Clinton Denounces 'Politics of Personal Destruction'

ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: In a throwback to the 1990s, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., lashed out against the "politics of personal destruction" while speaking at a Democratic presidential candidates forum in Carson City, Nev.

"I sure don't want Democrats, or the supporters of Democrats, to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction," said Clinton. "I think we should stay focused on what we’re going to do for America. I believe Bill Clinton was a good president. I am very proud of the record of his two terms."

Clinton denounced "the politics of personal destruction" to enthusiastic applause from the union audience. She offered her comments after being asked by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos if she thought that Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., should denounce critical comments about former President Clinton which David Geffen, a Hollywood mogul and former Clinton supporter who is now supporting Obama’s campaign, made to the New York Times' Maureen Dowd.

Clinton would not say whether she—like her campaign spokesperson—personally believes that Obama should denounce Geffen's comments.

"I'm going to leave that up to the other campaign," said Clinton.

Clinton completely dodged Stephanopoulos' question about whether candidates should be held responsible for statements made by their supporters.

In what some people might view as an effort to highlight Obama's absence from today's forum, Clinton said:  "I'm glad to be here in Carson City, I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful forum."

On an issue of direct relevance to members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (A.F.S.C.M.E.), the public employees union which sponsored today’s forum, Clinton said that she has proposed cutting government contractors by 500,000.

"I also stood with you against the privatization of Social Security," said Clinton. "Now I want to stand with you against the privatization of our government."

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