October 8th, 2007
11:45 AM ET
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Clinton campaign downplays Berger's role

The Clinton campaign downplayed Berger's role Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign downplayed a report in the Washington Examiner Monday that former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is advising the New York Democrat's White House bid.

"Like many people he offers advice, but he has no official role in the campaign," a Clinton aide told CNN's Candy Crowley.

The Washington Examiner reported in its Monday edition that Berger, who pleaded guilty two years ago to illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives and intentionally destroying some of them, has taken an informal role in Clinton's campaign, similar to the one he held in Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.

Berger, who offered the Massachusetts Democrat advice on foreign policy issues, resigned from the campaign in July 2004 as the investigation into his actions at the National Archives was heating up.

Berger served as national security adviser to former President Clinton from 1997-2001.

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  1. JB Boston MA

    Can't we all agree that scandals do nothing but destroy this country?

    Can't we agree that there have been far to many in the past 16 years?

    I myself think they will not stop if Hillary is elected. She has already proved her character and ethics.

    The things that Coach discussed are true. I am guessing that Bush isn't far behind.

    But why would we want more of the same?

    Let's try to find someone that doesn't have this baggage.

    And saying, "but the Republicans do this and that", doesn't address the problem.

    And making excuses for her just ensures that they will continue.


    The Clintons surround themselves with unethical people.

    October 8, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Hey Coach!

    You really make me laugh with that cute bit of plagerism for Prorev.com. Can you at least think for yourself instead of believing everything you read from Sam Smith?

    To those that don't know Sam Smith, he is the guy that brought you the "Green Party" years ago. He has had it out for the Clintons since they got into office. The Progressive Review isn't a conservative rag, but rather a counter culture news source. I doubt knock that, but Sam Smith has been spouting nasty stuff about the Clintons for years. He even got thrown out of the "Americans for Democratic Action" because of his obsessing about them. The man needs to get a life and when it comes to them I don't believe half of what he has written.

    Sorry Coach, no sale here! But do stick around for the long list of investigations into the Bush Administration and see how its number of convictions and prison sentences stack up.

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 8, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Bill Petty Garden City, MI



    October 8, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Coach Haughton NH

    Christian of course it would be nearly impossible to turn up irrefutable proof that any candidate at such a high level was guilty of anything.

    Such an overwhealming amount of suspicion indicates something about ones character.

    You are so wrapped up in the nostaligia of clintons victory days that you are blind to the truth.

    I want to clean up washington. You want to go back to the past.

    Think about it...OJ simpson didn't get convicted but we all know.

    October 8, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Coach Haughton NH


    Yea i guess it was the "vastright wing conspiracy" now renamed "The republican attack machine"

    you fool.

    You will help her justify anything just because the name clinton makes your heart beat faster.

    I liked bill and I love the democratic party thats why I realize that the dirt that stuck to the Clintons got us 8 years of the worst right wing regime in history.

    Remember when the news kept reiterating how Gore needed to distance himself from clinton? We need to move forward and redefine ourselves as the ethical party for the people.

    Can you seriously see her securing sixty votes for her healthcare plan after recieving lobbying money from the insurance industry? I think you are at least smart enough to concede that.

    Vote with your head not your heart.

    October 8, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. VanReuter NY NY

    Posted By Coach Haughton NH : October 8, 2007 4:15 pm

    Coach crapola has to troll right wing websites to cut and paste the RNC's stale propaganda. At least he is finally showing everyone his true colors.


    October 8, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Bill Walsh,New Hyde Park,New York 11040

    Dear Senator,you are doing rather wellplease donot mess it up by confusing the people.When you place a person like Mr.Berger on your platform,we then start to question should I vote for you.As our NY Senator,I think you are doing well.Plus I am a Republican,Who will prorerly vote for you.So please only have workers who are squeeky clean.Thank You

    October 8, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  8. Lee, san francisco, ca

    Hillary represents experience and change!

    Hillary is more and more inevitable to win the nomination and the election!

    George Bush already thinks that she will win the Democratic nomination. The Republican candidates, particularly Rudy Giuliani, are positioning themselves as “Hillary-slayers”. And Hillary's Democratic rivals are paying her the ultimate compliment of concentrating their fire on her rather than on each other. More reasons:

    First, Hillary is not like Howard Dean of 2004, who was favored first and then lost. The situation today is very different from 2004, when Iowa's unfortunate Democrats were confronted by a left-wing insurgent, the unattractive Howard Dean, and a rabble of second-division candidates.
    Second, people put far too much unnecessary emphasis on Iowa. Hillary's narrower margin lead in Iowa is swamped by her strength elsewhere. She is ahead in national opinion polls by about 20 points, a lead she has sustained for months. She is also ahead in New Hampshire and South Carolina, where her nearest rival, Obama, has been losing traction since late summer. Hillary is currently crushing Obama in the political futures markets by as much as 55 points. These poll numbers are built on rock. Hillary is formidably disciplined and knowledgeable. And she has the best political machine in the business—built up over decades and honed by relentless battle with the “vast right-wing conspiracy”. The machine boasts most of the Democratic establishment's mainstream thinkers.
    Third, the dem voters want Hillary and Bill back to white house. Most Democrats associate the Clinton years with peace and prosperity rather than stained dresses and disappearing furniture. Bill Clinton left office with a job-approval rating of 66%. Three-quarters of Democrats, and 53% of voters in general, would like him to play an active role in a future Clinton administration. Nearly nine in ten Democratic voters (88%) express a positive view of Hillary's candidacy; 38% express a very positive view.
    Democrats are right to be nervous about polarisation: polls show Giuliani is close behind Hillary in a head-to-head race. But Mr Bush has proved that polarisation is far from fatal, provided you can combine it with a ruthlessly disciplined campaign. Hillary does not have to paint America blue; she only has to win one more state than John Kerry. And Giuliani seems less impressive in person than he does in the polls. His speeches are poorly prepared and convoluted, and he is given to silly gimmicks, such as stopping in mid-speech to the NRA to take calls from his wife on his cell-phone.

