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.

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  1. Yzienk

    It's unfortunate that we are in this irrationally. The Clintons will try to win at all cost, and unless the DNC wakes up quickly, Hillary will win the nomination to lose the presidency to McCain. I don't support neither Obama, not Clinton and I am a Democrat. I haven't even voted yet. But, I am getting sick of seeing one candidate within the same party doing the dirty job for the other party. What Clinton is doing now is what McCain should have been doing. And Clinton is saving McCain a lot of money now. He won't have to attack the Dems since they are destroying themselves. Plus, it seems that Dems are dumber than the Republicans. The Governor in Florida, a Republican, acknowledged having violated the DNC rules, and now comes on TV to ask for the DNC to putt the Floridians vote in the primary results. That is exactly what the Republicans have orchestrated and no Dem leaders seem to see what's going on. That's sad! The Republicans knows that there will be a battle between the DNC and the people of Florida and as such guarantying a victory for their Republican nonimee in November. The DNC and all Dems from around the country should wake up and tell the Floridians that their vote will count in a "special" fashion: Divided equally between Clinton and Obama. As far as Michigan, it should be handled similarly. And more importantly, such decision should come as quickly as possible like before the Penn primary on Apr 22.

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Damian

    Of course she has had experience while at the White House. I remember not long ago she was criticized for having too much experience, now she doesn't have any. Some would want to throw away her experience before first lady, the work she did during, and her work as a Senator. Barack Obama can not have it both ways.

    March 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Roz, IL

    everyone with half a brain knows this witch is a liar, and will say and do anything(lie,cheat,steal,divide,cry,play the race and gender card) just to win. i as a woman think she's pretty disgusting. oh yeah, and let a man(husband) shame and disrespect her in front of the whole world and stay with him. strong woman,indeed

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. John White, Texas

    This is true. Sen. Clinton has gotten away with a major false claim and the media should investigate her obvious false claim.

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Mike, Toronto

    It is true, she may have seen some discussions taking place, but she held no responsibilities and this is far from actually making the deals happen. Watching a movie, and even being a film critic, is not the same as making the movie.

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Bouba NY

    She still didn't answer that...she has an experience on what???? talk to us Hill
    I bet CNN wont even put this so the readers can be aware of the clintons dirty trick.....
    Talking about woman right in should be worried about woman rights in the US as China don't care about us.....they want to be better than us...
    Irland??? please you just sat in a meeting!!! does that gave you the experience???
    If that is the case Al Sharpton will be president as well

    March 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. JC

    I've been in alot of meetings, does that mean I qualify for presidency?
    All of this still does not amount to a claim of 35 years of "experience". Hillary is a fraud!

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Linda

    So she...

    1) Got some women together. I'll be generous and give her that one.
    2) Arrived opening Kosovo 's borders AFTER they had already been opened???
    3) Oh wow, she gave a .... SPEECH!!!! I thought speeches didn't count for anything Hillary.

    She's so full of it. Keep holding on to Bill's coattails Hillary, it's your best shot.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Doug in Orlando, Fla

    i see that she has alot of foreign exp. i wouldn't push the issue obama. you have not gave even a peace speech. so how can you say you have foreign exp. you will lose this topic.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Mike Muthubanda

    I have a friend who had traveled almost everywhere in the world doing documentary movies. Does it count as foreign policy experience. I think Hillary is trying to take everyone for a ride and the media seems to be in the same bus. I loved Hillary about 2 months ago, but now I hate the sight of her. She has gone down to such low levels that every time she comes on TV, I have an urge to change the channel.

    March 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Ca Native

    Brett Favre's wife, Deanna, used to play catch with Brett in their yard at home. I guess Deanna should be Brett's replacement since he's retiring and she has so much experience with football.

    March 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. LoveOBAMA

    35 years of "experience"? All she seems to do is sit in on meetings. A spectator. Any action? And arguing about womens issues? hmmm, looks pretty empty. Clinton supporters really are uneducated. Do they read, or just take everything Hillary says as truth?

    March 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Robin

    You'd think in 35 years of experience visiting 80 countries she'd have more to show for it than a speech and attending a few meetings with her husband.

    This is a pro Clinton fluff piece.

    March 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. CC

    This shows that she is running on her husban record not her own.

    I've been in meetings where my boss said something but I could not claim that I ran the mtg. I was just a body in the room as she was.


    March 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. dave

    Thanksm this is the third article I read, can we now check on Obama!

