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THIS IS WHAT HAS BEEN POSTED ON WIKILEAKS. WHEN PUT INTO CONTEXT, THERE IS NOTHING HERE

WIKILEAKS: HILLARY CLINTON PAID SPEECHES AND ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He is regarded as one of the greatest presidents in US history. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation Jan 1, 1863 and ended slavery.| Bio.com

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He is regarded as one of the greatest presidents in US history. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation Jan 1, 1863 and ended slavery.| Bio.com

In one of the pivotal moments in the Oct. 9th presidential debate, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton the following question derived from hacked Clinton emails.

Martha Raddatz: This question involves WikiLeaks release of purported excerpts of Secretary Clinton’s paid speeches, which she has refused to release, and one line in particular, in which you, Secretary Clinton, purportedly say you need both a public and private position on certain issues. Is it OK for politicians to be two-faced? Is it acceptable for a politician to have a private stance on issues?

Hillary Clinton: Well, right. As I recall, that was something I said about Abraham Lincoln after having seen the wonderful Steven Spielberg movie called “Lincoln.” It was a master class watching President Abraham Lincoln get the Congress to approve the 13th Amendment. It was principled, and it was strategic.

And I was making the point that it is hard sometimes to get the Congress to do what you want to do and you have to keep working at it. And, yes, President Lincoln was trying to convince some people, he used some arguments, convincing other people, he used other arguments. That was a great — I thought a great display of presidential leadership.

Then she pivoted

But, you know, let’s talk about what’s really going on here, Martha, because our intelligence community just came out and said in the last few days that the Kremlin, meaning Putin and the Russian government, are directing the attacks, the hacking on American accounts to influence our election. And WikiLeaks is part of that, as are other sites where the Russians hack information, we don’t even know if it’s accurate information, and then they put it out.

We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary, a foreign power, is working so hard to influence the outcome of the election. And believe me, they’re not doing it to get me elected. They’re doing it to try to influence the election for Donald Trump.

Trump attacked Clinton in a manner suggesting that he thought she was making up the fact that she, in fact, mentioned Lincoln in the speech. This is troubling and shows Trump did not read the WikiLeaks emails posted online to prepare for the debate. He was once again winging it. Clinton on the other hand, explained, truthfully, the contents of her speech and it made sense. Perhaps the bigger disappointment is not the fact that Trump was not prepared, rather that Raddatz in asking the question did not put it in context. Raddatz also appeared to have not read the emails so she was asking a question of serious magnitude out of context. Her question should have set up the background of the email being discussed and then asked Clinton to explain her position because this is a question of public interest. She instead fed into the wrong perception that Clinton is untrustworthy.

Donald Trump: Well, I think I should respond, because — so ridiculous. Look, now she’s blaming — she got caught in a total lie. Her papers went out to all her friends at the banks, Goldman Sachs and everybody else, and she said things — WikiLeaks that just came out. And she lied. Now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln. That’s one that I haven’t…

OK, Honest Abe, Honest Abe never lied. That’s the good thing. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you. (pointing at Clinton) That’s a big, big difference. We’re talking about some difference.

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Here are the paid speeches released by WikiLeaks.

HRC Paid Speeches

TOPICS

  1. CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH
  2. CLINTON SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY
  3. CLINTON TALKS ABOUT HOLDING WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE ONLY FOR POLITICAL REASONS
  4. CLINTON SUGGESTS WALL STREET INSIDERS ARE WHAT IS NEEDED TO FIX WALL STREET
  5. CLINTON ADMITS NEEDING WALL STREET FUNDING
  6. CLINTON TOUTS HER RELATIONSHIP TO WALL STREET AS A SENATOR
  7. CLINTON TALKS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES RUNNING FOR OFFICE
  8. CLINTON SUGGESTS SHE IS A MODERATE
  9. CLINTON IS AWARE OF SECURITY CONCERNS AROUND BLACKBERRIES
  10. CLINTON REMARKS ARE PRO KEYSTONE AND PRO TRADE
  11. CLINTON IS MORE FAVORABLE TO CANADIAN HEALTH CARE AND SINGLE PAYER

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