Sarah Palin Spared by Hillary Clinton in ’08 CampaignBy: Brian Powell - June 10, 2014
Hillary Clinton celebrated the release of her new book, Hard Choices, at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan Tuesday morning. The memoir seeks to expose the thought processes behind some of the tougher decisions Clinton had to make during her term as Secretary of State under Barack Obama during his first term as president. While the book contains subjects one would expect, such as Benghazi, Arab Spring, and controversies with Russia, it contains another detail many may find surprising.
Yesterday, Sarah Palin came to national prominence once again through the use of social media. Apparently, Palin was lucky enough to get her hands on an advance copy of Clinton’s memoir. Suffice it to say, Palin was more than happy to see an opportunity to attack the Democrats and Barack Obama once again.
Palin’s tweet highlighted one of the more controversial parts of Clinton’s memoir, that being her recollection of the Obama campaigns initial reaction to the announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running-mate:
They immediately issued a dismissive statement and reached out to me in hopes I would follow suit. But I wouldn’t. I was not going to attack Palin just for being a woman appealing for support from other women. I didn’t think that made political sense and it didn’t feel right. So I said no, telling them there’d be plenty of time for criticism. A few hours later the Obama campaign reversed itself and congratulated Governor Palin.
Tuesday morning, Clinton was able to clarify that segment of her book during an interview with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts:
That very first day, the Obama campaign said, well, we want you to go out and criticize her, I said, ‘For what? For being a woman? No let’s wait until we know where she stands. I don’t know anything about her, do you know anything about her?’ And nobody of course did. I think it’s fair to say that I made it clear I’m not going to go attack somebody for being a woman or a man. I’m going to try and look at the issues, where they stand, what their experience is, what they intend to do and then that’s fair game.
The Obama administration chose to not speak on the account mentioned in Clinton’s book, but did reveal that the decision to attack Palin was made by Obama’s campaign without his input or involvement.
While Clinton’s book has experienced much success in its first day (competing with John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars for top-spot on best-seller lists), it has only stirred Republican antagonism toward Clinton and the Democrats, culminating in a direct response from the Republicans in the form of an ebook entitled Failed Choices, in which the GOP attacks Clinton for the decisions she did make as Secretary of State.
In a Monday interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Clinton revealed her feelings toward the Republican antagonism: “It’s more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor-league ball. We ought to be in the majors. I view this as really apart from, even a diversion from, the hard work that the Congress should be doing about the problems facing our country and the world.”
As of now, Clinton has yet to decide if she will run for President in 2016. If she does, though, she will likely have competition from the GOP and another woman, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren.
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