Clinton reportedly once urged to attack Obama's roots

August 12, 2008 7:11:42 AM PDT
Hillary Clinton was reportedly advised last year to counter Barack Obama's multicultural image by portraying him as having questionable "roots to basic American values and culture." An article in The Atlantic magazine says the advice from Clinton's top campaign strategist, Mark Penn, notes that Obama grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii. Penn reportedly says in the memo, written in March 2007, that he couldn't imagine America electing a president during a time of war "who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values."

Clinton did not take the advice.

The Atlantic article also says that Clinton's campaign went from front-runner to failure for a number of reasons, including badly managed money and bitter warfare between advisers.

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