Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have given another indication she is prepared to battle Vice President Joe Biden for the 2016 presidential nomination.
Clinton was in Atlanta Tuesday addressing members of the National Association of Convenience Stores where she reportedly “put it to” Biden by saying she supported the raid that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden, but the vice president did not.
“I know she’s running for president now,” Republican state Rep. Tom Taylor told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “because toward the end, she was asked about the Osama bin Laden raid. She took 25 minutes to answer. Without turning the knife too deeply, she put it to [Vice President Joe] Biden.”
The newspaper reported convention center officials did not allow “video and sound recording, social media or journalists” to cover Clinton’s remarks, but Taylor was in attendance and he noted what she said.
According to the Constitution, “Time and time again, Taylor said, Clinton mentioned the vice president’s opposition to the raid, while characterizing herself and Leon Panetta, then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as the action’s most fierce advocates.”
The question on the bin Laden raid was apparently the last one taken from the audience.
“She took the rest of the time and went over, answering that question,” Taylor told the paper. “She was ready to speak on that.”
There was no mention in the report about whether or not Clinton commented on her abject failure handling the massacre of her colleagues in Benghazi – an issue one has to think Biden would use in 2016 to “put it to” the former secretary.