June 30, 2014
President Barack Obama jumped in on the frantic damage control effort to reverse increasing negative reactions to Hillary Clinton’s “dead broke” gaffe.
In an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Obama said he didn’t think the tone-deaf remark will make a big difference:
“I think that Hillary has been to this rodeo a bunch of times. She is in public service because she cares about the same folks that I talked to here today. As soon as you jump back into the spotlight, in a more explicitly political way, you’re going to be ‘flyspecked’ like this. And she’s accustomed to it. Over time, I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference.”
Stephanopoulos played the clip for his round-table discussion on “This Week” and then asked Democrat strategist Donna Brazile, “A lot of Democrats have been worried and a little bit surprised that Hillary can’t shake these questions. Is he right that it’s not going to make a difference?”
BRAZILE: I don’t think so. If she can pivot and start talking about working families, what she’s going to do, bring out her substantive ideas about how she’s going to address income inequality.
If she can pivot and discuss that, come 2016, this is all in the rearview mirror.
BILL KRISTOL: No, no, she’s not. She is a weak candidate. I don’t think the president did her any favors when he said I think Hillary’s been to this rodeo a few times. A bunch of times, he said. Is that whom Democrats want to nominate in 2016? Someone who has been to this rodeo a bunch of times? Don’t they want someone with new ideas and a fresh vision for the country? I think the more you hear, leaving aside the money — the more one hears, the more one wonders, what will she run on? She can’t run on Obama’s foreign policy, as we’ve just discussed. So what is she going to run on? What are her achievements?
This article was posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 at 10:46 am