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WASHINGTON---The Clinton campaign, in a memo issued Wednesday called the Obama team pushback on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.)--who Tuesday said she would not have Obama's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright as her minister-- "disingenuous" and a "personal attack."

"Yesterday, a Pennsylvania editorial board asked Sen. Clinton how she would have "responded if [her] pastor had said some of the things that Rev. Wright said?" In response, she said Rev. Wright would not have been her pastor, an honest view shared by many Americans," the Clinton memo said.

"The Obama campaign's response? Attack Sen. Clinton and accuse her of trying to divert attention from the Bosnia trip story and her record of foreign policy experience.

Sen. Clinton’s response was sincere. The Obama attack was disingenuous."

click below for memo....

From the Clinton campaign....

To: Interested Parties
From: The Clinton Campaign
Date: March 26, 2008
RE: The Obama Record: Just Words

Yesterday, a Pennsylvania editorial board asked Sen. Clinton how she would have "responded if [her] pastor had said some of the things that Rev. Wright said?" In response, she said Rev. Wright would not have been her pastor, an honest view shared by many Americans.

The Obama campaign's response? Attack Sen. Clinton and accuse her of trying to divert attention from the Bosnia trip story and her record of foreign policy experience.

Sen. Clinton’s response was sincere. The Obama attack was disingenuous.

We are happy to discuss Sen. Clinton’s foreign policy experience and her record overall. Unfortunately, the Obama campaign doesn’t want to discuss its candidate’s record and prefers personal attacks instead.

Sen. Obama knows that if he focused on his experience, he’d get questions about the shortcomings in his record and the efforts he has made to embellish it.

He’d have to deal with the fallout from this week’s Washington Post report on his gross exaggeration of his role on immigration reform and housing policy.

Sen. Obama would have to explain why the New York Times reported that he claims credit for passing nuclear leak legislation that never got out of committee.

He’d have to confront reports from FactCheck.org and other independent organizations that say his claims of providing a universal health care plan are based on selective, embellished and out-of-context quotes from newspapers.

He’d have to discuss the LA Times story that reported on how his fellow organizers say he took too much credit for his community organizing efforts.

He’d have to explain why he regularly claims he was a law professor when in fact he held no such title.

Sen. Obama seems to think disingenuous attacks on Sen. Clinton will address the concerns voters have about his record and readiness to be the Commander-in-Chief and the steward of our economy. They won’t.

In the end, Sen. Obama’s words cannot erase Hillary's 35-year record of action because when all is said and done, words aren’t action. They are just words.

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Here is an informative excerpt from Timothy Noah at Slate regarding Hillary's interview with the Pittsburgh Newspaper when she answered questions about Rev. Wright....

"What the hell is Clinton doing meeting with reporters and editors of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review? The Tribune-Review is a money-losing fringe publication published by Richard Mellon Scaife, a bilious and wealthy crank who spent the 1990s manufacturing vile innuendo about the Clintons. If the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" on which first lady Hillary Clinton famously blamed her troubles can be said to exist, its chairman and chief executive officer was Scaife. Scaife gave the American Spectator $2.3 million to dig up dirt on Bill Clinton, and he used the Tribune-Review to spread, among other things, the reprehensible allegation that Hillary Clinton killed Vince Foster, a clinically depressed deputy White House counsel who committed suicide in 1993. Scaife was quoted more than once calling Foster's death "the Rosetta stone to the Clinton administration," adding in an interview with George magazine, "Once you solve that one mystery, you'll know everything that's going on or went on—I think there's been a massive coverup. … Listen, [Bill Clinton] can order people done away with at his will. He's got the entire federal government behind him. … God, there must be 60 people who have died mysteriously." Timothy Noah, Mar. 25, 2008, Slate


This interview is like selling ones Soul to the devil, as Scaife, was her personal devil at that time.

In regards to her ill-timed response to questions of Rev. Wright, Hillary stated that we have a choice to choose our Pastor, however, we also have a Choice to Choose our President. And I hope we say No, Not This Time, to "Do and Say Anything Politicians, who will literally sell their Souls to the Devil!"

Hillary will never change. She began her campaign with dirty tricks and she still uses them.
She got caught telling a lie then immediately diverted the attention to Obama.
This is a known Clinton strategy. Bill used it as well.
I'll never vote for a deceitful candidate. That's what Hillary Clinton is...deceitful!

