Clinton’s Called Out On Prior Question Planting

It turns out back in April, the Clinton camp stratigically planted a questions regarding her standing up to President Bush. The Clinton camp is claiming that it was not a plant but rather someone with a relationship with someone from the Clinton camp, however the person denies knowing that person… Luckily no question was asked by him because they ran out of time, however this man is man enough to come out and own up to it, I wonder if Hillary is “man” enough to do the same…

How many times has she done this in the past? And what are the chances this habitual behavior is really going to tend? The only reason her camp is addressing it is because she got caught, sort of like the “Shoe” fund raiser. Sounds like a continuation of her husbands legacy…. Once caught promise not to do it again…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa —  For the second time in as many days, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has had to deal with accusations of planting questions during public appearances, FOX News has learned.

In a telephone interview Saturday, Geoffrey Mitchell, 32, said he was approached by Clinton campaign worker Chris Hayler to ask a question about how she was standing up to President Bush on the question on funding the Iraq war and a troop withdrawal timeline.

The encounter happened before an event hosted by Iowa State Sen. Gene Frais on a farm outside Fort Madison, Iowa.

Clinton’s Iowa campaign confirmed to Fox News that one of its staff discussed questions with Mitchell before her April 2 event, but denied attempting to plant a pro-Clinton question.

Mo Elliethee, spokesman for Clinton’s campaign in Iowa, told Fox that Hayler and Mitchell “had a previous relationship” and that a discussion about Clinton arose out of a normal conversation between two people who knew each other well.

“They had a previous relationship and were talking before the event and the topic of the senator’s position on Iraq came up and Geoffrey said he had some questions,” Elliethee said. “Chris suggested Geoffrey ask a question.”

Mitchell, however, said that he and Hayler did not know each other personally before the event.

“I had no previous relationship with him,” said Mitchell. “I knew his name and by name only as some who worked for Sen. Evan Bayh. But we didn’t know each other and I had never met him before this event.”

Mitchell told Fox the Clinton campaign wanted to contrast Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama who had recently said the president would probably prevail in the Iraq funding battle with Congress.

Mithell said he refused to ask the question.

“I told Chris I had other issues I wanted to raise with Sen. Clinton,” Mitchell said.

Asked what those were, Mitchell said, “I wanted to ask her why she voted for the Iraq war and why she didn’t consider that a mistake.”

Mitchell told FOX News, for that Hayler, the Clinton campaign worker, was unhappy and moved on to others.

“I know he tried to have others ask that question,” Mitchell said.

Asked if the Clinton campaign denied Mitchell’s unequivocal assertion that Hayler tried to plant a question about Clinton trying to stand up to Bush on Iraq war funding, Elliethee declined.

“I’m not going to comment on what he said,” said Elleithee said, referring to Mitchell. “I’m going to discuss what our interpretation is. They had a previous relationship, the subject came up and there’s nothing more to it tha that. It’s not newsworthy. It’s innocent. It’s not yesterday.”

That was a reference to Clinton’s campaign admitting, first to FOX News, that it planted a question on global warming at a Newton, Iowa, event on Tuesday.

Click here to read a report on the Iowa incident.

Ultimately, Clinton took no questions from the crowd at the Fort Madison event that Mitchell attended. Elliethee said the campaign ran out of time to take questions.

Mitchell told Fox News he is an Obama supporter but cannot participate in the Iowa caucus.

Mitchell is a minister in Hamilton and said he was reluctant to come forward because of the scrutiny he and his congregation might receive.

“But I thought this was important to get out and I want people to know what happened.”

When contacted by FOX News and read Clinton’s interpretation of events, Mitchell said: “I stand by my story. Completely.”

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2 Responses

  1. Hillary supporters: please don’t get discouraged. PLEASE. She is getting attacked from all sides because people deep down know she is our only hope for America and they’re trying to ruin it for everybody. Hillary is the ONLY candidate with these 4 attributes: honor, patriotism, loyalty, and kindness. I got $35 in the bank that says no other candidate has those attributes.

  2. Well this is any easy response, you owe me $35, honor is immediately thrown out as she has been seeding the audience with questions to ask her where she has a prepared answered. How is that dishonorable you ask, because the forums she is doing it are suppose to be open questions from the voters, where she is suppose to answer spontaneously. Thus the basis of the Town Hall forum.
    You can keep the $35 as you will need it if she gets into office. Althought that will only cover a very small downpayment on the tax increases you will owe.

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