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Clinton staff planted questions? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you ... (update)
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, November 10, 2007

The latest misstep for the Clinton campaign occurred at an Iowa political rally/townhall meeting at Grinnell University, where, it is admitted, Clinton staffers planted questions in the audience:
"On this occasion a member of our staff did discuss a possible question about Senator Clinton's energy plan at a forum,” Elliethee said.

“However, Senator Clinton did not know which questioners she was calling on during the event. This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.”
Why do you get the feeling that it's not standard policy now and won't be repeated again only because they were caught.
The campaign's admission that it planted the question may be another blow to the New York senator's image as a trustworthy politician.
It's only "another blow" to those who ever thought of the New York senator as a trustworthy politician. Given her history, that wouldn't be me.

UPDATE: Commenter Andy B brings word of a 2nd possible question plant (but remember, this is not standard policy):
For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has had to deal with accusations of planting questions during public appearances.

In a telephone interview Saturday with Fox News, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, said he was approached by Clinton campaign worker Chris Hayler to ask a question about how she was standing up to President Bush on the question on funding the Iraq war and a troop withdrawal timeline.

The encounter happened before an event hosted by Iowa State Sen. Gene Frais on a farm outside Fort Madison, Iowa.

Clinton's Iowa campaign confirmed to Fox News that one of its staff discussed questions with Mitchell before her April 2 event, but denied attempting to plant a pro-Clinton question.
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Scott Johnson at Powerline coined the best moniker for her: Hillary Milhous Clinton.
Written By: Aldo
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Okay; I haven’t gone all the way through all my blog bookmarks today yet, but I have not seen anyone point out the high-carbon steel hypocrisy in this, given the fact that it’s been only barely a month since this woman accused a questioner of being a plant.


She’s a Stalinist. Let me tell you people something: if she thought she could get away with it, she would have Barack Obama dropped dead down a well. Do you understand? There is nothing she wouldn’t do to secure her grip on power, if she thought it would work. An episode like this is nothing at all, except for how it points up her {ahem} pragmatism. And: once she gets her hands on the power, there is nothing that she won’t do to exercise it.
Written By: Billy Beck
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UPDATE: Fox News is now reporting on another Q & A planting incident by the Clinton campaign. Below’s an excerpt and here’s the link:
"SIOUX CITY, Iowa — For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has had to deal with accusations of planting questions during public appearances.",2933,310417,00.html
Written By: Andy B
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Thanks Andy ... updated.
Written By: McQ

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