Hillary Clinton, a leading opponent of DP World's takeover of some US port operations, was this week forced to admit that she did not know her husband had advised Dubai leaders on how to handle the growing dispute.
Here is the first problem with that strategy; You need to ensure you look like your own person so no one thinks it is "Clinton Administration Part III" if you are so foolish you think you can run for President. Instead saying something like "Bill has a lot of private business intrests, and I don't get into the specifics of those with him my first thought is what best serves the people of New York."
Second saying that you were unaware that he was doing this makes you look like either the biggest fool in the world, or you are trying to fool the American people. People don't want to elect fools, nor no they want to elect some one who thinks they are a fool.
And lastly it assaults your position. By implying this it leaves the specter that you r words are not your own. Especially when the financial disclosure comes out
Mrs Clinton's own senatorial financial disclosure forms reveal that her husband earned $450,000 giving speeches in Dubai in 2002.
Officials from the UAE also donated between $500,000 and $1m to fund Mr Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas.
It was part of an effort by the emirates, said a person close to UAE officials, to forge a close relationship with a former US president who is influential and highly regarded in the region.
Mr Clinton's admiration for the UAE was last on display in November, when he made his fourth visit to the American University in Dubai and met students participating in the Clinton scholarship programme.
The UAE has also contributed $100m to Hurricane Katrina relief funds – which Mr Clinton had a leading role in raising.
The reality is simple. It is better to seem abover board then to seem shady