Bill Clinton On 1992's Race
From his own book My Life comes this excerpt via Political Wire:
He writes: “On April 7, we also won in Kansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. On April 9, Paul Tsongas announced that he would not reenter the race. The fight for the nomination was effectively over.”
So not only was her reference to RFK’s assassination not a historically accurate parallel to draw, but neither was the one she connected to her own husband?
This was not exhaustion and this was not a mistake. Her campaign was once again playing fast and loose with the facts and hoping nobody would question what she was saying…and she got nailed for it.
The “say or do anything” pattern continues…
Yet the Clinton campaign in 1992 used some of the same tactics that Mrs. Clinton and her supporters now decry, like declaring the nomination secure early and encouraging party leaders and the news media to climb on board.
In the weeks before the California primary that year, much of the attention was already focused on the general election, with Mr. Clinton treated as the presumed Democratic nominee challenging President George Bush. Sights were set on November, with speculation about how Ross Perot, a well-financed independent candidate, would affect the prospects of the two men.
Recalling the race on The Huffington Post over the weekend, William Bradley, a California political strategist-turned-writer, said he had personally delivered a message to the Clinton campaign before the California primary that Mr. Brown â€œwould run no TV ads in the California primary and would pull back from the sharp attacks,â€ in recognition of Mr. Clintonâ€™s strength.
So then…if the Clintons can so shameless ignore what they did back in 1992, how can they trusted today?