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Bill Clinton Keeps Lying About Max Cleland Ad

You have probably heard by now Mr. Clinton’s defense of his wife’s latest gaffe wherein he referenced “Swift-Boating.”

If not, here is the text, courtesy of the DNC’s Associated Press:


Text of Bill Clinton’s Comments

Here is a text of former President Clinton’s comments Monday night in Las Vegas on the criticism of his wife, Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton:

… When that scandalous Swift Boat ad was run against Senator Kerry. When there was an ad that defeated Max Cleland in Georgia, a man that left half his body in Vietnam. And a guy that led several departments … with Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden because he dared to vote against the president’s version of the Homeland Security bill. Most Americans still don’t know the truth. The president was against the Homeland Security Bill for 8 1/2 months. And Karl Rove told him they were going to lose the 2002 election unless the American people were scared about terror again. So they decided to be for a bill they opposed.

So they decided to be for a bill they opposed. And they put a poison pill in it. That bill was designed by the president to take the job rights away from 170,000 federal employees that had no access to secure information, no access to secure technology. No business being treated like CIA. We need to be able to fire CIAs. .. But we don’t need to treat secretaries at FEMA that way. The whole thing was a scam.

So Max Cleland said, I didn’t go to Vietnam and leave one arm and two legs to come home and hold my job by stripping the job rights of 170,000 good, hardworking Americans. I don’t want to do it. So they put an ad on comparing him to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Why am I saying this?

Because, I had the feeling that at the end of that last debate we were about to get into cutesy land again…

Well let’s look at the ad the Saxby Chambliss camp put out about Max Cleland, courtesy of YouTube:

Chambliss Ad – Cleland

See if you can find where Mr. Cleland was ever compared to Saddam Hussein or Bin Laden, like Mr. Clinton falsely claimed above, and as he has so often falsely claimed elsewhere.

For instance, here is Mr. Clintion propounding the same lie practically word for word three years ago, via the very prestigious William J. Clinton Foundation’s website:

Remarks at Charles Schwab Institutional Impact 2004 Conference

November 10, 2004
Philadelphia, PA

… So they jiggered around with the Homeland Security Bill, that they had opposed themselves for eight months, and put a couple of things in there that were poison pills to the Democrats, including (when they reorganized it) taking all the civil service protections away from 170,000 Federal employees, who had nothing to do with your security. No access to confidential information or technology.

So Max Cleland in Georgia said, “Look, I want to vote for this Bill but I can’t do this. This is not right. This has nothing to do with homeland security. These people don’t work here. You can’t just take all their civil service protections away because you put them in a government reorganization.”

So the administration and Max Cleland’s opponent in Georgia, Saxby Chambliss, ran ads comparing Max Cleland to Saddam Hussein and they beat him. Max Cleland lost two legs, just below the hip, and an arm in Vietnam. Saxy Chambliss, like me, had a deferment, and it worked. Now, when you can assassinate people with those kinds of lies, why would you ever cooperate with anybody?

Pretty shameless, is it not? Especially this line:

Now, when you can assassinate people with those kinds of lies, why would you ever cooperate with anybody?

So sayeth the master of political assassination by lying.

(And yes, of course the William J. Clinton Foundation is 501c3 tax-payer supported “charity.”)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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