Heh He He... Eatin' Yer Own, Are Ya?
Hillary, Edwards Caught Insulting Rivals
Hillary Clinton and John Edwards were overheard Thursday collaborating on a strategy to eliminate other Democratic candidates from future presidential debates and forums.
According to the Associated Press, Fox News Channel microphones picked up Clinton and Edwards on stage discussing their desire to limit future joint appearances to exclude some rivals lower in the crowded field.
"We should try to have a more serious and a smaller group," Edwards said into Clinton's ear following a presidential forum in Detroit hosted by the NAACP.
Clinton agreed, according to print reports and video footage of the exchange. "We've got to cut the number. . . . They're not serious," she said, then thanked [Sen. Barack] Obama of Illinois and [former Ohio congressman Dennis] Kucinich as they walked by.
Clinton, turning back to Edwards, added that she thought their respective campaigns had already tried to limit the debates and "we've gotta get back to it."
The so-called "less serious" candidates in the 2008 Democratic Party field include New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, former Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel.
Kucinich was quick to denounce the comments by Clinton and Edwards.
"Candidates, no matter how important or influential they perceive themselves to be, do not have and should not have the power to determine who is allowed to speak to the American public and who is not," said Kucinich.
"Imperial candidates are as repugnant to the American people and to our democracy as an imperial president."