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Sweet blog: Obama campaign manager David Plouffe says Clinton camp "desperate" to bring up Obama youthful drug use. UPDATE Clinton camp says comments re drugs from supporter "not authorized or condoned" by campaign.

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DENVER--UPDATE The Clinton campaign issued a strong statement distancing the candidate from comments New Hampshire Democrat Bill Shaheen a Clinton campaign co-chair made about Barack Obama's experiments with drugs while a youth. "Senator Clinton is out every day talking about the issues that matter to the American people. These comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way."
UPDATE
“I deeply regret the comments I made today and they were not authorized by the campaign in any way,” said Bill Shaheen.

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It's happened.
In New Hampshire, the Hillary Clinton campaign has raised questions about whether Barack Obama's admission of youthful drug experimentation will provide fodder for Republicans--and make his less electable.

Raising this electability argument now is being done because New Hampshire and Iowa voters are thought to often make up their minds not so much who they personally like--but who they think may be the strongest Democrat to win the general election.


Obama campaign manger David Plouffe says it is a "desperate effort" coming in the wake of Clinton's drop in the polls.

This from Plouffe...

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe today released the following statement in response to the Clinton campaign’s latest attack.

“Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the ‘fun part’ of this campaign, and now she’s moved from Barack Obama’s kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls. Senator Clinton’s campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he’s talked about the lessons he’s learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country. He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people,” said Plouffe.

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IF Hillary didn't condone NH Co-Chair Shaheeen's remarks, she isn't any better at containing Shaheen's mouth than she was at containing her husband's.....oh, never mind!

Here is a simple question that I would hope the press would ask of the Clinton campaign. If Shaheen's comments are not condoned why hasn't he been asked to resign? If lower level staffers are fired for forwarding an e-mail, why wouldn't such a high profile staffer be fired or forced to resign after something like this?

YoyoGate.

My political career may be over.

In the fourth grade a Duncan Imperial Yoyo jumped into my coat pocket without paying for itself. I first noticed it when my Mother saw it hanging from my finger.

I'm revealing this just in case it's an issue that actually matters to the America people.

My hole card is a receipt from Rosewood Pharmacy. Yeah, she marched me down there to fess-up and pay.

Its time Obama put Hillery and Bill Clinton in their place. Hillery claims 35 years of experience. Her's and many others 35 years is what has brought America to its knees. I call that malfeasance. Hillery needs to apologize to and ask forgivness of the American people. Then withdraw and join Monica Lewinsky and her philandering,lying,immoral husband who she apparently can't satisfy sexually.

I have one question...

Whose Hillary Clinton's First Lady?

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