CBS Host to Podesta: Why Did the Russians Know to Focus on Michigan and Wisconsin When Clinton Didn’t?
Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: David Rutz Follow @DavidRutzFebruary 18, 2018 11:46 am CBS host Nancy Cordes asked Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta Sunday why Russian operatives knew to focus on the critical battleground states of Wisconsin and Michigan when the Clinton team seemingly didn’t. One key aspect of Russia’s interference campaign in the election was extensive trolling and disinformation through memes and ads on Facebook, and they particularly targeted users in Wisconsin and Michigan, two consistently blue states President Donald Trump narrowly won en route to his election victory. Podesta said on “Face The Nation” it wasn’t clear how much of an effect the Russian meddling had on the outcome but he said there was likely some impact. “But it does beg the question, how is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and your campaign didn’t?” Cordes asked. “Well, of course we spent a lot of time and energy and effort in all those states,” Podesta said. “Hillary Clinton herself did not spend much time in those states,” Cordes said. “You know, we had—Tim Kaine was there. Barack Obama was in—and she spent enormous time in Pennsylvania and Michigan,” Podesta said. “We spent a lot of effort. We had more staff in Wisconsin than even President Obama had in 2012.” Podesta went on to say the Russian...Read More