She’s all business when it comes to discussing political strategy and what it will take to play politics in order to win American votes. In this sense, she is more Karl Rove than G Dub, but does that necessarily bode well if/when she is called to govern the American people? Hats off to Senator Dodd (D-Conn.) and Governor Richardson (D-New Mexico) for calling a Spade a Spade. Though, it’s necessary to put this news story into context of what she was asked to make her speak of this hypothetical scenario, she should have ducked the question as it was a tasteless manner in which to speak of the potential loss of US citizens.
- Story Highlights
- Sen. Clinton said a terrorist attack would help the Republican candidates
- Democratic front-runner says she is the best candidate “to deal with that”
- Rival Sen. Chris Dodd calls Clinton’s statement “tasteless”
By Alexander Mooney
CNN Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON (CNN) — She says she is the Democrat best equipped to fight terrorists, but White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton told New Hampshire voters Thursday that another attack on the United States would likely help Republican candidates at the polls.
“It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ ” Clinton, a New York Democrat, told a house party in Concord, according to the New York Post and The Associated Press and confirmed by her campaign.
“But, if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world.”
Clinton added that if such a scenario occurred, she is the best Democratic presidential candidate “to deal with that.”
Clinton was in the crucial early voting state Thursday to unveil her health care plan.
A Clinton spokesman, Isaac Baker, told CNN “Sen. Clinton was making clear that she has the strength and experience to keep the country safe.”
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, who is also competing for the Democratic nomination, issued a statement Friday afternoon calling Clinton’s remark “tasteless.”
“Frankly, I find it tasteless to discuss political implications when talking about a potential terrorist attack on the United States,” he said.
New Mexico Bill Richardson, another Democratic presidential candidate, disparaged Clinton’s remark.
“We shouldn’t be thinking about terrorism in terms of its domestic political consequences, we should be protecting the country from terrorists,” said Gov Richardson in a written statement.