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Is Hillary’s past haunting her future?
February 10th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Is Hillary’s past haunting her future?

Tonight on Crossfire, brand new documents reveal Hillary Clinton’s private reaction to her husband's cheating scandal with Monica Lewinsky. Can Hillary overcome the inevitable talk about her past if she’s looking for a run in 2016?

At 6:30pm ET Tracy Sefl, Senior Adviser to "Ready for Hillary" and Tim Miller, who leads an anti-Hillary effort, join Van Jones and Kevin Madden.

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  1. dave

    Poke a fork on BHillary. She is already done.

    February 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  2. dave

    Her past has not even begun to be exposed yet. Just wait. She does not have the cover that 0bama had in that no one knew or even could find much on him. BHillary has decades of baggage which little of it has yet to be brought out to the public in any detail. Even the liberal MSM will have to cover stories.

    February 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  3. Getoverit


    Rand Paul has nothing. Thus he has to drag up the past. Hillary is way up in the polls, while he is near the bottom , where he belongs.
    Fooled again.

    February 12, 2014 at 3:12 am | Reply
  4. davecu


    I certainly hope so. If not, we have an electorate totally incapable of independent thought.
    If that's the case we are doomed.

    February 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  5. Country Girl

    In no way should her HUSBAND's indiscretion weigh on her political life. She did not violate the marital trust, he did. Stop punishing the wife for the sins of the husband!

    February 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • davecu

      I, personally, believe she choice to stay with him because a divorced woman can not, yet, be elected president.
      Her choices are ALL about HER power, not the country's welfare.

      February 11, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  6. Sam

    Meanwhile you FOOLS on both sides keep taking sides like it's a stupid football game and fighting with each other. You are all Americans and you treat each other like the enemy while the rich Democrat and Republican politicans go to the bars together after work and laugh at how dumb and gullible you are. You people are being played for fools by both sides and you don't even realize it. Wake up, both parties are nothing but lying scumbags.

    February 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  7. US Citizens

    Not nearly as much as it would...if voters really knew her past. But today's politicians write and rewrite their histories as "living documents."

    February 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  8. Gunderson

    When Hillary was running for President there was a poll that 51 percent would not vote for Hillary under any circumstances. Wonder if anybody has changed their mind?

    February 11, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • davecu

      I, for one, am more resolute than ever.
      That woman is self-absorbed, ruthless, self-entitled, anything but a public servant.

      February 11, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  9. gl remote

    Several witnesses who were at Fort Marcy Park reported that Mr. Foster's car was not in the Fort Marcy lot when Mr. Foster was already dead. Others, when showed the photographs of Mr. Foster's body at the park, reported that the crime scene had been tampered with.

    February 11, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply
  10. Iamnotfooled

    Rand Paul has nothing. Thus he has to drag up the past. Hillary is way up in the polls, while he is near the bottom , where he belongs.

    February 11, 2014 at 4:00 am | Reply
  11. Donald Berrian

    Hillary is as hated by conservatives as Sarah Palin is by liberals. It isn't clear why in either case, but the chances of any kind of piece or progress with either as President are minimal.

    February 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Nodack

      It isn't clear why? Republicans hate Democrats. Democrats hate Republicans. I hope that cleared it up.

      February 11, 2014 at 4:39 am | Reply
  12. manhandler1

    Sounds like the Teapublicans are really, really afraid of Hillary. Which is exactly why she should run. She would just about sweep the women's vote, the gay vote, the black vote, the Latino vote the youth vote and the anyone with brains vote.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  13. GL Remote

    Here's Hillary's past

    February 10, 2014 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • dave

      That is only a small part of what is to be brought to light.

      February 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  14. Margeaux

    Firstly, if that is all she called Monica then I would say Monica got off easy. We have all heard 'the other woman' called a lot worse. Secondly, who keeps such detailed records of conversations with a friend. Public figure yes, but friend first. Imagine if all of your private thoughts became public. If anything, I think more of Hillary for withstanding this invasion of her privacy. No wonder public figures mistrust people. I would never betray a friend's trust by recording her thoughts.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  15. Magshair

    Oh my goodness! The republicans are shaking in their boots and guess what they are going to try to build into a election issue? Of course! Hillary. Hmmm, what can we possibly bring up that could hurt her somehow if she runs for president. She has so much positive energy around her and the demos all want her to run, what can we do to stop this machine????? Oh yeah, lets go to the Lewinsky/Bill debacle. Yeah! That should get everyone thinking. Do these clowns realize that those of us struggling daily because of the GW years and him skewering our economy, do they really think the Lewinsky thing is even relevant? Come on, dust off your beanies and come up with something more current. This is extremely irrelevant. Stupid old guy driven Republican party.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  16. Lou50

    So she out sourced some of her home responsibilities. What is the big deal.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  17. Tom

    You know, her reaction to her bimbo husband isn't much of an issue. If you want something legitimate from her past to haunt her, why not bring up the way she ran the health care reform initiative? Totally opaque plan creation, no one allowed any input, and then a final "my way or the highway" plan thrown over the wall at the end. This is a legitimate cause for concern about any "leadership" qualities she might possess.

