Today's Hillary News & Views begins with a transcript of Clinton’s interview with Rachel Maddow, where she forcefully defended her supporters against the online attacks that have been relentless during the campaign cycle.
I wrote this transcript myself because it isn’t online anywhere yet, and the “worked up” quote is already being taken out of context.
Here’s a link to the video of the interview.
Clinton on the likely Sanders win in New Hampshire:
I always knew Iowa was going to be really, really hard, and we won. Narrow, but we won, and a win is a win. And I was happy about that.
And I always knew that because Senator Sanders has been in public life next door for 25 years — he’s been in Congress for that long — he had a tremendous amount of familiarity and a sense of belonging in the area.
So I always knew this was going to be hard. I feel really good about the campaign that we have waged here. It’s an uphill battle, and we’re going to battle until the last vote is counted. And then we’re going to turn around and head off to the next contest.On the inaccurate reports of a “campaign shakeup”:
Somebody showed that to me. I have no idea what they’re talking about or who they’re talking to. We’re going to take stock, but it's going to be the campaign that I’ve got. I’m very confident in the people that I have. I'm very committed to them, and they’re committed to doing the best we can. We’re gonna take stock — what works, what doesn’t work.
We’re moving into a different phase of the campaign. We’re moving into a more diverse electorate. We’re moving into different geographic areas. So, of course, it would be malpractice not to say, “Okay. What worked? What can we do better? What do we have to do new and different?”On the Sanders campaign and its supporters’ interactions with Clinton’s supporters online:
Here’s my view. I think Bill was really defending my supporters, because we know a lot of them are being harassed online, they’re being harassed at our events, they’re being really treated badly.
I’m all for people who are for my opponent. I think it’s great to bring in as many new, young people as possible. But I want people treated respectfully, and I think that’s part of what he was talking about.
I am somewhat concerned about the tone of his campaign over the last few weeks. We were running, I thought, a good campaign on issues, and we’re getting to the point where we’ve got to draw contrasts. That’s natural.
I have a health care approach, he has a health care approach. We may have the same goal, but we have a different view on how we get there. That's fair game, as it should be.
There has been a constant undercurrent, that I said in the debate last week, that is kind of an attack by innuendo, by insinuation, kind of artful smears.
And I just said, “Enough is enough.” If you’ve got something to say to my face, say it. If you can point to any event, any vote, any view that you think has ever been influenced by any donation that I've ever made, call it out.
Then they put up the Bankruptcy Bill, and I answered that yesterday on the morning shows.
So I want this innuendo to stop. Let’s by honest with each other.
Look, Senator Sanders has taken money from Wall Street through the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. That’s what we do. That doesn’t mean his views are compromised. It doesn't mean my views, and it doesn't mean President Obama’s views — when he was running for President, he took a lot of money from Wall Street, and in any way stopped him from pushing through and signing Dodd-Frank and imposing tough rules.
So he gets his supporters — he sends them messages. The campaign then amplifies those messages, and then a lot of his young people get really worked up, and they’re going off on tangents.
They can attack me. That’s fine. I’m in the arena. But to go after journalists who say something nice about me, to go after supporters who post things, to go after officials who are for me…
I have the vast majority of elected officials on the Democratic side because they know us both, and they know that I will be the president who can actually get done what I’m saying.
I’m also focused on what he says, because what he says is this: “Anyone who’s ever taken a donation, anyone connected with Wall Street is compromised. Their vote has been bought. They can’t be trusted.”
That’s just not true. And if it is true, now it includes him because he’s taken contributions from Wall Street.