Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Relaxed and Resolute Hillary Nails Her First National Interview



In her first national interview after almost three months on the campaign trail, you knew there would be questions for Hillary about her email, her family's foundation, the trust issue and the Bernie Sanders surge. And she handled all that stuff as well as you could expect...gracefully welcoming the competition and resolutely defending herself on the "scandals" while returning some well-deserved fire towards the Republicans.

But here's the big news from the talk with CNN's Brianna Keilar, and it's pretty sweet:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to connect all of her potential GOP rivals to real-estate developer Donald Trump.
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The Democratic front-runner said she was "very disappointed" by Trump's heated remarks about illegal immigration. And she added that the entire Republican Party should have rushed to condemn them.
"I've very disappointed in those comments. And I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying, 'Enough. Stop it,'" she said.
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Clinton sought to group together all of the Republican candidates, including Trump, because they aren't supporters of comprehensive immigration reform like she is. That included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who she pointed out does not support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the US.
"But they are all in the same general area on immigration," she said. "They don't want to provide a path to citizenship. They range across a spectrum of being either grudgingly welcome or hostile towards immigrants. And I'm going to talk about comprehensive immigration reform. I'm going to talk about all of the good, law-abiding, productive members of the immigrant community that I personally know."
That's some really smart politics right there, and it doesn't hurt that she's got the moral, economic and electoral high ground on this crucial issue. She knows it and she's not letting them off the hook.

Perhaps Hillary should consider doing more of these...because not only has she gotten pretty damn good at them, but this seems way preferable to overlapping shouted-out questions from gaggles of overworked reporters at hastily-arranged press conferences.

Check out the full interview above.

5 comments:

  1. BTW, this is a tremendous piece on the reaction to Hillary's interview, especially that odious Daily Beast screed by Lloyd Grove.

    http://www.hillarymen.com/latest/hillary-strong

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    1. Yep, that nails it. I watched the interview again...the bizarre reactions are amazing. She did very well here. I'll share this, thanks.

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  2. I seriously don't see how she could have done any better in this interview. She seems to be more in her element answering questions, even difficult ones, than trying to do a big fiery rally speech. Bring on the debates!

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    1. A bad interview is what happens when you ask Jeb! or Marco an easy question about Iraq. She did a good job here, and the criticism is absurd. Some people are even giving her a hard time because she didn't say exactly WHO and on what bill a woman should be placed on...the $10 or the $20! Maybe, just maybe...she's been thinking about other things lately. She prefers to have a woman by herself on a bill and the $20 seems like a better choice to her. That's not enough?!

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  3. And a bad interview is one where you make a gaffe and your campaign has to do damage control. There was none of that here. BTW, defending yourself calmly but clearly is not the same thing as being "defensive." And Hillary has NEVER played the victim. She simply sent the message that she expects these sorts of partisan attacks, and they don't faze her.

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