Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience of Arab students in Tunisia on Saturday to not pay any attention to the rhetoric and comments made by the Republican candidates vying for President Barack Obama’s job, saying their rhetoric does not reflect U.S. policy.
According to CNN, Clinton’s remarks came in response to a question from a Tunisian student in the audience who asked about the pro-Israel stance of nearly every American politician — Democrat or Republican — when they run for office.
“You will learn as your democracy develops that a lot of things are said in political campaigns that should not bear a lot of attention,” Clinton said. “There are comments made that certainly don’t reflect the United States, don’t reflect our foreign policy, don’t reflect who we are as a people. If you go to the United States you see mosques everywhere, you see Muslim Americans everywhere. That’s the fact. So I would not pay attention to the rhetoric.”
“I would say watch what President Obama says and does. He’s our president. He represents all of the United States,” Clinton added, saying she was surprised people in Tunisia and other countries “pay more attention to what is said in our political campaigns than most Americans.”
She also predicted Obama will win a second term in the fall.
“He will be re-elected president,” Clinton said. “I think that will be a very clear signal to the entire world as to what our values area and what our president believes.”