"Sanctity Of The Ballot": Hillary Clinton Publicized Her Vote For Obama

October 15, 2014
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Nobody Left Standing With Grimes' Obama-Dodge As New Video Shows Her Discussing Her Vote For Clinton

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Hillary Clinton announcing her vote for President Obama and Alison Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to admit hers. 

‘Clinton Has Cast Her Vote For Barack Obama’ 

In 2008, Hillary Clinton Had No Problem Saying That She Voted For Barack Obama. “Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has cast her vote for Barack Obama, saying that voters understand that the nation needs "a serious president for serious times." Clinton voted Tuesday with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in their hometown of Chappaqua in New York's Westchester County.” (Jim Fitzgerald, “Hillary Clinton casts vote for Obama,” Associated Press, 11/4/08) 

In 2008, Hillary Clinton Told Voters: “Tell Them Hillary Sent You To Vote For Barack Obama!” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Joint Rally With Barack Obama, Orlando, FL, 10/20/08) 

In 2008, Hillary Clinton: “I Pledge My Support And My Hard Work” To Making Barack Obama President. "And the answer for me here in Unity, New Hampshire, is to pledge my support and my hard work and my effort to the next president of the United States, Barack Obama." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Joint Rally With Barack Obama, Unity, HH, 6/27/08) 

NEW VIDEO: Grimes Tells How She Voted For Hillary

REPORTER: “Tell me about the first time you voted. Who did you vote for and what issues were most important to you?” ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES: “Well, I turned 18 if 1996. Unfortunately, it was after President Clinton's election. I’d hoped to be able to vote for him. I got a chance, though, to vote for Secretary Clinton in 2008. The issues then, in 1996, that were at the core of the campaign are the same issues that we're fighting for today.” (“Ballot Bomb: Exploring The Young Voter Explosion,” KET)

Media Reacts In Real Time

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: “I think the constitutional right only works when she likes it.” (MSNBC’s Morning Joe, 10/15/14)

DONNY DEUTSCH: “It says something about your core. It just says a lack of constitution…” (MSNBC’s Morning Joe, 10/15/14)

Fact Checkers Question Grimes ‘Puzzling Interpretation’ Of Constitutional Right To Dodge Vote Questions

ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Odd Take On Constitution In Kentucky Debate… It's a puzzling interpretation of the constitution she was talking about — Kentucky's, which guarantees to all people of the state… But nothing requires Kentuckians particularly or Americans broadly to stay mum on their choice in the ballot box… Yet everyone's free to blab about it if they want, or free not to, including a secretary of state who is in the thick of the political fray, as a candidate in a race where the outcome may shape what Obama can do in the next two years. Moreover, she was a delegate for Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.” (Calvin Woodward, “FACT CHECK: Odd take on Constitution in Ky debate,” Associated Press, 10/14/14) 

WAVE: During The Debate Grimes Stated That The Constitution Prevented Her From Saying She Voted For Obama, But That Is False. “During the debate, Grimes again refused to answer whether she had voted for President Barack Obama, an issue that has plagued her over the past week. “Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the right to privacy at the ballot box,” Grimes told moderator Bill Goodman. “I'm not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky to curry favor on one side or the other.” Grimes' take on the state Constitution needs clarification, Reality Check found. “All elections by the people shall be by secret official ballot,” reads Kentucky's official document. Yet Grimes implies that she's barred from saying who she voted for, and the Constitution includes no prohibition on that.” (Theo Keith, “REALITY CHECK: Examining McConnell, Grimes' debate talking points,” WAVE, 10/14/14)

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