WASHINGTON (CAP) - US Senator Hillary Clinton has laid out her first quarter spending plans after revealing that her 2008 presidential campaign had raised $36 million thus far. Among those plans are $2 million in TV and web advertising, $1.1 million worth of outside consultants, and $500,000 for breast enhancement surgery.
"There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard," Clinton told supporters at a rally in Hampton, NH. "And in America, women's voices cannot be heard unless their breasts can be seen.
"Politics is a dirty old man's game," said Clinton to increasing applause. "And ladies and gentlemen, I am going to play that game."
According to campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Clinton plans to undergo transaxillary surgery next week at New York Presbyterian Hospital to increase her breast size from 34B to 36D. Critics are questioning if this is how donors intended for their money to be spent.
"Ask not what Hillary can do for you, but what you can do for Hillary's breasts?" asked Sen. Barack Obama when he heard the news. "What's next, a penile enlargement for me? Well, not that I need one, I'm just saying."
Political pundits are falling on both sides of the issue, with proponents saying that the first woman to be elected president will likely have to take some unusual steps in order to get both of her messages across. Others have wondered why Clinton has earmarked so much money for a surgery that typically runs about $10,000.
"Well, you know if there are any optional packages offered as part of the enhancement, likely Bill would scoop up everything available," said close Clinton family friend Capricia Marshall.
Clinton has already received endorsements from Swank Magazine, Hooters Restaurants, and 18- to 24-year-old men.
- CAP News Staff