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Clinton Derailed

- August 13, 2015

Clinton Continues To Suffer From Her Self-Inflicted Wounds As Voters Ignore The "Centerpiece" Of Her Policy Platform

Today, Clinton Will Be In Iowa To Tout Her College Affordability Plan. "Hillary Clinton plans to bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Iowa on Friday and Saturday, including stops in Dubuque, Clear Lake and Des Moines. Aides said Clinton's visit will focus on her plans for a New College Compact to ensure all Iowans have access to affordable higher education and to address skyrocketing levels of college debt." (William Petroski, "Hillary Clinton To Campaign In Dubuque, Clear Lake, Des Moines," The Des Moines Register , 8/10/15)

THE CENTERPIECE OF CLINTON'S DOMESTIC AGENDA HAS TAKEN A BACKSEAT TO HER SECRET SERVER

Clinton's Campaign Has Been Forced To Talk About Her Private Email Server Rather Than The "Centerpiece Proposal Of Her Policy Platform." "Clinton's campaign said she would turn over the server just hours after she wrapped up two days of campaigning in New Hampshire, where she outlined a plan to address college affordability and student loan debt - a centerpiece proposal of her policy platform." (Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerner, "Email Troubles Persisting, Clinton Camp Reassures Backers," The Associated Press , 8/12/15)

Clinton's College Affordability Plan Was Drowned Out In News Coverage By Her Email Troubles, Which "Marked A Retreat" From Her Normal Campaign. "The announcement about her email server, which got much more attention that her college affordability plan, marked a retreat for Clinton. She had previously refused to turn over the server to a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton's attorney said then the server had been wiped clean and no emails remained on the device." (Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerner, "Email Troubles Persisting, Clinton Camp Reassures Backers," The Associated Press , 8/12/15)

  • "Even Where Clinton Has Taken A Firm Stand, Actions By Her Campaign Or Supporters Can Undermine The Message." "Even where Clinton has taken a firm stand, actions by her campaign or supporters can undermine the message." (Annie Linskey, "Clinton Criticized For Being Too Vague On Policy," The Boston Globe , 8/12/15)

Even Clinton's Attempt To Rescue Her "Centerpiece" Plan Has Been Mocked And Drowned Out By Concerns Over Her Emails

After The Roll Out Of Her Plan, Clinton's Campaign Took To Twitter To Ask Users About Her Education Plan. "Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign came under Twitter fire on Wednesday after it asked her followers to describe how student loan debt makes them feel 'in 3 emojis or less.'" (Bradford Richardson, "Clinton Mocked For Emoji Tweet," The Hill, 8/12/15)

  • "The Tweet Was Quickly Mocked On The Social Media Platform." (Bradford Richardson, "Clinton Mocked For Emoji Tweet," The Hill, 8/12/15)

Others On Social Media Used The Opportunity To Bring Up Clinton's Email Problems, Which Has Completely Drowned Out Her Agenda. "Others used the tweet to bring up the controversy surrounding Clinton's private email server. At the beginning of the week, Clinton released a new plan on education that would provide $350 billion in federal funding to ensure that anyone leaving a public university would not be burdened with loans. On Tuesday, Clinton announced she was providing the FBI with the private email server she used as secretary of State. Clinton had previously resisted turning over the server." (Bradford Richardson, "Clinton Mocked For Emoji Tweet," The Hill, 8/12/15)

Many Saw The Tweet As A "Demeaning Attempt To Reach Out To A Younger Generation." "Thousands tweeted back: Some with teary faces and burning money, but others also called the tweet insensitive and saw it as a demeaning attempt to reach out to a younger generation. 'Let's not diminish the thousands upon thousands we're paying back for dozens of years by making our opinions emojis,' one Twitter user said." (Jackie Wattles, "Hillary Clinton's Emoji Tweet Sparks Backlash," CNN, 8/13/15)

  • Others Called The Tweet Condescending, And Painted Clinton "As A Wannabe Teen." "Some tweeters also called Clinton out for making a lame attempt to connect with younger voters who called it condescending and dropped pop culture references to paint Clinton as a wannabe teen. One user tweeted, 'You know what people who went to college can use? Words.'" (Jackie Wattles, "Hillary Clinton's Emoji Tweet Sparks Backlash," CNN, 8/13/15)

CLINTON'S HIGHER EDUCATION PLAN WAS SUPPOSED TO BUILD ENTHUSIASM FOR HER CAMPAIGN

With Lukewarm Excitement Surrounding Clinton's Candidacy, She Hoped Her Education Plan Would Excite Students And Millennials. "The Clinton campaign is hoping to use the issue to get students and millennial voters excited about the campaign." (Annie Karni and Allie Grasgreen, "Clinton Readies Student Loan Reform Rollout," Politico, 8/7/15)

