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WikiLeaks: Hillary wanted Illinois to change its primary as a 'political favor'

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2006
    And according to the latest release from WikiLeaks, she thought she could:

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign tried to move the Illinois presidential primary to a later date, saying a contest held after the Super Tuesday primaries might stop momentum for a moderate Republican candidate and emphasizing that Clinton and her husband “won’t forget” a political favor, emails made public on Thursday show.

    A November 2014 email hacked from the accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was among nearly 2,000 new emails published by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The email, from Clinton’s future campaign manager Robby Mook to Podesta, said Obama administration officials should use their connections in the president’s home state to try to push back the March 15 Illinois primary by at least a month.

    “The overall goal is to move the IL primary out of mid-March, where they are currently a lifeline to a moderate Republican candidate after the mostly southern Super Tuesday,” Mook wrote. “IL was a key early win for (GOP presidential candidate Mitt) Romney” in 2012.

    While the request would come from Obama, the president and former Illinois senator, “the key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask,” Mook said.

    “The Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them,” he added. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, famously gave special attention to allies considered “friends of Bill.”

  2. church mouse guy

    church mouse guy Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2002
    I don't know why Hillary wanted to micromanage the GOP primary. It looks as if the Dems would be saying that it doesn't matter what the GOP does, doesn't it? As time runs out on Trump, it looks as if Hillary will win anyway.
  3. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    The argument seems to be that since Illinois has a good chunk of delegates and is less conservative than some other states (like Iowa and Wisconsin, for example) it would enable less conservative GOP candidates to win Illinois and stay in the primary hunt longer. The unsaid message is that moderate Republicans are more dangerous to Democrats then conservatives. Well, we know that's not true. GOP RINOs have lost the presidency the last couple of times they've run.

    Much ado about nothing. Illinois is a solid blue state.
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