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Clinton Campaign Confirms Planting Town Hall Question, Says It Won't Happen Again

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by BrAinPaiNt, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign admitted Friday that it planted a global warming question in Newton, Iowa, Tuesday during a town hall meeting to discuss clean energy.

    Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elliethee admitted that the campaign had planted the question and said it would not happen again.

    "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.”

    In a state where the caucus is held sacred and the impromptu and candid style of the town hall meeting is held dear, Clinton’s planted question may come as a great offense to Iowans.

    According to a report on the Grinnell University Web site, the Clinton campaign arranged for some of the questions for the candidate to be asked by college students:

    "On Tuesday Nov. 6, the Clinton campaign stopped at a biodiesel plant in Newton as part of a weeklong series of events to introduce her new energy plan. The event was clearly intended to be as much about the press as the Iowa voters in attendance, as a large press core helped fill the small venue....

    "After her speech, Clinton accepted questions. But according to Grinnell College student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff ’10, some of the questions from the audience were planned in advance. 'They were canned,' she said. Before the event began, a Clinton staff member approached Gallo-Chasanoff to ask a specific question after Clinton’s speech. 'One of the senior staffers told me what [to ask],' she said.

    "Clinton called on Gallo-Chasanoff after her speech to ask a question: what Clinton would do to stop the effects of global warming. Clinton began her response by noting that young people often pose this question to her before delving into the benefits of her plan.

    "But the source of the question was no coincidence — at this event 'they wanted a question from a college student,' Gallo-Chasanoff said."

    The tape of the event shows that the question and answer went as follows:

    Question: "As a young person, I'm worried about the long-term effects of global warming How does your plan combat climate change?

    Clinton: "Well, you should be worried. You know, I find as I travel around Iowa that it's usually young people that ask me about global warming."

    The campaign's admission that it planted the question may be another blow to the New York senator's image as a trustworthy politician.

    Clinton's critics have accused her of being a double-talker who refuses to answer tough questions specifically. Now her campaign has acknowledged planting at least one question.

    Already her rivals have begun to criticize Friday's revelation.

    “In light of a weak debate performance, not to mention a persistent inability to answer the tough questions, it appears the Clinton campaign has adopted a new strategy of planting questions,” John Edwards’ Communications Director Chris Kofinis said.

    “It’s what the Clinton campaign calls the politics of planting.”
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    I find it humorous that this stuff goes on.

    Reminds me of the gay porn reporter for the republicans and the recent fake Fema press conference.
  3. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    So they planted a question about Global Warming...GOOD...it needs to be talked about more.

    I would venture to say that this is hardly the first time that a candidate had a question planted for them.

    The question should have been..."Mrs Clinton why is it that so many people on the CowboysZone Political Forum deny that Global Warming is real in spite of a Mount Everest mountain full of evidence...are they in denial or just nuts or on Exxon's payroll?"

    :D
  4. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    No we re just smarter then you are.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    And there are holes in the GloBal Warming Theory you could drive the Exxon Valdez through. Sideways.
  6. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    You'd never know it from your posts.
  7. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    The Exxon Valdez could drive thought the space between your ears sideways and not hit a brain...doesn't mean Global Warming isn't true.
  8. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    All this does is confirm what we already knew, the Clinton's have no morals or integrity. Wow big shocker there!
  9. AtlCB

    AtlCB Active Member

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    If her supporters are anything like the people on this board, she could have sacrificed a young child on the stage and would have been forgiven. As long as the person is in the correct party and has close political views, they'll forgive anything.
  10. AtlCB

    AtlCB Active Member

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    If it's such an important issue, don't you think someone in the audience would ask a question about AGW? Does Hillary have to trick people into voting for her?
  11. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    If she sacrifices the young child does she win the Presidency?

    If yes...then I'm all for the sacrifice.

    :D
  12. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    How do you know that someone wouldn't have asked about it if the "plant" hadn't?

    If that question is going to trick people...then they aren't to intelligent.
  13. AtlCB

    AtlCB Active Member

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    She should have let someone legitimately ask the question and stop being a fraud.

    The problem I have with the plant goes toward her character.
  14. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    most people don't disagree the world is getting warmer, we just disagree it's all due to mans evil and gluttonous nature. the world has been getting warmer and colder since it began. yet *this time* it's due to mankind.

    go figure..
  15. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    i'd have to agree. the fact that "politicians" keep bringing it up vs. a "concerned citizen" then is it a political tool or a real problem?
  16. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Oh you're a good guy... you realize the danger...you use these...

    [IMG]

    :D
  17. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Oh I agree she shouldn't have planted the question...but it hardly makes her the worst person in the world.

    And I'm sure it would put her on par with just about all of the rest of them.
  18. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    No but it does show she cant be trusted and it has to make you question her integrity. To say it puts her on par with others is a cop out, you are either honest or you are not honest.
  19. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Politicians honest...are you kidding me?:laugh2:

    Or for that matter trustworthy.:laugh2:

    I'm just not ready to get the noose out over this.
  20. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed...part 2 Zone Supporter

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    but it does call into question the motives behind GW, does it not? why is a politician ensuring we have to hear about it? there's already a lack of trust in the integrity behind GW and when the issue is forced into a debate or townhall meeting, it only legitimizes the complaints/concerns.

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