Prospects for a re-vote in Michigan and Florida look all but dashed, but the Clinton campaign is not giving up the fight.
“We are hopeful that the Obama campaign will change its tune,” said Phil Singer in today’s installment of the daily Clinton conference call. With the Obama campaign poised to benefit from the decision not to stage repeat primaries in those states, that’s unlikely.
The campaign also used the 11,000 heavily redacted pages of Hillary Clinton’s schedule as first lady to criticize Obama for not releasing, or apparently having, his own records in the Illinois State Senate. (The Obama campaign has said that his old State Senate schedules have been lost.) Howard Wolfson issued a press release after the call that said, in part, “11,000 pages of the former First Lady’s schedules are now part of the public record and I believe that is approximately 11,000 more documents than the Obama campaign has released up until this point relating to any part of his service especially as a State Senator.”
As for all the redactions in Clinton’s 11,000 pages, the campaign put the blame on the national archives.
“We are not involved at all in the redaction process,” said Clinton spokesman Jay Carson, who was also on the call. He argued that President Clinton and his lawyers actually worked to “ease” the redactions, and advised reporters not to consider the schedules a comprehensive compendium of Clinton’s time in the White House, because they did not include any interactions or meetings that occurred on an “impromptu basis.”
Also, Wolfson, responding to a question whether Clinton got a chance to listen to Obama’s speech on race, said she did.
“She thought it was a good speech,” he said.