Monday, October 31, 2016

Debate Questions and the Clinton Campaign

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders attended a debate sponsored by CNN, MLive and the Flint Journal held at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan.  Here is a video showing the full debate:

While I certainly don't expect you to listen to the entire two hour debate, I want to focus on what occurred at the 18 minute and 18 second mark.  Here's the exchange:

COOPER: I want to go to Lee-Anne Walters. This is Lee-Anne Walters. She was one of the first people to report problems with the water in Flint. One of her twin boys stopped growing. Her daughter lost her hair. She says she’s undecided, and has a question for both of you to answer, but we’ll start with Senator Sanders. Ms. Walters?

QUESTION: After my family, the city of Flint and the children in D.C. were poisoned by lead, will you make a personal promise to me right now that, as president, in your first 100 days in office, you will make it a requirement that all public water systems must remove all lead service lines throughout the entire United States, and notification made to the — the citizens that have said service lines.

SANDERS: I will make a personal promise to you that the EPA and the EPA director that I appoint will make sure that every water system in the United States of America is tested, and that the people of those communities know the quality of the water that they are drinking, and that we are gonna have a plan to rebuild water systems in this country that are unsafe for drinking. COOPER: Let me just point out for accuracy’s sake, there is 10 million lead service pipes delivering water to people all across this country tonight. Secretary Clinton?

CLINTON: Well, I agree completely. I want to go further though. I want us to have an absolute commitment to getting rid of lead wherever it is because it’s not only in water systems, it’s also in soil, and it’s in lead paint that is found mostly in older homes. That’s why 500,000 children today have lead — lead in their bodies.
So, I want to do exactly what you said. We will commit to a priority to change the water systems, and we will commit within five years to remove lead from everywhere.

We were making progress on this in the 1990’s. I worked with then Senator Obama to get more money, more support to do more to remove lead."

Now, let's look at one of the recent emails released from John Podesta's computer dated March 5, 2016, one day prior to the aforementioned debate:

The email is from Donna Brazile, who was appointed as the interim Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to step down earlier this summer.  Keeping in mind that CNN sponsored the March 6, 2016 debate, it is interesting to note that Donna Brazile has been quite active with CNN, appearing with the host of the debate, Anderson Cooper, as a member of his panel of political experts on CNN's election coverage.  As well, she is a political commentator on CNN's Situation Room.  Here is a screen capture showing her web page on the CNN website:

It is interesting to see that, despite her protestations to the contrary as shown here (at the 5 minute mark):

...Donna Brazile's emails would, at the very least, suggest the appearance of impropriety.  If only this were the first time, however, as shown here, it clearly is not ;

This begs the question, "Can we trust anything that comes out of the Clinton campaign?".

Update October 31, 2016 - 14:00 EST

Here is an announcement from CNN about Ms. Brazile's termination:

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