    Moreover, Hillary 2007 is not Hillary 1993. She has shown an impressive ability to learn from her mistakes. She has also moved sharply to the centre: witness her success in winning rural votes in upstate New York in 2006, and her ability to work with former Republican tormentors in the Senate.

    Hillary 08.

    October 8, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Bull of Mizzou

    Ohhhhh Geeeeezzzzzz !!,,,,Another Chump added to Billery's Scream Team,,,If its not Donation Crooks {Hsu} and Idiots {MoveOn.Org}, its Chumps to advise her,,,Whats Next ? A glorious Indorsement by good Old Hugo??,,,I cant wait to see Fred T chomp on her in the Finals and send her White Bloomers up the flag pole when she is defeated.

    October 8, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. Amanda (Greenwich)

    Henry Tucker, Ga –

    And, indeed, I meant Democrats in office, not the constituents, as Q Christian helpfully suggested.

    October 8, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Bill mo.

    Clintons bringing Berger back just shows you how little they think the average person knows and they do not care what is right or legal. Here is a man that should be in jail. What he did is a national crime no different than treason. I am a registered democrat but this is the last straw for me.

    October 8, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  12. FT Doylestown,Pa

    Here we go again....The Cast of Crooks and they are all coming back ...out from under the rocks they have been hiding under. God Bless ....Do We Really Need to Go through this Again!
    Berger really MUST HAVE THE GOODS ON THE CLINTONS....that they took him in!
    Wait till the Chinese donors show up on the lists again. Leopards don't change their spots.....

    October 8, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Sonja San Francisco CA

    Oh my God! The Clinton's just can't help themselves. They cannot function without shady deals and criminals beside them. Time to clean house kids.

    October 8, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. Preston Russ, Cape San Blas, Florida

    Sandy Berger is a criminal that should be in prison right now. The Clinton's have always surrounded themselves with people like this. The Democrats are self-destructing. I can never vote for these people as long as their leaders are people like Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Murtha and the Clintons. Get a clue, put forth some people that put their country ahead of their party. Put forth people who are honest. Bush has been a disaster, but the Democrats will never give us a statesman that puts America first.

    October 8, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. Sean Wagoner, Eugene OR

    Another free pass.

    False national guard documents: Plenty of coverage

    An actual crime committed: Almost none.

    I'm just going to watch C-Span. I can't stand it anymore . . .

    October 9, 2007 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  16. Ryan Indianapolis

    Does anybody really believe this? Yea right!

    Posted By Judy Shiffer, Lebanon, PA : October 8, 2007 4:50 pm

    Do you live in a cave or are you incredibly ignorant.....or BOTH?????

    October 9, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Ari,atlanta, Ga

    just to add that this lady has enough trouble following her already, the boyfriend of the daughter chelsea is in jail!! I wonder if she not ashamed of all these stuff around her!

    October 9, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Bob, New York, NY

    You would think they would avoid him like the plague seeing how much negative attention there crook fundraiser has gotten them. But I guess they wouldn't want to piss off a guy who could put them in a world of hurt with all the dirt he could spread around

    October 9, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Telling it like I see it,

    Posted By Wynter, Loudon, NH : October 8, 2007 6:08 pm

    Sorry "Wynter", you see nothing, because you are blinded by Republican hatred.

    Would you be so supportive of the Republicans using Scooter Libby as a valuable resource, nah, don't think so?

    If they did use Libby, I would be first in line to say "what a dumbass thing to do and this is flat out wrong".

    What Berger admitted to doing was nothing short of treason and we will never know the REAL TRUTH of what Clinton knew about terrorists and 9-11.

    Telling it because I know it.


    October 9, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Coach Haughton NH

    Coach crapola has to troll right wing websites to cut and paste the RNC's stale propaganda. At least he is finally showing everyone his true colors.


    Posted By VanReuter NY NY : October 8, 2007 6:49 pm

    Those facts are real van.

    I remember the clinton days and they make me feel good too. The democrats are going to win but we can't choose a candidate that the far right can use to further the negative corrupt image they are sticking to us.

    Those facts are real.

    I know it's hard for us democrats to hear bad things about our shining star of modern times, but sometimes the hard choice is the right choice.

    Those facts are real.

    Vote with your Head not your heart...Obama

    October 9, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. JB Boston MA


    It makes you look dumb when you ridicule someone, but add nothing to the conversation. It seems you disagree with the information that Coach posted. Can you prove it to be false, or are you only good at name calling?

    People can see through that you know?

    Add something or move on!

    Hillary fans are so blinded that they cannot even admit to proven history!!!

    Or they use the "but Bush did it first" argument.

    Or, the name calling thing. Its actually becoming pretty comical!

    Go to other stories, pretty much all Van and his tribe do.

    Always looking to be proven wrong. . . .

    October 9, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Coach Haughton NH


    you fail to realize an something important. It doesn't matter how much money was spent turning up facts or who turned them up. Whats important is that they are true and we are voting for these people to lead our nation.

    Again whenever the slaves of hillaryland hear anything bad about their superstars they just say "thats because the republicans dug that up on them". You use the same things to defend your candidates as they use to defend themselves. It's like you are already convinced that anything bad about the clintons is bs before you hear it or even look into it.

    I feel sad to see so many people whose hearts wrapped up in someone that they can't see whats right before their eyes. C'mon man! These are politicians were not married to them. End the game in 08.

    October 10, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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