    March 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. naomi az

    Wow. WOW. Has the press really questioned/dug into Obama's experience. He's only pushing on her technical foreign policy background because it's the only area where he's even somewhat qualified. She has experience. It's really entertaining to see all of they hypocracy going on here from the negative campaigning. Best of luck with it, she's qualified.

    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Scott

    What roll in effecting foreign policy has she held? Her recent election to the Senate, her first publicly held office, does not qualify her as she doesn't occupy any foreign policy position Being married to a president does not qualify her for president any more than Deanna Farve is qualified to quarterback the Green Bay Packers because she's Bret Farve's wife. Why doesn't the media, GOP, Obama, voters nail her down on this experience issue?

    Obama and Clinton are applying for a job, the CEO position of the most powerful country on the planet. And they both have been embellishing and falsifying their resumes. While I like them both, neither is qualified to run this country.

    March 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Kyra

    So, basically, she is seriously exaggerating her roles in all these great things? She was "somewhat" involved but often times after the fact or in as small a role as possible??

    My brother does this. He likes to overblow his achievements to make himself look better. Then again, he's a Republican.

    Oh, wait... so is Hillary!

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. darrellj

    I've heard how proud Hillary has been about FIGHTING for women's rights in China. That obviously goes in the experience category for Hillary.

    But wait! Wasn't that just a speech? Why is it, that when Hillary delivers a good speech it's experience and fighting for something, but when Obama does it, it's just a speech?

    I also like how Hillary has said that she helped open the border in Kosovo, but the border was opened ONE DAY BEFORE SHE GOT THERE TO TALK WITH LEADERS.

    Hillary Clinton wants to take credit for all the good things that happened in her husbands administration and wants nothing to do with the negative things that happened during that same period.

    NAFTA has been a great reminder of that. She was really against it from the start. Yeah, right.

    March 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Karen

    Barack, why does the media need to hold Hillary's feet to the fire on foreign policy? They (the media) are not the opposing candidates but you are although the media is campaigning for you.

    It seems that you are not as ready as you say you are. Do your own work, make your own remarks, stop blaming Hillary, Bill, your Advisors, Political Ads, and Delegates etc. and take responsibility when things go bad just as you do when it's good.

    Here's some other more advise: If you cannot stand the heat get out of kitchen otherwise stop crying.

    March 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Folks let 's get something clear here..........being part of the process of making decisions is called "experience". Being 'there' when decisions are made is called "observing". I am well traveled................but I am not an international policy maker by any means. I have lived many years in this country....Viet Nam War.....Summer of Love......Woodstock........Technology Revoution....Dot Com Era.....Iraq...etc. That does not qualify me as an experienced domestic policy maker. FDR was not the most experienced Commander in Chief when WWII started, nor was Lincoln, nor was Harry Truman when he authorized the bombing of Japan. Things happen in office that qualified people are calle upon to make GOOD DECISIONS..............experience in most of those issues are not acquired through experience.......... its JUDGMENT. Good judgement is not mudslinging or using fear tactics on states that have been devestated by economic issues...........its good JUDGEMENT to have a Plan that can truely get them out of the hole that this new world economy has pushed good citizens to the brink of no return. They are desperate. Just what TRUELY ACHIEVEABLE PLAN has Sen . Clinton provided to the folks of the RUST BELT???? If indeed she has had experience , as she says........then what is the Plan that she can give to the folks of Penn., W.V., Indiana that will give them immediate resolve??? Surely, she did not use a negative campaign and deception of ones EXPERIENCE just to gain votes from a frightened voting group. If all need to not only examine your candidates values, but, also your own.

    March 7, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. mike

    You are just scratching the surface. I can't believe that the American public can be so easily led by the nose when it comes to Hillary. I used to be a military man and I wouldn't trust her for a second with our nations security. Most presidents that turn out to be good leaders have the help of a crack staff that they can rely on. She can't even keep her goons in check in a presidential campaign! She really needs to have her feet held to the fire on this and the MSM seems so squeamish when it comes down to "VETTING" her. I have a friend in town that is a big GOP supporter and I told him to save me a huge McCain sign for my lawn just in case she wins the nomination.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Black Republican in New York

    Hillary Clinton does not have more foreign policy experience than Barack Obama. Being exposed to her husband's foreign policy decisions is not the same as experience. When it comes to foreign policy experience, see John WAYNE McCain.

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are more experienced socialists whose presidency will facilitate the promotion of global socialism. John McCain will not.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Stan

    Suuuuurrrreee Hillary. Suuuuurrrreeee.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. CW in Dixie

    Even if her foriegn policy experience is just from rubbing elbows or giving advice to her husband, I'm sure it beat the heck out of trying on Muslim costumes Africa.

    March 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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