Hillary Clinton Once Photographed With Obama's 'Slum Landlord'
A photograph of a smiling Bill and Hillary Clinton standing beside Tony Rezko surfaced on the Internet as well as on network and cable television Friday morning. NBC's "Today" show was the first to ask Sen. Clinton about photo.
In a Democratic debate last week, Sen. Clinton blasted Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for doing legal work for Rezko -- "your contributor...in his slum landlord business in inner-city Chicago."
Rezko has contributed to Obama's campaign, which later sent about $84,000 of Rezko's tainted donations to charity. The disgraced real estate developer is scheduled to go on trial on public corruption and fraud charges Feb. 25.
Asked about the photo on NBC's "Today" show Friday, Sen. Clinton said she doesn't know Rezko -- "I wouldn't know him if he walked in the door."
Clinton said she did not remember meeting Rezko, either. "You know, I probably have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures," Clinton told Matt Lauer.
It's not clear where the Clintons were photographed with Tony Rezko, but the photo appears to have been taken during Bill Clinton's presidency.
On the "Today" show, Sen. Clinton also tried to clarify that she was "defending" herself when she made the "slum landlord" comment to Obama last week.
She accused Obama of making a "direct attack" on her at the debate. "I tried not to attack first, but I have to defend myself and I do have to counterpunch," Clinton explained. She also said she does not have a "17-year-relationship" with Rezko -- implying that Obama does.
The remark that prompted Hillary to "counter-punch" last week came when Obama accused Clinton of twisting his words on "Republican ideas." Obama said he did not endorse Republican ideas -- and he said his record reflected that: "While I was working on those streets, watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Wal-Mart," Obama said.
by Susan Jones - CNSNews.com Senior Editor - January 25, 2008
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