April 15th, 2008
03:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton campaign defends Montana press release

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign circulated a report Tuesday that accused the Clinton campaign of misleading reporters about the motivation of a new Clinton backer.

The headline on the Clinton campaign's Monday press release - "Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy Backs Hillary Clinton for President: Prominent Montana leader cites Obama's out-of-touch comments about rural America" - seemed to imply that the official had made the switch because of Obama's recent remarks.

But lower down in the press release, the official says Obama's comments had only "solidified his support" for Clinton, not sparked his decision. A news story circulated by the Clinton campaign a short time later used much of the same language contained in the original press release, and led some to conclude that Kennedy's endorsement had been sparked by the controversy over Obama's 'bitter' remark.

Asked Monday afternoon, shortly after the second release was sent, whether the potential discrepancy raised by the headline could be misleading, a Clinton spokesman told CNN that the original memo was accurate - in sending the second e-mail, he said, the campaign was merely "passing along" relevant published information.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Montana
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Indra in FL

    Said it before and I'll say it again, "desperate times call for desperate measures".

    If this is how Hillary handles "friendly" competition between colleagues, I certainly don't trust her to run our country.

    April 15, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. wink wink...

    and they're at it again folks....new tricks from the old dog!!!

    April 15, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Tesa, Chico CA

    I'm still thinking about the Rose Law Firm billing records that were lost regarding Whitewater. After many months, Hillary finds the billing records in her office in a box. It just doesn't work that way.

    April 15, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. deep_eye

    More lying?!?!? From the Clintons?!?!? ARE YOU SURE???? They always seemed so, so........honest!!!!

    cue manical laughter –

    April 15, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. mary

    So what! Black superdelegates were pressured to give their vote to Obama.

    April 15, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Gerry

    Hillary has a huge problem telling the truth, and is an expert at negative campaigning. She has yet to explain her Bosnia fibs in detail, " a mistake"is not enough. She challenged us while campaigning in Ohio to vet her if she were to have members of her staff talking to other countries about trade argeements. Please no more Bush-Clinton- Bush-??clinton

    April 15, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Larry

    It's interesting and pathetic that Obama supporters attack Clinton as if they are closet, right wing, Republicans. Or perhaps Carl Bernstein is ghost-writing comments.

    April 15, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. Teresa, Georgia


    You should be brought before the Ethics Board to answer to all of your lies and deception. STOP THE MADNESS WOMAN!!!

    April 15, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
1 2 3 4