Struggling For A Coherent Message, Clinton's Team Has Had To Clean Up After A Series Of Messages That Have Backfired
- Clinton's campaign has veered wildly off-message over the last week.
- Clinton's campaign has attempted to "downgrade expectations" in Nevada by making the wild claim that Nevada was 80 percent white voters.
- Bill Clinton strayed off message when he said Obama wasn't a "change-maker" even as Hillary Clinton tries to cling to Obama's legacy.
- Accusations on Sanders civil rights record had to be backpedaled by one of Clinton's top backers.
- Attacks on young women supporting Sanders by Clinton surrogates backfired badly.
Team Clinton Had To Walk Back Its Expectations Lowering Claim That Nevada's Caucus Lacks Diversity
The Clinton Campaign Attempted "To Downgrade Expectations" In Nevada By Arguing The State Was "80 Percent White Voters," Meaning "A Lot Like Bernie Sanders' Base." "The reason: the Clinton campaign's attempt to downgrade expectations there by whitewashing the diverse state. The campaign's recent assertion that Nevada is 'still a state that is 80 percent white voters' - in other words, a state that looks a lot like Bernie Sanders' base - is simply wrong, Reid allies claim." (Annie Karni, "Harry Reid Allies To Team Clinton: Don't Slam Nevada's Caucus," Politico, 2/15/16)
Clinton Had To Walk Back The Claim In An Interview With Nevada Journalist Jon Ralston. "In an interview over the weekend and to be broadcast Tuesday on 'Ralston Live,' Hillary Clinton scoffed at the notion, put out by her staff, that Nevada is just like nearly all-white Iowa and New Hampshire." (Jon Ralston, "Clinton Repudiates Staff On Nevada Being Just Like Iowa And New Hampshire," Ralston Reports, 2/15/16)
Team Clinton Likely Cringed When Bill Clinton Took A Shot At Obama, Whom Hillary Is Embracing
On Friday Bill Clinton Said President Obama Was Not A "Change-Maker." "America doesn't have a 'president that's a change-maker,' according to a clip of former president Bill Clinton that aired on MSNBC. The footage of a Tennessee event broadcast Friday night showed the former president talking about his wife, Hillary Clinton, as being 'the best change-maker I've ever known.'" (Kristen East, "Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Be An Actual 'Change-Maker'," Politico, 2/13/16)
Hillary Clinton Has Been Attempting To Draw Comparisons Between Herself And President Obama And Has Said She Will Protect His Legacy If Elected. "Bill Clinton's remarks come a week before the Nevada Democratic Caucuses and two weeks before the South Carolina Democratic primary, at a time when Hillary Clinton has drawn comparisons between herself and Obama, who is highly popular among the Democratic base, and talks about the importance of protecting his legacy." (Kristen East, "Bill Clinton: Hillary Would Be An Actual 'Change-Maker'," Politico, 2/13/16)
Attacks On Sanders' Record On Civil Rights By Clinton's Team Led To A Quick Backpedaling
On Thursday Clinton-Backer John Lewis "Questioned Bernie Sanders's Commitment To The Civil Rights Movement" During The CBC PAC's Endorsement Of Clinton. "Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Thursday questioned Bernie Sanders's commitment to the civil rights movement during a news conference touting the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee's endorsement of presidential contender Hillary Clinton." (Ben Kamisar, "John Lewis Questions Sanders On Civil Rights Involvement," The Hill, 2/11/16)
On Saturday Lewis Had To Walk Back His Remarks, Saying He Was Not "Attempting To Disparage (Sanders') Activism." "John Lewis, the influential congressman who this week appeared to dismiss Bernie Sanders' credentials on civil rights issues, has sought to soften the ensuing controversy over his remarks. … On Saturday, he said he had not meant to express doubt 'that Senator Sanders participated in the civil rights movement, neither was I attempting to disparage his activism.'" (Martin Pengelly, "John Lewis: I Did Not Mean To 'Disparage' Bernie Sanders' Civil Rights Activism," The Guardian , 2/13/16)
Team Clinton Surrogates' Attacks On Young Women Supporting Sanders Backfired Badly
Clinton Surrogate Madeleine Albright Said "There's A Special Place In Hell For Women Who Don't Help Each Other" During A Clinton Event. "Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright apologized on Friday for comments that sparked controversy last week while she campaigned for Hillary Clinton, saying it was the wrong time to use her trademark phrase that, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.'" (Katie Reilly, "Madeleine Albright Apologizes For 'Special Place In Hell' Comment," Time, 2/12/16)
Albright Apologized For The Remarks In An Op-Ed Published In The New York Times Last Week. "Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright apologized on Friday for comments that sparked controversy last week while she campaigned for Hillary Clinton, saying it was the wrong time to use her trademark phrase that, 'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.' 'I absolutely believe what I said, that women should help one another, but this was the wrong context and the wrong time to use that line,' Albright said in a column published Friday in the New York Times." (Katie Reilly, "Madeleine Albright Apologizes For 'Special Place In Hell' Comment," Time, 2/12/16)
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