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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  1. Jacqueline Samms

    This woman is unreal.

    April 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. concern citizen

    to Hilliary a Fighter:

    I respectfully disagree with your comments. It is important to look at the situation objectivity. Yes, Penn meeting with Columbian officals regarding the trade deal may have been innocent. However, he is part of her campaign. Whenever one of her aids have meetings with officials regarding policy, they represent her campaign. It is difficult to comprehend the reason for the meeting when Hilliary said she will not discuss trade deals with any country for now until she evaluates all of the trade deals and determine what needs to change. Mark Penn did. If she was angry about Obama's aid meeting with the Canidian officials, then it is wrong when her advisors do the same. It is her inconsistancies that is the issue not Mark Penn.

    April 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. doc

    Amy in Iowa April 4th, 2008 12:37 pm ET

    As a female, I once supported Hillary. But now I am positive without a doubt that Hillary Clinton can't be trusted.

    I don't know who lies the most, her or her husband Bill. I was once supporting Hillary on her own merit. but now I see she is may be more of a liar than her husband ever was.

    .Well Amy, we know you are telling the thuth, "DON'T WE".

    April 4, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Jazz

    Clearly Mark Penn is hazardous to the health of Hillary's campaign.
    Is he the spy Hannity was bragging about? He's always more interested in getting business for his firm than in helping Hillary. Kick him to the curb Hill.

    April 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Donald, SC

    Clinton supporters have NO ground on this issue. Mark Penn represents Clinton at ALL times until he no longer participates in her campaign. By morning Sen. Clinton says open trade is bad and wants to bolck it. By afternoon, her main advisor is selling open trade to another country. WAKE UP people! The only consistency about ALL the Clintons is their inconsistency.

    April 4, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. John

    We said before and will say it again.The Obama supporters(some) are sunk in the quicksand of derogatory language! Guess what,we as Hillary supps(short for supporters) are so happy and encourage you to keep on doing just that.Through your foul language,most Americans are turned off,and are beginning to abandon the Obama camp. So campaign for us while we laugh all the way to the White House.

    April 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. John

    ONE TOO MANY LIES FROM THE CLINTONS !!!. HILLARY NOW HAS A REPUTATION AND A LABEL .......LIAR!!!

    April 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. NOBAMA

    Amy in Iowa – you have never supported Hillary – you have always been an Obummerbite. Don't try to pose as a former Clinton supporter who switched. Give us a break.

    April 4, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Dont Hate The Truth.

    More Liesssssss!!!
    I think the few remaining Hillary supporters need to get hit with a Mack Truck of Truth before they finally get it!
    Can you say Slowwwwwwww!!!!
    Obama is the One!

    April 4, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. doc

    Amy in Iowa April 4th, 2008 12:37 pm ET

    As a female, I once supported Hillary. But now I am positive without a doubt that Hillary Clinton can't be trusted.

    I don't know who lies the most, her or her husband Bill. I was once supporting Hillary on her own merit. but now I see she is may be more of a liar than her husband ever was.

    .We know you are telling the truth, "DON'T WE"

    April 4, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. aris

    Is unbelievable how these political people choose their personnel. For me as long as any influence exist, is a NO NO. Does this open the channel for a future middle man between here and there????

    April 4, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. ACTION

    I think this is a responsible and real president should do! NOT someone just want to make the voters happy.

    You need discuss, you need care about the foreign country at the best benefit of your country.

    April 4, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Marc

    What more proof do we need to keep Hillary away from the White House. They jumped on Obama cause he is against free trade with Colombia and now Clinton's own staff had a meeting with Colombia. Once again, this should make Ohio and PA very happy cause even though the proof is in the pudding, they will still vote for her because she is white. This is a sad day in America.

    Go Obama

    April 4, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. NLC frm New York

    Hey Amy of IOWA, a supporter is a supporter no matter what. Wait until all the garbage comes out of OBAMA. Hillary will win PA and will go all the way to the convention.

    April 4, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    liar

    April 4, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Marc

    And to find out that it was the Clinton's who actually called Canada and not the Obama campaign. Get it right people.

    April 4, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. dance

    No problem! Hillary 08

    April 4, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Cal Jim 2

    Good old Mark Penn. He does have a tendency to state his own opinion, on any given topic. Barack has the same kind of problems with his staff. Hillary is an honest person. Also, she could have refused to say anything, like Barack does, when something goes wrong. Instead she put her real opinion and stand, out there for all to see. If Hillary differs in opinion with her staff, shes takes control and puts things right. You always know where Hillary stands, on any issue. She will tell you what she will do about it. Not so with Barack. You only hear from him if the issue turns out to be, good for him. Hillary takes a stand, good or bad. You will always know what Hillary thinks, and what she will do. Good leaders, don't run from or side step a problem as Barack does.Good leaders face the problem, then make themselves clear on the issue. Like Hillary Clinton does.

    April 4, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Yvie

    When you lie for a living no one can know when u telling the truth.

    April 4, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. obama 08

    so if this guy wanst reppresenting clinton then anything anybody said from the obama campaign that clinton called out does not represent him right? like revrend wright?

    April 4, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. H

    AMY IN IOWA

    IT TOOK A PAIR OF PANTS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND. ARE YOU LOSING IT. OPEN YOUR EYES THAT YOU CAN SEE THE TRUTH

    April 4, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Lynne

    It’s a plot to make HRC look bad…wait, …I don’t think the Obama people have to put any effort into making her look like a lier… she seems to be doing a good enough job of it all on her own

    April 4, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. ralph

    This is why the press has a less than favorable taste for the Clinton campaign. They keep crying and yelling that their missteps are magnified, while the other camp's gaffs are muffled. Well, it seems to me that on a continuous basis, there is sheer craziness from her camp. I hope that they can get their act together so that these incredible roadblocks can be avoided for the party's sake.

    April 4, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. menard, NJ

    i now see why hillary is a liar. she speaks out on both sides her mouth. i am sure by now, people are cathing up on her lies. she can no longer hide. the lies are out!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Neil

    I'm sure the folk in Pennsylvania won't have a problem with this. After all, it makes perfect sense that at the single most crucial, desperate point of her campaign, Mr. Penn would be taking time out for some private work for his lobbying firm. What else does he have to do?

    April 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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