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Mitt Romney camp namedrops Hillary Clinton

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Perhaps hoping to lure the attention and support of the legions of Hillary Democrats who might have soured on President Obama, the Mitt Romney campaign has dug up a 2008 quote by the Obama campaign that criticizes Clinton.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets in the traditional Thai way as she visits the collective centre for people evacuated from flooded areas in Bangkok November 17, 2011. Clinton is on a two-day visit to Thailand.

In 2008, Obama’s political machine claimed a certain candidate “parses and calculates and shifts for political position,” was “not seen as trustworthy by the American people,” and ranked as “one of the most secretive politicians in America today.” John McCain? No. His Secretary of State-appointee, Hillary Clinton.

Is that what they still think of our Secretary of State - or is this simply another example of knowing no bounds in seeking political power?

Three years into his administration, Clinton is a far more popular figure than Obama and by digging up old quotes from the campaign trail, Romney could tap into some of that Hillary love and the resentment some of her former backers may still feel toward Obama. Yet Clinton has been one of Obama’s biggest backers, and while as secretary of state she is forbidden from directly campaigning for her boss, she will no doubt continue to be one of his most effective cheerleaders on foreign policy.

The quote also aims to shift attention from Obama’s attacks, begun in earnest this week with a Democratic TV ad blitz, on Romney’s record of flip-flopping, according to Democrats, on key policy positions. If the flip-flop attack is a well-worn one from the Democratic camp, then perhaps voters will pay less attention to it, the Romney camp seems to hope.

Here’s the full e-mail from the Romney camp:

“Friend,

They’re at it again.

President Obama and his Democrat allies continue their “kill Romney” campaign - a mere 344 days before the general election - by launching a new attack ad in a half-dozen states they are worried about losing.

Sadly, this isn’t surprising. You need no reminding that President Obama’s economic record is the worst of any president in modern history. And to avoid addressing this administration’s abject failure to create a single net new job, Obama’s campaign continues to distract by focusing negative attacks against its greatest threat - Mitt Romney.

But it’s politics as usual for the Obama White House. In 2008, Obama’s political machine claimed a certain candidate “parses and calculates and shifts for political position,” was “not seen as trustworthy by the American people,” and ranked as “one of the most secretive politicians in America today.” John McCain? No. His Secretary of State-appointee, Hillary Clinton.

Is that what they still think of our Secretary of State - or is this simply another example of knowing no bounds in seeking political power?

The American people have now seen what three years of “Hope and Change” looks like - we’re not about to sign up for four more. Please share this email with a friend or family member and help us hold President Obama accountable.

Thanks,

Gail Gitcho

Director of Communications

P.S. Your support is vital to ensuring Mitt’s conservative message can drown out President Obama’s hollow campaign. Donate $5 or more today.”

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