Clinton uses McCain advisor's words for attack on Obama

Hillary Clinton's campaign has been criticizing Barack Obama for allegedly lifting some of Clinton's economic ideas, and now it's using an interesting source.

Published February 13, 2008 11:24PM (EST)

Is it getting hot in here or is it just us?

Today, reporters received an e-mail with a quote from Kevin Hassett, John McCain's economic advisor. Speaking about Barack Obama's economic plan, Hassett said, "The fact is that Obama's plan today is the most shameless piece of potential plagiarism that I have ever seen. He basically took [Hillary] Clinton's words and Clinton's policies and called them his own. If I were a professor I'd give him an F and try to get him kicked out of school for something this terrible."

But here's the interesting thing about that quote: The e-mail in which it was contained didn't come from McCain's campaign. It came from the press office of Obama's fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton.

By Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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2008 Elections Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton John Mccain R-ariz.