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. Typical White Person

    At least she didn't attend a racial, anti American church for 20 year's.
    The whole congregation should have been deported, end of story.
    She did it and admitted she misspoke, get over it.

    March 25, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Adam

    Its nice she can admitt when she was wrong. Obama dosen't know how to do that? He is still making his Pastor out to be a Saint!!

    March 25, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. David, Atlanta

    All politicians misspeak. What is the difference between misspeaking and lying? This was a calculated fabrication for political gain. Integrity at some point becomes essential to getting my vote. Clinton does not have any integrity.

    March 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. Shame on you America

    And is it just me, or does the little girl in the video look like Bill Clinton??? Things that make go, "hmmmmmmmmmmmm..."

    March 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Doug R.

    This happened 12 years ago and CNN is still fixated on it.
    FYI ...politicans misspeak and exaggerate everyday. I can cite you example after example if you like.

    March 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. nick

    Tell me. What do one expect form a Clinton? Does anyone remember "I did not have sexual relations with that woman". this is what they do. They lie. If you vote a Clinton in that is what you will get and that is a liar.

    March 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. gman

    So how many more lies has she told? The sad part is she didn't realize how silly it sounded the President would send his wife and daughter into a dangerous situation. But lets not forget the lie about she didn't support NAFTA, who really contacted the Canadians, and numerous other lies. But we get the government we elect.

    March 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. jeff

    Between this incident and the Good Friday Peace Accord in which Nobel Laurette Lord Trimble described her touted role in it as, "a wee bit silly", I think Hillary Clinton needs to resubmit her Commander-in-Chief test for a regrade – and not to Professor Mark Penn.

    March 25, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Saad

    It was wrong what she did.. i.e. lied... but at least she admitted she misspoke... unlike the current administration... her lying did not kill 4000 Americans and put us in a whole for billions of dollars... yes it was wrong... and everyone does wrong things... but by comparison of the above, which is worse?

    March 25, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. lie

    Misspoke are you kidding stupid CNN she can spin you to what ever way she wants. You think people are stupid enough to fall fall this. She is a lier and everyone knows it. Her trust worthness in the american people will rise for the current 53% to 100% very soon.

    March 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Stevo


    March 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. LGriff

    Well, well, well, now we know. Hillary has been lying through her whole campaigning to get where she's at. Now, can America really trust this woman as our president. I don't think so. Doesn't the Clintons know that honesty is the best policy, good or bad.

    I agree, Hillary owes the United States an apology as well as the people of Ohio. They were mislead badly based on the NAFTA scandal.

    Obama 08, 2012!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Superdelegate

    depends on the meaning of "sniper fire" is. If by sniper you mean 8 year old girl with poem... then yes.

    March 25, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Amy

    Hillary Clinton knew exactly what she was saying (SO MUCH FOR EXPERIENCE); and, as far as, McCain's error, he didn't have a clue what he was talking about.

    March 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Helene

    What else is new ? Next thing we'll know is that she is also fighting in Iraq on her spare time ? Give us a break Clinton, drop out of this campaign !

    March 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Yeah real minor, like the fact you haven't ran a positive campaign or proven you have any experience.

    March 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Tom Swift, Shopton

    Hillary says ... QUOTE: "I say a lot of things - millions of words a day - so if I misspoke, that was just a misstatement,"

    OOPS ! She misspoke again!

    Millions of words per day ???? People say about 3 words per second when they talk. If she spoke non-stop for 1 day (24 hours) she would only use 259,200 words. That's non-stop, 24 hours. Studys show that a woman speaks around 20,000 words per day. Can this woman ever stop stretching the truth ?????


    March 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Dawn

    Misspoke? How about just outright lying. Give it up lady, your "experience" platform has buckled and you've fallen flat on your face.

    Obama '08

    March 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. lie

    Correction she is not trusted by 53% of the american people now it will rise to 100% very soon

    March 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. karen from VA

    I find it pathetic that she has the hubris to lie so easily, that her attempt to discredit Sinbad's honesty came so easily and naturally to her, and that she thinks we are all stupid. Her arrogance is simply laughable.

    March 25, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Christopher, Phoenix, AZ

    We would generally call that, 'lying,' but when you say a million words a day (since talk is the only cheap thing left) I guess you have to start making things up to meet your quotas.

    March 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Eddie

    To knowingly misspeak = to deceive or lie

    I love the way standard politics can manipulate words to save their hides.

    March 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Jyh1920

    "I remember snipers shooting at us and having to run from the plane" YOU MEAN YOU LIED!
    She has a credibility problem. She will do and say anything to win.

    March 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Jason

    Hillary is a pathological LIAR

    Please post the video as you did Obama's pastor. Let it be fair

    March 25, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Jennifer

    Queen of Hype – Hillary

    March 25, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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