While the John Edwards campaign fights tangerines and his Murdoch hypocrisy and Obama fights his own words on foreign policy as well as his hypocrisy on lobbyists, Hillary is fighting the White House and its bunglers at the Pentagon.
White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino initially declined to comment on the ad, but then lambasted the spot and the senator.
“As to the merits of it, I think it’s outrageous. This is a president who, first and foremost, has helped millions of seniors across the country have access to prescription drugs at a much lower cost,” Perino said. “As to whether or not our troops are invisible to this president, I think that is absurd and that it is unconscionable that a member of Congress would say such a thing.”
Happy to be in a debate with the White House, the Clinton campaign quickly linked to the official transcript of Perino’s comments on its campaign Web site, http://www.hillaryhub.com , with the headline, “White House Attacks Hillary’s New Ad.”
Campaigning in Dubuque, Iowa, Clinton referred to the White House criticism of her “invisible” comments.
“Apparently I’ve struck a nerve, the White House just attacked me a few minutes ago,” Clinton said. “Not only have I said it and am saying it, I will keep saying it because I happen to believe it.”
Asked on NBC about Karl Rove’s parting shot at her, and about other recent attacks on her Hillary once again effectively struck back:
AM: I do have to ask you, because Karl Rove in a parting shot said that you are fatally flawed as a candidate.
HC: Well, aren’t we glad to see him go, I think is the answer to that. You know, I am thrilled to be running this campaign, and to be getting the response that I’m getting all over the country. I was in Pahrump, Nevada just today, earlier. 2,500 people. I feel very good about where I am.
AM: Well, why do you think the Republicans feel, first of all, that you’re going to be the nominee and they want you to be the nominee because you’ll be easier to defeat?
HC: I don’t think that’s what they want at all. I think that, you know, they play a lot of games. And I’m well aware of that. But I know that I’m going to run a winning campaign. And I think they know I’m going to win a running campaign.
AM: And there was an Associated Press report, quoting Democrats saying that you might pull down the ticket.
HC: Well, I’m ahead, and I’m winning, and I’m gaining support everywhere I go. And I don’t think I have any right to anybody’s vote. I have to earn every vote, and that’s what I’m doing everyday; going out and talking about what I would do as President, reaching out to people. What I have found is that in a campaign I have a real chance for people to be disabused of a lot of the stereotypes and the caricatures about me. And that’s what’s happening. So, I’m very, very confident about the direction of this campaign. And I’m looking forward to getting out and meeting as many people around the country as possible.
Hillary is fighting the White House and its cronys while at the same time running the most effective campaign, possibly ever. Is there any doubt why Hillary is viewed by Americans as ready to be Commander-In-Chief?
The White House attack was a gift. The only thing missing was the gift wrapping.