The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

31 October 2007

Hillary Clinton Flip-Flops Over Licenses For Illegal Immigrants


Hillary's Flip-Flop Fuels Press, Blogs, Talk Radio

*** Update: Position Switches Again! ***

In a manner reminiscent of John Kerry's infamous waffling during the 2004 presidential contest, Hillary Clinton walked right into her own "I voted for it, before I voted against it" trap in last night's Democrat Party debate.

Coming at the end of what had been a relatively unremarkable evening, Hillary's mega- flip- flop on driver's licenses for illegal aliens was instantly challenged by Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) and ultimately captured for all to see on the Internet.

While blogs didn't waste a minute before pounding away at the supposed Democrat front- runner, talk radio hosts weren't far behind. Expect to hear a great deal about this during today's shows.

But in a sign that Hillary may not have the free ride she might have imagined from the mainstream media, her gaffe was covered today by MSNBC, CBS, the Philadelphia Inquirer and many other outlets. The Politico went as far as to say Clinton had bombed. The Chicago Sun-Times accused her of "waffling".

From the New York Post:

PHILADELPHIA - Hillary Rodham Clinton stumbled badly at last night's Democratic debate when she repeatedly refused to give a direct answer about whether she supports Gov. Spitzer's plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens - and got slammed by her opponents for evasive double-talk.

ANALYSIS: Foes Couldn't KO Her - So She Socked Herself

"I was confused on Sen. Clinton's answer," said Sen. Barack Obama, who backs the plan. "I can't tell whether she was for it or against it."

He added, "One of the things that we have to do in this country is be honest about the challenges that we face."

Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut said a driver's license was "a privilege, not a right," and that illegals shouldn't be allowed to get one.

Clinton shot back that "I did not say that it should be done," prompting Dodd to counter, "You said yes."

"No I didn't, Chris," Clinton insisted.

The Democratic front-runner said illegal immigrants are "driving on our roads. The possibility of them having an accident that harms themselves or others is just a matter of the odds."

But she did not clearly say whether or not she backs Spitzer's plan.

That prompted MSNBC moderator Tim Russert to ask, "Do you . . . support your governor's plan to give an illegal immigrant a driver's license?"

Again, Clinton wouldn't respond directly, saying, "We want people to come out of the shadows," and adding Spitzer is "making an honest effort to do it."

"Unless I'm missing something, Senator Clinton said two different things in about two minutes," said former Sen. John Edwards.

From YouTube, this clip is already spreading across the Internet like wildfire:

For talk radio, Hillary's horrible performance last night couldn't have been better- timed. With key primaries just around the corner, Clinton has played right into the worst fears of her opponents and provided top- quality ammo that hosts will be utilizing for weeks, if not months, to come.

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  • Bill Clinton has stepped into this now. He said Tim Russert's question "was breathtakingly misleading,".

    But after watching the video a few times, it looks like a typical question from the media.

    I guess the reason for Bill's concern is that this type of questioning should only be directed toward the Republicans.

    It is obvious that neither of the Clintons expected tough questioning to be directed toward Hillary.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 03 November, 2007 22:30  

  • No that's wrong with planning an illegal immigrant is legalized through his driver's license to join as a citizen.

    By Anonymous debate popular, at 14 December, 2009 14:34  

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