Hillary Clinton Distorted On Pledged Delegate Issue

Fox News and The Politico are both reporting that Hillary Clinton plans on taking Barack Obama’s pledged delegates. This is based on an interview with a “high-ranking Clinton official,” according the The Politico. A close look at the interview tells us a different story than the title of the article though. The title claims that Clinton will target the pledged delegates, but in fact, the “high-ranking official” only mentions that it will be a tactic probably employed by both sides. “I swear it is not happening now, but as we get closer to the convention, if it is a stalemate, everybody will be going after everybody’s delegates,” according to the “high-ranking Clinton official.” Fox also distorts this story with the title of their article being, “Clinton Aiming To Draw Pledged Delegates From Obama.” The Hillary campaign has responded to these charges by saying, “We have not, are not and will not pursue the pledged delegates of Barack Obama. It’s now time for the Obama campaign to be clear about their intentions.” In the same Politico article they claimed that Doug Wilder, former governor of Virginia told Bob Schieffer of Face The Nation that there would be riots in the streets if Obama is not nominated. In fact he said, “there will be chaos at the convention.” That’s pretty clear already with this close race, but far from riots in the streets.
Alan Cosgrove

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