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Sunday, January 20, 2008

NH Women Apologize for Misrepresenting Obama’s Record on Clinton’s Behalf

What a surprise, another series of apologies in the wake of a distorted attack against Obama. A former NH state senator who signed a letter accusing Obama of being soft on abortion rights now realizes that her participation in the letter was wrong and divisive.

Katie Wheeler, a former state senator, said the Clinton campaign had not given her background information about Obama’s record on abortion rights when it asked her to sign the letter calling him weak on the issue, and said that, as a result, she did not understand the context of the votes that the letter was attacking him over.

“It should never have gotten to the point where anyone thought Obama was not pro-choice,” said Wheeler, a founder of the New Hampshire chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “I don’t think the Clinton campaign should have done that. It was divisive and unnecessary…I think it was a mistake and I’ve spoken to the national [Clinton campaign] and told them it caused problems in New Hampshire, and am hoping they won’t do it again.”

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