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   Hillary Clinton Compares 2000 Florida Recount to Nigeria's Rigged Elections

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8/13/2009 12:00 pm

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Entered 8/13/2009, Updated 8/13/2009

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared Nigeria's corruption and electoral problems with the 2000 Florida presidential election recount during a town hall meeting today in Abuja, Nigeria. Answering a question about Nigeria's recent election, Clinton said, "In 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man running for President was the governor of the state. So we have our problems too." But Clinton praised the 2008 U.S. election as an example of how democracy should work. "I know a little bit about running elections and I have won some elections, and, I have lost some elections," she said. She pointed to her loss to now-President Obama, and the subsequent joining of his administration, as a way forward for Nigeria's next general election.


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