Political Editors / February 19, 2016

Clinton: ‘I Don’t Believe I Ever Have’ Lied to Voters


In an interview with CBS, Hillary Clinton tried to channel the integrity of Jimmy Carter when she said she doesn’t remember ever misleading the American public. “I … see in the eyes of the people I’m meeting with, ‘Okay, tell me something I can believe. Don’t over-promise. Tell me what I can believe you will do for me and my family.’ And that’s what I’ve tried to do.” When CBS pointed out that on the campaign trail Carter promised voters that he would not lie to them, Clinton responded, “Well, I have to tell you I have tried in every way I know how, literally from my years as a young lawyer all the way through my time as secretary of state, to level with the American people.”

The problem for Clinton is that over two-thirds of voters immediately think her statement is horse pucky. A recent Associated press/GfK poll found that Sanders is increasingly gaining traction as a viable candidate in the eyes of Democrat voters. Why? Because Democrat voters see him as more honest than Clinton. Across the spectrum of American voters, only 30% regard Clinton as honest. This reputation has always followed Clinton, too, World Magazine founder Joel Belz noted. Twenty years ago, Belz wrote a column about Clinton’s “growing disregard for telling the truth.” Today, that reputation is reflected in popular polls, and in the mainstream press. While Clinton runs on her experience in politics, her track record of lying might cost her the Democrat primary.

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