Clinton: "They're piling on because I'm winning"

Her advisors tell the AP that their strategy has been to play the victim.

Published November 2, 2007 7:44PM (EDT)

The Associated Press reported earlier today that advisors to Hillary Clinton acknowledge, in the AP's words, that it's a "clear and long-planned strategy to fend off attacks" on Clinton "by accusing her male rivals of gathering against her." The idea, the AP said, is to "change the subject while making Clinton a sympathetic figure, especially among female voters who often feel outnumbered and bullied on the job."

If that's the policy, Clinton certainly tried to distance herself from it in New Hampshire today. "I don't think they're piling on because I'm a woman," she said of her Democratic challengers. "I think they're piling on because I'm winning."

Clinton said that she expects the race "to get even hotter, and if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

"I'm very much at home in the kitchen," she said.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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