(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.
Oh please. I'm not buying it. This cover-up story is just another one of Hillary's lies. I've had enough of her.
"it was bill's greatest achievment" or this one, "i didn't have sex with the girl" or i love this one "under heavy enemy fire we saved the country".
Come on everyone... Everyone has lied at one time or another in their lives... We should not discriminate against her because she lies. Give Hillary a break.
WOW. Talk about conflict of interests.
so here campaign spokesman is lobbying for the deal, but HRC is against it???? FISHY
it that isn't a sign playing both sides of the fence, I don't know what it.
Does this surprise anyone?
Good gosh, I just saw the youtube video which shows specifically that she was all for "NAFTA"! There is no doubt about it.
Hillary Clinton will lie about anything as long as it propells her to the White House. Get real folks, check out this videa.
Whatever Hillary does at this point is just NOT BELIEVABLE.
She was for Nafta. Mr. Penn, go away. You can't convince us. She
lied too many times and her actions will sway with the voters. She
will do and say anything to win. Just NOT BELIEVABLE. Americans
have been lied to enough. Americans deserve truth. We have been
hurt by liars.
Obama 2008 or no one.
So her chief strategist is a political mercenary fighting for the bill, but she is actually against the bill?
If he was representing Hillary R. Clinton
he was definitely telling the
Columbian "no way hosay"
Oh, wait, I've heard this one before...
"Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!" – Wizard of Oz.
Yes, Hillary will not change her mind on free trade once she is elected, just because her closest advisor is being paid to lobby for it.
You know, it might be a good deal, too. What do we really know about it?
But what is distiurbing is that Hillary will LIE about it to get elected – say ANYTHING at all that POLLS well.
Why just not tell the truth? What do we have to fear from free trade with a country that is in econmic shambles and has little or no manufacturing infrastructure?
Odds are, we'll end up exporting more to Colombia than we import. Presently, most Latin American countries have 50-100% import duties on cars. So if you buy a car there, you get a good one – a Japanese car.
Suppose American cars had no import duty on them? Do you think we might sell a few Ford, Chevys, and Dodges down there?
Just a thought. Lets discuss it, not demonize it and lie about it...
Lets see how Jack Cafferty tries to shove this on Hillary.
One look at this guy should tell you why she is failing.
And the walls come falling down.
I wonder will Sen. Clinton be blamed for this like Sen. Obama would be if it was his campaign spokesperson?
Oh buddy...now if this story was about Obama those clinton supporters would come in here and call obama everything from a liar to a evil bastard...lets see if they show clinton the same "respect" LOL
This is funny.
Clinton hires a strategist whose work contradicts here values?
C'mmon now. And he does this in the middle of the campaign?
Let’s see how the media and the Obama campaign use this against Clinton. They always get the true and turn it into lies.
lobby firm? secret meeting about a trade deal after denying it? senior adviser to hillary? hhmm, sounds like nato-gate, this time against hillary. i hope everyone jumps ALL over this. they should, on so many levels.
Somebody's talking out of both sides of their neck. I wonder which one of them, Clinton or that greasy pollster of hers.
I think both of them are.
the awakening has begun
This is beyond my understanding. How is this not a conflict of interest and how can Mark Penn claim anything he does right now doesn't reflect the Clinton campaign
Hillary can say she is a woman, and the Obama campaign and his supporters won’t believe her. They are delusional.
Yah right! There's no connection. Like there's no connection between Hillary's lips and their backsides. Wink, wink! I smell something ... like rotting fish ... Rodham-Clinton fish.
Just looking at this guy will tell you why she is failing badly,let alone all the lies she tells.
Hillary is a disgrace. She is shameless. She is evil. And anyone who continues to support her after all her lies is just as much of a disgrace.