April 6th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Penn resigns as chief strategist

 Mark Penn has resigned his post as chief strategist to the Clinton campaign.

Mark Penn has resigned his post as chief strategist to the Clinton campaign.

(CNN) - Mark Penn has given up his role as chief strategist for the Clinton campaign, it was announced Sunday.

"After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign," Clinton Campaign Manager Maggie Williams said in a statement.

Sources in the Clinton campaign tell CNN's Mike Roselli Penn realized over the weekend that he needed to step aside, and that Clinton was disappointed that he had met with the Colombians.

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. HRClinton 2008



    April 6, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. Bond_Dallas

    The superdelegates are watching and taking notes. There is no way she will win this. Impossible! It's hard to understand how people think she is against NAFTA while she and her husband put this whole thing together,, and secondly, how can she be anti Iraq war while she voted for it. Impossible to understand how some people still think she is a good candidate. I don't mind voting for a woman,,, just not this one. And also, she was anti UNIONs when she worked for Walmart. Research it.

    April 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Willy

    So what else is new? It's the Clintoons....

    April 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. paul k

    hillary is a joke this penn guy still in a advisory role does the clintons everyone is as stupid as they are. as far as the super delgates with all thats going on i have to question there ability to
    to make sound desions?
    it would not be a wise deision if they sup. del. gavethe nomation to
    hillary and billary

    April 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. sozzi

    Magget Williams & Wolfson shoudl also both resign.

    April 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. Kal

    This may not be the only Penn Hillary loses.

    April 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Dutchboy52

    Hillary found this out at 3 O' Clock in the morning......ring ring:

    Caller: we've got a run away bus........Columbia, Hospital
    Insurance death and snipper fire

    Hillary: throw Penn under the bus,

    Caller: who's going to drive the bus?

    Hillary: let it crash and burn, we don't need it anymore

    April 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  8. KK

    Hill's whole campaign has been based on LIES!
    Bill Lies!

    Latest LIE -
    Chelesa was jogging by World Trade Center during 9-11
    But she was watching on TV 12 blocks away!

    Bush Lies! Hill Lies!

    Need Change HONESTY!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Johnny Moon

    It's time to concentrate on helping Barack Obama beat John McCain. Hillary Clinton is old news.

    April 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Joseph in PA

    If this were an isolated incident, maybe we could forgive, but she has had three people now leave the campaign, or cause her serious damage and she has not reacted very quickly to it. In this case Senator Clinton did not respond today to the news.

    Further, how can one quit but their "firm" still be involved in the campaign? Is this how a Clinton cabinet/administration will run? I am not pleased with the implications.

    Senator Obama is human, but he has a far greater bar level of integrity and honesty and quick handling of problems that the Clinton campaign has demonstrated.

    PA voters, please think carefully and put Obama on top with a win so we can begin to wind this process down.

    April 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. tejano

    You cannot make a silk purse out of a sows ear. Obama is what he is and noamount of gloss will make him acceptable to decent people that worship in churches that dont use the name of the Lord in vain and support and value the United States of America.

    April 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Linda

    What will be interesting is not whether the news media pick up an run with this story, as well they should. But if those Americans, who have not yet voted, or those "undecided" delegates are paying enough attention to the constant lies, misspoken words, untrue stories, "everyone else's fault", mismanagement, manic/depressive behavior, to recognize a real, true, LOSER when one is presented everyday to them. I am from Nebraska and hope Pennsylvania voters "wake up" to the real issues of Clintons lies before its to late.

    April 6, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  13. Mike Andrews

    Hey Hillary,

    The only thing I want to see you spend time on is planning to tell the American people about your real experience – wife of a Dem Prez who cost the party its Congressional majority in the 90's, the appointments of Alito and company and the person responsible for setting the cause of national health insurance back 15 years!

    Joke or not – every time the going gets tough you roll out the gender issue!! I'm not worried about how you look, only how you think. Face up to it, the majority of Dems have had enough of you and Bill!

    April 6, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  14. What?

    After the lies of Bosnia, Nafta, and the mismanaging of money and campagin. After firing what seems like half her staff as well as the hiding of her taxes for so long as well as not relasing her ear marks or list of donors to the library, as well as not being able to control her own husband in the white house. Just a small list of things that make me wonder what a person would see in this lady. Then the comments of people saying that they would vote for Mccain if Obama is the winner are just laughable. You would go from voting for one candidate who is very similar to Obama to someone who is completely diffrent in view. If this is the case what is ur base for voting for someone? It shows how shallow a person is if you are voting for someone else becuz your candidate lost then that is sad

    April 6, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Voice that matters.

    fired him or go home with him Hillary. Just do the right thing leave Obama alone and go focus on your stories.

    Enough of wasting money running negative campaigns against democrats.

    April 6, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. B

    I used to be for Hillary but it seems to me every time I watch the news,she lie about something or hers staff quit or got fired. If she plans to run the country like she is running her campaign, then we are in very,very grave danger.

    April 6, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Wayne

    Are Clinton supporters that dumb that they thinkshe wouldn't know who this guy was doing a free trade deal with. Duh!!!!!!
    This story is not over. When the news that Bill Clinton has ties to this Columbian president , then the....will really hit the fan.

    April 6, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  18. mjc

    to all of you wimps calling for hillary to quit – stop being so scared. obama has to EARN this election, not have it handed to him after we are this far into it.

    and i'm glad this guy is gone. he should have been gone long ago.. its not the campaign imploding, its some house cleaning. this guy never carried clinton or her campaign – she doesn't need him.


    April 6, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. D Dawson

    Hillary looks to be just another lets give the greedy multinational corporations everything they ask for even if it severely hurts American citizens and our future national security.

    April 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. D.D.

    And how many millions are the Clintons still paying Mr. Penn?
    I certainly hope he has a physical from a neutral doctor to be on recird that he is fine- no depression or any thing peculiar and stay safe. By the way Mr. Penn better hope he has not upset Mr. Carvelle too badly because he will verbally slam him forever.

    April 6, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. tom

    Never fear-she will replace him with the equally inept Howard Wolfson.

    Please Hillary, stay in the race so you can destroy your chances for 2012. you go girl!!

    April 6, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  22. B-DOGG

    That's true Rocky never lied...........lol............lol..................lol...........

    April 6, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Rich in Seattle

    What's next, we find out that Hillary's pastor said some raciest things too? Everytime Hillary throws mud, it comes out a few weeks later that they have the same problem.

    They keep saying that Hillary has been Vetted, that may be so, but it's all the new stupid stuff they do that gets them now. Look at their history, of course the Clinton's will do something stupid. It's in their DNA.

    April 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. Philly

    People! Please learn how to read! This is a Clinton lie as usual. He's only dropping his title but will still remain on the Clinton team. Maybe the moronic MSM might catch up to the lie in this story after the primaries are over.

    April 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. mjaber


    April 6, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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