April 4th, 2008
09:30 AM ET
4 years ago

Campaign: Penn wasn't representing Clinton in trade meeting

(CNN) – A Clinton campaign spokesman said Friday senior adviser Mark Penn's recent meeting with the Colombian ambassador to discuss a free-trade deal does not reflect Hillary Clinton's staunch opposition to the proposal.

"She remains steadfast against the Colombian Trade Bill," said spokesman Mo Elleithee, adding that the meeting was "not in any way done on behalf of the campaign."

The meeting, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, occurred Monday. Penn appears to have been acting in his role as chief executive of the international communications and lobbying firm, Burson-Marsteller Worldwide. The Colombian Embassy hired the firm to help achieve congressional approval of the trade deal.

Clinton has said she is against the trade bill, and has sharply criticized America's free trade agreements as she campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination.


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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Chris, PA

    Perfect example of her campaign stumping one message, but not really meaning it. I'm so tired of politicians telling us anything to garner our votes. I like Barrack Obama, not only for his ideas of moving this country forward, but I believe he is genuine and means what he says.

    Chris, in central PA

    April 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. MMB

    But this is exactly the type of problem with the Washington insiders that so many of us are tired of and that support for Obama is representative of. As a woman, I'd like to see Clinton bow out with dignity as so many men have in the past. Instead, it looks like she may be pushed out: How sad for the fanatical feminist camp. Let's hope that the GenX and GenY women will have more savoir fair when they start making their bids for the presidency.

    April 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. doc

    Hanoi Jane Endorses Obama

    Jane Fonda has endorsed Barack Hussein Obama. I think that is going to hurt. Was the anti-aircraft gun she sat on responsible for shooting down John McCain? There is no way to know. You have to admit it doesn't look good. Especially for Obama.

    April 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. doug atlanta

    lets see if penn responds to hillary like ohio because of her surrocates love for nafta.

    April 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. CB in Florida

    Sounds like conflict of interest to me! He's a senior advisor to Clinton, who is against the trade with Chile, and He's also working for a firm to promote congressional approval for the free trade deal? Hillary what the heck is going on in your camp? Your troops are doing dumb stuff behind your back. Reel this clown in before he hurts your efforts to do better in the polls!

    April 4, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. E1944

    Just like she's against NAFTA,

    April 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. GT in CA

    Hillary – No one believes you or your lying, cheating husband.

    April 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Chet, Toronto

    Well...well....well..Talk about double standards. Here's Clinton scolding Obama about saying one thing and his advisors saying something else about NAFTA. Is this not the same. I think this has really done it for Clinton. She CAN'T win.

    April 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. As it is above, so be it below

    Only Brainless people support Hill, I would not even pay any attention to there responses to this.

    It seems evry time Hill or Bill Lies or is in danger they try to throw Obamas name into the mix, very childish.

    You would have to be insane, stupid, serverly retarted to even considering voting for her.

    There is just no words for this stupidity and the ability to lie
    AND PASTE IT ON THE OTHER PERSON LIKETHE cANADA THING , NO ONE EVEN BOTHERED TO FOLLOW UP ON IT AND FIND OUT IT WAS hILL WHO SECRETLY TALKED TO THEM.
    tHEY CAME OUT WITH THE STATMENT SAYING OBAMA HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

    wE GET WHAT WE DESERVE IF SHE IS VOTED IN.

    April 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Elliott

    I remember when Hillary said that "Barack Obama says one thing and his campaign does another" in Ohio and Texas. What comes around, goes around.

    I honestly hopes this drops her popularity in PA like it did Obama's in OH and TX.

    What's the matter Hillary? You don't like it when your campaign gives the old "wink-wink" to another country?

    April 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Fowler

    Mark Penn should belong in a penetiary

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Reality

    Wow... That is all that I can say about this! The same dirt tactics that she accused Obama camp of doing, now it is in her camp! Isn't Mark Penn one of her main people? One last thing.....

    SHAME ON YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. 4Real SC

    Hillary Mark didn't quite seal the deal. Can you share this with the American People like your taxes?

