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January 11, 2010

BOOK: CHUCK SCHUMER HATCHED SECRET PLAN TO GET OBAMA TO RUN

NY Post - Sen. Charles Schumer "betrayed" Hillary Rodham Clinton by working with other senators to make sure a Democrat would win the White House in 2008 -- actively recruiting Barack Obama to run as an alternative to his New York colleague, an explosive new book claims.Schumer and the others were concerned about Clinton's political vulnerabilities -- and New York's senior senator hedged his bets to have the strongest possible Democratic ticket for the fierce general election, the book claims

Clinton and husband Bill Clinton learned of the wily party leader's move months later -- and the "incipient betrayal of Hillary by her colleagues in the Senate . . . would hit them like a ton of bricks in their psychic solar plexus," according to the book on the 2008 presidential race by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

But Schumer vehemently denied the claims made in "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime."

"This is ridiculous. Sen. Schumer did have conversations with then-Sen. Obama long before Sen. Clinton announced and told him he would be a good candidate. But he told Sen. Obama at the time, should Clinton announce, which was expected, that he would fully back her," Schumer's office said in a statement. . .

The book's authors also write that during the heat of the primaries, "Chuck Schumer was up in arms, telling fellow senators that Obama needed to take a two-by-four to Hillary>" He and others were using Obama backer Sen. Claire McCaskill as a "backchannel" to relay those thoughts, they write. . .

"Schumer's relationship with Hillary had always been fraught with rivalry and tinged with jealousy; though she was technically the junior member of the New York team in the Senate, she had eclipsed him in terms of celebrity and influence from the moment she arrived on the Hill," Halperin and Heilemann write. . .

Hillary and Bill Clinton "were blind to the degree of Clinton fatigue in their world and deaf to the conspiracy of whispers

"They had no idea how fast the ground was shifting beneath their feet. And neither, really, did Obama -- until his conversation" with Schumer and Reid, the authors write


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