On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution quoted a source as saying that Clinton used a Q-and-A period after her closed-to-the-public speech in the city to note that she had backed the raid that ended in the
Clinton's team had insisted that no video or recordings be made of her speech, a familiar demand from her camp. The news organization enlisted attendees to take her measure.
“No ears reported any mention of whatever 2016 ambitions Clinton might have,” said reporters Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway. “But state Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) said the former first lady dropped a huge hint. 'I know she’s running for president now, because toward the end, she was asked about the
“Time and time again, Taylor said, Clinton mentioned the vice president's opposition to the raid, while characterizing herself and
The account of their positions was not new; Biden himself has acknowledged that he felt the 2011 mission was too risky. According to a recounting of the administration’s deliberations in “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” author Mark Bowden said that of President
What was notable was the suggestion — or theory — that Clinton was differentiating herself from Biden in preparation for a clash as 2016 Democratic candidates.
The same connotation flowed from a Biden appearance in Iowa in September. Speaking at an annual political gathering where wink-wink is the favored approach, Biden praised Obama and said — with no delineation of the Bin Laden situation — that they had consistently agreed, dating back to the 2008 presidential contest.
Aides to both would-be candidates declined to comment, a circumstance that, like vague candidate assertions, can be expected to change down the line.