June 5th, 2014
03:46 PM ET
5 months ago

The groups that have Hillary's back

Washington (CNN) - It's a daily war of words playing out on multiple battlefields from the cable news networks to social media - pro-Republican groups criticize Hillary Clinton.

The fire is quickly returned by pro-Democratic groups that defend the former secretary of state, who's seriously considering a 2016 White House run.

And the frequency of the skirmishes are increasing with "Hard Choices," Clinton's much anticipated memoir of her years as America's top diplomat, hitting bookshelves next week.

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The Republican National Committee and the pro-GOP opposition research shop America Rising have been at the forefront of the Clinton anti-Clinton assault, which mainly focuses on the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

"Find out the TRUTH about @HillaryClinton," tweeted America Rising, which in a pre-buttal is going up with an e-book titled "Failed Choices" that's a critique of Clinton's tenure at the State Department.

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Correct the Record responded with a post headlined "Shame On America Rising for Willfully Misleading Americans On Secretary Clinton's Record."

Correct the Record was launched last year by American Bridge, the leading Democratic opposition research outfit. Correct the Record was created to defend the records of potential Democratic presidential candidates. In reality, that means protecting Clinton, who has said she'll decide by the end of this year on a presidential bid, and would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she runs.

The group is run by some former top Clinton advisers, but says it doesn't coordinate in any way with the former secretary of state or her top aides.

Correct the Record officials say they're not doing anything special for the release of the book and the ensuing coast to coast book tour by Clinton.

"We're operating business as usual. We are continuing to do what we do every day, defending Secretary Clinton's strong record of accomplishments from baseless, right-wing attacks," Adrienne Elrod, the group's chief spokeswoman, told CNN.

Last weekend the group held media training sessions for surrogates going on television to discuss the book and Clinton's record.

"It wasn't only for the book. The purpose of the media training was to make sure that our surrogates, people who are on TV, active on TV, are able to articulate her positions effectively. Especially her accomplishments as Secretary of State," a Correct the Record official told CNN.

The Democratic National Committee's also playing a role when it comes to defending Clinton.

The DNC has a mandate to protect the Democratic brand, and Clinton was, and continues to be a major player in that brand. The DNC, of course, also plays a major role in defending President Barack Obama and his administration. And GOP attacks on Clinton that target her record at State are also attacks on the President.

"With the recent Republican attacks on Hillary Clinton, you've seen them really focus on foreign policy, attacking the President's foreign policy," said a Democratic Party official. "Hillary's book is about her work with the President during his first term. It's about the Obama administration's foreign policy accomplishments and what we've seen is Republicans trying to distort every aspect of the President's foreign policy accomplishments."

It was no surprise then that Clinton aides deferred to the DNC when it came to responding to the America Rising e-book.

West Wing involvement

In another sign of stepped up cooperation, Democratic surrogates and communicators who publicly support both Obama and Clinton met at the White House recently with Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes to talk about a number of issues, including Benghazi and Clinton's upcoming book, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

While the topic was not on the official meeting agenda, one surrogate asked about it and the President's aides made clear they want no daylight between Obama and Clinton on foreign policy issues as the book rolls out, the source added. The messaging, according to the source, is this: Obama's team of rivals became an unrivaled team.

And Tommy Vietor, a communications veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign who served as National Security Council spokesman during the President's first term, has been brought on by the Clinton team to coordinate and assist in the response to the book.

In addition to working with the White House, the Clinton camp has stepped up their messaging around the book's release to include a coordinated surrogate operation.

Clinton's team, according to sources familiar with the book rollout, tapped Kiki McLean, a former Clinton senior adviser and veteran of five presidential campaigns, to lend a hand with the surrogate operation.

This group includes a war room of former diplomats who stand ready to respond to criticism of Clinton's tenure at the State Department, according to the source.

From book tour to bus tour

Also upping their game as the book releases is Ready for Hillary, the pro-Clinton super PAC that concentrates on grassroots outreach.

The group, which over past year has organized demonstrations in support of Clinton outside of many of her speaking events, says it will step up its presence on during the book tour.

