March 25th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton says she 'misspoke' about sniper fire


Listen to Bill Scheider’s analysis and Clinton's misspoken comments.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton said she "misspoke" last week when she gave a dramatic description of her arrival in Bosnia 12 years ago, recounting a landing under sniper fire.

Clinton was responding to a question Monday from the Philadelphia Daily News' editorial board about video footage of the event that contradicted her assertion that her group "ran with our heads down" from the plane to avoid sniper fire at the Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for rival Sen. Barack Obama's campaign, said the Bosnia claim was part of "a growing list of instances in which Sen. Clinton has exaggerated her role in foreign and domestic policymaking."

Clinton told the paper's editorial board it was a "minor blip."

Related: Watch Clinton speak last December about her trip to Bosnia

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  1. Exodus

    Yeah, so what? at least she doesnt support a far right leftist.

    March 25, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. bigben

    Is the best we could come up with?

    March 25, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Rob

    Misspoke? Clintonese for out right lie! Misspeaking about her role in Nafta got her Ohio. etc. etc. When are the super-duper delegates going to step in and put an end to the Clinton charade?

    March 25, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers


    That's an interesting word for it. Must be a lawyer thing.

    March 25, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. mj

    "we were pinned down and bombs were exploding everywhere, thank God i had the presence of mind to keep firing that 50. cal!"

    March 25, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. Theresa

    Hard to remember everything that happenned 12 years ago. Kind of Like Obama FORGETTING that he was in church when Wright was bashing America. Selective memory perhaps.
    Hillary Clinton for President

    March 25, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. twister49

    why all the negative stories about Hillary on CNN and all you see about Obama – is him laying out at the beach.... a little bias?

    March 25, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. Mike

    What's worse, mildly misspeaking about a plane ride, or lying about being present when a pastor makes racist and anti-American comments? This isn't newsworthy.

    March 25, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. Ken, Austin TX

    Sure she misspoke! This was obviously another fabrication of her "experience." I'm so glad that she was called out on this one. It's a shame that it won't get nearly as much play as Jeremiah Wright. After all, it's just another LIE from the Clintons. Stay tuned....many more to come.

    March 25, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  10. Amber, Orlando FL

    This is not news we care about. Where are the issues????

    Sen. Clinton addressed this matter...she said what she was told on that day landing in Bosnia. End of story. She never said people were shooting at her. She said the airport was under sniper fire. How do we know....we weren't there! Knowing Bosnia's violence level, it probably was under fire.

    March 25, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  11. Shame on you America

    Everything negative that comes out about Obama is said by someone else and he has to take the blame for it... Everything about Clinton is something she's said or done herself... Go figure...

    March 25, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  12. Len

    Looks like a lot of intense sniper fire going on!!! Lies. lies and more lies.!!That is what you get with the Clintons' If you like this go ahead and vote for Hillary!!

    March 25, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Elizabeth

    "It's just WORDS! I say MILLIONS of words EVERY SINGLE DAY! Words words words! You know my position on WORDS. They don't MATTER!

    March 25, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This will bring up the question as to how many other times she misspoke about past events. She will hear this should she make it to the general election against McCain. I suspect that might come up during another debate which might happen in Philadelphia.

    March 25, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  15. So Over It

    If you "mis-spoke" about whether or not you ducked sniper fire it is a "minor blip". Yet it is a major travesty of justice if you take your wife and daughters on a brief 3 day getaway over the weekend? I am officially THROUGH with politics. Done.

    March 25, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  16. Peggy

    Clinton and McCain "Misspeak" all the time it seems like!!!

    I dont want a LIAR for a president!!

    March 25, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  17. Joe, Hell MI

    As Hillarry said, words mean something!

    March 25, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. John

    Liar Liar Pants on Fire

    Bilary Go Away

    March 25, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  19. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Actually, the headline of this blog should read "Hillary Clinton is caught in yet another lie".

    As the old saying goes, a liar has to have a very good memory.

    Evidently Hillary forgot that the cameras were rolling during her trip to Bosnia 12 years ago.

    March 25, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  20. kanyingi

    Clinton lied. What a shock.

    March 25, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  21. Mike Sk

    Mispoke = Resume padding = Lies . 8 years as First lady does not equal experience Hillary. Laura Bush would be a super president in the next election cycle then.

    March 25, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  22. Kathy

    How could you “misspeak” about that? She spoke with such conviction about the events of the trip during her speech…now she makes it sound as if it was a slip of the tongue!!! BOLOGNE!!!

    March 25, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Jason

    What a joke. I'm sure that she has done a number of good things for people, but "misspoken" recollections about things like this make everthing she says questionable. She is far less trustworthy than either of the other candidates.

    March 25, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  24. Melissa- OHIO

    She didnt misspeak... she LIED.

    It wasnt an "exaggeration", it was FABRICATION.

    Much like her ENTIRE CAMPAIGN of FAKE "experience"

    VOTE OBAMA 2008!

    March 25, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. don

    She calls it "mispoke", everyone else calls it a lie. She is using typical Clinton strategy, lie and hope you don't get caught!

    March 25, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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