Pro-Clinton Group Uses Edwards to Hit Obama

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Dec 20, 2007 11:18am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports: A key union backing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton — the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E.) — is targeting Sen. Barack Obama’s, D-Ill., health-care plan in a mailer to Iowa Democrats.

The A.F.S.C.M.E. mailer criticizes Obama’s health-care plan as a "band-aid solution" that is "no change at all."

The interesting twist?

It quotes former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards — not Clinton — making the case that Obama’s health-care plan would leave "as many as 15 million Americans" without coverage.

"He’s been out there saying this. It made perfect sense to me," Ricky Teller, the AFSCME operative leading the union’s independent expenditure, told ABC News.

Edwards and Clinton have both criticized Obama for proposing a plan that does not require all Americans to obtain health insurance.

But although Edwards is accurately quoted on the mailer, his campaign is objecting to the pro-Clinton group presenting its criticism of Obama in a way that makes it look like it came from an Edwards ally.

"It’s fine to have an honest debate about policy," said Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Edwards’ Iowa state director, "but Iowans deserve better than planted questions and campaign fliers designed to fool them."

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