September 28th, 2007
02:40 PM ET
15 years ago

RNC: Bill Clinton supporting MoveOn for 'political payback'

Watch Clinton's comments in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee accused former President Bill Clinton Friday of engaging in “political payback,” after he condemned Republicans earlier this week for criticizing’s pointed attack on Gen. David Petraeus.

"Why are the Clintons so invested in defending" RNC Chairman Mike Duncan asks in an e-mail fundraising solicitation "Well, remember what's original purpose was? It was founded to attack any Republican who dared stand against the Clinton machine during the former President's impeachment and trial in the Senate for perjury and obstruction of justice."

"Not many people, even Democrats, dared to defend in the wake of its attack on General Petraeus," Duncan added. "But if Bill and Hillary Clinton understand anything, it's political payback."

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper Wednesday, the former president said Republicans who condemned for their recent ad in The New York Times attacking Petraeus are "disingenuous." He also highlighted a string of past questionable campaign commercials targeting Democrats, and suggested Republicans are acting hypocritically.

"These are the people that ran a television ad in Georgia with [former Sen.] Max Cleland — who lost half his body in Vietnam — in the same ad with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein,” Clinton said. “That's what the Republicans did. And the person that rode to the Senate on that ad was there voting to condemn the Democrats over the Petraeus ad.

"I mean, these are the people that funded the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. And the president appointed one of the principal founders of the Swift Boat ads to be an ambassador," he continued. "But they're really upset about Petraeus. But it was okay to question [Massachusetts Sen.] John Kerry's patriotism on a blatantly dishonest play that had dishonest claims by people that didn't know what they were talking about."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. bprossersme

    He wants in the White House and supports evil, lying, cheating thugs? Damn it man, now that's unmitigated GALL!!!!!

    September 28, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Actually...Clinton was saying "the Swift Boat ads were bad – so we decided to do the exact same thing...this time I have an excuse to be the weasel I have always been" (alright I took a few liberties with paraphrasing)

    September 28, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  3. Peter Zheutlin, Needham, MA

    Good for Bill Clinton. Someone needs to call out the GOP on this completely ridiculous non-issue. The Bush led war is a complete disaster, perhaps the worst foreign policy blunder in the nation's history. So, of course they want to change the subject. Clinton is absolutely correct - how can Republicans, who smeared Max Cleland, a triple amputee Viet Nam vet by likening him to bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, complain about the Petreaus ad?

    September 28, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. Jacob, Northfield, MN

    Everyone should be above these groups like and the swift boat veterans. I dont care for any of them. Instead of moving on with real problems we focus on little petty things and let these types of organizations control our countries agenda. Its hard not to feel left out of this government when all it seems to matter are these groups. Why doesn't the media just ignore these people or report on them for what they are. Sometimes I just dont know.

    September 29, 2007 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  5. Jose, NY,NY

    Of course Bill has to attack and whine for Move On. If not Daddy George will cut off Mrs. Bill's campaign funds. Bill is nothing more than a washed up hack trying to re write is failed legacy.

    September 29, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  6. Mrs. America

    Bill's getting spunky. Good for him. I guess if the other candidates' spouses can speak their mind, so can he. You go, Bill. Hillary, too.

    September 29, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  7. FT Doylestown,Pa

    The Clinton's invented Dirty Politics.
    He's talking about Presidential races and the swift boat ad was Propper.
    The MoveOn Ad (Hey, WE're at WAR) this General is Fighting a WAR. If you want to give Aid and Comfort to you know who, then this ad it OKAY!Got it Fonda!
    Remember Folks , The Clinton's are FLOWER CHILDREN of the 70's. and couldn't and wouldn't Fight a WAR .

    September 29, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Why is it that the far left "Bushs War" comments always come from CA, FL or MA?? I have an idea for the Discovery Channel – "There's Something in the Water" – liberals..Hillary voted for the war...with the same intelligence – not Bushs War...its the majority of our Congress and Senate – place blame where it fits – and as much as the DNC has told you "Republicans are evil" – that is so far from the truth and displays a level of ignorance I thought we were past.

    September 29, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. Joe, Carmel IN

    Let's not forget that is was Rush Limbaugh who first use the "Betray Us" name to describe Vietnam Veteran Chuck Hagel.

    Where were the outraged Republicans then? Slandering a military man is apparently fair game when it's gasbags like Limbaugh doing the slandering.

    September 29, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I thought "I wonder how the Democrats will respond"....when they are up against an indefensible position (i.e. a former President attacking a sitting General with no evidence just because MoveOn has contributed 78 million to the Clintons) yes...saing Rush Limbaugh said something similar...oh yes...that clears up everything (well..if you've recently suffered head trama)

    September 29, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Ken Leon, Laguna, CA

    If Billy boy is still in office ....
    Osama will be running around in Afganistan planning his next attack on US soil; North Korea, Iraq, and Iran, will be Nuke certified; Amnesty for all will be the rule of the land; and we will have national health care for all who can get to the US.
    Billy boy had the opportunity to change the course of history and provide leadership and hope. Instead, he left us with a "legacy of diplomacy" ... not standing up for what is we hold dear; democracy and freedom.
    If Billy boy is still in office .... The President of the United States of America will the the first in history to apologies to the communist for "design flaws" on all Mattel toys, rather than the CEO of Mattel.
    What experience is he talking about?
    Monica in the White House, failure to to fix the problem despite numerous attacks on the Twin Towers, border security, and failure to reign in Saddam.
    Leave Obama alone. We do not want a repeat of the Clinton years........

    September 29, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Max, Boston, MA

    "If Billy boy is still in office ….
    Osama will be running around in Afganistan planning his next attack on US soil; North Korea, Iraq, and Iran, will be Nuke certified; Amnesty for all will be the rule of the land; and we will have national health care for all who can get to the US."

    So what you're saying is that absolutely nothing would be different, except we'd have national health care for all?

    The horror.

    September 30, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. joan niantic, ct.

    Is this the same Bill Clinton who lied under oath? " IDID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN." He is an artful liar and so is his wife. These two will do anything to get back in the White House,favcors for sale to anyone willing to pay.PILL and bill are at it again! WAKE UP PEOPLE>

    September 30, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Truth Teller

    I'm glad Bill's been in the media so much lately. I had forgotten how gifted he is at spinning the truth.

    September 30, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Laurence, Newport News, Va.

    Look, Rush is joke that no one with good sense gets. This war is the worst mistake we've made sense nam'. It should never have happened. Reid is a joke also, and I'm a dem. He's always reacting instead of being pro-active. Not the stuff a good leader is made of. The best hope the party has are people who are principled and have good judgment. Something neither party has a claim to at the present except one or two on either side. Colon Powell was so right when he said, if you break it, you must fix it. Maybe he knows how and won't say? It's a given that no one else does apart from saying to hell with the whole thing. He shouldn't have allowed himself to be railroaded into making a fool of himself in front of the U.N. by the Bush Administration. Who knows what kind of pressure he was under at the time? Unprincipled people like those who run our country are capable of any type of evil you could possibly imagine. All I have to say to that is keep shopping america and not paying attention to the hell that crouching at your door. Rush is a stooge of the "right" whoes no better than anyone else. His listeners certainly aren't.

    October 2, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. stfu bill

    i'm so tired of this pink-faced rabid dog. seeing him again is like a nightmare.

    January 20, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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