Clinton camp uses "monster" comment for fundraising appeal

Clinton's campaign wastes no time in trying to put an Obama advisor's negative remarks to good use.

By Alex Koppelman
Published March 7, 2008 6:17PM (EST)

It didn't take long for Hillary Clinton's campaign to brush itself off from the effects of now former Obama advisor Samantha Power's having publicly called Clinton a "monster" and get back to campaigning.

Terry McAuliffe, Clinton's campaign chairman, just sent out a fundraising e-mail exhorting supporters to donate because of Power's comment, saying, "A contribution now will show the Obama campaign that there is a price to this kind of attack politics."

Here's the full e-mail:

Just one day after Senator Obama promised to begin attacking Hillary, a senior Obama advisor has called her a "monster."

That's right -- a "monster."

At the same time, Senator Obama's aides have begun rehashing the old negative attacks of the 90's against Hillary.

This is not the politics of hope -- it's the usual attack style politics that we have seen time and time again.

And it must stop.

Only you can make that happen. A contribution now will show the Obama campaign that there is a price to this kind of attack politics.

Make a contribution to stop the Obama attacks.

You and I know Hillary is a fighter -- she has been fighting for what she believes in for 35 years, and as president, she's going to fight for us. So let's make sure she knows we have her back.

Thank you,

Terry McAuliffe
Chairman, Hillary Clinton for President

P.S. Calling Hillary a "monster" isn't the only attack we're seeing from the Obama campaign. We've seen deceptive radio attack ads and deceptive mailings in Texas and Ohio -- and now in Wyoming and Mississippi. Let's stop these attacks now -- make a contribution today.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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