Clinton Campaign Officials Thought Her Plan Would "Build Enthusiasm" And "Galvanize College Students" To Support Her Come Election Time. "Clinton aides believe their plan will help build enthusiasm for her candidacy with younger voters - whose support twice helped catapult Obama into the White House. The policy roll-out is timed for when students return to college campuses. Clinton organizers plan to promote the plan at registration events and other gatherings kicking off the school year, according to a campaign aide, in an effort to galvanize college students." (Lisa Lerner, "Hillary Clinton To Propose $350 Billion College Affordability Plan," The Associated Press, 8/10/15)

  • The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board Called Clinton's Proposal "A Wasted Opportunity" And "A Ploy To Win Over Millenials." "Mrs. Clinton's sales pitch laments that the federal government hasn't done enough to address "the underlying problem of rising costs" in higher ed. Here we agree, and her ploy to win over millennials is one more wasted opportunity." (Editorial, "Clinton Takes Taxpayers To School," The Wall Street Journal, 8/10/15)

Clinton's Plan Was An Attempt To Try And "Woo Young Voters" And To Combat Bernie Sanders' Surge. "Plan, which would cost $350 billion over 10 years, is way for Democratic front-runner to woo young voters and provides ammunition against surging Bernie Sanders" (Laura Meckler and Josh Mitchell, "Hillary Clinton Proposes Debt-Free Tuition At Public Colleges,"The Wall Street Journal , 8/10/15)

Clinton's Roll Out Failed To Build Enthusiasm Or Dent Bernie Sanders' Growing Popularity

Sanders Has Become The Hottest Ticket In The Democratic Primary. "The overflow crowds showing up to hear Bernie Sanders these days are a testament not only to his current popularity and the campaign's social-media savvy but also to the promotional abilities of an alchemy of like-minded interests: progressive activists, labor unions and even Sarah Silverman." (Ed O'Keefe and John Wagner, "100,000 People Have Come To Recent Bernie Sanders Rallies. How Does He Do It?" The Washington Post , 8/11/15)

The Day After Clinton Released Her Plan, NBC's Kristen Welker Said People Were "Feeling the Bern" And Sanders Is Nipping At Clinton's "Heels." WELKER: "Well look a couple hundred people turned out despite the rain. Its been raining all morning by the way. A lot of enthusiasm for Clinton today, but you talk about the Bernie Sanders effect it can't be ignored. He is drawing huge crowds, thousands of people. You hear a lot of people talk about feeling 'the Bern.' And of course the challenge for Clinton is that she does have these issues that continue to linger in her campaign. These questions about her emails, about the Clinton Foundation, and that's been a real drag on her, particularly if you look at the polls. So that's a concern in a state like New Hampshire that has been so critical, and she has the lead here Andrea but Bernie Sanders is nipping at her heels that is for sure." (Kristen Welker, "Andrea Mitchell Reports," MSNBC, 8/11/15)

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Over 100,000 People Attended Rallies For Bernie Sanders In Recent Weeks. "All told, Sanders has attracted more than 100,000 people to his rallies in recent weeks, riding a wave of Facebook shares, retweets and old-fashioned word-of-mouth to become by far the biggest draw on the campaign trail." (Ed O'Keefe and John Wagner, "100,000 People Have Come To Recent Bernie Sanders Rallies. How Does He Do It?" The Washington Post , 8/11/15)

Clinton's Crowds Have Been Much Smaller, "Exposing A Lack Of Enthusiasm For Her Candidacy." "But it is drawing energy and attention away from Clinton - whose aides peg her largest crowd to date at 5,500 - and exposing a lack of enthusiasm for her candidacy among some facets of the Democratic Party." (Ed O'Keefe and John Wagner, "100,000 People Have Come To Recent Bernie Sanders Rallies. How Does He Do It?" The Washington Post , 8/11/15)

CLINTON'S MASSIVELY EXPENSIVE COLLEGE PLAN WAS PANNED BY THE EXPERTS AND THE MEDIA

Clinton's College Plan Is The "Biggest Ticket Policy Proposal Of Her Presidential Campaign," And Is Projected To Cost $350 Billion. "Hillary Clinton plans on Monday to begin rolling out one of the biggest-ticket policy proposals of her presidential campaign, a $350 billion plan aimed at reining in the ever-growing cost of college and help millions of borrowers struggling to repay student loans manage their debt." (Jennifer Epstein, "Hillary Clinton To Outline $350 Billion College Affordability Pitch,"Bloomberg , 8/10/15)

