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Clinton’s Failed Leadership And Missing Legacy At State

- October 11, 2015

Clinton: "I Am Very Proud Of My Record As Secretary Of State And What We Accomplished." CLINTON: "So we have to be leading and that means we've got to be smart about how we try to assert our power so that it is constructive, makes a difference, and does lead to greater peace and prosperity. But I am very proud of my record as secretary of state and what we accomplished". (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democrat Presidential Town Hall, Des Moines, IA, 1/25/16)

NBC's Andrea Mitchell On Clinton: All Of The Foreign Policy Crises "Got Worse On Her Watch…So Why Is She Qualified To Be Commander-In-Chief?" MITCHELL: "You support her, but all of these problems that we've just talked about got worse on her watch, as well as on your watch; the growth of ISIS, the Syrian civil war, the withdrawal from Iraq. So why is she qualified to be commander-in-chief?" (MSNBC's " Andrea Mitchell Reports," 1/7/16)

"Asked To Name Something Tangible That Clinton Has Actually Accomplished, Many Voters Come Up Blank." "But something surprising has emerged in public opinion about the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. Asked to name something tangible that Clinton has actually accomplished, many voters come up blank." (Karen Tumulty, "Hillary Clinton Tries To Show That Her Record Is More Than Just Talk," The Washington Post , 9/10/15)

"Some Democrats Say That They Have Only A Vague Sense Of Clinton's Actual Accomplishments." (Karen Tumulty, "Hillary Clinton Tries To Show That Her Record Is More Than Just Talk," The Washington Post , 9/10/15)

  • In A Bloomberg News Focus Group, Iowa Democrats "Could Not Recall A Single Thing [Clinton] Had Done." "When Bloomberg News posed the question in May to a focus group of 10 Iowa Democrats, they praised Clinton for strength, experience and competence but could not recall a single thing she had done." (Karen Tumulty, "Hillary Clinton Tries To Show That Her Record Is More Than Just Talk," The Washington Post , 9/10/15)
  • Liberal Activist Arnie Arnesen: "I Don't Really Know Hillary. I Know Hillary Under Clinton. I Know Hillary Under Obama. And In The Senate She Was A Workhorse, Not A Show Horse. What Does That Mean? It Means She Didn't Take A Leadership Role." "Liberal activist Arnie Arnesen was the Democratic nominee for New Hampshire governor in 1992, and she often crossed paths with the Clintons as Bill Clinton made his first bid for the White House. But all these years later, Arnesen said: 'I don't really know Hillary. I know Hillary under Clinton. I know Hillary under Obama. And in the Senate she was a workhorse, not a show horse. What does that mean? It means she didn't take a leadership role.'" (Karen Tumulty, "Hillary Clinton Tries To Show That Her Record Is More Than Just Talk," The Washington Post , 9/10/15)

"Hillary Clinton's Team Also Recognizes That While Her Credentials Are Well Known, Her Achievements Are Not." (Karen Tumulty, "Hillary Clinton Tries To Show That Her Record Is More Than Just Talk," The Washington Post , 9/10/15)

"Running On Clinton's Signature Diplomatic Initiatives Is Fraught With Risks Because, On Closer Inspection, Most That He Mentioned Don't Hold Up To Scrutiny." (Josh Rogin, "Why Hillary Can't Run On Her State Department Record," Bloomberg, 6/3/15)

  • Columbia University's Jeffrey Sachs: Clinton's Own Policies "Now Lie In Shambles," And She May "Want To Walk Away From This Mess, But She Can't." "It's said that the best defense is a good offense. This strategy probably lies behind Hillary Clinton's recent takedown of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. After all, Clinton was a lead architect of that policy as Secretary of State, and the policies that she espoused until recently now lie in shambles. … Hillary may want to walk away from this mess, but she can't." (Jeffrey Sachs, Op-Ed, "Hillary Clinton's Foreign Policy Deception," The Huffington Post, 8/13/14)
  • "Some Of What [Clinton] Touts As Accomplishments Have Been Disputed." "Yet some of what she touts as accomplishments have been disputed. In a five-minute video released on the eve of her campaign's formal launch in June, she suggested that she was the force behind the expansion of health coverage to children in the 1990s." (Karen Tumulty, "Hillary Clinton Tries To Show That Her Record Is More Than Just Talk," The Washington Post , 9/10/15)

Clinton's State Department Record "Notched No Sweeping Peace Agreements Or Marquee Breakthroughs That Reshaped The International Stage." "Her State Department record reveals she made progress on several fronts and sought to advance American economic interests, but notched no sweeping peace agreements or marquee breakthroughs that reshaped the international stage." (Peter Nicholas, Adam Entous, and Carol E. Lee, "Hillary Clinton's Legacy At State Dept.: A Hawk With Clipped Wings," The Wall Street Journal, 5/30/14)

  • Clinton's State Department Record "Lacks Clear-Cut Diplomatic Triumphs." "Gathering questions over Libya also point to one of the central complications of Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination, due to formally launch on Saturday: the fact that she must own a record at the State Department that lacks clear-cut diplomatic triumphs." (Stephen Collison, "Hillary Clinton's Real Libya Problem," CNN, 6/8/15)

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