Jay Carney on a Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge: “You’ll Have To Ask Her”

Monday, August 29, 2011

Today’s White House press briefing got off to a bang when World Net Daily’s White House correspondent Lester Kinsolving asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney if President Obama is “certain” Hillary Clinton won’t challenge Obama in 2012.

This comes after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Obama had moved too far right because he has no primary opponent to keep him inline.

Carney became pissy and said the White House is sure Clinton won’t challenge Obama, however he told Kinsolving “you’ll have to ask her.”

Here is the transcript of the exchange:

Lester Kinsolving: “Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders said, and this is a quote, “one of the reasons the president has moved so far to the right is there is no primary opposition to him.” And my question: Why is the president certain Hillary won’t run against him?”

Jay Carney: “You win the award for originality today.”

Kinsolving: “Thank you very much.”

Carney: “The president is focused not on any election, he’s focused right now on doing his job to grow the economy, create jobs, ensure Americans who are in the path of this hurricane are taken care of.

Kinsolving: “I understand. Why are you running away from this question? Can you guarantee, I mean, are you sure Hillary is not going to run.”

Carney: “You’ll have to ask her. We’re fairly confident — that we need to focus on the task at hand.”

I reported on August 8, 2011 and August 15, 2011 about the growing chatter among powerful, east coast, political power brokers calling on Hillary Clinton to challenge the increasingly hapless and unpopular President Obama in 2012.

Today’s Hillary Clinton question to Obama’s press secretary comes on the day that the Nitwit in the White House received his lowest job approval number yet. A paltry 38% approve of job Obama is doing as president.

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24 Responses to Jay Carney on a Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge: “You’ll Have To Ask Her”

  1. DMason says:

    Carney is a fucking liar and a bad one at that. If he knew with abject certainty Hillary wasn’t going to challenge Obama he would say so. Personally, I think the thought of a Hillary challenge scare the living sheyat out of Obama because he’s smart enough to know he would lose. The voters are tired of him and they yearn for leadership. Obama has failed to provide leadership.

  2. JollyRoger says:

    This has all got to be very interesting to Hill herself. I think she should grab for the brass ring and make history.

  3. Pechanga says:

    The group The Last of the Mohicans have Hillary’s ear.

    Think about it; Hillary has an enthusiastic organization of 2008 supporters in place ready to rumble, HillPAC is collecting donations and most important, Bill Clinton is hovering in the background pushing her forward toward another run. I think the possibility of her running is real. Obama should be very afraid.

  4. Regardless of how you feel about Hillary (I have a growing respect for her), I think we can all agree on this.

    As president Hillary would not offer to slash Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid just to score a few worthless points with the likes of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

    Hillary Clinton is too smart and too tough to buckle the way Obama shamelessly did.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    Obama won’t win reelection with poll numbers like this. Unless we want to see Mitt Romney elected president (I’ll move to Mexico) then, the Hillary must challenge Obama in the primary. The DNC needs to wake the hell up and get the wheels turning. Hillary is a leader. Obama is a lazy ass coward who can’t stand up to John Boehner.

  6. ed says:

    Hillary or Andrew Cuomo need to challenge Obama….He is not going to win a second term, no way in hell.

  7. Matteo says:

    Hey guys. Check this out.

    27 Percent of Democrats Want to Nominate a Different Candidate – Not Obama
    http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/one-four-democrats-wants-dump-obama

  8. Robyn says:

    I’d ask Hillary whether she’s running or not if I could. I wouldn’t settle for anything other than a “yes” answer, too.

  9. Fran says:

    Meanwhile Michelle Bachmann thinks drilling for oil in the Everglades is a good idea, as long as it is done safely.

    The Everglades is the source of fresh, clean drinking water
    for more than 7 million Floridians.

    I got an offer for a free bumper sticker for Obama 2012. Umm No.

    We HAVE to have another viable candidate, because Tex-ass Perry, and Batshit Bachmann & Mitt Romney & what’s her name can’t decide but still annoying, Palin, are not viable options, but neither is Obama.