These people are delusional. It has always been the Clinton M.O. to defend their behavior and lies by accusing the accuser of the very thing they were doing. This is the exact "war tactics" they used in every single election they've been involved in, from Arkansas to the White House to NY.

People need to quit being overly-respectful to this compulsive, professional liar. Notice when she lies she looks downward, as most liars do. Look at her "explanation" for the last lie she told, which was also a lie. Watch her face, even though she makes light of the serious situation and even pulls off a fake laugh... still looking downward.

Clintons embellishment of her "sniper" experience pale's in comparisonn to the exaggerations and omissions from Obama's revisionist "Dreams from my Father".

But don't take my word for it, allow the London Daily Mail to make it's case: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=59850

This article may explain grandma's "typical white person" syndrome as instead a manifistation of bitterness at being abandoned to raise and educate Sr.'s offspring while he fathered 7 more with two more wives.

I use to support the Clintons with my family wholehearted! I will NEVER cast another vote for the Clintons.
YOU ALL IN THE CLINTON'S CAMP ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST LIARS EVER WALKED UPON TWO FEET. YOU SHARE THE SAME LYING ETHICS YOUR CANDIDATE DOES. SENATOR CLINTON DOESN'T WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SHE BLATANTLY LIED ABOUT THE BOSNIA TRIP, HER 35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, NAFTA AND A FEW OTHER THINGS. SENATOR CLINTON VALUES PEOPLE TO PITY HER THAN THE GOD WHO WILL JUDGE HER. HER RECORD DOES NOT PROVE SHE HAS THE EXPERIENCE SHE IS RANTING AND RAVING ABOUT. THE ONLY RECORD SHE HAS THAT REFLECT THE SAME OLD WASHINGTON EXPERIENCE IS LYING. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW BLIND YOU ALL ARE.
EVERYTIME SENATOR OBAMA ADDRESSED THINGS WITH SENATOR CLINTON, IT IS ALWAYS ON THE BASES OF ETHICS AND THINGS THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED SUCH AS TAX RELEASES, EXPERIENCE RECORDS, NAFTA, AND THINGS ON THIS LINE THAT WILL COME UP WITH THE REPUBLICIANS. WHEN SHE ADDRESS THINGS ABOUT SENATOR OBAMA, SHE IS NASTY AND OUTRAGEOUSLY UNSEEMINGLY. YOU ALL CANNOT SEE HOW DISGRACEFUL YOU ALL ARE BEING AND ACCUSING SENATOR OBAMA'S CAMP OF BEING DIRTY. SENATOR CLINTON'S HOUSE IS NOT CLEAN AND THE DIRT SHE THROWS WILL COME BACK AND HIT HER IN HER FACE. Galatians 6:7
THIS IS WHY SENATOR CLINTON SUFFERS MORALLY BECAUSE SHE HAS NO MORALS IN HER ATTACK.
Romans 2:3; Romans 14:10 and James 4:10-12
JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGE.
GOD WILL NOT JUDGE SENATOR OBAMA FOR THE ERRORS OF HIS PASTOR. THOSE WORDS DID NOT COME OUT OF SENATOR OBAMA'S MOUTH BUT SENATOR CLINTON HAS LIED STRAIGHT-FORWARD AND DRAMATIZED IT ALSO. WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH AND WHAT YOU HARBORS IN YOUR HEART IS WHAT "GOD" WILL JUDGE. SENATOR CLINTON REMEMBERS HOW THIS SAME REV. WRIGHT WAS INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE BY THEN PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON REPENTED TO REV. WRIGHT AND OTHER BLACK CLERGIES (THAT PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON PERSONALLY INVITED AFTER THE LEWINSKY EVIDENCE SURFACED) THAT HE HAD SINNED AND REQUESTED THEM TO PRAY FOR HIM. IF REV. WRIGHT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR BILL TO REPENT TO AND ASK FOR PRAYER, HE IS STILL THE SAME MAN THE CLINTONS ENTERTAINED WHEN THEY WERE UNDER THE KEN STARR INVESTIGATION. THESE PEOPLE HAVE SPIT PERSONALITIES OR THEY ARE BI-POLAR. THEY USED THE BLACK COMMUNITY AS THEY HAVE THE HISPANICS, MEXICANS AND LATINOS TO GET TO PLATO. GOD SEES AND KNOWS THE SCRUTINIES AND I PROMISE YOU HE WILL JUDGE ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL THINGS WHEREVER IT COMES FROM AND WHOEVER THEY ARE. POLITICS AND POLITICIANS ARE NOT ABOVE GOD: Psalms 75:6-7 * Psalms 25th chapter, Proverbs 6:10-18, I Corinthians 13 chapter; Revelations 21:8
THESE SCRIPTURES WILL HELP YOU ALL IF YOU WANT TO DO THINGS MORALLY RIGHT!

