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Clinton’s Unprecedented Lack Of Press Access By The Numbers

- August 25, 2016

Amid Scandal, National Crises, And Big Debates, Occupants Of The Oval Office Have Always Been Willing To Face A Press Conference


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Hillary Clinton has not held a formal press conference in the last 265 days.
  • By contrast, Clinton has attended 130 fundraisers in the last 265 days.
  • Clinton's shocking length of time without a formal press conference is longer than the longest uninterrupted time period without a press conference for any of the last eight Presidents.

Clinton Hasn't Held A Press Conference In 265 Days, Not Since December 5th, 2015 "Look, Mook is in a tough spot. The reason Clinton hasn't done a press conference since Dec. 5, 2015, is because she doesn't want to. She's not great in that format and knows it." (Chris Cillizza, "It's Been 263 Days Since Hillary Clinton Last Held A Press Conference. That's A Dangerous Precedent." The Washington Post , 8/24/16)

IN THE LAST 265 DAYS, CLINTON HAS HELD ZERO PRESS CONFERENCES, BUT SHE DID ATTEND 130 FUNDRAISERS

Clinton Has Attended At Least 130 Fundraisers For Her Campaign Since December 5, 2015, Nearly One For Every Two Days She's Failed To Hold A Press Conference. (RNC Research Analysis)

265 DAYS IS ALREADY MUCH LONGER THAN ANY OF THE LAST EIGHT PRESIDENTS WENT WITHOUT A PRESS CONFERENCE DURING THEIR PRESIDENCIES

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President Richard Nixon Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 155 Days. (Presidential News Conferences,The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President Gerald Ford Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 92 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President Jimmy Carter Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 124 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President Ronald Reagan Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 170 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President George H.W. Bush Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 128 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President Bill Clinton Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 143 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President George W. Bush Went Without Holding A Press Conference Was 100 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)

The Longest Uninterrupted Time Period In Office President Obama Has Gone Without Holding A Press Conference Is 61 Days. (Presidential News Conferences, The American Presidency Project, Accessed 8/25/16)


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