Did Hillary take a swipe at Biden?
October 16th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
12 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. Yakobi

    One word: Whitewater.

    October 16, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Chris

    GO HILLARY!! Next President of the USA!!

    October 16, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Lou

    Hillary will never be president. One word, Benghazi. Do you actually think the majority of the voters, dems or rep, have a clue of what's happening? The paty that produces the most propaganda will win because the American people are much to lazy to research the truth...no matter what it may be. Hillary in the oval office, very well could happpen. The GOP has all but handed the next presidency to the Democrates. I don't like it but it looks that way to me.

    October 16, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. cumulus

    Nothing says stupid like Benghazi, if you only knew how pathetically desperate that sounds... continue

    October 16, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Yakobi

    Hey, Cathy–try READING the Constitution:
    "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

    As a citizen, Cruz CAN be president.

    October 16, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Stop the Madness

    The Clintons need to go back to Arkansas.

    October 16, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    LOL so you call a 40% approval rate respected, that is hilarious!!!!
    -------------------------------------------------
    Are you using the same polls that said that Romney would win in 2012?!
    Now THAT's hilarious!
    Laugh clown, laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Jules

    Easy, Hillary. Don't blow a good thing by going after the sitting VP right now.

    October 16, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. sly

    Hillary Clinton will be an excellant President.

    There are no more Republican candidates, except an obese man with a huge risk to die of a heart attack in office.

    The Tea Billies fought to seceed from the Union to represent their Confederate base, and thus committed political suicide.

    October 16, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Clintons need to go back to Arkansas.
    -------------------------------------------------
    She might after she serves out her two terms.
    Then there's always New York and other nice places...

    October 16, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Janet

    OK, members in the audience didn't get the impression that she trashed Biden but because a GOP rep reported the "tidbit" it will now probably be presented as truth on Faux News. Yawn.

    October 16, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Logix1

    "Did Hillary take a swipe at Biden?" Hopefully not and though I'm not a fan by any stretch of the imagination. I don't think she'd take advantage of the mentally handicapped.

    October 16, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Mike

    People fixated on Beghazi are DELUSIONARY if they think it will have any effect on the 2016 election. If that's all the GOP's got, it's over.

    October 16, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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