Welcome to the 2016 pre-primaries, where one potential candidate (Hillary Clinton) is reportedly already hitting a potential rival (Joe Biden) on his opposition to the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. Clinton, you see, supported the idea to take out the most wanted criminal terrorist in the world. From her angle, she was one of its biggest cheerleaders. While everyone should already know by now that Biden advised the President against the raid (he boldly admitted it), it looks like Clinton is (quietly) reminding potential voters of that bit of trivia, just in case Biden still thinks the Democratic nomination is up for grabs.
The latest report of campaigning comes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, relying on a handful of sources at Clinton's speech to 3,000-4,000 people at the National Association of Convenience Stores convention in Atlanta on Tuesday. State Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody gave the paper a rundown of her remarks:
"I know she’s running for president now, because toward the end, she was asked about the Osama bin Laden raid. She took 25 minutes to answer," Taylor said. "Without turning the knife too deeply, she put it to [Vice President Joe] Biden."
Time and time again, Taylor said, Clinton mentioned the vice president's opposition to the raid, while characterizing herself and Leon Panetta, then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as the action's most fierce advocates....The bin Laden query was the last of a Q-and-A session with the audience. "She took the rest of the time and went over, answering that question. She was ready to speak on that," Taylor said.
Despite Biden's private opposition to the bin Laden raid, the Vice President praised the President's decision to take action, and used it effectively against rival Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign. The raid was the basis for a major Obama campaign ad, "One Chance," featuring even more words of praise... from former President Bill Clinton:
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