Just days after the Obama campaign tapped Hillary Clinton for support, now comes word that she will remain above the line of attacking Palin personally. The media had speculated that Hillary would be making the rounds as Obama’s Palin “attack dog” of sorts. However, we now learn that will not be the case.
Story from MyWay:
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) – Anyone wanting a Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown might be in for a letdown. First, Sarah Palin launched her Republican vice presidential campaign with praise for the strides Hillary Rodham Clinton made in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Monday, Clinton spoke in kind.
“It is a great accomplishment,” Clinton said of Palin’s selection as the GOP’s first female running mate. Clinton told a rally of 500 that the election will be decided on issues, not the historical significance of the candidates, and Democrat Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden bring more to the table than the Republican ticket.
“Women as well as men make their decisions after they weigh the evidence,” Clinton said. “As Americans go into that voting booth, what they have to ask themselves is not so much who am I for, as who is for me? And I don’t think it’s an even close question that we have the ticket that is going to do the best job in restoring the American promise.”
About the most she’d say about Palin is that she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain “are not the change that we need.”
Former Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson is dismissing any notion the Obama campaign would dispatch Clinton to take on Palin, as much as he thinks some people would revel in seeing the two strong women butt heads.
“Don’t hold your breath,” he wrote in his New Republic blog. “Clinton-Palin might drive ratings and sell magazines, but it wouldn’t be good for the Democratic Party, or the cause of women’s rights. Some might enjoy the spectacle, but don’t expect Hillary Clinton to play along.”
Clinton said: “I didn’t run because I was a woman but I was very conscious of the fact that my campaign meant a lot to so many, and I appreciate that. But this election is about the two parties, and the two presidential nominees, where they stand, what they would do, what our country needs right now.”
She seems to be down the line talking practically about differences between the Obama and McCain campaigns. Honestly I think this is the best line of attack for her since getting personal would draw negative attention.
Video from MSNBC of Clinton addressing Obama supporters and mentioning Palin:
Another report from Fox News on Hillary’s impact:
Truthfully, I think Hillary Clinton can do some good on the campaign trail for Obama, more so than Joe Biden. In fact, Joe Biden still seems to be lost in the noise these past few days. He did Meet the Press on Sunday but he hasn’t been making much news other than that.
Hillary Clinton, if properly utilized by Obama, can probably convince some moderate to left leaning women why they should continue supporting Obama if they were now considering in Palin.