In 2007, the presidential campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama circulated a memo to reporters extensively detailing then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s questionable “personal, financial, and political ties to India.”
In the memo, the Obama campaign identified his Democratic primary opponent as “Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)”– implying that Clinton represents foreign nations and foreign citizens rather than her own American constituents.
The line was a reference to a joke Clinton had previously made– on more than one occasion– in which she would tell a group of Indian Americans that she saw herself as the elected representative of foreign citizens in the Indian region of Punjab. “I am delighted to be the Senator from Punjab as well as from New York,” Clinton reportedly told attendees of the 2005 Sikh American Heritage dinner event held in the U.S. Senate.
Indeed, as Breitbart News has reported, Clinton has a long record of promoting the interests of Indian corporations and foreign workers at the direct expense of American workers — including her ties to India-based outsourcing firms that have helped companies (such as Disney, Southern California Edison, Siemens, Xerox, and countless others) replace American workers with low-wage foreign laborers brought in on guest worker visas.
Then-Senator Obama—who as President later went on to push policies to expand the displacement of American workers through large-scale foreign worker programs—eventually apologized for the memo’s “caustic tone;” however, his campaign’s message was clear: a Hillary Clinton presidency would not represent the interests of American workers, but would instead represent the desires of wealthy donors and foreign corporations.
As the Obama campaign explained in the memo, for the Clintons, “It’s all about the money.”
The Obama campaign’s memo, made available by the New York Times, can be read in full below: