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Clinton staff fired for Obama email
Forwarded email said Obama was a Muslim intent on destroying the US.
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2008 09:59 GMT
Winfrey, right, helped to draw 30,000 people
to an Obama rally in South Carolina [AFP]
A second campaign worker for Hillary Clinton has been told to resign for forwarding an email alleging that Barack Obama, a Democratic rival presidential candidate, was a Muslim intent on destroying the United States.
 
The move came as talk show host Oprah Winfrey hit the campaign trail with Obama, drawing 30,000 people to a South Carolina rally.
Judy Rose, a campaign volunteer in Jones County, was forced to resign last week after the campaign learnt of the email she had forwarded on November 21.
 
Rose explained that she sent the email to other area Democrats "to show them how dirty politics was getting".

"Iowans know garbage when they see it and it has no place in this race"

Bill Burton, Obama spokesman

A copy of the email provided to The Associated Press on Sunday read: "Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's expected presidential candidacy".

 

"Please forward to everyone you know. The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level."

 

Obama, a member of the United Church of Christ, has denied ever being a Muslim but rumours are circulating on the internet attempting to tie him to Islamic extremists.

 

Internet rumours

 

Decrying the rumour as offensive and outrageous, the Clinton campaign earlier asked Linda Olsen, a volunteer in Iowa county, to resign after discovering she had forwarded a similar email to 11 people without any comment early this month.

 

Mo Elleithee, a Clinton spokesman, said the campaign's position was "crystal clear".

 

"Our campaign does not tolerate this kind of activity or campaigning. As soon as it came to our attention, we asked this individual to step down," he said, adding that all campaign leaders have been informed about the "zero tolerance policy for this type of activity".

 

Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman, said "Iowans know garbage when they see it and it has no place in this race".

 

Oprah factor

 

Recent polls show Clinton, left, still
ahead of Obama in South Carolina [AP]
On the campaign trail, Winfrey told a crowd gathered at a football stadium on Sunday that 
"it's your time to seize the opportunity to support a man who, as the Bible says, loves mercy and does justly".

 

Campaigning in Iowa a day earlier, Winfrey said: "I'm sick of politics as usual. We need Barack Obama."

 

A recent AP-Pew Research poll had Clinton leading in South Carolina with 45 per cent of likely Democratic primary voters, followed by Obama's 31 per cent.

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