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Politico: Bill Clinton Offended by NYT's 'Frail, Old' Comment

By    |   Friday, 10 April 2015 06:31 AM

Former President Bill Clinton has taken offense to claims he is too old and will not play a big role in his wife's upcoming presidential campaign.

Politico reports Clinton, who was in office from 1993-2001, is taking on The New York Times over a story it ran two weeks ago. That story characterized Clinton as "frail," saying, "he looks older than his 68 years."

The Times story also said aides will have to keep a close eye on him during Hillary Clinton's expected presidential campaign, because if he says one wrong thing, her 2016 train could derail.

Privately, reports Politico, the former president took issue with the Times piece. And now he is firing back.

Politico writes that Clinton called the Times story "creative writing" when talking to donors at his family's foundation.

During Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign for president, Politico writes that her husband became angry over what he and other aides thought to be a media double standard of coverage of his wife versus that of then  Sen. Barack Obama, who went on to win the Democrat nomination and the presidency.

During a conference call with donors in 2008, of which Politico obtained the audio, he reportedly blamed "pressure from the Obama side, from the media, from the MoveOn crowd — who they think is an automatic ATM machine for everybody for life. So, they're reluctant to take on all that."

For the 2016 race, Hillary Clinton has gotten herself into a mess before her campaign has officially begun. She's been enveloped in a scandal ever since it was revealed last month she used a private email address and a private server during her time as secretary of state (2009-2013), a breach of the normal protocol.

Republican lawmakers are trying to bring her in front of a committee to testify about the scandal and about emails she may have deleted pertaining to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton's team has crafted a new image for her upcoming campaign that could be announced Sunday,  an image that presents a softer side and one that will see her meeting with voters in more intimate settings.

Some critics, however, think the campaign is virtually over before it's even become official.

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