  10. Nigel Karsten says:

    One might conclude that the American electorate got things backward in 2008. It was Hillary Clinton who belonged at the head of the ticket and Barack Obama as her vice president. She brings much more experience to the table, as well as the expertise of her extremely successful husband to help her navigate the waters. Meanwhile, the relatively inexperienced Obama would have had the chance to learn on the job and prepare for a run of his own in 2020? At least in the UK, many Britons saw things this way.

  11. Adirondacky says:

    I have to say this. Govs. Cuomo and Christie have been touring the damage from Hurricane Irene, a massive storm that is responsible for the deaths of at least 31, it looks like Obama can’t be bothered to show just a modicum of interest in the disaster.I know the poor baby had to cut his swell vacation on Martha’s’ Vineyard short but is this any excuse for pulling a “Bush” and flying over the storm-effected areas?

  12. feminazi says:

    Adirondacky – You should see Connecticut! What a mess. My power only came back on this morning but many areas are still in the dark. Upstate the flooding took out many a road. In Bridgeport, we fared better than many a town. I had hoped to hear something from the president but it’s clear he can’t be bothered with us little folk. Maybe if we lived on Martha’s Vineyard. A Hillary challenge is what I want to see come 2012.

  13. Brigadoon says:

    Feminazi, I thought of you up there in Bridgeport. Did your roof hold? Please let us know.

  14. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Hillary would be a breath of fresh air and a genuine leader at a time when the USA is desperately in need of someone who navigate these terrible times. I am not out to destroy President Obama and I happened to vote for him but after three years, it is clear he’s in over his head.

    We must make a change in 2012 for the good of this country.

  15. Joe in Colorado says:

    ….Hillary Clinton who belonged at the head of the ticket and Barack Obama as her vice president.

    So true, Nigel! So true.

  16. Big Hank says:

    Happy to hear you made it through the hurricane, Ms. Feminazi. Irene was a bad un’, despite what the rightwing says.

    About Hillary Clinton challenging Obama. I have long held that the Clintons would just stand on the sidelines and watch Obama shoot himself in the foot making bad decisions after bad decisions.

    Once the self-inflected damage is done, the Clintons will make their move. Fun to watch.

  17. teresainpa says:

    in 2008 the majority of primary voters voted for Hillary. We have not forgotten and many of us didn’t like having our votes thrown out. Even thought most voted for Obama, we do not forget and with him proving to be so wrong for the job, you can expect many many democrats and independents will not be voting for him this time around.

  18. Debbie Banuelos says:

    I was never a Hillary fan but after the utter lack of leadership from the current occupant of the White House, she’s beginning to look awfully good to me.

    I hope she enters the race.

  19. Sweet Pea for Hillary says:

    I ♥ Hillary!

    Nigel’s analysis is spot-on! We got it backward in 2008. Hillary rightfully belonged at the top of the ticket. Her intelligence, her experience and her belief that she had a moral obligation to improve the lot of the American people, made her the right person for the job.

    I hope it’s not too late to ask her to return and run in the Democratic primary.

  20. Jim says:

    I think a Hilary run would be fantastic!

  21. Randy Arroyo says:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders said Obama has nothing to stop him from moving further and further to the right because he doesn’t have a primary challenger to pull him back to the center. Sanders is correct. I think a primary challenger is precisely what Obama needs to knock some sense into his arrogant head and no one would better than Hillary Clinton.

  22. With Hillary, you buy one and get two.

    Meaning Bill Clinton comes with the package and, regardless of how you feel about Bill Clinton, his eight years as president saw the creation of 23 1/2 million new jobs.

    Obama’s policies — whatever they are, by contrast, have driven unemployment closer to 10% with real unemployment nearing 22%. This simply can’t continue.

  23. lea-lea says:

    I think we got it all wrong way back in 2008.

    Obama really is an empty suit but we wanted to believe so much that we were willing to look the other way, ignoring Hillary while we embraced Obama’s message of “Hope and Change.”

  24. Bob Hunter says:

    I voted for Obama in 2008 and new it was a mistake when he appointed Geithner Secty of the Treasury, and it’s been all downhill since. Obama’s been an unmitigated disaster on economic issues. Give me Hillary.

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