Robo-Calls Push Voters to Draft Clinton in 2012

No one knows who's behind mystery calls
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to a question from the media during a news conference with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal Dec. 15, 2011, at the State Department in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The “Hillary for president” campaign just got bumped up a notch: Voters across the nation have been getting robo-dialed by a woman—who sounds a bit like the good secretary of state—insisting that “America would be better off” with Clinton as president. The robo-calls, which have been going out to states Clinton won in the 2008 primary, then direct people to to sign a petition. Responses to the robo-calls on Twitter have ranged from confused to “unprintably” angry, the Washington Post reports. And, of course, the fiasco has led to more denials from the Clinton camp; her 2008 press secretary calls the whole thing “silly mischief-making."

Who is behind the mischief-making, however, remains a mystery. The pollsters who have repeatedly pushed for a Clinton campaign in 2012 deny responsibility, and the owner of is anonymous. “There are all kinds of theories,” says the creator of “It’s the Republicans, it’s Karl Rove. It’s [pollsters] Schoen and Caddell." Whoever it is might be barking up the wrong tree: Researchers have found that robo-calls don’t work. Plus, Clinton’s former press secretary notes, “the fundamental flaw in this logic” is that Clinton supports President Obama’s re-election, “and poll after poll after poll shows that Democrats are united behind their standard-bearer.” (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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