Clinton’s 08 Campaign Manager Acknowledges Volunteer Sent Around Birther Email

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager from the 2008 election said on CNN Friday that a former Iowa volunteer for the Clinton campaign sent around an email promoting the idea that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

“There was a volunteer coordinator, I believe in late 2007, I think in December, one of our volunteer coordinators in one of the counties in Iowa. I don’t recall whether they an actual paid staffer, but they did forward an e-mail that promoted the conspiracy,” Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton’s former campaign manager, said on CNN.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked, “The birther conspiracy?” Solis Doyle replied, “Yeah. Hillary made the decision immediately to let that person go. We let that person go.” (RELATED: Former DC Bureau Chief: Clinton Surrogate Pitched Me ‘Birther’ Story In 2008)

The Clinton campaign did not fire the 2008 campaign’s chief strategist Mark Penn after he sent a memo in the spring of 2007 to Hillary that told her to highlight Obama’s “lack of American roots.”