Posted: September 27, 2007 1:26 PM
Dodd Questions Prediction of Clinton as Nominee
At Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Hanover, N.H., moderator Tim Russert asked Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., to clarify his statement “I can understand why the President would want Senator Clinton to be the nominee.”
Dodd replied with bit of humor, saying “If I were Hillary Clinton, I’d be worried. This was the same guy who said, ‘Way to go, Brownie,’ here. And I think, ‘Mission accomplished,’ was the other one I saw.”
“So, in terms of being a prognosticator of events, I’d say the president has somewhat of a bad record when it comes to that,” Dodd continued.
When pressed further by Russert, Dodd conceded he “was being somewhat facetious” in his earlier response to President Bush’s prediction of a Clinton victory.
After the debate, Dodd’s campaign released another version of its Talk Clock that tracks how long each candidate and the moderator speak during the debate. In Wednesday’s debate, Russert talked the most, with Clinton at second with 17.5 minutes. Dodd trailed at fourth, speaking for 9.5 minutes.
Also on Dodd’s radar this week was Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. The Dodd campaign seized on reports that a Giuliani supporter planned to host a $9.11 fundraiser for the former New York City mayor’s campaign.
In a statement, Dodd said, “Exploiting the September 11th attacks for fundraising purposes is absolutely unconscionable, shameless and sickening.” Dodd called on Giuliani to “reject … any money raised and ask that their activities on his behalf stop immediately.”
Dodd will campaign in North and Northwest Iowa this weekend, where he’s scheduled to participate in six community kitchen table conversations about his plan for revitalizing rural America.