Clinton Presidential Bid Doomed By Bill, Campaign Infighting

By Jennifer Parker

Jun 30, 2008 5:53pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: In the August issue of Vanity Fair, Gail Sheehy, author of the biographical book, "Hillary’s Choice," chronicles the demise of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, revealing some new tidbits about the demise of her historic bid.

Sheehy exposes more of the infighting within her campaign including the battles between former campaign adviser Harold Ickes and former chief strategist Mark Penn. She includes this quote from Ickes, "Penn was the chief strategist. Following our loss, he now disclaims responsibility for anything and everything that went wrong and acts as if he were barely involved, which is especially galling from someone who made [nearly] $20 million from the campaign.”

Sheehy also focuses on Bill Clinton, reporting that the former President wanted his own office in the campaign headquarters and that a top fundraiser described him as out of control.

Monetary issues plagued Clinton’s campaign and it is revealed that “there wasn’t a budget request denied in Iowa,” and that the early voting state cost the campaign $25 million dollars.

The campaign arguably never was able to recover from that financial blow and, as reported in the article, Clinton “resisted focusing on money” even through she was briefed about it.

“We have a cash flow problem,” Ickes reportedly told Clinton, per Sheehy.

Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, who has been blamed for the loss in Iowa by overspending, was fired and, as Sheehy reports, asked that Mark Penn be fired too. That did not happen, and the infighting continued between Penn, Ickes and others.

Sheehy reports that according to Ickes, it didn’t sink in for Clinton that it was over until 12 hours after Obama clinched the nomination. Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY., and other members of Congress, urged Clinton to concede, and 24 hours later it was clear to Clinton that she had to step down.

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