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Clinton Makes Abe Lincoln Flub

GOP pounces on gaffe made on book tour
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 12:26 PM CDT
Clinton Makes Abe Lincoln Flub
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(Newser) – Illinois native and possible presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton started the second stop of her book tour yesterday by calling Abraham Lincoln a senator, CNN reports. Here’s what she was trying to do: During a speech in Chicago, Clinton compared the 2008 Democratic presidential primary between her and then-Sen. Barack Obama to the 1860 Republican primary. In that primary, Lincoln—at the time a former House member, not senator—was pitted against then-Sen. William Seward of New York. "A senator from Illinois ran against a senator from New York," Clinton said, referring to the 2008 primary. "Just as had happened way back with a senator from Illinois named Lincoln and a senator from New York named Seward." Yeah, that’s not what happened.

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As the Washington Times explains, Lincoln was never Sen. Lincoln, having lost his bid for senator in 1858. Republicans took a dig at Clinton for the gaffe almost immediately: "With Hillary Clinton trying to rewrite her own history during through (sic) this book tour, it’s only fitting that she tried to rewrite Abraham Lincoln’s history," said a party spokesman. And it wasn't Clinton’s first flub this week... (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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