're going to find things to criticize (I should note, however, that I can find many more things wrong with the other candidates who have just emerged at the forefront). I think it's saying something that, given the span of her existence of national politics, she has come through and led a FLAWLESS campaign. I am for Hillary '08 because, honestly, it's time we let a woman try being president. As an OPPRESSED human being, a minority in today's extreme patriarchy of violence, war, and racial discrimination, who better could we ask for to serve as our leader, taking into account that Hillary herself is a member of the oppressed? We are supposed to be an advanced, enlightened, MODERN society...and yet we're still living back in the beginning centuries A.D. in many respects.

    How about a little change, a little proof? What other options do we really have? Many act as though Hillary just isn't the "right" woman to be the first woman. Tell me, then, if she doesn't win, what other options are available? None that I know of. None for many many years....

    December 6, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Dan, NJ

    Obama does very well among the most eductated voters. Clinton does very well among the least educated voters.

    The staffer's intent in sending this email was to get people to choose Clinton or, at the very least, not support Obama. The uneducated and the biggoted are exactly the people who would be influenced by an email like this.

    For the posters who think being a Muslim is a bad thing, think of all the things that have happened in the name of Christianity: KKK, Nazis, Inquisition... Point is, don't judge all people of a faith by the acts of a few.

    Finally, all the posters that insist on including Obama's middle name in their posts, do you have any reason other than your own petty prejudice for doing so?

    December 6, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. k david

    Obama would be a great president. Clinton would be a great president. What matters is that one or the other beats the Republican candicate. If we get a Republican in, the supreme court will be locked in as a solid right wing block for about 20 years. Forget about your quibbles with this or that with Clinton or Obama. Keep your eye on the real issue.

    Posted By Ray (Nashville, TN) : December 6, 2007 10:34 am

    Well said I totally agree with you. You are a true democrat! These silly obama haters and clinton haters are going to drop the ball ignoring the big picture and will hand the election to the republicans. Use your brain and not just your heart. Can you imagine what a powerful ticket CLINTON OBAMA 08 would be- this would be a sure win for democrats and Senator Barack Obama can still be the President he deserves to be in 2016. by then he will have that "experince he lacks now" and his name Hussein would be not an issue and all the gender and racial barriers will be brocken for a better America.

    December 6, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Lakeland, FL

    Dennis Kucninch is the only cadidate running that is on the mainstream issues. America, I know the media doesn't like to cover him. Take the time to look at his issues vs the rest and you too will see.

    Kucinich 2008 The mainstream candidate!

    December 6, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Zubair, Monterey Bay, CA

    "The e-mail...claims that Obama is a Muslim whose campaign is part of a plot to destroy the United States. Obama is not, and never has been, a Muslim." ?!?!
    As a Muslim, I am deeply offended by the language of this article. I was under the impresion that CNN holds itself at a higher standard than treating the religion of 2 billion people like a disease.

    December 6, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Eric, VA

    So due to the fact that Obama has the same name as a former Iraqi dictator, he must practice Islam?...some of you people are shockingly and sickeningly ignorant, READ A BOOK, ANY BOOK.

    December 6, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Linda, Chandler AZ

    To Arnold, Troy and all others who have no idea what they are talking about!! – Barack Obama is NOT a Muslim. His father was NOT a Muslim. During the 4 years he was in Indonesia he did NOT go to a Muslim school. All of this was disproved MONTHS AGO!! Please do some homework and get your facts straight before you start opening your mouths and slandering this man.

    December 6, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. XY, LA, CA

    clinton is the choice of O8. I do not think Obama is ready for the president at this time, and he needs four or eight more years. Cliton is a very strong womam with experience and had experienced hard times in the past years. She is the only candidate who can beat republicans.

    December 6, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. mike, los angeles

    Why do people support Obama? He has no tangible quality that is comparable to every other single candidate. First of all, he has no monopoly over hope. Hope is just a word. Since he doesn't have any other quality except for his law career to support his presidential run he has to use these intangible qualities. Second, he doesnt bring change, he brings uncertainty. The only change he is going to bring is a promise of change? Change can be bad and good, after all, Bush promised "change" 8 years ago. Why are people so afraid of bringing up race when that is one of the obvious reasons why some people are supporting Obama. Oprah = case in point. Oprah started an all womens school in Africa. She has been a victim of abuse and has shown how women can raise the ceiling in professionalism...tell me why she is choosing a man over a woman who has exceptionally more experience, in law, foreign affairs, health care, and government....oh hmmm could it be race? Finally, Obama is the easiest candidate for republicans to defeat. Think about all the candidates that could have beaten Bush but didn't, McCain lost the primaries, Edwards and John Kerry, hell even Al Gore..all the other republican candidates are much better than Bush, but Obama doesnt even stand close to the previous losing competition. No wonder every republican is hoping for Hillary to lose the primaries.

