Clintonites Deny Pushing Photo

Obama camp says 'fear-mongering' comes from rival
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2008 2:30 PM CST
Clintonites Deny Pushing Photo
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is seen with a camel in the animal market of Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia in this Aug. 27. 2006, file photo. Obama's estranged late father was Kenyan and Obama visited the country in 2006, attracting thousands of well-wishers....   (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's campaign denies circulating a 2006 photo of Barack Obama wearing traditional African clothing and a turban, even as the Obama campaign blames its rival, calling the incident “shameful, offensive fear-mongering,” the Chicago Tribune reports. The Drudge Report ran the image this morning, saying it had been pushed by Clintonites; the Obama camp says they were trying to make him look un-American.

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said the campaign “didn’t sanction it," and doesn't "know anything about it,” Talking Points Memo reports. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Obama’s campaign manager said, pointing to earlier attacks by Clinton supporters and saying the strategy “diminishes respect for America in the world.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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