Assessing Clinton's "Experience"

She touts it relentlessly in her campaign against Obama. But how much has she really done? TIME looks at the record

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President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton listen to the applause of ethnic Albanian refugees on June 22, 1999 at the Stenkovec refugee camp.

In her race to win the democratic nomination against a first-term Senator from Illinois, Hillary Clinton has put the criterion of experience front and center. She often references what she says is 35 years of work that qualifies her to run the country. And the most important achievements Clinton cites are the ones she claims from her years as First Lady — a job that carries no portfolio but can wield enormous influence.

The nature of Hillary Clinton's involvement was always a matter of great sensitivity in her husband's White House. After her...

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