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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:30 PM
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Obama on Novak on Clinton on Obama (about Hillary having dirt on Obama)
Source: Politico

At the very same time, in Washington, Robert Novak was publishing a column in which he reported the following: Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama...

The item did not identify these agents, nor did it reveal the nature of the charge. It was devoid of facts, but heavy on innuendo and insinuation of the sort to which we've become all too accustomed in our politics these past two decades. If the purpose of this shameless item was to daunt or discourage me or supporters of our campaign from challenging and changing the politics of Washington, it will fail. In fact, it will only serve to steel our resolve.

But in the interest of our party, and her own reputation, Senator Clinton should either make public any and all information referred to in the item, or concede the truth: that there is none.

She of all people, having complained so often about the politics of personal destruction, should move quickly to either stand by or renounce these tactics.



Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1107/Obama_on_No...



It is a put up or shut up moment.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:35 PM
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1. POLITICO????
Jesus H. Christ. Have you heard a word coming from ANY but right wing attack sources about this?

They throw down the poisoned meat and you gobble it all up.

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seriousstan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:40 PM
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3. Obama's response is also posted on his website........
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 06:40 PM by seriousstan
"During our debate in Las Vegas on Thursday, we heard Senator Clinton rail against the politics of 'throwing mud.'

"At the very same time, in Washington, Robert Novak was publishing a column in which he reported the following: 'Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama...'

"The item did not identify these 'agents,' nor did it reveal the nature of the charge. It was devoid of facts, but heavy on innuendo and insinuation of the sort to which we've become all too accustomed in our politics these past two decades. If the purpose of this shameless item was to daunt or discourage me or supporters of our campaign from challenging and changing the politics of Washington, it will fail. In fact, it will only serve to steel our resolve.

"But in the interest of our party, and her own reputation, Senator Clinton should either make public any and all information referred to in the item, or concede the truth: that there is none.

"She of all people, having complained so often about 'the politics of personal destruction,' should move quickly to either stand by or renounce these tactics.

"I am prepared to stand up to that kind of politics, whether it's deployed by candidates in our party, in the other party or by any third party.

"The cause of change in this country will not be deterred or sidetracked by the old 'Swift boat' politics. The cause of moving America forward demands that we defeat it."


http://www.barackobama.com/2007/11/17/obama_statement_o...

I guess he is a RW source also in your eyes.

I guess you can just gobble up crow.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:42 PM
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6. It's a poor response. Why should she have to CONCEDE anything?
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 06:44 PM by pnwmom
She never made a single claim.

I'm really disappointed with Obama.

The only one who needs to provide any information or proof is NOVAK. He's the one that made the anonymously sourced claim. And we know how good his sources aren't.
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maddiejoan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:38 PM
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2. Clinton has already stated there is nothing there.
Obama is, however, ridiculous to attack Clinton.

What's the story?

Novak claims that Clinton has dirt on Obama, but she won't use it?

First --Novak makes an unsubstantiated claim that Clinton has dirt.

Second -- He then says she won't use it?

Even IF Clinton had something (which we don't know), the claim is she won't use it.

So Obama is attacking Clinton for NOT disclosing a scandal?

Do I have this right?
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Evergreen Emerald Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:40 PM
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4. hehehe...you do have it right! And I will reiterate: ITS FROM NOVAK!
silly
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journalist3072 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:45 PM
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7. Yep...you nailed it. Obama is pathetic for taking Novak's bait on this. Just stupid.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:42 PM
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5. crap
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:51 PM
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8. Obama '16

He should be ready.
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David Dunham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:55 PM
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9. Obama fell for Novak's trick. Novak wants Dem to fight each other.
Novak's report is a lie.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:24 PM
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10. You are right (sigh). We've got better things to do! n/t
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