The most visible way is with what they call "The Hillary Bus."

"The Bus will travel from coast to coast, channeling the enthusiasm around a potential Hillary 2016 candidacy to activate supporters in the 2014 midterms, while further building a grassroots army of supporters who are encouraging her to run and ready to help her win," the group said earlier this week.

Ready for Hillary says that throughout the summer, their bus will also visit events other than the "Hard Choices" book tour, such as Democratic party gatherings, state fairs and community festivals. And that come the autumn, the bus will head to college campuses and states with key contests in this November's midterm elections.

The group touts that their bus "is a mobile advertisement allowing our organization to reach new supporters in every corner of America as Hillary backers who see the Bus are prompted to sign up at readyforhillary.com. The Bus will also allow Ready for Hillary to dispatch volunteers and sign up new supporters at designated stops."

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Hillary Clinton: Butcher of Benghazi

    Yes, the far left extremist Democrats will cricle the wagons around their prized murderer and serial liar, the originator of the video lie. Will they be able to lie her way into the White House? Only if the American people are dumb enough to be conned once again by the Democrats and their lackeys in the LSM.

    June 5, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Correct the Record was launched last year by American Bridge, the leading Democratic opposition research outfit. Correct the Record was created to defend the records of potential Democratic presidential candidates.
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    Well, it's about time.

    June 5, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Hillary IMO compares to Bob Dole and McCain, old and tired.

    June 5, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. DustyOnesIsBack

    GOP should hope that Hillary wins. She is the only Democrat that doesn't stand a chance of getting more than 45% of the women's vote. She is a guarantee for a GOP victory in 2016.

    June 5, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Jim

    I would say CNN has her back because the cropped off what some thought was walker. Whether it was or wasn't, it was less than flattering and its gone!

    June 5, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Chris-E...al

    I mean that old shoe ducker has seen its better days PPl its time for the pasture . Wiggle pin is out of the wobble shaft . Cuckoo for cocoa puffs . 0ne Screw heck she's missing the whole toolbox . Clinton is n0t fit bless her heart .

    June 5, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. james

    Hillary is the most effective and articulate spokesperson for big Wall Street bankers. If you love what Wall Street did during the past decade, vote for Hillary for a continuation of the same criminal and immoral behavior. As a bonus, she will do her best to out-macho and out NeoCon anybody who thinks she is not tough enough for the job--I am sure there are a few countries she has already targeted for the next unnecessary and illegal wars.

    June 5, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    NOBODY PAYS ATTENTION to the GOP ANYMORE, they are totally discredited LIERS AND TOTALLY INCOMPETENT. The ONLY ONES that think they are going to win in 2014 elections are their MORON teabag supporters and the GOP THEMSELVES . How did it work out for you MORONS in 2012 and the national election before that. NOBODY IS GOING TO VOTE FZoR YOU GOP CLOWNS because you have an R behind your stupid canadates name. Those days are over!!!!

    June 5, 2014 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Marcus (from...?)

    'DustyOnesIsBack – GOP should hope that Hillary wins. She is the only Democrat that doesn't stand a chance of getting more than 45% of the women's vote. She is a guarantee for a GOP victory in 2016.'

    Oh, I get it, sarcasm over the usual comments about this or that GOP hopeful.

    June 5, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. TONE

    Hillary Clinton: Butcher of Benghazi

    Yes, the far left extremist Democrats will cricle the wagons around their prized murderer and serial liar, the originator of the video lie. Will they be able to lie her way into the White House? Only if the American people are dumb enough to be conned once again by the Democrats and their lackeys in the LSM.

    You failed to mention bush,cheney,and rumsfeld as the butchers of bagdad talk about dumb the gop voters are the dumbest voters on this planet.

    June 5, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Barry G.

    Of course we don't know who would run against Hillary, if she does run; but, I think that she could do good and great things for this country. And Bill Clinton could be tremendously helpful to her, given his experience and brilliance. I think I'm going to vote for Hillary.

