Clinton Says Obama Muslim Rumor Not True “As Far As I Know”

By Jaketapper

Mar 2, 2008 11:03pm

Interesting item starting to circulate on the web tonight like on AndrewSullivan.com

On 60 Minutes, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, was asked about rumors that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is a Muslim.

She took a hardline stance against the rumor…then seemed to walk it back, injecting a note of ambivalence.

Watch it HERE.

Here’s how the exchange went.

STEVE KROFT: You don’t believe that Senator Obama’s a Muslim?

HILLARY CLINTON: Of course not. I mean that’s, you know, that, there is no basis for that. You know, I take him on the basis of what he says, and, you know, there isn’t any reason to doubt that.

KROFT: You said you take Sen. Obama at his word that he’s not a Muslim…

CLINTON: Right, right..

KROFT: …you don’t believe that he’s a Muslim.

CLINTON: No! No! Why would I? There’s nothing to base that on. As far as I know.

"As far as I know"?

To be fair, Clinton went on to say that having "been the target of so many ridiculous rumors… I have a great deal of sympathy for anybody who gets, you know, smeared with the kind of rumors that go on all the time."

That said, it’s the "as far as I know" that has some Obama supporters up in arms.

(Like the one who posted the clip on Youtube under the header: "Hillary Clinton Stokes False Rumors about Obama’s Faith".)

I guess the question is how would this look if the shoe were on the other foot.

Let’s try just one of any number of ridiculous anti-Clinton smears.

HYPOTHETICAL STEVE KROFT: You don’t believe that Senator Clinton killed Vince Foster?

HYPOTHETICAL BARACK OBAMA: Of course not. I mean that’s, you know, that, there is no basis for that. You know, I take her on the basis of what she says, and, you know, there isn’t any reason to doubt that.

HYPOTHETICAL KROFT: You said you take Sen. Clinton at her word that she didn’t kill Vince Foster…

HYPOTHETICAL OBAMA: Right, right..

HYPOTHETICAL KROFT: …you don’t believe that she killed Vince Foster.

HYPOTHETICAL OBAMA: No! No! Why would I? There’s nothing to base that on. As far as I know.

Hmm.

And lest we forget this context, from the perspective of Obama supporters: two Clinton campaign volunteer coordinators in Iowa were asked by the Clinton campaign to resign after it came out that they had circulated those insane Obama-is-a-Muslim-Manchurian-candidate emails.

What say you?

- jpt

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