As the Democratic Party’s 2016 primary narrows between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Clinton seems to have forgotten a comment she made in 2008.
“You should be willing to debate any time, any where,” she said eight years ago.
In an editorial board meeting with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in May 2008, Clinton said, “I think it’s an interesting juxtaposition, where we find ourselves and, you know, I have been willing to do all of that [debate], during the entire process, and people have been trying to push me out of this ever since Iowa.” (RELATED: Clinton Strategist: Hillary Won’t Debate Bernie In New York Unless He Changes His Tone [VIDEO])
In 2016, there still is that “interesting juxtaposition,” but it means something different to Clinton. While Clinton was and still is the establishment candidate, in 2008 she was narrowly behind in the delegate count against the relative outsider Barack Obama. Now, Clinton is up in the delegate count against Sanders, the relative outsider. In 2008, she said, “You should be willing to debate any time, any where.”
Now, in 2016, her campaign strategist Joel Benenson attempted on Monday to put distance between Clinton and a future debate state.
Benenson said on CNN, “Let’s see the tone of the campaign [Sanders] wants to run before we get to any other questions [the future debate in New York.]” (RELATED: CNN Anchor To Clinton Shill: ‘Don’t Distract… Why Not Debate?’ [VIDEO])
Also in that 2008 editorial board meeting, Clinton had some other insights into the election process which appear to be playing out in 2016.
Clinton said about Obama, “Neither of us has the number of delegates needed to be the nominee, and every time they declare it, it doesn’t make it so. Neither of us do, and I’ve never seen anything like this. I mean, I have perhaps a long enough memory that, uh, many people who finished a rather distant second behind nominees, ahh, went all the way to the convention.”
Later in the meeting, Clinton made her infamous comment about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and its’ affect on the 1968 presidential race.
While commenting on lengthy nominating processes, Clinton said, “[M]y husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June.”
Clinton then said, “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June, in California.”
Clinton received a lot of criticism for those comments and later issued an apology.