Coincidence? Did Bill Clinton Respond to Obama’s Swipe?

By A'Melody Lee

Jun 26, 2007 4:05pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley Reports: The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed to trade jabs over that big campaign question of who is best prepared to lead the country from the moment they’re sworn into office. 

When asked about Clinton supporters questioning Obama’s experience at a Monday night fundraiser, the Illinois senator reportedly said "The only person who would probably be prepared to be our president on Day 1 would be Bill Clinton — not Hillary Clinton," in what may be seen as Obama’s first direct swipe at Hillary Clinton.   

In a Tuesday e-mail message to supporters asking for financial contributions, Hillary Clinton’s husband — someone who knows a thing or two about being president — Bill Clinton offered his opinion about who is best prepared to lead the nation.   

"America is ready for change, and we need a president ready to lead on day one," Clinton said.   

Team Clinton (of course) denies that the former president choose the "Day One" line after learning about Obama’s shot at his wife.

Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee told ABC News Bill Clinton was not saying anything new by talking about his wife’s preparedness to be president, the campaign has been making the argument for a while.    

"This is a case the president has been making for a long time, a case that our campaign has been making for a long time, and this is not in response to anything," Elleithee said. 

Indeed the Clinton campaign has been trying to prove that the New York senator is best prepared to be president from the start.  A campaign press release sent around hours before Obama’s remarks on Monday has Rep. Corrine Brown D-Fl., saying that Clinton "has the best combination of strength, experience and intellect to be President and lead from her first day in the White House."
Maybe the "Day One" rhetoric is simply a favorite of Clinton media adviser Jimmy Siegel — who also advised Clinton supporter Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Click HERE to see. 
Or perhaps that, too, is simply a coincidence.

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