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- November 12, 2015

This Week, Clinton "Dusted Off" Her Tale Of When She Tried To Join The Marines In 1975, "An Old Story That Has Previously Been Met With Skepticism." "As the U.S. Marine Corps turns 240 years old this week, Hillary Clinton dusted off an old story that has previously been met with skepticism: When the Yale-educated lawyer moved to Arkansas in 1975, she says she tried to join the Marines." (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)

  • Clinton: "'He Looks At Me And Goes, 'Um, How Old Are You'… 'And I Said, 'Well I Am 26, I Will Be 27.' And He Goes, 'Well, That Is Kind Of Old For Us.'" "She laughed Tuesday, the day before Veterans Day, as she recalled being turned away by a recruiter. 'He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you,'' Clinton said at an event in New Hampshire. 'And I said, 'Well I am 26, I will be 27.' And he goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.' And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning the Army.'" (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)

In 1994, Clinton Said That A Marine Recruiter Rejected Her For Being Too Old, For Being A Woman, And For Her Poor Eye Sight. "Speaking at a lunch on Capitol Hill honoring military women, Hillary Rodham Clinton said that she once visited a recruiting office in Arkansas to inquire about joining the Marines. … She was 27 then, she said, and the Marine recruiter was about 21. She was interested in joining either the active forces or the reserves, she recalled, but was swiftly rebuffed by the recruiter, who took a dim view of her age and her thick glasses. 'Not Very Encouraging' 'You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman,' Mrs. Clinton said she was told, adding that the recruiter dismissed her by suggesting she try the Army. 'Maybe the dogs would take you,' she recalled the recruiter saying." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)

  • "'You're Too Old, You Can't See And You're A Woman,' Mrs. Clinton Said She Was Told…" "'You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman,' Mrs. Clinton said she was told, adding that the recruiter dismissed her by suggesting she try the Army. 'Maybe the dogs would take you,' she recalled the recruiter saying." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)

"THERE ARE ENOUGH HOLES" IN CLINTON'S STORY AND SHE HAS "AN OBLIGATION TO ADDRESS" IT AFTER MAKING IT A CAMPAIGN ISSUE

The Washington Post 's Fact Checker: "This Story Doesn't Really Add Up…" "At first glance, this story doesn't really add up, for the reasons that Dowd initially outlined." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)

  • "The Circumstances Are In Question." "But the circumstances are in question. She pitches it as a matter of public service, but her friends suggest it was something different. So at this point Clinton's story is worthy of Two Pinocchios, subject to change if more information becomes available." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)
  • "There Are Enough Holes Here That Clinton Has An Obligation To Address The Circumstances Under Which She Approached The Marines, Now That She Had Once Again Raised It In A Campaign Context." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)

Women Had Been Part Of The Marines Well Before Clinton Claims She Tried To Join In 1975

"It's An Open Question Whether The Marines Would Turn A Woman Away, Especially Someone Who Had An Accomplished Background Like Clinton." (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)

  • "Women Have Been Part Of The Marines Since 1918 …" "But would women at the time need to test the Marines? Women have been part of the Marines since 1918, and were deployed to Korea in the 1950s. 'By the height of the Vietnam war, there were about 2,700 women Marines served [sic.] both stateside and overseas,' according to the Women Marines Association." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That She Tried To Join The Marines," The Washington Post , 11/12/15)
  • "According To The Women Marines Association, The Marine Corps Women's Reserve Was Established In 1943 And Female Reservists Were Deployed To Korean In 1950." (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)
  • "And By 1975, According To The Association, The Marine Corps Allowed Women To Serve In All Occupational Fields Except Infantry, Artillery, Armor And Pilot/Air Crew." (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)

At The Time, Clinton Was A Rising Legal Star, Was A Vocal War Critic, And Had Just Moved To Arkansas As Bill Clinton Was About To Become Attorney General

CNN's Jeff Zeleny: "It Seems So Unusual" That Clinton Would Have Wanted To Join The Marines When She Had Just Moved To Arkansas And Bill Clinton Was About To Become The Attorney General. ZELENY: "So we asked her campaign for just a few more details on this because it seems so unusual that a Yale-educated lawyer who worked on the anti-war campaigns of McCarthy and McGovern, who had just moved to Arkansas, whose husband was about to become the attorney general of the state would decide to want to join the marines. But the campaign said they're not going to add any more comment on to this, so the questions are left to discuss here." (CNN's " New Day," 11/12/15)

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The New York Times ' Maureen Down Pointed Out That The Idea Of Clinton Wanting To Join The Marines In 1975 "Did Not Seem To Fit In" With Her Persona. "And it did not seem to fit in with the First Lady's own persona. After all, Hillary Rodham was an up-and-coming legal star involved with an up-and-coming political star. She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College, where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)

  • At The Time, Clinton "Was An Up-And-Coming Legal Star Involved With An Up-And-Coming Political Star." "And it did not seem to fit in with the First Lady's own persona. After all, Hillary Rodham was an up-and-coming legal star involved with an up-and-coming political star. She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College, where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)
  • "She Had Made A Celebrated Appearance In Life Magazine As An Anti-Establishment Commencement Speaker At Wellesley College, Where, As President Of The Student Government, She Had Organized Teach-Ins On Her Opposition To The Vietnam War." "She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College, where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)
  • "She Was A Yale Law School Graduate Who Had Worked On The Anti-War Presidential Campaigns Of Eugene J. McCarthy And George McGovern." (Maureen Dowd, "Hillary Clinton Says She Once Tried To Be Marine," The New York Times, 6/15/94)

Despite The Swarming Questions And Doubts, Clinton's Campaign Is Refusing To Corroborate Her Marine Recruiter Story

A Clinton Spokesperson Refused To Provide Any Details To Corroborate Her Story. "Clinton made the comments a breakfast with voters at a forum called the 'Candidate Café,' sponsored by WMUR-TV. It was not open to other reporters, but a clip of the event was posted on the station's website. A Clinton spokesman declined to comment to CNN about further details on the incident." (Jeff Zeleny and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Revives Story Of Trying To Join The Marines," CNN, 11/11/15)


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