October 18th, 2007
07:11 PM ET
15 years ago

RNC pushes 'Hillary Hypocrisy’

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican Party is going back to the well and they are using the Clinton name as a bucket.

In an e-mail to potential donors, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan highlights a recent allegation that Sen. Hillary Clinton eavesdropped on political opponents in 1992 and suggests the New York Democrat is being hypercritical for not in turn supporting certain terrorist surveillance practices.

“The Clinton attack machine is apparently fine with listening in on phone calls if it bolsters her political ambitions - but Hillary doesn't want to give America's intelligence agencies the ability to conduct surveillance on terrorists plotting to attack our nation.”

“This isn't the first time we've seen Hillary practice such craven political opportunism,” Duncan adds. “She's flip-flopped on virtually every issue having to do with the War on Terror.”

The fundraising solicitation is the latest in a coordinated effort to paint Clinton as hypocritical on the issue of government surveillance in light of the allegation published in a recent book by New York Times reporters Don Van Natta and Jeff Gerth.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines has refused to comment on the substance of the allegation.

"It's a valiant effort by Jeff Gerth to get his 16th minute of fame, but we don't comment on books that were utter and complete failures, rift with inaccuracies and falsehoods, and rejected by reviewers and readers alike," Reines said.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • RNC
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    CNN – you're doing a horrible job on your political ticker!

    The wording of your articles are attrocious! Clear biased language in MOST articles.

    You take ONE poll (1212 people) an spin 7-8 stories – suggesting the "American People" are: Pro-Hillary, Pro-Amnesty for illegal aliens, Anti-Thompson, Pro-SCHIP, Pro- Mormon, etc etc. You refuse to release the poll specifics (questions asked) yet expect to be considered a REAL news source?

    Do you have high-school interns working this blog? You run stories – asking for comments and then take HOURS (Days?) before updating. You randomly delete posts without any seeming consistency. The only consistency I HAVE seen is .. if the comment is anti-conservative – anything goes including profanity.

    You continually allow comments from fake bloggers (fake-james from Phoenix) who impersonate conservative voices yet make ridiculous liberal remarks.

    Again – I have full faith these issues WONT be addressed... and god forbid you post them on your ticker. If you had the courage to post them – it wouldnt be for a couple days considering how "prompt" your staff is at updating the blog.

    October 19, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Typical tribal wingnut crap. Take something that they are very intimately aquainted with with – HYPOCRISY – then accuse the opponent of engaging in it. That Republican glass house is laying in broken shards at their feet and they have the nerve to call someone ELSE hypocritical? It's absurd.

    October 19, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Is this all the Republicans have? A single sourced (unattributed) story by paragon of accuracy Jeff Gerth, all about (GASP!) supposed Clintonian wrongdoing? Very, very SAD.

    October 19, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Henry Tucker, GA

    Hillary is just an angry lesbian worried her fake-marriage to a sexual predator might hurt her political aspirations. She sells socialism to the masses – pushing her Anti-capitalism ideology and "buying" votes in the process.

    Sadly, there is a large segment of the American population too dumb and too ignorant to think for themselves as they shout: You Go Girl!

    PS – yall can thank Pete Stark (D-Ca) for introducing anything-goes political messages.

    October 19, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. therealist

    Is there any wonder why CNN's ratings are eqivalent to our pitiful 110th Congress'??

    October 19, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Sue, Michigan

    Has anyone else noticed how much air time Hillary gets from the Republicans? Do they have a positive agenda, any agenda? No, seems like they just want to bash Hillary–I think they doth protest too much! It worked with Kerry, just barely, but it won't work with Hlllary. A winning team doesn't need to bash the other side-that's for people running scared, and the Republicans must be terrified. Go Hillary-save us from the crooks in the WH who are daily undermining our rights and our heritage.

    October 19, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Buggie, San Diego, CA

    The best arguments that the Republicans can offer are unverified and unverifiable accusations, much like the false “Intelligence” created by Republicans to dupe this country into supporting their war. As always, the only hope that Republicans have is that they will be able to lie themselves back into the hearts and minds of the American people and into the White House. Unfortunately, for Republicans, most Americans have learned from their mistakes of the past seven years and will not be fooled again. Contrary to what the RNC thinks, Americans are smart and will easily see through this tactic.

    October 19, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Neill C., Montgomery, Al

    Good call. She is a flip flopper of the 1st magnitude. She voted against us being allowed to use 6% of our SS money in the stock market and then proposes a 401K from the government. She has about 6 different stances on Iraq. She flips, then she flops.

    October 19, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. gop trash miami fl

    Republicans are all TRASH

    October 19, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. Steve, Sumter SC

    Where have all the statesmen gone? We need more statesmen and less politicians! I am conservative and I amd tired of the inability of both sides to work for the betterment of my country and all of her people!

    October 19, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Can I get me a zippity do dah, Phil?

    There is so much truthful and factual dirt available, it will turn into mud quite nicely.

    October 19, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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