Hillary Clinton Backtracks On Job-Creation Gaffe

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to walk back comments she made Friday when she told Boston Democrats that corporations don’t create jobs, a gaffe that caught fire on the Internet over the weekend and had the likely 2016 White House contender in full backpedaling mode yesterday.

“I short-handed this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades,” Clinton said in a stump speech in New York for Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, according to multiple media outlets.

The Herald reported Saturday that Clinton’s original remarks, made at a Hub fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley, sent shock waves through the Twittersphere. “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Clinton told a packed ballroom at the Park Plaza Hotel.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who preceded Clinton on stage and has recently opened the door to a presidential run of her own, sounded a similar theme in 2011 when she said, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.”

Yesterday, observers on both sides of the aisle questioned whether the centrist Clinton was hearing Warren’s footsteps coming up on her left flank.

“It’s clear that Hillary Clinton is looking over her shoulder and realizing she can be very vulnerable to a challenger in the Democratic party,” said GOP operative Ford O’Connell. “In many ways, she’s the quarterback who has the yips. She’s about to be named the starter, and she’s showing her nervousness.”

Read more from Matt Stout at The Boston Herald

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