From NBC's Frank Thorp
It's what appears to be a common theme coming from the Clinton camp. After Sen. Clinton herself pointed out yesterday what she saw as hypocrisy coming from the Obama campaign, both Gov. Ed Rendell and her new Chief Campaign Strategist Geoff Garin pounced on the idea that Obama's "new politics" may be older than they appear.
Garin, who appeared on Sunday's "Meet the Press" with Obama's Chief Campaign Strategist David Axelrod, pointed out that members of the Obama campaign have been attacking Clinton for months now. "We want to go ahead and have a good, fair discussion of the issues facing the country, but we really don't want to play by two sets of rules. It's not fair," he told moderator Tim Russert.
One such comment was made by Gen. Walter Stewart (ret.) on a recent Obama Campaign conference call. Addressing Sen. Clinton's recent gaffe about her 1996 trip to Bosnia, he claimed that if Sen. Clinton was elected President she would not possess the "moral authority" to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. Both Axelrod and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) hastily repudiated the statement.
The Obama campaign, of course, points out Clinton has not been so positive, and says it is mostly responding Clinton-initiated attacks.
Rendell and Casey discussed the upcoming primary in their state on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Rendell explained that while Clinton's campaign may be somewhat negative, at least they don't deny it. And while Casey tried to defend Obama by pointing out that the Clinton campaign is no stranger to negative campaigning, Rendell was quick to point out, "but we are not hypocritical about it."