March 15th, 2008
10:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama backer takes aim at Clinton's experience

 Craig had some sharp words for Hillary Clinton Friday.
Craig had some sharp words for Hillary Clinton Friday.

(CNN) – Former Clinton State Department official Greg Craig continued to take aim at Hillary Clinton's foreign policy claims Friday, telling the National Journal that the former first lady has "grossly exaggerated the nature of her experience."

"If you're running for president on the basis of your claims of experience, when you then cite examples, you should be careful to be accurate," Craig said. "The evidence should be accurate. And my point is that Senator Clinton and her supporters have in serious ways overstated, if not grossly exaggerated, the nature of her experience."

"I think she is misleading the American public on the nature of her experience," he also said.Craig, a supporter of Barack Obama, was the director of policy planning at the State Department under former President Clinton.

He was a top adviser to former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and served as counsel to former President Clinton during the impeachment hearings.

His comments come days after he penned a strongly worded memo on behalf of the Obama campaign that appeared to suggest the New York senator was not ready to be commander in chief."Hillary Clinton's argument that she has passed 'the commander-in-chief test' is simply not supported by her record," he wrote in that memo.

The Clinton campaign called the memo a "false and misleading attack."Pressed about those comments Friday, Craig appeared to dial back, saying, "I think she would be a capable commander in chief.

I think Barack Obama, who is my candidate, would also be a capable commander in chief. I'm not denigrating that."But Craig specifically took issue with Clinton's claim of having a role in the Northern Ireland peace process."

It's a little bit presumptuous for the first lady, who would meet people and support people to take credit away from the Irish themselves who did it," he said.Pressed about her role in the process, Clinton told NPR earlier this week, "I wasn't sitting at the negotiating table, but the role I played was instrumental."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. aNdY

    another CLINTONISM which makes intelligent people sick to their stomach.

    Let's end the Clinton Empire of the 90s!

    Obama-08

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Dave

    Can someone else show me a politician with as many allies turned enemies? Either the Clinton's don't know how to pick the right people or they treat them poorly.

    Even W's worst critics aren't his old friends.

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. ObamaSupporters

    The Clinton campaign cannot say much about this because they know this is all true.

    YES WE CAN
    Obama '08

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Eye Opener - Las Vegas

    Former Senator George Mitchell who was the principal negotiator of the peace process in Ireland would beg to disagree and he had already validated Senator Clinton's involvement in it.

    Who is Craig anyway and what was his role in it?

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. brian

    the Obama people are jerks. I may have to vote republican this time.

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. RKR, Lynchburg

    Its about time we start checking the resumes, as two final candidates have been shortlisted. There usually is a clause at the bottom of job applications which usually looks like: "Providing incorrect information will result in the rejection of your application".

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. manuela from Pennsylvania

    Given with what happened to Mrs Ferraro I want now this guy to resign. Just in order to continue with the nonsense of Mr Obama's supporters. PLEASE RESIGN!!!!

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Rosa

    You mean that going shopping with the wives of the leaders of other nations doesn't give her foreign policy experience. Why I thought leading a country was all about site seeing and shopping.

    March 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Greg

    She has overstated her "experience." Ask yourself, why she won't expedite the release of her schedule as First Lady? It's because it will reveal the truth about what she really did or did not do.

    March 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Ken

    It is painfully obvious the way hillonites keep defefending the Clinton machine that they are by and large sheep.........mere sheep.

    March 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. David Boston Ma

    You need to find a home Mr. Independent!!

    March 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. jgr

    Proximity does not equal ability!

    She was wife for 8 years, not a co-president.

    March 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. jim

    who believed her anyhow?living in the white house for 8 years is not experience. if so then the cook maid and marine guards have as much as her.

    March 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Josie, San Diego CA

    Sounds like sour grapes from Craig and one from a nobody at the State Department. Like who's ever heard of this guy and who cares?

    March 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Carl from Pa

    I think this is a very vaild point. Not to mention the fact she has said over and over again that Obama does not have the experience needed, while she married Bill who become president with even less experienced! Talk about hypocrisy.

    March 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Hillary taking credit for Northern Ireland is like Giuliani taking credit for New York standing on its feet after 9/11. It was the people of NEW YORK, stupid, not some individual politician glorifying himself. It was the people of Northern Ireland, Hillary, not you and your plastic smile.

    March 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. wolf

    She is not going to admit Regard less who is exposing . I am sure if God tells the american people clinton is a nasty women, she would say God is not telling the truth. I really use to like Bill Clinton when he was a president. Now all my blief is erased because of hillary.

    March 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Gina, Los Angeles

    Good one Mr. Craig. And about YOUR candidate's experience? And when he mentions "change", what EXACTLY does he mean? And how does he intend to accomplish this? Can he be more specific please?

    Hillary 2008! Obama go home!

    March 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. K. Price

    DUH...The point is Tim – NEITHER OF THEM HAVE REAL FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE!!!

    When President Clinton answered the call at 3 AM in the morning during HIS Clinton Administration – her being in the same building or bed when that call occurred....DOES NOT COUNT!

    March 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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