Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bill And Hillary Split

The Hillary Campaign acknowledges that, like Hillary's recently demoted strategist in chief Mark Penn, Bill Clinton "supports a free trade agreement with Colombia that she [Hillary] strenuously opposes:"

Campaign spokesman Jay Carson "said in response to a query from The Associated Press that the senator's opposition is 'clear and firm.' He added: 'Like other married couples who disagree on issues from time to time, she disagrees with her husband on this issue. President Clinton has been public about his support for Colombia's request for U.S. trade preferences since 2000.'"
Right -- just like other married couples.

The New York Post reports, Bill Clinton was paid $800,000 in speaking fees for his support of the Columbia free-trade deal:
In June 2005, Bill Clinton, who holds enormous sway as an adviser to his wife, was quoted by the Spanish-language news portal Terra as publicly backing the trade pact at an appearance with Colombia President Alvaro Uribe.

"I will raise your point when you return to the United States," Clinton said, according to a translation by "I am in favor of the free-trade agreement and it is my hope that we will find the right formula to reach the agreement."

The same month, Bill Clinton reaped the six-figure windfall from the Colombia-based development group Gold Service International - a booster of the trade agreement - for four speeches.

So will former President Clinton be fired demoted as was Penn?

Hillary is now faced with concerns with her management ability. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressed this last October:
She's never run a city; she's never run a state; she's never run a business; she's never met a payroll; she's never been responsible for the safety and security of millions of people, much less even hundreds of people. So I'm trying to figure out where the experience is here.
If she can't run a campaign, how can she run the federal government?

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