Clinton Rejects Staffs' Attacks on Obama

She denounces, seeks to distance herself from drug slam
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2007 5:40 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., listen during a debate at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, in this Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton yesterday rejected and distanced herself from an official in her campaign who suggested that Barack Obama's teenage drug use could be used against him if he becomes the Democratic nominee. The official's statement "was in no way condoned," Clinton said. "I didn't know about it, and he stepped down."

Campaigning in Iowa, Clinton also denounced as "silly" criticism from within her campaign that although Obama says he hasn't sought the presidency for long, he has long been writing and talking about his presidential ambitions. Her campaign, Clinton emphasized, will focus only on "legitimate differences" between her and other candidates.