January 15, 2016

Clinton Just Said She’s Running “A Different Kind Of Campaign.” We Rate That False.

Unable to find her way to a television studio, Hillary Clinton phoned it in to “Morning Joe” this morning and made the claim that she’s running “a different kind of campaign” than 2008—the year she lost the Iowa caucuses and the nomination to Barack Obama.

It’s unclear what evidence Clinton has to back up this claim, but that hasn’t stopped the Clinton Family from making false claims in the past.

Take a look at these 2016 quotes from Clinton and her team about her primary opponent Bernie Sanders:

“I wish we could elect a Democratic president who could wave his magic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,’” she said. “That ain’t the real world we’re living in!” (National Journal)

“This ad does something that Bernie said he wouldn’t do,” campaign pollster Joel Benenson added, referring to how the Vermont Senator has said he will not run negative campaign ads. (ABC News)

[Clinton campaign manager] Robby Mook: “We were very surprised today to see that Bernie Sanders had launch an negative television advertisement against Hillary.” (Twitter)

Now take a look at these 2008 quotes from Clinton and her team in which they attack her then-primary opponent, Barack Obama:

“Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be,” Clinton said at the time. “You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear.” (RealClearPolitics)

Hillary Clinton: “He says one thing in his speeches, and then he turns around and does this. It is not the new politics the speeches are about. It is not hopeful. It is destructive.” (Washington Post)

“The remark drew a swift response from the Clinton campaign. ‘Senator Obama spent the last week abandoning the politics of hope and attacking Senator Clinton. Looks like he’s begun this week by attacking her husband,’ said campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee.” (The Associated Press)

Does this sound like “a different kind of campaign” to you?