Courtesy Of Bloomberg.com
Clinton Risks Credibility Gap Over `Fudged’ Claims, Stances
By Indira Lakshmanan
March 28 (Bloomberg) — Hillary Clinton, accused of exaggerating her experience and reversing policy positions, risks a widening credibility gap that may undermine her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The New York senator, who this week admitted to misrepresenting the danger she confronted in Bosnia, also has come under fire for allegedly distorting her role in opposing free trade and the war in Iraq, and overstating her involvement in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and health insurance to children.
The debate over these and other statements is fueling distrust among voters, according to analysts and recent polls. A Pew Research survey released yesterday showed 30 percent of white Democrats — a group Clinton needs in order to win the remaining primaries — regard her as a “phony,” twice as many as those who perceive rival Barack Obama that way. In late February, just 7.8 percent of voters surveyed by Pew described her as “untrustworthy.”
“She’s either fudged her positions or been downright disingenuous,” said Dan Gerstein, a Democratic strategist who isn’t working for any candidate. “Any one” episode “wouldn’t hurt her, but the accumulated weight has turned Democratic voters against her.”