    December 6, 2007 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. RuthieM

    Don Imus returned on the air Dec. 3. One of the first things that came out of his mouth was, "...and Hillary Clinton is still Satan." With crap like this from Hillary and her campaign, what else can one wonder? And as has been asked before, to what lengths will Clinton and her campaign go? They're rotten to the core, and something should be done about this, they should not be allowed to get away with it.

    December 6, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. lowell mass

    Arnold Flick La Jolla CA USA
    Let's take Obama's word that he is not a Muslim now, but at one point he certainly was: natural father a Muslim, Stepfather a Muslim, educated in Muslim schools in a Muslim country. By Muslim rules, his father alone makes Obama a Muslim, to say nothing of what followed. If it's fair to question Romney on Mormonism, then it's fair to ask Obama why he left the Muslim faith, and how he feels about it now; he has said he became a Christian without an epiphany. We are, after all, talking about the Presidency, and we are war with a significant portion of the Muslim world. The relationship of the President to the Muslim faith of his childhood is a matter of national interest, and needs to be spelled out.

    Posted By Arnold Flick, La Jolla CA : December 6, 200

    so what if he is muslim? we all know what the christians in the white house did, did their faith guard them ?guess we all know the aswer to that one.

    December 6, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Terry, Sikeston, MO

    I have always voted for the woman/man and not the party. Ballots that allow one to vote the Republican or Democrat ticket pander to an America that is demonstrating less and less intelligence.

    The only two individuals from either party that are not politics as usual are Barak Obama and Ron Paul. If neither of these two are on the final ticket I won't even waste the time to vote. Nothing will change.

    December 6, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Ryan, Pittsburgh, PA

    People find any little thing to attack Hillary these days. And how do you know that the girl really wasn't just forwarding the message to show people what was going on. It seems like someone just twisted this to favor Barack.

    December 6, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Michele S; Springville, Ia

    As one of the daughters of Judy Rose, I was on the short list of recipiants of this "malicious" email. This was not a smear campaign, it was not meant to be malicious, she received it from a childhood friend who is fully aware of her dedication to the Clinton campaign. It was forwarded as a FYI on what it being said out there, and how hard others are trying to smear opponents. Sometimes people read way too much into things and blow it out of proportion. Take this at face value, there is too much finger pointing and blaming going on which is avoiding the actual issues.

    December 6, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. Aaron Tempe AZ

    its sad but true the way hillary and obama are fighting neither of them will actually stand a chance in the election the republicans will walk all over them. They wont have to sling mud due to the democrats are already waist high in it. you have to love childish acts

    December 6, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. CB, Atlantic, VA

    ABH...Anyone But Hillary. If she is so organized, she certainly is aware of what is sent from her campaign.She would be a lousy leader that no one could trust. PLus...she wants to send more jobs overseas, & flip-flop her stances each week, having 2-3 stances on each issue. And experence?.....she has been a first lady...wow.

    December 6, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Alex Jenkins

    Obama aka Osama was a Muslim, has Muslim parents, and trained at Djakarta, one of the most militant Muslim gulags in the world. The contention that he was not a Muslim is patently false. I believe he still is a Muslim.

    December 6, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Christian, Marietta GA

    Clinton killed Vince Foster now she's trying to do it to the rest of the democratic field.

    December 6, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. JB Boston MA

    Hill fans are now making excuses saying, "how s she supposed to be responsible for her campagn staffers"

    OK- I will give you that. But remember, others have the right to use the same argument. If I remember correctly, most of you have lashed out at other campaign staffers and bamed the candidate for the misdeeds.

    Hypocrites!

    December 6, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. PW Va

    This reeks of desparation on the part of the Clinton campaign. I will be voting for Senator Obama, however, I once had respect for what Senator Clinton was attempting to accomplish. That sentiment is rapidly eroding as it appears she is becoming as devious as some of her male counterparts representing the GOP hopefuls. I did not think you would sink to this level, Hillary!!!

    December 6, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Posted By Les WA : December 6, 2007 10:19 am

    OK, you know his mother was atheist ...how? Actually his fatherwas an atheist and his stepfather was a religious skeptic with a more practical outlook on life.
    Religion is a choice, it's not something in your DNA.
    There was not a RACE of people that atacked this country on 9/11. It was 19 members of a radical islamofascist group of terrorists, that overall may comprise appr. 1% of Islam.
    You should do a little research before spouting off. You should also watch you words a little more carefully, your racism is showing.

    December 6, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. John, Raleigh, NC

    "The e-mail — one of several hoaxes that have been circulating since the Illinois senator announced his candidacy — claims that Obama is a Muslim whose campaign is part of a plot to destroy the United States. Obama is not, and never has been, a Muslim."

    Can you go out on a limb and also include a sentence to the effect of "Obama is not part of a plot to desroy the United States."? Seems that by denying one charge and accepting the other you imply that he is on a plot.

    December 6, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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