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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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Ed

    What other things has Hillary sugarcoated?

    Makes me think there's a lot more exaggeration from the Hillary campaign than we originally thought...

    i was once a huge Hillary supporter, but after lie after lie...

    i have decided to vote for Obama.

    Pennsylvanians for Obama!

    March 25, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Chelsea

    Her little white lies are getting bigger and bigger, when do you think her nose will start growing? If she will lie to us about this, what will she lie to us about if she became President?

    March 25, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. Patty NH

    Well, well. Another Clinton contrived lie. I watched her as she told this story of her "bravery". She lies so much she believes herself. Now more lies. You don't forget situations like that. More of the same old same old with the Clintons. Seems to be in their blood.

    March 25, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Peggy S

    "Misspeaking" is when you accidentally switch out a word that alters what you meant.

    "Lying" is when you tell people something that's blatantly not true.

    She is basically lying about "misspeaking"

    March 25, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Orlando

    This lady is full of it.. Hillary Clinton whole ife and experience has been very exaggerated. Is that really what americans want is someone to lie to the and tell them what thet want to hear.

    March 25, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Sen Clinton, this is not minor or misspoke words. You are a liar. Good thing your supporters are ignorant and cannot quickly catch such things. Obama asked for your foreign polciy claims to be examined. You named 5 and this was one of them. You have proved time and again, and also remined us that you are a liar and will continue to be one.

    March 25, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Deb, Iowa

    "Misspoke", hah, she was hoping she wouldn't get caught with that story.

    March 25, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Bernetta

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire. Was this part of her 35 years experiences that she continues to claim she has?

    March 25, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Dr. Truth, Boston

    this is obviously just one example of many lies she tells. clintons are liars no matter who they are. they will do anything in the world to get and keep power. depends what the defintion of "is" is...depends on what the dfinition of "sniper fire" is

    March 25, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Bruryah

    She said it didn't she, she knows that one should think before speaking.

    March 25, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Adam

    Lets see, How many times has Obama flat out LIED to us?

    1- About saying his camp had not said anything to Canada regarding NAFTA!

    2- About him not being at Church or hearing any of the comments that his pastor had said

    and those are just ones from the last month.

    Not to mention the "Typical White Person" comment.

    I can hear the Obama Cult coming now….Anything to take the heat of Nobama!

    March 25, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Where's the change?

    Wow, Obama... way to keep with your promises. Looking for dirt to bring Clinton down, that's the way I figured you'd do this!

    Talk is cheap. Politics as usual.

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. Mike A.

    She did not "Misspeak", She "LIED"!!!!

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Tom, Iowa

    When will she learn that words matter?

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Corey, Bloomington IN

    Why isn't this at the top of the ticker ahead of "Obama goes to the Beach", CNN? Switched horses again?

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Katy

    Yep. It looks like she misspoke. Her campaign cleared up what she experienced by referring to her book. Easy mistake to make. For those Obamaniacs who might make an issue, consider that Clinton's foreign policy experience, no matter how you measure it, is FAR GREATER than Obama's. That is undeniable and is the central point for Democrats. End of story!

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. Will-South Dakota

    So wheres does this show her experience? She got some free trips paid for by the average American tax-payer, how does that help?

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. king from toronto

    misspoke?????????????.lets see how american realy feels about lying???????

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. Dan (TX)

    Amazing what happens when the American public has access to the FACTS and can call out a candidate for MISSPEAKING.

    Her exageration of the facts is an insult to all of the US/UN troops that actually put their lives in the line of fire for peace. How sickening.

    I hope Hillary and Chelsea enjoyed their tourist-style visit and elegant state dinners while in country.

    Hillary was probably thinking of some of the bad neighborhoods around Washington DC instead. 🙂

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. matt

    Busted...She's a legend in her own mind. She's repeated the 35 years experience line so many time she actually has started to believe her own lies.

    March 25, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. BBB

    The first thought that went through my mind is lack of judgement. IF there were truly sniper fire... then why would she have put her (then) 16 yr old daughter in the line of fire. It's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it makes me wonder about common sense. BUT since it turns out the retelling was seriously flawed it just makes me wonder about other things.... again.

    March 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. lisa north carolina

    i find this crazy funny – she is a huge story teller! and i am tickled by it... how can u mispeak?

    March 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Arina

    Google "Hillary_the_movie" and judge for yourself how minor Hillary's blibs really are

    March 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. greenfun

    At least she has actually been to Bosnia, unlike our well seasoned Senator from Illinois. What is up with Obama and Emil Jones anyway?

    March 25, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. Brandon Chicago

    Come on Hillary don't blow it. Your record is already way beyond Obama 's . Everyone has seen that already., don't start the same tactics that the Obama campaign does oh so often. Stick too telling the truth on your record. People sees Obama and who he really is. No saint-hood here. We have finally seen alot of lies come from camp.

    March 25, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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