Clinton's Busy Nights
By Anne E. Kornblut
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Mar. 2 - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton makes frequent claims about her experience on the campaign trail and on Sunday she offered a new one: that she spent a night sitting in the emergency watching patients come through.
"Go to the emergency room some night. Sit there. I've done this," Clinton said during her stump speech here, when discussing the need for universal health care.
But if Clinton did sit in an emergency room, it was not during the current campaign, or anytime recently, at least not in public view. A Clinton spokesman said she began visiting emergency rooms when she was the first lady of Arkansas more than 15 years ago.
"She started doing it in Arkansas and has been doing it ever since," said Doug Hattaway, a Clinton spokesman. He said Clinton continued to make such visits as a New York senator but couldn't be more specific about the last time she had done so.
Another claim of night activity on Clinton's part is that she worked the night shift. Her Ohio ad, of the same title, says, "She understands. She worked the night shift, too." One campaign explanation for that: Clinton worked the midnight shift washing dishes at a lodge in Alaska in the summer of 1969, when she 21 years old.
No wonder she is so ready to answer the phone at 3 a.m.
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