Published: Wed, October 23, 2019
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Audio: Hillary Clinton DIDN'T call Tulsi Gabbard a Russian spy

Audio: Hillary Clinton DIDN'T call Tulsi Gabbard a Russian spy

"I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is now in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate", Clinton speculated on a podcast about Russia's involvement in the next election. Gabbard also alleged there has been a "concerted campaign" to destroy her reputation since she announced her presidential run in January.

'And yes, ' he continued, 'she said that certain fringe members of the Democratic and Green parties are assets to the Russians.

The newspaper cites 17 state and national party leaders who expressed concerns about the Democratic field, still large and filled with weaknesses after four debates.

The interview, with former Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe for his "Campaign HQ" podcast, revealed Clinton's fear that Republicans will try to divide Democrats in 2020 by fostering third-party campaigns that could siphon off liberal votes. "I will not be running as an independent or a third-party candidate".

In a previously posted video, on Sunday, Gabbard assumed Clinton had had it out for her since 2016, when she left her position in the Democratic National Committee and endorsed Sen. "People can disagree on issues, but it is outrageous for anyone to suggest that Tulsi is a foreign asset", Sanders said of his fellow Democratic presidential hopeful on Twitter.

We don't yet know who'll run for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings' (D-Md.) Baltimore-area U.S. House seat, but Ben Jealous, a former NAACP president and the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee past year, has said he will not be a candidate.


'Thank you for speaking the truth, ' Gabbard replied.

In a familiar dynamic, Russian Federation has already targeted Democratic presidential candidates, specifically going after Joe Biden, as part of the Kremlin's 2020 efforts. Larry Cohen, one of Sanders' top supporters, was more conciliatory but warned in an interview that Clinton could harm the eventual 2020 nominee by weighing in against specific candidates, even a longshot like Gabbard.

While the Vermont senator is the first frontrunner in the Democratic primary to condemn Clinton's comments, he joins a number of other candidates who have stood up for Gabbard: Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson.

"I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is now in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate", Clinton said. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far'.

Possibly the most unlikely defender, in this case, was U.S. president Donald Trump, who said, "She's not a Russian agent". "She doesn't say the Russians are grooming anyone", Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill tweeted Friday. He added: "These people are sick".

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