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

Clinton says she 'misspoke' about sniper fire

CNN

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. Mel

    MISSPOKE? Sounds like a LIE to me! What a slap in the face to us in the military. This is not a MINOR BLIP, it's a MAJOR LIE!!

    I trust Obama!!!

    March 25, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. Jose A. Nieves

    What a despicable liar!

    March 25, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. Sean

    Misspoke....right.

    March 25, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Gerry

    Mispoke-lol. How about a bare faced lie?

    Call it wthat it was.

    March 25, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Sure

    She's described it "as running with heads down to avoid sniper fire" MORE THAN ONCE SHE'S USED THAT LIE!!

    Now shes back peddling on her comments!!

    "Thats what I remember from it"???

    We already have a senile old McCain out there, why would we want Hillary too with her lies?

    March 25, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. George

    "Misspoke", this has been consistent with the Clinton campaign – all lies, spin and shades of the truth. Adversity exposes character.

    March 25, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    In other words, she lied.

    Barack Obama keeps looking better and better every time someone involved with the Clinton campaign opens their piehole...

    March 25, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Scott M.-Kalamazoo, MI

    Geeze Louise, she really "misspoke" in great detail. I think embellishment or down and out lying is more the word for it. If she is the democratic nominee we are doomed to another four years of Republican cronism. Wake up democrats before its too late.

    March 25, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Renee

    Where are all the "Obama is a liar" screamers on this one.....

    Hillary is a bigger liar. I think when you lie about your foreign policy experience that it would be a most significant lie of them all....Shows that she will do and say anything to get elected. But of course you Clinton supporters will make up another excuse for her "mistatement".

    March 25, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. TJ

    What else have you "misspoke" about? She's a liar, and not a very good one!
    Obama 08

    March 25, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. Joe

    How exactly do you mis-speak about getting shoot at? Just another clear indication that the Clintons will do and say anything to get back in the White House, including blowing up the democratic party.

    March 25, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. Phyllis

    Clinton News Network (CNN) –

    The only place where a vacation trumps a candidate's mis-spokeness.

    How many mis-spokens equals a Bush.

    Let's list some
    1. NAFTA
    2. Bosnia
    3. S-chip

    March 25, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Danielle Harrington

    misspoke= lie

    March 25, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Mike in Houston

    As Bill Clinton would say: It all depends on what the definition of "sniper fire" is....

    So now we understand that exageration and lies are "minor blips" and were words "mispoken". Guess that explains President Bush's decision to invade Iraq. Just a "minor blip".

    March 25, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Frits

    I did not have sex with that woman.......oops I misspoke
    How stupid do you think we are? We see just for what it is !!!
    A flat out lie to boost "toughness". We should demand and expect more of our future president........

    March 25, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. VIVIAN

    Liar Liar

    March 25, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  17. Appiah-Marfo

    Stop!, Stop!!, Stop!!! lying. It's always appropriate and potent, when people other than you tout your own horne. The content of resumes are factual and official. It is therefore, dishonest when an individual "manufacture contents".

    March 25, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. Jack

    So what she mispoke. Obama lied about NOT ever hearing the Rev. Wright spew his unpatriotic messages.

    I swear that the MEDIA does not want this woman elected and the Dems are doom b/c Rev. Wright along with William Ayers will cost Obama the presidency.

    CNN and MSNBC can go to hell for doing a disservice the media.

    March 25, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Hillary Clinton probably isn't an idiot, but she apparently thinks the rest of us are.

    March 25, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  20. VW, Montgomery, AL

    A "minor blip"? A minor blip is when words are used out of context or something is SLIGHTLY exaggerated. Her account on the trip to Bosnia last week was a lie, simple as that! I'm sure Clinton supporters will try their best to spin this as usual

    March 25, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  21. Gbest

    HA! How do you forget something like that? How is that something that you can "misspeak"? This is especially troubling when you have spoken about this several times in MUCH DETAIL. She is a liar and will do anything to get into office. This would be Bush III regime. You do NOT FORGET landing in sniper fire with your child just as you would not forget giving birth with said child. Are we all that stupid?

    March 25, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. PA

    This is not misspeaking – this is misleading voters!

    Hillary needs to release all of her papers and taxes so that we can see where else she is trying to mislead voters, before we have to vote on April 22.

    March 25, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Orlando from Sevile, Spain, Europe

    Sorry, I think my English is not good enough. Misspoke? Is that the word to be used when someone says something that is in contradiction with facts?

    I thought it was a lie.

    March 25, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. Mark

    No big deal. She was visiting foreign countries. She wasn't baking cookies at the White House.

    Every time the Obama camp brings up foreign policy it serves ad another reminder that Obama does not have any experience.

    March 25, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Jared

    Misspoke? Yeah I can see forgetting or confusing details about geting shot at and having to run to your car. Just like someone could confuse details about her "35 years" of experience or other foreign policy experience. That coupled with her inability to do simple math problems (delegate count), if I were a Clinton supporter, not only would I urge my candidate to drop out of the race, but I'd urge them to seek medical attention for what appears to be the early stages of dementia and forgetfulness.

    March 25, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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