Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hillary Campaign Tries to Bully Wolf Blitzer, Wolf Stands Firm

Hillary Clinton is looking to get back on track at tonight's CNN Democratic Party debate after a shaky outing the last time the Dems debated.

As an article at DC Examiner seems to show, the Clinton camp is a bit worried, and are making some hidden threats towards Wolf Blitzer, who is moderating tonight's debate. For example, the article states...

“This campaign is about issues, not on who we can bring down and destroy,” a senior Clinton aide told cyberjournalist Matt Drudge. “Blitzer should not go down to the levels of character attack and pull ‘a Russert.’ ”

Although I'm not the biggest Tim Russert fan, I didn't feel his questions were not really character attack, but a pressing line of questioning that we are only starting to see in these debates. Blitzer responded with his own statements...

Blitzer, who said he had not been directly contacted by the Clinton campaign, called the New York Democrat “a sophisticated, strong politician.” But he also issued his own veiled warning.

“If she can’t handle the heat during a Democratic contest, wait until the Republicans really start going after her,” he told TV Newser. “If she’s the nominee.”

Absolutely correct, Mr. Blitzer. He goes on to make even more sense...

“I think Russert was doing his job,” he said. “He was trying to follow up and be Tim Russert. He asks tough questions. That’s what people want. I admire him.”

Finally, Blitzer took issue with Bill Clinton’s complaint that six “boys” — a reference to the other Democratic presidential candidates —ganged up on one “girl,” his wife.

“Hillary Clinton is the front-runner,” Blitzer said. “No matter if it’s a boy or girl, there’s a tendency to gang up on that person. It’s a natural phenomenon.”

Another on-point statement. She's the front-runner, so she's the one wearing the biggest target on her back.

(h/t Drudge Report)

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