Hillary Clinton Campaign Planted Questions
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has repeatedly planted questions at campaign stops.
One day after Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign confirmed that a staffer planted a question for the presidential candidate at a recent campaign stop, another person has come forward with a similar story.
Geoff Mitchell, a minister who recently moved to Hamilton, Ill., from Iowa, told ABC News that he was approached this spring by Clinton’s Iowa political director Chris Haylor to ask Clinton a question about war funding. Mitchell, 32, said that the request “did not sit well with me in the tradition of the Iowa caucus.” “I grew up in Iowa and I value the tradition of the caucuses of answering the questions of the people,” Mitchell said.
The revelation today about a campaign-prompted question comes just one day after the Clinton campaign admitted to planting a question this week in Iowa. That instance involved an unidentified Clinton campaign staffer who approached a female student from Grinnell College and asked her to pose a question about global warming at a campaign stop at a biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, on Nov. 6.
The campaign acknowledges the practice and, given that it’s happened at least twice, it’s not unreasonable to presume they’ve done this as a matter of course. It is indeed a violation of the spirit of free exchange and, frankly, rather bizarre given that Clinton could easily get her message out in her prepared remarks without stooping to this.
Perhaps there’s a time-honored tradition of doing this sort of thing that I’ve just missed. What immediately comes to mind, though, is this classic exchange from a Saturday Night Live debate spoof during the 2000 campaign.
George Bush: [ disguised in Mexican garb with his Secret Service Agents ] Well.. as an undecided Latino voter – mi English unbiquito here – but I’d like to ask Governor Bush here, didn’t that last question seem a little biased? A little skewed? Not totally on the level? That last fellow – possible shill.. possible Democratic operative over there..
Of course, that was just a comedy skit.