In my one on one interview with Barack Obama in Greenville, SC, he tells me he's not looking for a fight with Hillary Clinton but won't duck one either. Watch above and read the key parts of the transcription below:
David Brody: Are you looking for a fight here?
Barack Obama: Absolutely not. I wasn't looking for a fight. What I'm looking for is a correcting of the misstatements that have been coming out of the Clinton camp, not just from the Senator but also from her husband over the last month.
If you spend a month taking in incoming at a certain point you have to make sure that we correct the record and that's what we did.
This stuff is a distraction but it's a purposeful strategy that they've employed over the last month and we've had to sort of put a check to it.
David Brody: You say it's a strategy. You think it's a lot of this is done on purpose to kind of get you off your game a little?
Barack Obama: There's no doubt. I mean, look, up in New Hampshire President Clinton was making stuff up about my opposition to the war in Iraq. We had the Clinton camp repeating that we were in favor of the Yucca mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada even though I consistently said I wasn't.
The latest episode where I praised Ronald Reagan's political skills and they suggest that somehow I had complimented Ronald Reagan's economic policies and said they were superior to Democrats. I means these were all things that were just made up. And I understand that's the political tactics that we've become accustomed to.
THE BRODY FILE:
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