Clinton Misspeaks about Bosnia Trip

Ad Feedback - Senator Hillary Clinton "misspoke" last week when she described landing under sniper fire during a trip she took as first lady to Bosnia, her presidential campaign said.

The Obama campaign called it another exaggeration on the New York senator's part.

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Clinton often refers to the trip she took with her daughter and several celebrities to Bosnia in March 1996 as a part of her foreign policy experience.

She made her questionable remarks about the trip during a speech on Iraq while campaigning in Pennsylvania last Monday.

"I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base," she said.

In response to questions the following Monday about her comments, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson offered Clinton's previous written account in her book, "Living History," in which she described the welcoming ceremony at Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Clinton wrote: "Due to reports of snipers in the hills around the airstrip, we were forced to cut short an event on the tarmac with local children, though we did have time to meet them and their teachers and to learn how hard they had worked during the war to continue classes in any safe spot they could find."

"That is what she wrote in her book," Wolfson said. "That is what she has said many, many times and on one occasion she misspoke."

A spokesman for Barack Obama's campaign questioned whether Clinton misspoke, saying her comments came in prepared remarks for her speech on Iraq.

The Obama campaign statement provided a link to a text of Clinton's speech -- which is still posted on her campaign Web site, including the account of running to the cars.

Clinton's Bosnia story "joins a growing list of instances in which Senator Clinton has exaggerated her role in foreign and domestic policymaking," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a written statement.

The campaign statement also links to a video of her Bosnia trip that is posted on YouTube, showing Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, walking, smiling, waving, and stopping to greet the acting president. According to the video, they were in no apparent danger.

"This is something that the Obama campaign wants to push cause they have nothing positive to say about their candidate," Wolfson said Monday in the conference call.

Source: The Associated Press

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