August 24th, 2007
12:38 PM ET
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Clinton: Terrorist attack will help GOP

Clinton campaigned in New Hampshire Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - She says she is the Democrat best equipped to fight terrorists, but White House hopeful Hillary Clinton told New Hampshire voters Thursday that another attack on the United States would likely help Republican candidates at the polls.

"It's a horrible prospect to ask yourself, 'What if? What if?'" Clinton told a house party in Concord, first reported by the New York Post and the Associated Press and confirmed by her campaign. "But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world."

Clinton added that if such a scenario occurred, she is the best Democratic presidential candidate "to deal with that."

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Pam A Summerside PEI

    I dont' know how anyone who voted for Bush even once could keep a straight face while making the statement that Hillary disappointed them!

    I dont' know how anyone could possibly be a disappoint after George Bush!

    August 25, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Chris Wurr, Dubai, UAE

    Big deal, she is just stating the obvious: If there is a terror attack, people will think that the GOP was not just scaremongering and overblowing the terror threat for political gains and as a cover for their war mongering, but actually had a point.

    August 26, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. John, Richmond, VA.

    Keep going Hillary...keep opening that mouth and educating all us stupid naive voters. We need to fully understand what you think of us and how you'll use our money to preserve the plutocracy that's causing our economic slavery. Your rearing in one the most corrupt capitalist professions does not qualify you for Pres. in my opinion. We need someone who values fairness for all Americans. The change we want is NOT the same kind of elitist President with breasts or different skin color. Were not as naive as you think. Keep going ...we love being insulted. Tell us again how those lobbyist are just trying to help me. Show your true colors rich lady. Yea your somebody's girl, but you aren't mine. I'd be fine with a woman President, but not you. I'm an independent who'd like to vote Dem but isn't anybody listening to Edwards out there? Please don't let her be right about how stupid we are.

    August 26, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Ron Nebraska: President Bush was just into his 9th month of his presidency when terrorists struck our nation the preparation for which took place under Clinton's watch.

    August 26, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Tom Dedham, Mass,

    Tell Hannity that Berger stole COPIES of the document originals – that OTHERS ALREADY HAD.

    You'll have to tell him I think he's an idiot too – since apparently you're the only one that likes the guy on this thread.

    And I actually agree with you on some things .. like on the fact that Dubya and Billy BOTH blew it. Billy just tried harder to get him before 911 than Dubya did.

    August 26, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    Oh sorry Val. I thought we used to measure a President by what happened on his watch. I guess losing 4 jetliners, 2 skyscrapers, a piece of the pentagon and a major American city was just a case of bad timing by this President. What an unlucky guy!

    August 26, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Jon from Sacramento...I was definitely there for the Afghanistan war...A war which I along with probably every person who posted in this article supported...But it is yet another war that President Bush horribly mishandled. We did not fully commit in Afghanistan...That's why we need a President who will finish the job and not hide behind 9/11 for excuses to invade Iraq!

    August 27, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    "The astonishing admission of Samuel "Sandy" Berger, Bill Clinton's longtime National Security Advisor, that he stuffed "code-word"-class secret documents into his pants, sneaked them out of a secure review room at the National Archives and "inadvertently" destroyed them is highly disquieting to those familiar with Berger's background and activities in the Clinton Administration".

    In particular, the Washington Post reports that Berger purloined all draft revisions of a key critique of the government's response to the millennium terrorism threat, a document that detailed Administration knowledge – and inaction – regarding al Qaeda presence in the U.S. in 1999 and 2000. Stolen were crucial notes in the margins of these drafts which reveal the thinking and agendas of the Clinton Administration relating to the mounting terrorist threat.

    Still think that those "copies" meant nothing?

    If they meant nothing, why did Bill sign off to authorize him to go in RIGHT BEFORE THE 9-11 COMMISSION WAS GATHERING DATA and if they meant nothing why would Berger risk his whole career to recoup them?

    Any ideas Rick?

    August 27, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Travc, Davis California

    There are strong empirical results which indicate the more afraid people are, the more support right-wing parties get. The reasons are arguable, but the results are clear.

    If you haven't read Professor Bob Altemeyer's book "The Authoritarians" you really should. It goes a very long what is going on politically in the US (and other countries) today. The full text is online at

    September 12, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  10. Bdub, VA

    I like Hilary, but she is not the best candidate. Additionally, she is beatable. If she wins the nomination, the election will be close. She may barely win or lose. If Joe Biden wins the nomination, he will carry the Independents and win the election by 5 to 7 percentage votes. I can not believe that Edwards and Obama are doing better in the poles than BIden, that is ridiculous. Biden would make a FANTASTIC President!

    October 10, 2007 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
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