    June 5, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Correct the Record was launched last year by American Bridge, the leading Democratic opposition research outfit. Correct the Record was created to defend the records of potential Democratic presidential candidates.
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    Well, it's about time.
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    Hooray! I get so tired of the last angry hazy hate dream from Rush being turned into Internet Phony Fact.
    Bookmark that site!
    Hopefully it will be like water to the Wicked Witches of the West conservative conspiracy theories out there.
    Now if we can just get science back in the classroom, this country might just survive.....

    June 5, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Tru

    The groups that have Hillary's back? All sane Americans!

    June 5, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. SteKell

    The liberal media have Hillary Clinton's back. The parasites, lying feminists, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan types, ACLU who defend terrorists and illegal aliens but never American taxpayers, and others who want to destroy freedom with lawsuits, regulations, and intrusive laws. Hillary Clinton is a devil with a fake grin.

    June 5, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Pendy

    Groups with Hillary's back? You left out CNN.

    June 5, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    @Jim
    I would say CNN has her back because the cropped off what some thought was walker. Whether it was or wasn't, it was less than flattering and its gone!
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    I know a guy who saw BigFoot but now that is gone too.

    June 5, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Kyle

    It isn't Hillary, you're not building a brand name. It is Hillary CLINTON, or just Mrs. Clinton. The last thing we need is another Bush or Clinton anywhere near the White House.

    June 5, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Jodo

    My husband is a serial philanderer and Oh Po' Me, I deserve to be president because of him.

    Based on Hillarious' logic, over half of the women living in trailer parks deserve to be president.

    June 5, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. davecu

    Please just list Hillary's positive accomplishments.

    June 5, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. David Laws

    Looks like another 8 years of Democrat in the White House! The only way Hillary doesn't win is if she doesn't run...even with that, a lot of people might just write her in! GOP has ON ONE to put up against her, they're running scared right now!

    June 5, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Uniquitous

    Oh please let her win the DNC nomination. I can't wait for all the other parties to put someone up against Killary. It will be a media frenzy.

    June 5, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Jackson

    Hillary Clinton: Butcher of Benghazi

    Yes, the far left extremist Democrats will cricle the wagons around their prized murderer and serial liar, the originator of the video lie. Will they be able to lie her way into the White House? Only if the American people are dumb enough to be conned once again by the Democrats and their lackeys in the LSM.

    ________________

    I guess the lies told to congress by Bush and Cheney so they could start an illegal war and give their friends' companies trillions of dollars that no one was overseeeing was just fine and dandy as far as you're concerned, right?

    Funny how conservatives ALWAYS want to talk about four deaths in Benghazi, but NEVER want to talk about four THOUSAND unnecessary deaths in an illegal war.

    But, it's ok when a republican does it, isn't that their motto?

    Reagan can commit high treason and the GOP ignores it.
    Bush/Cheney can lie to congress and commit war crimes, and the GOP ignores it.

    Someone should force feed you the big steaming dump you are trying to take in this forum, you hypocrite.

    June 5, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. My Too Senseworth

    I once thought Clinton had a good chance but not anymore. Washington has been changing the mind of many people that would have voted Democrat.

    June 5, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP GOVENORS should be the ones KICKED OUT of OFFICE because of their DEPRIVING their residents of The HEALTHCARE that is SITTING THERE WAITING FOR THEM TO APPLY. My son got a blue cross policy in Florida , silver policy FOR 65.20 a month.i would REALLY be MAD if My GOP govenor DEPRIVED me of the OPTION to sign up for Medicare , AND THATS WHAT THE GOP IS DOING TO. YOU!!!!!

    June 5, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Do Republicans not realize that the country will be so tired of this Benghazi incident by 2016 that when it is brought up, it will have little to no effect on the independent voters that decide elections?

    I initially understood the tactic as an attempt to dissuade her from running. But despite the attempt, Hillary Clinton still has a 53+ point lead in a democratic primary. The bottom line, she's running, and will the Democratic nominee. Republicans might be best served by stockpiling the ammo until then.

    June 5, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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