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Failing Forward: Even Clinton Allies Can't Name Her Triumphs

- March 31, 2016

CLINTON ALLIES KNOW THAT HER HISTORY IN ELECTED OFFICE SHOWS A RECORD LACKING SUCCESS-WHY SHOULD VOTERS TRUST HER IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

When Asked To Name Clinton's Accomplishments, Democrats And "Many Voters Come Up Blank"

"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)

Top Clinton Supporter And Former Senate Colleague Can't Recall Any Of Clinton's Achievements As A New York Senator

Despite Her Support For Clinton's Candidacy And Serving Together In The Senate For Nearly A Decade, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Struggled To Answer What Was Clinton's Signature Accomplishment As A Senator. "It was a straight up question that Sen. Dianne Feinstein admitted she wasn't expecting when she came to The Chronicle Tuesday to pitch her new California water plan. As someone who worked with Hillary Clinton for nearly a decade in the Senate, what in your view was her signature accomplishment as a senator? Feinstein, who arrived at the meeting with five aides toting thick briefing books outlining her new water policy proposal, paused for a few seconds to ponder the career of Clinton, whom she has endorsed." (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle, 3/29/16)

  • San Francisco Chronicle Headline: "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More" (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle, 3/29/16)

Feinstein: "Golly, I Forget What Bills She's Been Part Of Or Authored. I Didn't Really Come Prepared To Discuss This." "'Golly, I forget what bills she's been part of or authored. I didn't really come prepared to discuss this,' Feinstein said during a wide-ranging discussion with The Chronicle's editorial board, and several news reporters and editors. 'But she's been a good senator. There are things outside of bills that you can do, and I know that she's done them for her state.'" (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle, 3/29/16)

  • "'I Should Have A List,' The Famously Well-Prepared Feinstein Said. Turning To An Aide, She Said With A Smile, 'Get On Google.'" (Joe Garofoli, "Feinstein: Clinton Wasn't In Senate Long Enough To Do More," San Francisco Chronicle, 3/29/16)

Even Clinton's Team Knows Her Accomplishments As Secretary Of State Are Not Well Known

"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)

The Huffington Post 's Sam Stein: Clinton Insiders Are Worried That Nothing Shines "That Brightly" In Clinton's State Department Record. THE HUFFINGTON POST 'S SAM STEIN: "I've heard from other Democratic strategists including people close to the Clinton world that they're worried about the State Department record. That they feel like that there's nothing that's going to shine that brightly. In a record filled with achievements, there isn't anything that stands out that brightly to dominate her prospective campaign. So then you have, what is it, five or six years of basically no votes of not really -" (MSNBC's "Ronan Daily," 4/17/14)

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  • Former Bill Clinton Advisor Douglas Schoen: Hillary Clinton "Can Point To No Significant Accomplishments As Secretary Of State." "Another major obstacle is Mrs. Clinton's foreign-policy record: She can point to no significant accomplishments as secretary of state. Now that her successor, John Kerry, has forged an interim agreement with Iran, good or bad, to limit its nuclear program, questions will inevitably be asked about why Mrs. Clinton failed to achieve anything on that front-or to strike a similar bargain with North Korea or make any progress with the Palestinians and Israelis." (Douglas E. Schoen, Op-Ed, "Mastering The Bill And Hillary Two-Step," The Wall Street Journal, 12/12/13)
  • Lanny Davis, Former Aide To President Clinton, Struggled To Name An Accomplishment Of Hillary Clinton's During Her Time At The State Department, Saying She Brought "Goodwill Around The World." HUGH HEWITT: "All right, one question, you've got a minute. Summarize for me what she accomplished as Secretary of State." LANNY DAVIS: "Well, the biggest thing of all is goodwill around the world, which is what secretaries of State do." ("Former Clinton White House Counsel Lanny Davis Struggles To List Hillary's Achievements At State," Hugh Hewitt, 1/29/14)

The New York Times ' Nick Confessore: "I Just See Flailing On This Question" Of State Department Accomplishments And "Her Own Supporters" Don't Have "Any Good Answers." THE NEW YORK TIMES ' NICK CONFESSORE: "I actually think, though, that the real thing they have to overcome, this question that everyone's asking was 'What was her biggest accomplishment as Secretary of State?' And you know, I just see flailing on this question. From her own supporters I don't see any good answers, or at least a solid, strong answer." (MSNBC's "Jansing & Co.," 5/16/14)

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