March 7th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
15 years ago

A fact check on Clinton's foreign policy claims

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Sen. Hillary Clinton delivered a foreign policy speech at George Washington University in February."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton, fresh off crucial wins in Tuesday's primaries, has been playing the experience card heavily, particularly in regard to her role in foreign policy.

Clinton said it's her 35 years of experience that make her the best candidate to take on presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain in November.

After losing primaries in Ohio and Texas, Sen. Barack Obama argued the media has not held Clinton's feet to the fire on foreign policy.

Full story

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Mary G. LeBlanc

    I submit that if Senator Clinton is going to take credit for the foreign policy achievements of her husband; then she should also take the blame for its failures – i.e. Iraq and NAFTA for example.

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Kin

    Thank you, CNN. While a few of Hillary's claims have been exaggerated, this article should show people that she was very hands-on with foreign policy, even as first lady.

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. christine campbell

    Any idiot knows Hillary Clinton is experienced, smart and ready to be president. George Bush was not experienced, smart or ready to be present and neither is Barack Obama.

    The press loved George Bush and hated Al Gore. Wake up!

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Yve

    CNN just stop the nonsense. You and the rest of the media helped Clinton's campaign by participating in her NAFTA-GATE fabrication. Not even one apology from CNN or MSNBC. I'm currently boycotting FOXNEWS because of their bias and Frank Lutz's independent voter fiasco. Hillary has not been Commander in Chief. If in fact she was running the country on the back of her husband than we the American people should use better judgment and vote for the ONLY Democrat on the ballot. She is purposely sabotaging this campaign by constantly denigrating Senator Obama with references of Kenneth Star, Bush, and now she wants to use Obama advisor for correctly calling her a monster. This shouldn't have even gotten front page news. This is another way to distract the public from her next snaky move and You and the rest of the media are helping her steal the nomination. If his advisor goes than so should half her staff!

    March 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Lee

    This article is a perfect example of what I've been saying all along. There is no 35 years of experience that she is bringing to office. Being the Governors’ mansion decorator followed by the White House decorator isn’t elected official experience. Conversely Obama has been working as an elected official for the last 15 years. I have wondered why they have ever let her say that she has more experience.

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Ladyleo Atlanta

    Since her experience is not adding up to what she has been giving speeches on I guess she is all talk and no action. Just a bunch of hot air.

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. JOHNboy

    If anyone is being favored by the media it is Obama.
    When have they challenged Obama- much less held his feet to the fire?

    March 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. sameera, NIGERIA

    about time we got answers!! she did her duty as a first lady and that was it, it makes no sense for her to keep using experience as an argument, if thats the case den evrysingle ex-first lady can come out and say they can be president because theyve got experience.

    going to 80 different countries came with the office, its either she represented her husband or went with him, i will like to hear how she was active and directly involved in foreign policies when she wasnt in office. its such a shame that her lies seems to convince people.

    why doesnt she talk about billary's poor judgement in somalia that just made matters worse..

    be more specific hillary!!

    March 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Paul

    For Obama to start whining about unfair media coverage is really the pinnacle of obsurdity. He has been getting nothing by favorable coverage from the media, especially CNN, and now, after Ohio and Texas, he is whining about "unfair" coverage. Mr. Obama, please, millions of us Democrats are really getting sick of your pep rally talk and lack of real solutions to the problems facing America. If you're feeling a little heat on the campaign trail, maybe it just might be that your campaign's facade of invincibility is showing some cracks and your arrogant, smug approach to your competition is beginning to be recognized for what it really is. Mr. Obama, you are not over the finish line yet.

    March 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. JimS.

    I'm hoping we'll see more "fact checks" on Obama's positions now too.

    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. LeAnn

    I am so glad that CNN has looked into this. Because it seems like people just go along with what she says and doesn't check the facts for themselves.
    Just like people saying that they didn't vote for Barack because they don't know much about him.... THE MAN WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HIS LIFE!!! Sheesh people!
    Not only that but you can read more about his legislative experience as well... and you'll see that he has done more than "BILLARY"



    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. john

    If you need a plumber you don't ask his wife to fix the faucet.
    Hillary has yet to be vetted about her campaign contributions which are being investigated by the FEC and her relationship with a cetain fund raiser which comes to trial in September. Where are the TAX returns Library contributions information and whitehouse papers???These are several aspects of her campaign which could result in a prison term for her and a blowup of the Democratic Party.There is however no suggestion that Obama has any legal challenge or has done anything wrong in the Resko case although there are some questions to be answered.


    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Kelly Anne

    She has a "lifetime of experience" doing that Easter Egg hunt.

