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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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Matt G. Gilbert, Arizona

    Whoa, Hillary!! Don't give the GOP any weird ideas.

    Before you know it, Karl Rove will be taking flying lessons.

    August 24, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Dave, VA

    I thought you said presidents should not deal with hypotheticals, Mrs. Clinton. And what about not saying everything you think when running for president? You already act like you are the nominee, but you keep playing it safe. Show us some substance!

    August 24, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Jim S., Charlotte, NC

    Hilary Clinton continues to be the best ever at lies. Ask her to explain how and under what law she would take all the profits from Exxon/Mobil and put them in an energy fund. She said that in early spring and the Liberal media stood by idly. Talk about ignorance equals the media. She is the most dangerous person in this country and is an absolute Socialist.

    August 24, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. YK, Damascus, MD

    Clinton...Please be quite....You are changing your mind all the time...We want to see new face..Not Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton. Hope dynasty will not work in USA as it is in India

    August 24, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Bill, Encino, California

    Hillary is concerned about a terrorist attack.. a terrorist attack in the U.S. before the next election.

    Is she concerned about what such an attack might do to our economy? Nope.

    Is she concerned about what an Islamic attack might cost us in terms of human life? Sorry, but no.

    She's concerned that another terrorist attack might give the Republicans a better chance of keeping the White House in 2008.

    August 24, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Mike, Newark, DE

    That's certainly a statement to attact attention but it's very obvious. Not only will it be a big boost to the GOP, but it will provide further "justification" to erode the Constitution and conduct reckless foreign policy.

    August 24, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. jayj

    Excuse me, but is this an experienced presidential candidate speaking HYOPTHETICALLY about national security? i'm so flip flopped

    August 24, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. ReadBtwthlins

    ie..., a terrorist attack will reveal the dems as the spineless jellyfish they really are.

    August 24, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Bill A

    [quote]Let's not forget about the 1976 election and how Iran released the hostages right after Reagan was elected president. The hostage situation tanked any chance Jimmy Carter had of a second term.[/quote]

    Boy typical liberal. Total lack of facts and incorrect assumptions.

    First off it was the 1980 elections. Carter was in the white house so HE was the one in control of talks with Iran over the hostages. Finally Carter made a deal with the Iranians to get the hostages released but it occured MONTHS after the election was over and Carter had already lost.

    Please liberals take some history lessions

    August 24, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Becky Britton, Dallas, Texas

    Well, for once Hillary is right. An attacked on the USA would benefit the Republicans because they would do something about it. Ms. Hillary and her Democratic friends will wring their hands and hope to have a civilized chat with uncivilized people.

    August 24, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. Matt A foresthill,ca

    Hillary is just plain dumb. You will not be president missy! We can be sure if terrorist get at us with a democratic president, nothing will be done. Our military will probably be cut by then, and they (the terrorist)will truly rule the world.

    August 24, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Kirby, Austin, Texas

    Unfortunately, Hillary says want people think.

    August 24, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. RightyTighty

    Is commander Hillary communicating to her supporters over seas?

    Or does she not realize that Bush is the reason no one will attack us before the election??

    August 24, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Lance Murray Belair MD

    The republicans did not attack the world trade center, pentagon , etc. They do not make anything "More Dangerous". They are Americans just like Hillary. She voted for Iraq. The spin Doc's are gonna have a field day if she keeps this propaganda rhetoric going. Lance

    August 24, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Victor Chang, San Franciso, CA

    What does that mean? Seems to me that she is implying that Republican will "engieering" an attack to win election.

    I don't like the situation US is now in, but we out to defend our country from a real attack.

    And anyone suggest this, or even imply US government "engineering" 9/11 or future attacks, should be banned from being in or seeking future public office. When is people going to see Clintons are nothing but bad politicans.

    August 24, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Debbie, Memphis, TN

    That is undoubtedly the worse comment I have ever heard a political candidate make. If anything does happen now, the GOP will be blamed? That seems to be all the Democrats know how to do is put the blame on others. I have not heard any of the Democratic canditates say how they are better, just blame the Republicans. They can do it better, but how?

    August 24, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Anthony, Upper Darby, PA

    Good job, Hillary. Remind independent and other party voters that the Democrats are weak on terror and the Republicans are strong.

    Is it me or are all Democrats this week committing political suicide?

    The Democrat mayor in New Jersey doesn't want his police to send illegal aliens arrested for crimes to the Feds. Meanwhile, three colleges students may have been killed by an illegal alien in his own city!

    August 24, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Mark, Charlotte, NC

    I just can’t bring myself to vote for someone who would only think of political gain or loss in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Forget the victims, forget the families, what about Hillary’s political chances? Come on, that’s sickening.

    I’m definitely voting for Obama. He is the only one that makes any sense nowadays.

    August 24, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Sad Dog Minneapolis Minnesota

    I'm starting to really dislike her. Nice message to the terrorists, Hill.

    August 24, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. travis

    Absolutely twisted. The LACK of terrorist attacks has been the only success point for the GOP. But Clinton twists that to say the GOP really wants (benefits) from an attack. What?!?

    Clinton is trying to parry the truth:

    1) No terrorist attacks after 9/11. Thank you Bush!
    2) Success in Iraq is bad for the Democrats. Think about that for a minute.

    August 24, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Hil's right: The Reps. know how to make a barking seal bark–SCARE EM !

    August 24, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Susan Meyers, Macedon, New York

    I have to say, this is a horrible comment to have made for anyone, let alone a candidate for President! Hillary no longer has any right to make fun of Obama's gaffs after this sorry statement.

    I have always hated the way the Bush administration used fear to try to control the population and thought that at least the democrats were above that kind of despicable behavior. But to speculate on who would win an election if there were a terrorist attack (AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DIED!!!)
    is the most incredibly insensitive thing I've ever heard!
    I think Obama must be moving up quite close to Hillary in those opinion polls CNN is so fond of quoting.

    August 24, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Charlie Evander, Texas

    IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO IS ELECTED. As a wise man once said:

    " matter what promises you make on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoky room with the twelve industrialist, capitalist scum [...] that got you in there, and this little screen comes down... and it's a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you've never seen before, which looks suspiciously off the grassy knoll.... And then the screen comes up, the lights come on, and they say to the new president, 'Any questions?'

    "Just what my agenda is."

    August 24, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Beckster

    Who cares about the damn polls. Wake up and smell the coffee Shrillary. We need someone who will not appease terrorists. And deep down the citizens of this country know that. For hundreds of years Christians, Jews, Buddhist, Hindu, and Atheists alike have been fighting islamic extremism. AKA muslims. Did you notice that Muslims are equal opportunity killers?
    They are against and will kill or convert everyone not worshipping Allah.
    et the picture – it is everyone agaist islam.

    We've talked, shook hands, given presents, and probably a lot of other things that I don't even want to know about. This crap is not going away. The only way it will go away is to eliminate the source. I don't care how smart you are, how much education you've had, and what kind of diplomat you are. Nobody is going to negotiate with these psychos. And if you did, as history tell us, they would just lie and back out of the deal.

    The Socialist, I mean Democrats will not do what is necessary to eliminate this threat to the Ameican and western way of life. The Republicans are only going to halfway do it. So Democrats and Republicans alike should not be allowed to mention the word terrorism.

    August 24, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Chris from Wapwallopen, PA

    Anyone that thinks like that, should not be President. Politians should not even talk about running war's. She want's another Veitnam.

    August 24, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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