December 12th, 2007
06:05 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton chairman hits back on reports of campaign disarray

Clinton's campaign chairman denied the campaign was in disarray.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman dismissed newspaper stories that described massive discord among her advisers as “distractions” Wednesday - though he did not address reports that aides are upset with former President Bill Clinton’s recent outspokenness on the campaign trail.

Terry McAuliffe was responding to a story in Wednesday’s New York Daily News that described the campaign in disarray. In the account, the New York senator’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, is described as "very engaged and very agitated,” according to an anonymous Democrat quoted in the piece, who added, that Clinton was yelling at [chief strategist] Mark Penn a lot."

The report quoted other supporters who criticized recent Clinton campaign ads, saying they lacked focus.

In a statement e-mailed to reporters, McAuliffe said Clinton had assembled an “outstanding team” that “remains focused on winning votes,” adding that “the President is thrilled to be helping his wife.” He did not address any of the issues raised or incidents described in the piece.

The story follows several similar reports in recent weeks, including an account by Al Hunt of Bloomberg News that described the former president as “bouncing off the walls at the campaign's ineptitude in the past few weeks.”

The same article said that campaign officials were “privately furious” at him for remarks he made about his opposition to the Iraq war.

- CNN Associate Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Clinton
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Glenn,birmingham,Al

    Its hard to look organized when all your doing is talking & saying nothing.

    December 13, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Ty

    That’s funny…a person that want to run the country, can’t even run a campaign. Go figure

    December 13, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Mr. may be on the wagon–but your Presidency has driven many Americans to take up the habit! Thanks again for your help, thank God my family has been able to survive it, so far.

    December 13, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    OOps...put post in wrong hole. Wish I could quit drinking too. Thanks again Mr. Bushe...hiccup.

    December 13, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Catherine Webb, Little Rock, Ar

    I respect and admire Senator Clinton, I always expected their political ideas were different as demonstrated in the 12/12 piece with her concerns about his remarks against the war. She can't use him to get in as their political ideology are about as different as night and day. Maybe she should have remained and ran as an Republican.........

    December 13, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Martin, Clarksville, TN

    Of course her campaign is in disarray; she won't give straight answers to questions, she tries to pretend her hands are clean while having her staff engage in mudslinging, and most Americans do not believe a word she says. The problem is not the campaign staff. The problem is the candidate!

    Anybody but Hillary

    December 13, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. no clinton's,la.

    she wakes up in disarray!!

    December 13, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  8. A Voter in N.Y.

    Imagine the disarray we would have if this woman actually got elected?!?!?

    I'm so glad she is behind in the major polls now for the primary. She has always been last in polls against all republicans, but now she is losing to democrats as well. There is hope for a real change yet.


    December 14, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Beth & Jeff Chicago HILLARY IN 2008


    She's the only one who can actually clean up the mess left by the GOP - NOT dreamer boy!!

    Or vote Biden or Richardson b/c God save our country if the newbie gets elected = who isn't even wise enough to realize what he DOESN'T KNOW yet; let alone play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in the Oval Office! He should have waited until 2012 or 2016. He's only 47, but he's such a baby that he's demanding to be King now 😦 Sadly the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator Obama is certainly NOT!!!! AND Oprah should stick with her own life and hawking her Book Club (which she can't even get right all the time either).


    December 19, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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