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Run off her feet

india Updated: Mar 27, 2008 22:58 IST
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Run off her feet

Looks like the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in the US is all about race, lies and videotapes. Just when we thought Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have had enough of invoking the ‘R’ word at the drop of a super delegate’s hat, comes news that Ms Clinton made up her story of being under sniper fire on a visit to Bosnia in 1996. The lady admitted on Wednesday that she “misspoke’ when she made that claim, attributing it to the fatigue of a tiring primary campaign. The fact that her admission came after a news channel released video footage exposing her story will make damage control that much more difficult for the Clinton camp.

It is not so much her ‘misstatement’ that could harm her political chances, as the implication that she made up the story to portray herself as a seasoned commander-in-chief who’s ready to protect the American people. Even Republican nominee-apparent, John McCain recently ‘misspoke’ about Iran when he placed (Sunni) al Qaeda in (Shia) Iran, in a bid to signal his toughness on Tehran.

Throughout this campaign, the wannabe presidential candidates have traded allegations of each one fabricating episodes from the other’s life. The latest seems to be a videotape of Mr Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, expressing anti-American sentiments. One thing’s for sure, Americans will have a tough time ‘misremembering’ who said what, and why.