Clinton's Plan Would Require "A Huge Expansion" Of Federal Spending. "The price tag for all Clinton's proposals is $350 billion over 10 years. That's a huge expansion of federal higher education spending; for comparison, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the Pell Grant program, the biggest part of the federal financial aid budget right now, will cost $380 billion over the next 10 years." (Libby Nelson, "Hillary Clinton's College Affordability Plan, Explained," Vox, 8/10/15)

Clinton's College Plan Is Not Only "Bad Policy," But Her Plans To Pay For It Are Unrealistic

Bloomberg's Mark Halperin Labelled Clinton's College Plan As Not "Good Policy." HALPERIN: "On the non sensible parts of it, proposing unspecified tax increases I think is not wise politically. Republicans are liable to attack her. And I don't think it's good policy. If Hillary Clinton's president, John Boehner will almost certainly be speaker of the House. And a plan that's predicated to be paid for by unspecified tax increases, I think is not going to give her a mandate if she's elected." HEILEMANN: "Well she seems to be suggesting that it's going to be paid for by capping itemized deductions for rich people." HALPERIN: "Specify them, have the courage to specify them. If you want to spend that much money." (Mark Halperin and Jon Heilemann, "With All Due Respect," Bloomberg, 8/10/15)

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The Brookings Institution Says Clinton's Plan "Wastes Money On Solving A Non-Existent Macro Crisis In Student Lending Rather Than Targeting Relief To The Borrowers Who Need It The Most." "Ultimately, Clinton's proposal addresses affordability concerns, demands accountability at the institution and state level, and shores up safety nets in an appropriate manner; unfortunately it also wastes money on solving a non-existent macro crisis in student lending rather than targeting relief to the borrowers who need it the most." (Beth Akers and Liz Sablich, "The Economics Of Hillary Clinton's Higher Education Plan,"The Brookings Institution, 8/11/15)

This Is The "Centerpiece" Of Clinton's Domestic Agenda, But Her Plans To Pay For It Have Repeatedly Failed In The Past. "The Clinton campaign views this proposal as a centerpiece of its domestic agenda, akin in importance to health care in 2008, and it is her most expensive proposal so far. The campaign said it would pay for it by limiting deductions for upper-income tax filers, which President Barack Obama has repeatedly proposed without success." (Laura Meckler and Josh Mitchell, "Hillary Clinton Proposes Debt-Free Tuition At Public Colleges,"The Wall Street Journal , 8/10/15)

  • Dr. Robert Kelchen, A Professor Of Higher Education At Seton Hall University, Said "I Just Can't Help But Be Skeptical" On How Clinton's Plan Will Lower College Costs. "The Clinton staff are claiming this proposal will help bring down the cost of providing a college education, in addition to the price that students pay. I just can't help but be skeptical when suggested cost-saving areas include administration and technology. Colleges have been facing pressure to tighten their belts for years from states (and many have actually done so), so I don't think the federal government will be any more successful." (Robert Kelchen, "Comments On Senator Clinton's Higher Education Proposal," Kelchen On Education, 8/10/15)

Clinton Has Been Forced To Rely on "Extreme" Stories That "Aren't The Norm" To Justify Her Massive Increase In Spending For A "Bad Policy"

Politico Called Out The Clinton Campaign For Publishing A Misleading Video About The Plight Of Students In Debt, Saying The Film Featured Stories That "Aren't The Norm." "Student loan interest rates at 9 percent? Graduates leaving school with more than $100,000 in debt? An annual college bill of $64,380? These things happen, but they aren't the norm - though you might not be able to tell from watching a new online video from Hillary Clinton. Borrowers facing these circumstances are featured in a video promoted on social media this week as Clinton rolled out a $350 billion higher education plan heavy on student loan debt relief. Her campaign didn't respond to requests for more details about the circumstances of these students, such as where they attended school or what they studied, so it's tough to gauge their plight." (Kimberly Hefling, "Experts: Hillary Clinton Video Exaggerates Student Loan Problems," Politico, 8/11/15)

  • The Stories "The Campaign Is Using To Detail The Problem Are Extreme." "But it's clear some of the college cost and student loan horror stories the campaign is using to detail the problem are extreme, student financial aid experts said. 'This is just not what is typical,' said Sandy Baum, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute." (Kimberly Hefling, "Experts: Hillary Clinton Video Exaggerates Student Loan Problems," Politico, 8/11/15)

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