New Hampshire pol, husband of former Gov. Jeanne, quits national co-chair position over Wednesday’s drug comment about Obama.
“I made a mistake and in light of what happened, I have made the personal decision that I will step down ….” Read his full statement.
Obama adviser Axelrod on the resignation: “It was the right thing to do. What he did yesterday was the wrong thing to do. Every campaign ought to send a signal that there’s not going to be a wink and a nod to this kind of activity.”
Plus: Clinton adviser Mark Penn and Edwards adviser Joe Trippi get snippy over the issue on “Hardball” (with Obama’s top adviser shaking his head). Click above for video, click here for full transcript.
Plus: Obama strategist David Axelrod talks about Obama’s past drug use (says it ended at 20) and Billy Shaheen after the debate. Watch video above.
Earlier: CLINTON PERSONALLY APOLOGIZES TO OBAMA OVER DRUG FLAP: On tarmac at Reagan Airport en route to debate, Clinton tells rival that negative, personal characterizations are not a part of her campaign.
Click here for more on the story, including what Clinton’s Howard Wolfson had to say on “Morning Joe”
Background: Spouse of former Granite State governor said Wednesday Obama’s candor on his drug use could “open the door” to further questions.
“It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?’… It’s hard to overcome.”
Obama campaign calls drug use “old news,” slaps back:
“Hillary Clinton said attacking other Democrats is the ‘fun part’ of this campaign, and now she’s moved from Barack Obama’s kindergarten years to his teenage years in an increasingly desperate effort to slow her slide in the polls.
Senator Clinton’s campaign is recycling old news that Barack Obama has been candid about in a book he wrote years ago, and he’s talked about the lessons he’s learned from these mistakes with young people all across the country.
He plans on winning this campaign by focusing on the issues that actually matter to the American people,” said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.
Clinton campaign repudiation:
“Senator Clinton is out every day talking about the issues that matter to the American people. These comments were not authorized or condoned by the campaign in any way.”