During his presidential primary campaign in 2008 against Hillary Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama delivered a stump speech in Pennsylvania in which he admitted a shocking fact about his opponent’s corruption.
“This is the same person who has taken more money from lobbyists than any other candidate, Democratic or Republican — taken more money from drug company lobbyists and insurance company lobbyists,” he said.
“And she’s saying I’m out of touch?” he added. “Who do you think is out of touch?”
Listen below, courtesy a campaign ad launched this week by the Make America Number 1 PAC:
This was not the only time during the 2008 campaign that Obama slammed Clinton for her corruption. According to fact-checking website PolitiFact, he also released an ad that featured the same claim.
“Sen. Hillary Clinton has taken over $800,000 from lobbyists, more money than any other candidate — Republican or Democrat,” the ad reportedly read. “Over $130,000 from energy lobbyists. Over $130,000 from drug company lobbyists. Over $125,000 from health care and insurance lobbyists.”
Here’s how PolitiFact rated the clue: “True.”
Now what makes anyone, including President Obama, think that Clinton has changed her ways?
Just consider how many times she been paid to speak to Wall Street banks. Furthermore, hedge funds have reportedly contributed at least $122.7 million to the current Democrat candidate’s presidential campaign.
Or recall how she in 2014 claimed that she and her husband had been “dead broke” after they left the White House. Yet a few months after leaving, the two reportedly spent over $1.2 million renovating their two mansions.
Though Obama has been mostly wrong during his presidency, he was spot-on correct in his 2008 criticism of Clinton. The woman is, has always been and will always be a money-hungry crook. But more than that, she has and will always be wholly out of touch with the American people.