May 2nd, 2008
02:24 PM ET
7 years ago

Clinton campaign: Controversial footage is a 'fabrication'

Kantor, the campaign and the filmmaker all say the controversial clips have been altered.
Kantor, the campaign and the filmmaker all say the controversial clips have been altered.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign said Friday that movie clips on the Internet which show former administration official and current supporter Mickey Kantor allegedly using a racial slur, and an expletive to refer to Indiana residents, are a “total fabrication.”

The footage was drawn from the 1992 documentary ‘The War Room’ - but the actual language used by Kantor is inaudible in both cases.

In one clip circulating on the Web, Kantor appears to say to James Carville, “Look at Indiana, wait, wait – look at Indiana. 42-40. It doesn’t matter if we win. Those people are s-. Excuse me."

Kantor today told the Huffington Post that he "was talking about the polling and not the people." The film’s director, D.A. Pennebaker, said in an interview with the Politico that, "he says they must be s-ing in the White House."

Another clip drawn from the film features racially derogatory language which was not heard in the original footage, and which Kantor and the filmmaker both said was added later.

The Clinton campaign also said Friday that the clip had been “doctored.”


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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. NC

    The "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" is at it again, right :)

    May 2, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Cal dem

    Looked real to me.

    May 2, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Jason

    No doubt he misspoke.

    May 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Mike

    THis should be on the front page. Just cause they say is not true let the voters know and by adding it to CNN it legitamizes the tape and then people will research for them selves. Just like you did with rev. wright and the bitter comments do it now. Its only just CNN!!!

    May 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Lisa

    It's funny how people keep saying we need to talk about the Paul vs Clinton. You've talked about it and no one cares!

    May 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Veterans For Obama

    This is petty, buuuuut....its not fake.

    May 2, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Obama for President

    The only thing that is fake is the pelt on that guys head.

    May 2, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Justamom

    That is not true...complete denial...but what else is true...typical of the people she surrounds herself with.

    BS put is up and let us see the CORRECT ONE not the one that came up after in place of it...there were two!!

    May 2, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Mike

    Doctored? No, we should say "changed." It is written in a "new" political playbook. It is change we can believe in. Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

    May 2, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Dave, NY

    If this is how they feel about Indianans, that explains a lot about why there was no federal relief for Maganquench.

    May 2, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Alex

    Surprise surprise, the Clintons disrespect voters once again and no one even flinches. Did anybody see Hillary on O'Reilly? She said "Rich people, God bless us" and no one is talking about it? I mean, c'mon. If Obama said that everyone would be jumping on his back. Wake up people, the media wants to keep this race as close as possible for ratings ratings ratings.

    May 2, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. jpowalski

    Today I saw the original "War Room" VHS, taken from my basement. Mickey Kantor said everything claimed. Shame on you, Mickey Kantor, and shame on you for lying about.

    May 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Tubby The Tuba from Texas

    Right. and if you believe that I've got some land in the desert to sell.

    May 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Pam

    We're supposed to believe them? What's next, they'll tell us the footage of the welcoming ceremony in Bosnia was doctored too?

    May 2, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. pm

    there we go again! i saw the clip and he said it clearly!

    May 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Lou

    Now let's see if CNN will keep it fair and put this under the microscope. I'll be watchin'.

    May 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. lugina

    Great job CNN,
    Obama , please if you want my vote,go AWAY from CARL ROVE...game...

    May 2, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. dwayne

    i think that this need to be reported because every little thing about senator obama is. come on cnn be fair.

    May 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. BE FAIR

    CNN, YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THIS ON THE AIR ......THIS NEEDS TO BE THE TOP NEWS STORY (FOR THE NEXT 6-8 WEEKS) ALONG WITH THE PAUL VERSUS CLINTON STORY !!!

    LET'S BE FAIR AND BALANCED !!!

    May 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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