Wikileaks emails reveal that Democrats and the Clinton campaign pushed the narrative that Obama was Muslim.
A Democratic super PAC poll tested several personal attacks against then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in 2008, including his cocaine use as a teenager and his father’s Muslim heritage, according to emails released by WikiLeaks.
The Jan. 9, 2008, email exchange is between Paul Begala, a longtime ally of Hillary Clinton, and her current campaign chairman, John Podesta. In it, Podesta provides a list of attack lines the strategists discussed putting into a survey.
Begala, who now runs a super PAC backing Clinton’s presidential bid, tweeted that the research was conducted on behalf of an “independent progressive” political action committee led by an Obama supporter. He said the group also ran polling on potential attack lines against Clinton.
The point of the polling, Begala said, was to determine the candidates’ potential weaknesses ahead of the general election.