    Don't forget touring with Sinbad and Sheryl Crow.

    Oh, and then there's decorating the Xmas tree.

    She's about as qualified as Laura Bush!

    March 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Kentucky

    She says she has experience in foreign policy. Its true, she along with her husband have championed NAFTA. Just ask the people who voted against her in all the industrial areas of Ohio. They didn't forget who put them out of work. Michigan will really put a hurt on her if they do get another chance to vote. I just hope all the people in industry that have seen their plants slowly leave over the years have a chance to put the Clintons out of work! Go OBAMA!

    March 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Vincent

    I have attended baseball games, that dosent make me a baseball player.

    March 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. enomisa

    I was so busy reading all the Media scrutiny of Clinton that I must have missed their scrutiny of Obama.
    Obama's feet, NOT Clinton's need to be held to the fire.

    When is that going to happen? The morning AFTER the presidential election?

    One more thing... shameful that his campaign was going NASTY on Clinton- to the paper of another COUNTRY.
    Apparently it is not enough to defame Clinton at home...The Obama people are sharing their hate outside the country.

    Some leader he will be.

    March 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Robin

    Ok. this doesn't prove anything. Making comments and having tea and cookies does not constitute direct decision-making. As Obama said no experience at all!

    March 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Jeff, Miami, Fl

    very little to disprove isn't it? even white house staff acknowledged that she was a 'supreme court' because Bill always made decisions based on consultations with Hillary.

    March 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Cecil

    Forget about her foreign policy claims, remember this.

    Lets Not Forget part one;

    -Billing-gate, Hillary Clinton"s missing law-billing records. Those records - which raised questions about Mrs. Clinton"s role in the Castle Grande deal - were subpoenaed in 1994. They were missing until early 1996, when they turned up in a White House room next to her office. She says she doesn"t know how they got there.

    -Cattlegate, Hillary Clinton"s mysterious ability to turn a $1,000 investment into a $100,000 profit on cattle futures, a feat experts say was virtually impossible in normal trading.

    -Castle Grande, a real-estate scheme that federal regulators say was a sham. A federal inspector general"s report found Hillary Clinton drew up the legal papers that were used to improperly funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to Seth Ward, father-in-law of her ex-law partner Webster Hubbell.

    Obama 08

    March 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Sheila

    Did Hillary's parents forget to tell her that when she stretches the truth or omits facts or does not say anything that it is considered telling a lie. And another thing why won't she release the documents dealing with her experience as first lady and tax records who has her and bill in their pocket. And why has the media failed to call for the documents. Another thing why haven't we heard about Hillary's past like the oil man who Clinton pardoned and then his wife or ex-wife gave them gifts for their new home in New York. And how about all those destroyed deleted records . Maybe the reason Hillary wants to win so bad is because her husband covered for the first Bush then the second Bush covered for Clinton and now another Clinton will cover up for the second Bush. How many more years of lies half-truths omissions and deleted records and dead or maimed soldiers and lost jobs will it take before people wake-up and say no more and end this now who knows when we will get another chance. why would you vote for McCain or Hillary do you enjoy not having any money and being homeless and watch the death of your sons and daughters while Chelsea and the Bush daughters have a good time .If Bush believes in this war so much why aren"t his daughters serving this country. I love this country and would die for her but learn to ask questions people.

    March 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Alex Mackin

    Oh and you can thank the obama campaign for their monster comment if hillary's our nominee and we lose the election.


    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    She has as much foreign experience as Obama, but that is not the point, the point is what is your foreign policy going to be like?

    Bombs or handshakes?

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Adjetey

    Is that all?

    For the past 35 years? a few lies and truths? shame on Hillary!

    March 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Trish

    Hillary Clinton IS A MONSTER! Actually she's a TWO FACED, LIAR, HYPOCRITE MONSTER! So, just calling her MONSTER is TOO NICE.

    Look at how she treated her opponent from the start, yelling & screaming, belittling, lying about NAFTA so she could win in OHIO, crying, telling people she'd rather side with McCain than Obama, and democrats have the nerve to accuse Republicans as nasty.

    McCain & Huckabee compete honorably. The Clintons ONLY care about THEMSELVES, that's WHY they'll DO ANYTHING AND CAN STOOP AS LOW AS POSSIBLE TO WIN. What's surprising about that?

    That's why MY FELLOW REPUBLICANS, VOTE for HILLARY CLINTON. Make sure she gets the nomination, JOHN MCCAIN will BEAT HER hands down & The Repulicans WILL TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE in 2009. THIS IS WAY...TO EASY!!!

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. matt m.

    Hillary, Picking out White House chine does not count as experience.

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6