    February 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • Nodack

      No concerned here. No Republican would have ever agreed to work with Democrats to reform health care. My way or the highway? More like their way or it will never get done. It's no secret that Republicans have stonewalled everything in the past four years. Of course you guys are going to attack Hillary with everything you can muster. You guys are going to try to convince America that Hillary is Satan. The Republican Party has even begun making fake web sites of Democrat politicians.

      I am interested what a party is going to do for America, not how well they can attack the other side. I don't believe the Republican party has any plans to reform health care other than destroying Obamacare. They complain that Obama doubled the debt trying fight off the recession. Bush doubled the debt during a good economy and NO Republican cared in the slightest. Republicans complain that Obama didn't repair the damage from the recession fast enough. They never even cared that Bush destroyed the economy in the first place. Republicans complain that Obama lied and people lost their insurance and had to get new insurance. Bush lied and hundreds of thousands died as a result and the Republican response was to reelect Bush.

      February 11, 2014 at 4:57 am | Reply
  18. gary boyle

    Republicans are desperate bringing up monica lowinsky and trying for a wedge issue now that Hillary is way up in the polls and Christie has sunk! Rand Paul and the republicans are going no place quick!

    February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  19. steve

    I dont believe our nation needs the clintons and their history in the white house, Bill was having affairs with interns and Hillary hiding from their past ghosts in real estate transactions and law partners. New blood with new ideas, definitely a woman, but one with integrity and wanting to serve the people, not themselves.

    February 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  20. ProtectAmericanJobs

    The problem in trying to elect good leaders for The United States of America has nothing to do with the color or gender of our politicians. It's our politician's, from both parties, lack of honesty and the lack of willingness to do right by the US citizens that they're elected by and should be representing.

    Before Hillary Clinton runs for president, Americans need to remember that it was her "husband" that got us into bed with China in the first place. – How's that been working us?

    And what about that whole White-Water/Vince Foster deal?

    I don't trust the Clintons at all.

    Nixon restored normal diplomatic relations between the US and China, but Clinton is the one who opened up the trade floodgates with China. And both Bill and Hillary were actively involved during their visit to China.

    Under Clinton jobs to China, Under Bush I & II influx of illegals/cheap labor into the US and jobs to Mexico/NAFTA – Bush started it and it was signed into effect by Clinton. I loved President Reagan at that time, because he brought pride and respect back to our country after those embarrassingly weak Carter years, but unfortunately his shortsighted economic policy sent us down the wrong path. Reaganonomics was a huge mistake. Jeez and the wizards on Wall Street wonder why the American people aren't putting as much money into savings and their 401k plans anymore. Maybe it's because the shortsighted economic policies, from the 1980's to the present, have come back to bite the hands that feed them. I guess the thought of changing from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy of smoke and mirrors is working out just great? – Not!

    But even now President Obama is pushing a new disastrous, job-killing, "free trade" agreement on the United States under the misleading guise of increasing export opportunities. The president is asking for fast track trade authority that would give him unchallenged authority to do whatever he wants, in most cases to satisfy his campaign contributors instead of the American people. His track record proves he cannot be trusted with this kind of power. Congress must vote to deny the president fast track authority and they must refuse to pass the TPP!

    The president claims this agreement will be a good thing.

    In fact, the scarce details emerging from negotiations point in the opposite direction. Hundreds of corporate advisers are at the table looking for handouts for their particular industries, while average Americans are largely left in the dark. The results will surely be disastrous.

    If they try sneaking another disastrous trade agreement, like this TPP deal, through they're true Traitors to the American people. And I'll bet both parties will be involved. Funny, they can work together to line their own pockets, but not to put protections in place to help the American citizens that they are supposed to represent.

    The Trans Pacific Partnership must be stopped before it buries us for good.

    The WTO and NAFTA have done enough damage already, but if this goes into effect, Americans are really screwed.

    Let's face it – Both parties have sold out the American People! – Neither party really controls our country.

    If Ross Perot had been elected president in 1992, the American people and the real American economy would have been much better off today! I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

    February 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      Unfortunately most of our politicians are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral social issues like gay marriage and abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they'd always lose sight of the bigger picture.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?

      All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

      But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)

      Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.

      The American people need American leaders who will start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.

      Aren't there at least a handful of these powerful puppet-masters that are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and loyalty to America and their fellow Americans to start trying to turn this trend around?

      If there aren't any, we're screwed.

      The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

      The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the potential of a prosperous or even decent future.

      It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down domestic prices and wages.

      That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

      Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

      Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

      They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

      February 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  21. Bill Montei

    This attack by the GOPeeping Toms feels desperate...

    February 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  22. HAhahaha

    If the best the Republicans can do now day's is Hillary's past, they are indeed in deep dodo's.

    February 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply

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