Video: Clinton campaign admits planting a question during an Iowa townhall meeting Update: Again?
posted at 10:27 am on November 10, 2007 by Bryan
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.”
Not standard policy. Uh-huh.
Update: Michelle has more.
Update: But, I thought they said this wasn’t a standard practice.
This reminds me of something I observed during the first Clinton run for the White House. I was a radio news reporter in East Texas, and Clinton’s bus tour came through. There wasn’t a lot of support for him in the area, so they resorted to busing crowds in from elsewhere to make it look like a groundswell was building for him in Bush country. The main difference between then and now, I guess, is that what they did then wasn’t so much planting questions as planting whole crowds.