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What I Learned Covering Hillary Clinton

By Ron Fournier, National Journal - February 1, 2013

I stopped betting against Hillary Rodham Clinton 23 years ago when I watched her crush one man's ambitions to preserve her husband's career.

Summoned to a Capitol rotunda news conference by Tom McRae, an earnest Democrat challenging then-Gov. Bill Clinton for re-election, I heard the click, clack, click of the first lady's low-heeled shoes approach from a hidden marble hallway.

"Tom!" the first lady of Arkansas shouted. "I think we oughta get the record straight!"

Waving a sheaf of papers, Hillary Clinton undercut McRae's criticism of the Clinton administration by pointing to his past praise of the governor. It was a brutal sandbagging. 

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