A half-hour before caucus sites opened in Nevada, former president Bill Clinton accused the powerful pro-Barack Obama Culinary Workers Union with deliberately misleading members who wished to caucus for his wife Hillary Clinton.
In an exclusive dialog with The Huffington Post outside the doors of the caucus site at the swank Mirage Hotel on the Vegas strip, Clinton charged at least three times that the union was deliberately trying to suppress votes of pro-Clinton union members.
The former president's charges are consistent with a memo issued last night by Clinton campaign strategist Mark Penn which suggested that unfair advantages possessed by the culinary workers union would give Obama a "5 point" advantage.
After Mr. Clinton made his comments to reporters, the former president positioned himself inside the door of the caucus site at The Mirage and individually lobbied voters as they entered, persuading them to stand for his wife.
Clinton made his remarks to The Huffington Post and US correspondent for The Independent of London, Andrew Gumbel.