I am a life long white Democrat and there is no way in hell I can support Hillary. My husband keeps saying "I never thought I'd see the day that you turned on Bill Clinton". I'm so upset with the Clintons and the talk shows (especially the Republican ones) that have non-stop Rev. Wright attacks. I'm having to repeat the serenity prayer over and over before I can go to sleep at night. Of course, I have some reservations about Obama, but they seem to want not just to defeat him, but destroy him. You'd think by the time you are 59 years old you'd have a tougher skin but I am so depressed by the people in our country who are so easily swayed.

If the Clinton campaign insists that we should all believe that her "actions" are stronger than Obama's "words", then isn't it reasonable to also believe that her own actions are stronger than her words? In doing that, then are we not to believe her "words" that she was against NAFTA and believe her "actions" in actually working to get NAFTA passed?

SHAME ON YOU HILLARY CLINTON! You took one step too far bringing or even answering this subject - It answered sincerely! Hillary does not know what that means - two cases of lies in the last weeks, Northern Ireland and Bosnia the World is laughing at You! - Your calls asking Delegates who carry a Voters Mandate! endorsed to Barack Obama to change to You! - This is nothing but self greed and your own personal interest, you are damaging the Party and your own little respect you still have is fading fast!

This is just more form the Change Unity and Hope candidate he has been playing the race card form day 1 and dirty politics as usual he is just another politician. He is no different he has done plenty of embellishements himself. Really tired of him always playing the victim. Obama is an opportunistic liar his candidacy has been a love affair with the press and media. Sitting in a church full of hate for 20 years if asked she can respond however she pleases this is his problem not hers. Maybe white people should only vote for white people like blacks vote for Obama by 80-90% is that racist or what. He has been shrewd always sending his surrogates out to play the race card whining about being a victim using code words when playing to black people and preying on white people to put them at ease. Obama is slick and smooth and cannot be trusted he lied on Friday and then 3 days later he told a different lie at least hers was about a situation that happened 10 or more years ago. Does this make it right no but all politicians lie and he is no different.

Having followed what Senator Clinton has been saying about her credetials as being the one better prepared to lead the country as compared to Senator Obama, its a pity that the truth has since come out. I for one had convinced myself and believed from the start when she started talking about her being the President on day one, as a big assumption that the Primaries are more like a waste of time for her and that she has already won them and now even gone beyond wining the November National Election and i viewed this a big mistake and now she needs to accept the fact that she has lost trust from most potential undecided voters.

Its sad that her fight for supremacy has led to polarization of the Dems as they continue to attack each other especially through their Memo's. They are now loosing everybody's trust and the National Dem Committee needs to act soon and choose who they want to pull their weight behind and end this disaster waiting to happen.

Most of you people live in Chicago or at least Ilinois and you are not aware of Obama's legislative tenure. 1997 to 2002 none of his bills passed , they all died. Until 2002 Emril Jones became Senate majority, and Obama started getting high priority bills, even those that other senators were working on, so to build him up for his run to US Senate. Just recently he tried to get his name on a bill worked on by Chris Dodd, he hasn't even been in the Senate lately. http://www.washingtonpost.com

Bush x 2, Clinton x 2? Not! Its time for change with integrity.

Having followed what Senator Clinton has been saying about her credetials as being the one better prepared to lead the country as compared to Senator Obama, its a pity that the truth has since come out. I for one had convinced myself and believed from the start when she started talking about her being the President on day one, as a big assumption that the Primaries are more like a waste of time for her and that she has already won them and now even gone beyond wining the November National Election and i viewed this a big mistake and now she needs to accept the fact that she has lost trust from most potential undecided voters.

Its sad that her fight for supremacy has led to polarization of the Dems as they continue to attack each other especially through their Memo's. They are now loosing everybody's trust and the National Dem Committee needs to act soon and choose who they want to pull their weight behind and end this disaster waiting to happen.

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