Countdown: The Hillary Clinton Interview

Keith Olbermann has been tough on Senator Hillary Clinton during the Democratic presidential primary, but on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, sh

Keith Olbermann has been tough on Senator Hillary Clinton during the Democratic presidential primary, but on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, she appeared on Countdown to talk about the campaign, her policies and some of the back and forth with Senator Barack Obama. Olbermann gave Clinton ample time to make her points -- which she used to her advantage -- and asked her a few tough questions, but no follow ups, by his own admission later in the show.

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Olbermann asks Clinton about her response to Barack Obama's comment that all three candidates are better than George Bush, and about her presidential threshold comment. Hillary chose to focus more on Senator McCain, saying his views on issues like Iraq and the economy would actually make him worse than Bush:

"...The problem is that he has the wrong ideas. He would continue the Bush policies on Iraq, which I think is wrong for the country. And, in fact, his statement about his being willing to leave troops in Iraq for up to 100 years is something I absolutely reject. That would be worse than President Bush."

UPDATE: (Nicole) Although Olbermann acknowledged that the limited time frame from which he was working hampered his ability to ask follow up questions, the fact that he allowed Clinton without pause to continue with her aggressive statements against Iran based on false allegations of a restarted nuclear weapons program (which he also mentioned after the interview was contradicted by the intelligence) is really unacceptable, especially after giving George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson a hard time for their debate moderation. According to The Politico (I know, I know):

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said earlier that Clinton didn't intend to refer to nuclear weapons in her first discussion of Iran today, but later on Olbermann, she made what seemed like a very clear nuclear threat against the gulf state.

"Massive retaliation," as a reader pointed out, is a term of art in nuclear strategy.and a cornerstone of nuclear deterrence...


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