Hillary’s book tour from Hell: ‘Broke’ comment, NPR flap likely tip of iceberg

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“Her biggest challenger is actually Barack Obama. Where his legacy ends is going to reflect on her,” she said. “Right now, the president has had a series of what are perceived as foreign policy missteps. If Barack Obama’s foreign policy is perceived as having not been successful there will be more questioning about her tenure there.”

Indeed, there are numerous foreign policy blunders that could dog Mrs. Clinton through her presidential campaign. In addition to Benghazi, Mrs. Clinton refused to label the Islamist group Boko Haram a terrorist organization — a step her successor, John F. Kerry, took just a few months after taking over as secretary.

Boko Haram is responsible for kidnapping hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, the latest of a string of increasingly deadly attacks on Christians.

Mrs. Clinton also has taken fire for the failed “reset” with Russia and a host of other issues, all of which could weigh down her presidential bid.

“She will have the baggage that, traditionally, in modern times, vice presidents carry” when running for president, Ms. Brown said.

For historic precedent, Mrs. Clinton need look back no further than the 2008 general election, conducted in the shadow of low approval ratings for the two-term departing president, Republican George W. Bush.

Even though Republican John McCain wasn’t even a member of the Bush Cabinet (indeed, he ran against Mr. Bush in 2000 and often had been a thorn in his side while in the Senate), Mr. Obama’s campaign speeches repeatedly referred to the “Bush-McCain” record or “McCain-Bush” policies.

Tuesday’s book tour brought up the 2008 campaign in another sense. Mrs. Clinton again recalled, when asked by a reporter, about her book’s recounting her refusal to attack Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, as the Obama campaign team initially asked her.

“I said, ‘Attack her for what? For being a woman?’” Mrs. Clinton said she told the Obama campaign when it made the request of her.

“There’ll be plenty of time to do what I think you should do in politics, which is draw distinctions,” she said, implying that the initial flush of the Palin nomination — she was just the second woman and first Republican to run on a major-party presidential ticket — was not such a time.


While a serious debate on her foreign policy record surely is waiting down the road, Mrs. Clinton this week is dealing with a hail of mockery on Twitter for her claims of financial trouble.

The #HillaryIsSoPoor hashtag has at times blended the “dead broke” comment with Mrs. Clinton’s time at the State Department. “#HillaryIsSoPoor she couldn’t afford proper security for Benghazi,” reads one tweet.

The mockery was sufficiently strong that on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton conceded that her “dead broke” comment needed some context.

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” she said she understands why some Americans may be confused or even angered by the statement. The couple’s net worth has been estimated to be between $100 million and $200 million.

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