Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Barack Obama Supporter Accuses Bill Clinton of Suppressing the Vote

Dick Harpootlian, a prominent Democrat and supporter of Senator Barack Obama, has accused former President Bill Clinton of using dirty Republican tricks to defeat Obama.

Harpootlian, a former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party and supporter of Barack Obama, accused Clinton of using remarks that were appeals to race and gender, meant to "supress the vote, demoralize voters and distort the record."

Harpootlian claimed that Clinton's remarks are "reminiscent of Lee Atwater", a Republican strategist who worked during the Reagan Administration. Atwater's tactics have since been disgraced by Democrats.

When asked about Harpootlian's comments, Bill Clinton lashed out at the reporter, saying, "You live for this. This hurts the people of South Carolina."

"Because the people of South Carolina come to these meetings and ask questions about what they care about, " he said. "And what they care about is not what's going to be in the news coverage tonight, because you don't care about it."

Barack Obama supporters have expressed grave concern over Bill Clinton's overshadowing presence in the Presidential election. Obama has claimed that he sometimes can't tell if he is running against Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton has been on the offensive lately, heavily attacking Obama on issues related to the Iraq War, and he also complained that Obama's supporters in the union in Nevada suppressed votes. Finally, Clinton claimed that Obama made remarks supporting Republican ideas.

Clinton distanced himself from the attacks, claiming that the discussions were "crazy" and that he was "getting carried away." Many agree with his assessment and feel that he should not overshadow his wife's bid for the presidency.

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