Clinton Hits Obama on Style and Transparency

It’s been a long day, and readers have probably noticed I’ve been MIA quite a bit in the past few days. The long story short… I twisted a knee (ouch) and have been playing catch up with my business.

On Monday, the Clinton team moved “to shift the spotlight off the candidate’s short-term challenges and focus instead on “the long run,” in the words of her senior strategist, Mark Penn.”

She has consistently shown an electoral resiliency in difficult situations that have made her a winner,” Mr. Penn said. “Senator Obama has in fact never had a serious Republican challenger.”

Read Mark Penn on why Hillary is the one to beat McCain and read Hillary’s plan to create a “Green Jobs Revolution.”

Hillary’s Green Jobs Plan will:

  • Modernize 20 Million Low-Income Homes to Improve Energy Efficiency.  
  • Provide emergency energy assistance for Maryland families facing skyrocketing heating bills.   
  • Invest $5 billion in accelerated energy efficiency and alternative energy investments to jumpstart green collar job growth.   
  • Create a $50 Billion Strategic Energy Fund and Demand that Oil Companies Invest in Clean Energy.   
  • Raise Fuel Economy Standards. Hillary has proposed a plan to raise fuel economy standards to 40 mpg by 2020 and 55 mpg by 2030.   
  • Help Automakers Retool Plants.   
  • Promote Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV).
  • Create a Green Building Fund to Make Public Buildings More Energy Efficient.   
  • Train “Green Collar” Workers.   

Before I call it night I wanted to highlight an interview with Hillary Clinton that Politico is reporting:

During the half-hour conversation, she said that when she hears Obama’s oratory about a more civil politics, she wonder what fights he would avoid.

“You never hear the specifics,” Clinton said. “It’s all this kind of abstract, general talk about how we all need to get along. I want to get along, and I have gotten along, in the Senate. I will work with Republicans to find common cause whenever I can. But I will also stand my ground because there are fights worth having.”

Clinton also suggested that she was getting more fair coverage from Fox News than from MSNBC, which recently ran afoul of her campaign when correspondent David Shuster said her daughter Chelsea Clinton had been “pimped” out to help with the election.

“I really am troubled by this pattern of behavior and comments that you hear,” she said.

Despite going 0-5 in recent contests, Clinton said she was winning in the big states where Democrats will need to prevail in the fall.

“I think things have gone well,” she said. “I’ve been around a long time – so, you know, sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. I’ve been through all of that. But I feel

Clinton added: “The history-making nature of my candidacy and Senator Obama’s candidacy – it’s just thrilling to me.”

On other issues:

—About Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), she cracked: “Luckily, I agree with my party more than Senator McCain agrees with his party.”

—She said the delegates she won in Michigan and Florida should count toward the nomination, even though the Democratic National Committee said the states would be punished for moving their contests so early.

Clinton was the only major Democratic candidate on the ballot in Michigan, and she was the only candidate to fly into Florida the night of the election.

“I think that both Michigan and Florida should count, because these are two states we have to carry,” she said. “This is not about so much as the ins and outs of the Democratic National Committee as to whether the Democrats are going to win in the fall.

“In Michigan, all of us had a chance to leave our names on the ballot – I chose to do so,” she continued. “My opponents ran a very vigorous campaign to get people to vote ‘uncontested.’ There was a campaign going on – it was a campaign against me, and I still won a majority.

“I think that the Democratic Party has to be looking very realistically about what it is we’re trying to achieve here. We need to win in November. … I think that both in Michigan and in Florida, the Democratic Party should really give these people who came out and voted – they weren’t involved in the rulemaking. Give them a chance.”

— On Iraq, Clinton called the Bush administration’s plan for a “pause” in planned troop drawdowns “such a disheartening piece of news.”

“There is no military solution and it is time that the Iraqis understood that,” she said after noting that U.S. troops had done everything they have been asked to do.

—WJLA showed back-to-back interviews with Obama and Clinton. Originally, the station had offered a debate, but Obama declined.

You can watch the interview with Hillary Clinton here. The Obama interview is here. More tomorrow…

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One Response to Clinton Hits Obama on Style and Transparency

  1. In refusing to debate, Obama is acting like a winner, and the results tonight indicate that may well be the case. I don’t particularly care for the guy or his politics. In fact I wouldn’t wish him well at all if he were not a Democrat.

    I’m not sure what we’re getting ourselves into, but if “hope” is what we have I guess that I’ll hope.