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- February 2, 2016

Today, Clinton Launched A New TV Ad In South Carolina Featuring Former Attorney General Eric Holder. "Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is launching its first television ad in South Carolina, which will begin airing in four major media markets on Thursday. The ad features former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in President Barack Obama's cabinet at the same time as former Secretary of State Clinton. Holder highlights Clinton's positions on civil rights, voting rights and gun control." (Amanda Coyne, "First Clinton TV Ad Features Former AG Eric Holder," Greenville, 2/2/16)

But In 2008 Holder Said He Couldn't Support Clinton Because She Was Too Polarizing And He Cared Too Much About The Future Of The Country

Holder On Clinton In 2008: "One Of The Chief Things That Would Energize A Very Dispirited Republican Party Is Hillary Clinton On The Ticket." "'One of the chief things that would energize a very dispirited Republican Party is Hillary Clinton on the ticket,' said Eric Holder, who was second-in-command at the Justice Department in the late 1990s and who likens Obama to John F. Kennedy.'" (Marcella Bombardieri, "Obama Luring Ex-Bill Clinton Aides Many View Candidate As Face Of Future," The Boston Globe, 10/25/07)

Holder On Endorsing Obama In 2008: "My Feelings Of Loyalty Are Outweighed By My Concern About The World My Kids Are Going To Live In." "Holder said Clinton's high negative ratings are a result of Republican attacks, not her own doing. 'I say this with sadness, but it is nevertheless a reality,' he said. 'My feelings of loyalty are outweighed by my concern about the world my kids are going to live in.'" (Marcella Bombardieri, "Obama Luring Ex-Bill Clinton Aides Many View Candidate As Face Of Future," The Boston Globe, 10/25/07)

Holder On Endorsing Obama In 2008: Obama Alone Has The "Track Record, The Vision, The Courage And The Sense Of Justice" To Be President. "As a lawyer who has spent much of his career working in the criminal justice system as a prosecutor and as a judge, it was inspiring to hear Senator Obamas remarks at Howard. He understands and articulates in a way that no other candidate has that to be effective in the fight against crime we have to ask tough questions that challenge the conventional wisdom and be ready to implement serious changes. The fight against crime, as Senator Obama so eloquently noted, is not only about putting people in jail- its also about eradicating the conditions that breed crime and making sure that the criminal justice system is fair and is perceived as such. In that regard, through his detailed, specific proposals, he has shown himself to be both tough and smart- the essential qualities in an effective crime fighter. This is among the reasons why I support him for President. He alone among those running for President- including those who claim to be so experienced- has the track record, the vision, the courage and the sense of justice that is so sorely needed at this critical time. With our violent crime rate rising for the first time in years it is time for a new leader with new approaches to the crime problems that have bedeviled us as a nation for too long. That person is Barack Obama." [Eric Holder, Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States, 1997-2001]" (Obama For America, "Experts Praise Barack Obama's Plan To Create Equal Opportunity And Justice For All," Press Release, 9/28/07)


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