Amanda Carpenter

Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to answer questions in Tuesday evening’s Democratic presidential debate earned her the worst reviews yet of her campaign.

Clinton dodged questions about her husband’s presidential library, taxes, and illegal immigration. Take a look at the post-debate transcript to see how she danced around these questions.

Clinton Library Accessibility

Background: The Clinton Presidential Library, which is taxpayer funded, has been operating for three years but Mr. Clinton made a request that all records related to Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in policy issues remain under lock and key. Clinton said it’s “not my decision” to release the records.

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RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I'd like to follow up, because in terms of your experience as first lady, in order to give the American people an opportunity to make a judgment about your experience, would you allow the National Archives to release the documents about your communications with the president, the advice you gave? Because, as you well know, President Clinton has asked the National Archives not to do anything until 2012.

CLINTON: Well, actually, Tim, the Archives is moving as rapidly as the Archives moves. There's about 20 million pieces of paper there. And they are move, and they are releasing as they do their process. And I am fully in favor of that. Now, all of the records, as far as I know, about what we did with health care, those are already available. Others are becoming available. And I think that, you know, the Archives will continue to move as rapidly as its circumstances and processes demand.

RUSSERT: But there was a letter written by President Clinton specifically asking that any communication between you and the president not be made available to the public until 2012. Would you lift that ban?

CLINTON: Well, that's not my decision to make, and I don't believe that any president or first lady ever has. But, certainly, we're move as quickly as our circumstances and the processes of the National Archives permits.

Social Security

Background: Clinton has refused to say if she will raise taxes or cut benefits to solve the upcoming Social Security crises, although it was reported she privately told an Iowa voter she would consider raising taxes. When asked about this during the debate, she said the question was a “trap laid by Republicans.” Instead of answering the question, she said she will create a “bipartisan commission” to solve the problem.

Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter is the author of “The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton,” published in October 2006.
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