    April 4, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. JOSH

    GO HILLARY DONT BE SCARED OF THE BULLSHIP OBAMA SUPPORT

    April 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. vince - phoenix

    Clinton / Republican Crisis Strategy:

    Obama has a "gotcha" moment... "TAR AND FEATHER HIM!!!" TAKE HIM TO THE GALLOWS"!!!

    Clinton has a "gotcha" moment... (downplay, downplay, downplay)-"oh well, we "ALL" do it"...

    right?

    April 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. northphily05

    I dont trust the Clintons. she credits her experienxce to her tenure as first lady; so therefore she gets the good and the bad. Dose Hillary take credit for the Law that allowed dafaulted college loan providers to garnish your gross pay at 10% and retain your return income tax return; defulted barrowers are not elgible for Finacial aid also, even thoe they are still paying taxes. This law caused a lot of Dreams to be defered. Lenders took advantage of this law and they took advantaged of the ignorance of youth, to get a loan all you had to do was sign for it. even if you didnt need it. Thank you Bill! for the academic hardship I've been suffering. Oh! thank you too Hillary.

    April 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Ed

    Again, all I can say is..."Oh those Clinton's, with their pranks and
    shenanigan's..don't you just love them? Hllary is Hillary-ous! I
    will miss her and Bill...and the laughter they have provided for the
    last several months!!!Thanks for the great moments..sorry I have to
    stop laughing to type...there it goes again...what is even more humorous is there are still people....sending money to her .....
    Hahahahahhohohheeeheeheheheh!!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. ken

    huh? by day a chief strategist to a u.s. presidential candidate, but by night a lobbyist for a foreign gov't with interests directly opposed to the u.s?

    April 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. Fred

    She acknowledged it & the guy apologized compared to Obama Aide talking backdoor policy with the Canadian Govt regarding NAFTA! Obama did not even say a word about it! You still owe us that explanation Obama!

    GO HILLARY!

    April 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. DJ in TX

    Mr McCaskil from MS (also my home state) – You're right that he may not have been representing the campaing, but he was representing everything she states she's against. How could she continue to employ someone (not doing a very good job anyway) who is pushing Congress to approve something she's against?? It is a total conflict of interest. I'm an Obama supporter, but I'll give the Senator the benefit of the doubt on this one. She called out the Obama campaign, let's see if stands on her own word. BTW – it has been proven by the Canadian government, that it was actually a Clinton campaign person who spoke to Canada, not Obama. Go State!!

    April 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. ch

    Amazing how the Obama supporters are in denial of their own candidate.

    They attack Hillary and want to tar and feather her for the EXACT SAME things that Obama has done and is doing.

    When he does it no problem.....when she does it ...oh my god the sky is falling.

    Sad to say a majority of these haters are women........t

    This is why as women we still get paid less than our male counterparts.

    This is why as women we get less respect than our male counter parts.

    This is why as women we have to work twice as hard to prove that we are just as capable as our male counterparts.

    This is why........bBecause women are their own worst enemy. We don't embrace each other and support each other instead....we show just how envious and petty we can be.

    To all you female Hillary haters........every bad word and statement you direct at Hillary is also directed at your daughters, mothers, grandmother, aunts and sisters.

    If you can't learn to appreciate a female who has been able to achieve success in a world that is run by men..............then how can you in good conscious teach your daughters that they can be anything they want in this world.

    Do they know.....that women will be their worst supporter.....as you have proven to be?

    April 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. Linda

    How can Senator Clinton's chief strategist and spokesperson be in total conflict with her own supposed stand on NAFTA? What is her campaign strategist doing holding a meeting with another country in support of a current free trade bill that Senator Clinton in part, doesn't agree with and has promised to improve if she becomes president? Given the current trade bill, how does this meeting help save businesses and minimize potential job losses? It's concerning that what Senator Clinton says in her candidacy speeches vs. these seemingly never-ending revelations i.e. Bosnia, NAFTA, etc. speak in much greater (and conflicting) volume.

    April 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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