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. Hillary the liar

    Her campaign is out of control. Would not trust her to run the country.

    April 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Lord Voldemort

    So many missteps for Hillary, makes you wonder WHY SO MANY?

    AND WHAT IS THET FREAK MARK PENN STILL DOING ON HER CAMPAIGN, if somebody did the opposite of what I was talking about, they would be gone so fast Rush Limbaughs head would spin, unless she really supports the Columbia trade deal.

    April 15, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. KOR

    This is EXACTLY what Obama and Richardson did–pretended it was Obama's speech on race that swayed Richardson, but when you read further, he had already decided on Obama, but the speech solidified his support. More double standard from the Obama camp.

    April 15, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. chuks

    Hillary the LIAR and thief! Shame on you for disgracing womanhood Hillary! Shame on you, you shameless rag!

    April 15, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Kevin Reilly

    I am a New York State voter who has voted for Hillary Clinton. Because of the despicable campaign she is running, however, I will never vote for her again, and, you can be sure she will be running for Senate again.

    April 15, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. George, Los Angeles

    Obama is a racist. End of story. Clinton 2008 and 2012!

    April 15, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. John

    Was it the "bitter" remark....

    or was Bill Kennedy moved to make his decision by the selfless heroism exhibited by Hillary Clinton as she dodged the sniper fire in Kosovo?

    Give me a break...the Clinton campaign never tires of exaggerating and, well, just plain misrepresenting the truth.

    April 15, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. Jim

    Is it not obvious what she is doing?

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Who buys anything Hillary and her surrogates say?? No really....I'm asking....who?? When comfronted they will always say the same thing "they all do it" – or "we need a woman in the White House" – (neither of which is true....but HRC supporters seem to buy it)

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Frank, CA

    I have never before seen such a steady and constant series of lies, deceptions, and falsehoods from any candidate as I have from Hillary Clinton. My god, how shameful!

    April 15, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. vince - Phoenix - (forgive me cnn, for I have sinned)

    embellish,,, embellish..... embellish....

    I'm tellin you..... she can't shoot straight if the bullet were lazer guided!

    April 15, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. @americans

    Billary, caught in a lie, Again!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. MD

    Hillary's goofers are just as pathetic and out of touch as she is.

    April 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. MD

    gofers...not goofers, although they goof too.

    April 15, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |


    April 15, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. ds

    George from LA:

    Obama is not a racist. He also doesn't hate America. He is elite. He's not an elitist.

    Clinton is not a racist. She also doesn't hate America. She is elite. She is an elitist.

    April 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Mike

    Obama will never NEVER be America's pres. There isn't enough young or black people to vote him in. Obama is a uniter, he will unite all kinda of democrats and rep and ind to vote against him in the general. Trust me on that one.

    April 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Liar and Thief ??? Are you talking about Obama .....?? GO Hillary .... 08

    April 15, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Y in PA

    More LIES from the deceitful campaign.

    April 15, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. eileen

    i wouldnt vote for hillary clinton because to me she seems like a bitter woman and thinks that shes perfect but to me shes do anything to become president of united states of america.

    April 15, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. Jean

    Well as I ran with my head down in a hail of sniper fire, I had to stop and hug and kiss this little girl and read her a poem. What gets me she told this stupid story over and over, What a liar!! And then this stupid Giggle after it...That is what did me in.

    April 15, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Stop Stirring The Cauldron Hillary

    No Wayne. LOL You know those honors belong to your "girl". I guess she got whacked with her broom. Again! LOL

    April 15, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Just came back from the Huffingtonpost.com and there is a huge swell in Pensylvania against Hillary and her tactics. There is something astirr.

    April 15, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. Hillary 08

    There are always ging to be racist in America, get over it you Obama Idiots!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Only "true elitists" meaning they have money and they have "attitude"'
    that if they are born into it, they don't have to give back. Or they "charitable money" to their own Foundation. That way it is
    less painful to give.

    The attitude that thinks they are above the rest of us . And many times
    we have put them there!!!! The forget who got them there. That is an
    "elitist." Hillary and her 18 S.C. Women might be considered "elitists".More than likely.

    You have to possess both to be a all of the above to be a true "elitist"!

    April 15, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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