Did Hillary take a swipe at Biden?
October 16th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
10 months ago

Did Hillary take a swipe at Biden?

Washington (CNN) – Did Hillary Clinton take a 2016 detour on her supposedly non-political paid speaking circuit?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Clinton, during her latest paid speaking gig to the National Association of Convenience Stores, spent nearly half an hour discussing the story behind the 2011 Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, specifically highlighting Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to the mission.

Clinton, the former Secretary of State who could square off against Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2016, stressed that she backed the raid, while Biden did not.

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Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor, who was in the room Tuesday for the Atlanta speech, recounted the tidbit to the Journal-Constitution.

"I know she's running for president now, because toward the end, she was asked about the Osama bin Laden raid. She took 25 minutes to answer," the Republican state lawmaker said, according to the paper. "Without turning the knife too deeply, she put it to Biden."

But a spokesman for the convenience store group who was in the audience said that account was misleading.

"There are a lot of problems with that story," said Jeff Lenard, a NACS spokesman. "I don't think anybody in the audience came away with that perception or recollection of the speech. It's not an accurate portrayal of what happened yesterday"

Nevertheless, America Rising PAC, a Republican group tracking Clinton's every move, flagged the comments for reporters yesterday, circulating them in an email titled, "Shots Fired: Clinton Attacks Biden Over Bin Laden Raid."

Audience members were forbidden from taking photographs and recording audio or video of the event, a standing policy at each of her speeches to industry groups. Journalists were not allowed to cover the speech.

Clinton is paid a reported $200,000 for her speaking appearances.


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. dave

    Funny that people actually think she will win even the DNC nomination.

    October 16, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Meh. Even if Biden runs, it will be to provide a counterpoint and sounding board for her. I don't even think he believes he can realistically beat her. But, for the primaries to be interesting and draw public attention to her policy positions, etc., she can't be seen as simply running away with it to easily as if the whole thing is just an elaborate coronation. Biden is one of the few Dems out there who can legitimately stand toe to toe with her and provide that interest point. If they don't generate that interest, it will mean CNN and the rest of the sensationalism wh-re MSM will essentially ignore the Dem primary and focus exclusively on the GOP/Teatroll primary, which is no doubt going to be a completely ridiculous ideological circus and very entertaining (albeit disheartening, because they won't have learned anything from the previous 8 years).

    October 16, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Name VA865

    YES she Will win the dnc nomination...AND GO ON TO BE PRESIDENT

    October 16, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Marvin

    It will be interesting who obama backs, his #2 or does he make good on his deal with Bill?

    October 16, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Nevertheless, America Rising PAC, a Republican group tracking Clinton's every move, flagged the comments for reporters yesterday, circulating them in an email titled, "Shots Fired: Clinton Attacks Biden Over Bin Laden Raid."

    And, gee, guess what? Here is, not surprisingly, CNN eager to report "America Rising PAC" Republican talking point drivel.

    October 16, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Larry in Houston

    trouble is with this whole scenario is this – – – they are going to tie 'ole Hill with Obama, and some of his failed policies. I'm definitely NOT a Republican, but from an Independent point of view, They will tie her with anything & everything that Obama has done wrong, or will do wrong. Just like they tied McCain w/ "W".... But 'ole Cruz will be a "newbie" they will have to "dig" to get something on him, by that time, or when that time rolls around.

    October 16, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. bill

    The GOP is a scared failed party. They created the Great Recession under dubya and now they are again trying to kill America with this government shutdown. The GOP are the American Taliban and it looks like they are already preparing for their next target.

    October 16, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. neoritter

    I honestly don't see either of them making or winning a 2016 Democratic primary run. If they are going to trade barbs, fine go at it, let them cannibalize each other.

    That aside, if Biden not agreeing with the raid is true, I'm not sure what's so bad about that. There were some legitimate concerns about the operation and it's actually a good thing for the President's cabinet and lower leadership to express those concerns. Counter opinions can influence a decision to be more nuanced and plan for those concerns.

    October 16, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "But 'ole Cruz will be a "newbie" they will have to "dig" to get something on him, by that time, or when that time rolls around."

    Dems would need to "dig" to get something on Cruz? Have you been sleeping through the past couple months or at least the past 16 days?

    October 16, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "That aside, if Biden not agreeing with the raid is true, I'm not sure what's so bad about that."

    Agreed. It's easy to poo-poo the cautious approach in hindsight after taking a big risk happens to work out the way you hoped it would.

    October 16, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Hussman

    Biden admitted this repeatedly, and he had valid reasons. He was wrong, but it's easy to say in hindsight.

    October 16, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    Kinda don't care right now. The country is in flames, and such as. I'll tune in to the Hillary Soap Opera when this whole national default thing is over.

    October 16, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. nobikiniatoll

    Sniffit: Very astute. Maybe she'll even pick him as her VP. For all the unforced gaffes and accidental (perhaps) humor he's brought to the office, Uncle Joe is one smart and very experienced cookie who has been, on balance, extremely useful to President Obama. His canary-in-the-coal-mine statement supporting same-sex marriage is one great example.

    October 16, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. jake

    The ineptness of this administration still amazes me. Hillarty left because she's going to run and didn't want her image tarnished anymore by Obama and Biden

    October 16, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. RobertD

    I personally think taking less obvious jabs at your opposition is in good form. Everything doesn't need to be over the top.

    Of course she's attacking Biden. It's likely Biden will run, but we don't know for sure yet.

    This early move is hardly important, I'm sure he'll ignore it.

    October 16, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    @Sniffit
    Dems would need to "dig" to get something on Cruz? Have you been sleeping through the past couple months or at least the past 16 days?
    He's from TX, the wonderful little state that gave us Ted cruz. They don't claim to like illegal aliens down there, but they went and sent one to the Senate.

    October 16, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Mark in Montana

    Hillary would have made a much better president than Obama. Yet I am disheartened that our nation has few, if any, good options for our leaders.

    October 16, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. ImvotingforHillary

    The GOP's best shot is Christie. If he doesn't get the nomination they might as well hang it up.

    October 16, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Larry in Houston

    """Dems would need to "dig" to get something on Cruz? Have you been sleeping through the past couple months or at least the past 16 days? """

    Answer : IT's Not Enough, when 2016 rolls around, that will be peanuts....

    October 16, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I think someone is trying to manufacture controversy.

    October 16, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. mike

    So shat is she hiding that she does not allow journalists to cover the speeches or let people take recordings? Guess this way no one can use her words against her when you catch her in a lie?

    October 16, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. mike

    Hillary left because she screwed up in Benghazi and refuses to answer questions on it. She has no business being the president because of that alone.

    October 16, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The GOP's best shot is Christie. If he doesn't get the nomination they might as well hang it up."

    Not going to happen. Chris Christie that is. But, yeah. I agree. GOPers might just as well hang it up now and be done with it. The GOP is too divided to ever nominate a "winner" in the near future.

    October 16, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Ol' Yeller

    Sniffit... just leave them alone and let them vet cruz like they did Palin, by looking her up on the internet. I doubt he can be primaried from the right (makes me shudder to think he could) so if he was indeed the pick of the loon party then I figger the final tally would be somwhere around Hilary 78% cruz 3%

    October 16, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    if this country elects another democrat.......we will absolutely reach insolvency, as a country.

    October 16, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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