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Clinton Camp Says Obama Has Double Standard

By Anne E. Kornblut
Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign continued its pushback Sunday against charges that former president Bill Clinton questioned Sen. Barack Obama's patriotism last week.

In a "must-read" e-mail sent out Easter morning, the Clinton campaign forwarded a blog posting by National Review columnist Kathleen Parker, who called "nonsense" the idea that the former president attacked Obama at a campaign event in Charlotte. Later Sunday, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell (D) accused the Obama campaign of a double standard -- decrying negativity in politics and then attacking the Clinton campaign at the drop of a hat.

The contretemps began last Friday when Bill Clinton said: "I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics."

The Obama campaign immediately pounced on the remark, and retired Air Force Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak, an Obama adviser, described it as reminiscent of McCarthyism. That set off a round of indignation from the Clinton campaign.

On Sunday, even New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a newly declared Obama backer, said he did not believe the former president had accused Obama of being unpatriotic. "I don't believe President Clinton was implying that," Richardson said, appearing along with Rendell on "Fox News Sunday." But, Richardson added, "the campaign has gotten too negative -- too many personal attacks, too much negativity that is not resounding with the public."

By Post Editor  |  March 23, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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