Washington: In an unusual move, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton barked like a dog to attack Republicans for allegedly twisting the truth.
The 68-year-old former US Secretary of State was in the middle of a speech about how, in her view, Republicans say things that are not true, when she recalled a radio advertisement featuring a barking dog that she said ran in rural Arkansas while her husband, Bill Clinton, was running for office.
"(Republicans) actually, with a straight face, say that the great recession was caused by too much regulation on Wall Street. They actually say that," she told supporters on Monday at the rally in Reno, Nevada ahead of Saturday's caucuses.
Then she launched into her story.
"One of my favourite political ads of all time was a radio ad in rural Arkansas where the announcer said, 'Wouldn't it be great if somebody running for office said something, we could have an immediate reaction to whether it was true or not.
Well, we have trained this dog. Well, the dog, if it is not true, he is going to bark,'" Clinton said. "And the dog was barking on the radio and so people were barking at each other for days after that," she was quoted as saying by CNN.
"I want to figure out how we can do that with Republicans. We need to get that dog and follow them around and every time they say these things like, 'Oh, the Great Recession was caused by too much regulation,' arh, arh, arh, arh," Clinton said, letting out a barking noise that caused the audience to laugh and some people to mimic her.
"I think," Clinton concluded, "we could cut right through a lot of their claims."
The rally in Neveda was part of Clinton's final push for votes before she goes head-to-head against Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in Saturday's caucuses in the state.
It is a crucial contest for Clinton following her crushing defeat to Sanders in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary on February 9.