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Fact Checking Hillary’s Concluding Statement

Here’s what Hillary said at the end of the debate:

SEN. CLINTON: Well, I think everybody here knows I have lived through some crises and some challenging — (laughter) — moments in my life, and — (interrupted by cheers, applause).
And I am grateful for the support and the prayers of countless Americans. But people often ask me, how do you do it, you know, how do you keep going, and I just have to shake my head in wonderment because with all of the challenges that I’ve had, they are nothing compared to what I see happening in the lives of Americans every single day.
You know, a few months ago I was honored to be asked, along with Senator McCain, as the only two elected officials to speak at the opening of the Intrepid Center at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, a center designed to take care of and provide rehabilitation for our brave young men and women who have been injured in war. And I remember sitting up there and watching them come in: those who could walk were walking; those who had lost limbs were trying with great courage to get themselves in without the help of others; some were in wheelchairs and some were on gurneys. And the speaker representing these wounded warriors had had most of his face disfigured by the results of fire from a roadside bomb.
You know, the hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country. And I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed, and that I was called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted. That’s what gets me up in the morning. That’s what motivates me in this campaign. (Cheers, applause.) And — and you know, no matter what happens in this contest — and I am honored. I am honored to be here with Barack Obama. I am absolutely honored. (Cheers, applause.)
SEN. OBAMA: (Off mike.)
SEN. CLINTON: And you know, whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people, and that’s what this election should be about. Thanks. (Cheers, applause.)

Two checks here.  One, the “Intrepid Center” did not open a “few months ago” as she states.  The ceremony she attended was in January 2007.  A quick search of the NY Times suggests this is the only time Clinton has mentioned it in any debate and there’s no mention of the visit on her official Senate website.  One thing of note here, the “Intrepid Center” was funded with private donations, not by the federal government, with a lot of help from far-left favorite Don Imus:

Radio-show host and contributor Don Imus helped raise the last 40 percent of the funds for the center by campaigning on his show for six weeks.   

I’m not sure either party should make a political issue out of the Intrepid Center–something the government did not achieve on its own.
Two, the Obama camp is sending this around, via TNR:

The Obama campaign wasted no time in sending out an email that claims Clinton’s best moment of the night was plagiarized from John Edwards.

Clinton: “You know, whatever happens, we’re going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we’ll be able to say the same thing about the American people. And that’s what this election should be about.”

Edwards: “What’s not at stake are any of us. All of us are going to be just fine no matter what happens in this election. But what’s at stake is whether America is going to be fine.” AND I want to say this to everyone: with Elizabeth, with my family, with my friends, with all of you and all of your support, this son of a millworker’s gonna be just fine. Our job now is to make certain that America will be fine.”

Quick take: They all steal from each other!

But words don’t matter, nothing to see here.

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