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September 28th, 2009
08:07 AM ET

Clinton: 'Vast right-wing conspiracy' virulent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The "vast right-wing conspiracy" that attacked him during his presidency has been weakened, but continues to operate against President Obama, former President Clinton said Sunday.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Former President Clinton said Republicans won't see a 1994-like surge at the polls in 2010."]

On NBC's "Meet the Press," Clinton was asked about the term his wife Hillary Clinton, now secretary of state, famously coined. "Is it still there?" host David Gregory asked.

"Oh, you bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was," the former president replied.

"I mean, they're saying things about him [Obama] - you know, it's like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did," Clinton said, in an apparent reference to conspiracy theories surrounding the suicide of White House deputy counsel Vince Foster.

"It's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now," Clinton said. "I mean, they may be hurting President Obama. They can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up. But fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America."

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  1. Mrs. Smith

    Actually their viciousness works because they will obtain whatever they want at all cost. Unlike the Dems who can't seem to even get healthcare done with a majority in the house. Come on it was easier for Bush to go to War than America to get universal healthcare. So love em or hate em, why shouldn't they do it, it works. America is addicted to drama, just look at reality tv!

    September 29, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  2. Dianne

    The war of Iraq was needless and very expensive. The Bush aadmisitration did not like freedom of speech either. That administration kept many secrets.Several singers and tv shows were closed because of the republican spin. Everything they did not want to explain was deemed national security. That administration could have poured those resources to the American way of life, great education, perhaps health care, and promoting more jobs than a needless war. When other nations stated that their intelligence did not agree, Bush/Cheney bad mouthed those countries, "you are either with us, or against us". Then they proceeded to tell us American intelligence was better, and if you donot agree with us you are unamerican. Where the republicans doing?

    September 29, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  3. Rebecca

    It is sasd to see that in country where there is supposed to be independent thought and freedome of speech that our leaders now label those that disagree with their expensive ideas as right wing conspirators. When there is a republican in the White House you do not hear the democratic dissent considering themselves left wing conspirators.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  4. Dianne

    Partisanship was not created by President Obama and it was there when Bush was the president. The republicans had everyone afraid to speak against Bush for fear of losing their jobs. Those in the entertainment sector had to be careful not to say anything negative against Bush or be labeled unpatriotic, unamerican, and the spin from the White House caused the media to back away because they feared losing their jobs as some did.
    That 1% would not go away because they could not operate the way they conduct business in America in any other country. That 1% would have to pay fair wages to everyone else, not only themselves and the top management team.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  5. Shag

    The funding of the Right was previously done by Richard Mellon Scaife, and not's it's done by Henry Ahmanson, Jr. When books Coulter, Malkin, and the likes, go on the Times Bestseller List, it's because right-wing money buys-up 50k books out of the gate, to get the books on the list, and it grows from there.
    Ahmanson's money is also behind FreedomWorks, Dick Armey's shill organization that organized the faux protests at the townhalls, and the tea parties. It's a joke to consider these protest grassroots.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  6. CHUCK

    Mike Austin Texas@ Texas is a cursed State and that's the reason MOTHER NATURE is so rude to you people there.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  7. Mike Austin,TX

    Hey Joe.. If that 1% took their ball and went somewhere else, you would not get your welfare check.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  8. Mike Austin,TX

    When GWB was Prez, he never had to deal with dissent or personal attacks. Did he? If Barry would wise up and do things our way, we could all be on the same page and get along. He is causing partisanship. Sounds like what libs want isn't it. Forget it. Americans do not want socialism and lazy people getting "redistributed" wealth.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  9. Bud @ Evansville IN

    The “vast right-wing conspiracy”
    Hey that is just another elite trying to put his party on top and stomp the crap out of the other.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  10. Mike Austin,TX

    What a re-tread. Hillaryious used that so many times when she was campaigning, she mumbles it in her sleep. What an old used up tool. Go back to Vegas and have some fun.

    September 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  11. Rob

    The Clintons are very good people.I have met them both.However, their political views are extremly liberal if not socialistic.This is what the American people don't like.I agree.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  12. CHUCK

    The Republicans are like CRIMINALS --- The criminals will never support GOOD and HONEST MEANS . No matter what the Democrats put forward the Republicans will not accept because they are out to destroy like what they did between 2000 - 2008.

    September 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  13. Joe

    Why is the right wing still alive? I have the answer, it's as plain as the black on Obama's skin. Good ole America got really stupid over the last 50 years or so. We elect idiots just like us to run the country. We are afraid of electing some one smarter than we are, until the last election, that is. Obama got elected, not because he is smart and can actually speak in public, but because we were fed up with the dumbist administration in American history. Then, of course, look who he ran against. The old man and the joke. Not to be confused with The Old Man and the Sea. It seems to me that all the American people want is to make more money than they need by doing as little as possible and bragging about how little they did to get so rich. We need to start all over again. Not only with health care but with all our morals and values. Take all the money we have as a country and split it with all the people in this country. The 1% really really rich people will be angry but who cares, the rest of us can surely kick their collective asses. Sometimes rebuilding a broken system isn't such a good idea. I think it's time to tear it all down and start from scratch.

    September 28, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  14. Bertina

    What's wrong about this story is the follow up interview Chetry gave to two conservatives, one a former Dem and the other a current Repub who BOTH have problems with a single payer or a public option. The smug smile on Chetry's face proves how there is a vast right wing conspiracy and its alive and well on American Morning.

    September 28, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  15. ronvan

    Because it is our RIGHT! It is our right to carry firearms in public, and for the gun activitist, the bigger the better. It is our right to have others get in our business, to include taking you to court. It is our right for others to tell you how to raise YOUR children. It is our right to allow business's to monitor your life & punish you for how you shop & spend YOUR money. It is our right for groups to LIE & promote hate.
    Should I go on? It will be because of our Rights & all this lunacy that this once great nation will fall!

    September 28, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  16. LAMB-LI, NY

    It's one thing to make the people aware of facts, it's another the ridiculous accusations and bickering back and forth. I'm tired of hearing it. Let the man do his job! Enough is enough!!!

    September 28, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  17. CAROL

    I call these right wing nuts, "The American Taliban," for their behavior, mantras, and beliefs are very similar to those of the taliban our kids are fighting in Afghanistan. These beliefs are:

    censorship (as evidenced by the reaction to the school speech by Obama),
    misogyny, and
    old-fashion hatefulness (based on Sen. DeMint's statement that he wants Obama to fail; i.e. "his waterloo")

    September 28, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  18. Linda

    Yes, it is unfortunate that many on the far right choose to try to destroy the Democrats instead of participating in a healthy debate about the issues. As a results of their name calling, racist remarks, and distribution of false information, I believe the result will be the destruction of the Republican Party. It is sad that Republican moderates like John McCain gave in to the far right in 2008. Republicans would have been better off by staying away from the far right.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:24 am |