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Obama Aides Deny They Will Use
White House Controversies Against Clinton

By Jonathan Weisman
Barack Obama's campaign pushed back hard against suggestions from a Democratic strategist, made in today's Washington Post, that the Illinois senator's campaign may dredge up controversies from the Clinton White House years in the run-up to the May 6 Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

In a conference call with reporters this morning, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said flatly, "We're not going to do that," a straight denial he did not offer Tuesday night in an interview with The Post when asked about the assertion.

"That was I think an unnamed strategist claiming to have some relationship with us," Plouffe said. "I can assure whoever was, in an act of puffery, suggesting they had some knowledge of what we're doing is incorrect. We've not talked about those issues in the campaign and won't."

The Post this morning quoted "a Democratic strategist familiar with the Obama campaign" as saying "aides are likely to turn to the controversies" of the Clinton years to try to end the Democratic nomination fight in the next two weeks.

"Everyone knows the history of the Clintons," the strategist said.

When Plouffe was asked about the comments Tuesday night, he responded that Republicans would be bringing up such issues, regardless of what the Obama campaign does.

By Post Editor  |  April 23, 2008; 12:30 PM ET
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