April 6th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Penn resigns as chief strategist

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/04/06/clinton.campaign/art.penn.gi.jpg caption=" Mark Penn has resigned his post as chief strategist to the Clinton campaign."](CNN) - Mark Penn has given up his role as chief strategist for the Clinton campaign, it was announced Sunday.

"After the events of the last few days, Mark Penn has asked to give up his role as Chief Strategist of the Clinton Campaign; Mark, and Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates, Inc. will continue to provide polling and advice to the campaign," Clinton Campaign Manager Maggie Williams said in a statement.

Sources in the Clinton campaign tell CNN's Mike Roselli Penn realized over the weekend that he needed to step aside, and that Clinton was disappointed that he had met with the Colombians.

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Eric-Illinois

    I am so disgusted by the hate filled comments made by these Obama supporters. All they have done by their constant bashing of Clinton is to make it impossible for me to ever vote for Obama....Ever. There is always Ralph Nadar or the option of just not voting for President this time around....This from a life long Democratic. Go ahead pretend that Obama is not just another Chicago Pol....Snappy speaches do not a leader make. The swift boaters will eat him alive.

    April 6, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. Linda

    If she is a highly respect-worthy woman, Bill wouldn't dare to hurt her. She extrimely gets used to cheating and being cheated. It's too hard to respect her. At least for Presiden of USA, we need someone to respect.

    April 6, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. ed j

    Now I know where Obama gets his support. From the children who post here.

    April 6, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. shawn

    If she runs our country like she has run her campaign. God help us.

    April 6, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Bill-S

    Mark Penn didn't step down, he was fired. He had better be careful that he doesn't commit suicide now, shot in the back of the head. The Clintons can be very dangerous people to deal with, and they must be very angry at this point and looking for somebody to take their anger out on.

    Hillary Clinton couldn’t run a popcorn stand, much less a campaign. This kind of experience disqualifies her as president.

    April 6, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Women 4 Obama

    Mark Penn's company specializes in POLLING.

    So, it's true, Hillary's values and policies are all based on what the latest polls say is popular.

    So, I guess the latest POLL says Mark Penn is a liability – so he must be fired!

    I wander if Hillary got the other POLL that says she needs to get out of the race!

    April 6, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  7. Jennfizz

    Timing is everything – I guess the current debacle involving Mark Penn and the Colombians is supposed to deflect attention from the brewing controversy regarding specifics of the Clinton's income that they finally graced us with late Friday evening (also strategically timed), as well as the fact that they still have not produced their income tax info for 2007. This attempt at appeasing John Q public with half -truths is an insult to our collective intelligence.

    April 6, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. jed

    Well, the Democratic Party is really making fools of itself now.

    Half of them will vote McCain if Obama wins.

    The other half will vote McCain if Clinton wins.

    What a bunch of idiots! McCain gets the red carpet to the White House.

    Nader'08 anyone?

    April 6, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  9. Voted 4 Hillary and Sorry 4 it!

    Good grief! It's times like these that make me want to kick myself again and again for voting for her. I hope the next 10 states left to vote realize that she is not the candidate we want to send to the general election. My state had to vote much earlier and prior to all of these adolescent miscalculations and poor management of her campaign. But PA, NC and you others have had a chance to see this. Vote Obama!!

    April 6, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. Obama Man

    Penn is a pig in a polk and shillery is pot roast.

    April 6, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. Richard Rodriguez Rivera

    She is a compulsive lair, like the movie Lair Lair. she is. In trying to divert her misspeaking she came on on Jay Lenos' and mocked herself on the sniper fire. maybe she is a natural comedian and don't know it. she can exploit it and be world wide and probably fullfill her power ambitions by been seen nation wide. And now we give you the funny and hillarious, Hiiillary !!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
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