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- October 24, 2015

The Attacks On Clinton From President Obama’s 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Still Ring True Today

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In 2007 then-Senator Barack Obama gave a speech at Iowa’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner that many said reignited his campaign. Many of the implicit shots he took at Clinton still remain true to this day:

  • Where Obama called for politics based on conviction, Clinton instead has continued to shift her views on the issues to make herself more palatable to the Democrat base.
  • Obama had a message on uniting the nation, but Clinton has said she believes Republicans are her “enemies.”
  • Clinton is one of the least popular politicians in America today, which flies in the face of Obama’s call for politicians the country could trust.

Today, Clinton Will Be Speaking At The Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. “The Iowa Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner has historically marked a point of divergence — signifying the final push to caucus night and the milestone where some candidacies pulled ahead and others fell back. … Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will speak. … Here’s a look at seven questions Iowa Democrats are asking ahead of Saturday’s dinner — questions they hope will be answered at the JJ.” (Brianne Pfannenstiel, “6 Things To Watch For At Jefferson-Jackson Dinner,” Des Moines Register, 10/21/15)

CLINTON CONTINUES TO PRACTICE THE POLITICS OF CONVENIENCE THAT OBAMA DECRIED

In 2007, Then-Sen. Obama Attacked Those Who Governed By Polls And Calculation

Then-Sen. Obama Attacked “Triangulating And Poll-Driven Positions” In His 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Speech. OBAMA: “And that is why the same old Washington textbook campaigns just won't do in this election. That's why not answering questions because we are afraid our answers won't be popular just won't do. That's why telling the American people what we think they want to hear instead of telling the American people what they need to hear just won't do. Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we're worried about what Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won't do.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At The Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Des Moines, IA, 11/10/07)

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Then-Sen. Obama Called For Leadership On “Principal” And “Conviction,” Not “Polls” And “Calculation.” OBAMA: “This party - the party of Jefferson and Jackson; of Roosevelt and Kennedy - has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we led, not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; when we summoned the entire nation to a common purpose - a higher purpose.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At The Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Des Moines, IA, 11/10/07)

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Clinton Has Repeatedly Flip-Flopped In Order To Appeal To Liberal Constituencies

The Associated Press Noted Clinton Has “Shifted Her Views” In “A Long Line Of Issues.” “The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is just the latest in a long line of issues that Clinton has shifted her views on in recent weeks, giving Democratic rivals like O'Malley, the former Maryland governor, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an opportunity to brand her as a flip-flopper on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.” (Ken Thomas And Lisa Lerer, “Trade Deal, Keystone Open Clinton To Flip-Flop Charges,” The Associated Press, 10/8/15)

Politico’s Jack Shafer: “Hillary Clinton Has A Propensity To Change Her Mind On Big Issues.” (Jack Shafer, “The Hole in Hillary’s Flip-Flop Excuse,” Politico, 10/14/15)

  • Shafer: “Clinton Flip-Flops So Frequently That Course Changes Have Become Her Signature Move.” (Jack Shafer, “The Hole in Hillary’s Flip-Flop Excuse,” Politico, 10/14/15)

A Non-Exclusive List Of Issues Clinton Has Flipped On: Immigration, Gun Control, The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Pact, Mass Incarceration, Iraq War, Keystone XL. “[Clinton] has reversed her positions on gay marriage, immigration, gun control, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, mass incarceration and the Iraq War, and some believe her recent stand on the Keystone XL pipeline constitutes a flip, too.” (Jack Shafer, “The Hole in Hillary’s Flip-Flop Excuse,” Politico, 10/14/15)

OBAMA CALLED FOR NATIONAL UNITY; CLINTON CALLS REPUBLICANS HER “ENEMIES”

Then-Sen. Obama: “I Don't Want To Pit Red America Against Blue America…” OBAMA: “I don't want to spend the next year or the next four years re-fighting the same fights that we had in the 1990s. I don't want to pit Red America against Blue America, I want to be the President of the United States of America.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At The Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Des Moines, IA, 11/10/07)

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Hillary Clinton: “Republicans” Are An Enemy That I Am Proud Of Making. ANDERSON COOPER: “Which enemy that you made during your political career are you most proud of?” HILLARY CLINTON: “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians; probably the Republicans.” (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

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OBAMA CALLED FOR MORE TRUST IN GOVERNMENT; CLINTON IS RATED ONE OF THE LEAST TRUSTWORTHY POLITICIANS IN AMERICA

Obama: It’s Time To Trust Again

Then-Sen. Obama Noted The Number Of Americans “Who've Lost Trust In Their Government” And “Want To Believe Again.” OBAMA: “It is because of these failures that America is listening, intently, to what we say here today - not just Democrats, but Republicans and Independents who've lost trust in their government, but want to believe again.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At The Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Des Moines, IA, 11/10/07)

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Clinton Polls As One Of The Least-Trustworthy Politicians In America

Associated Press Poll: Only 33 Percent Of Americans Think ‘Honest’ Is A Word That Describes Clinton Well. (Associated Press/GfK Poll, 1,027 A, 3.3% MoE, 10/15-19/15)

CBS News Poll: 61 Percent Of Registered Voters Believe That Clinton Is Not Honest And Trustworthy. (CBS News Poll, 1038 RV, 3% MoE, 10/4-8/15)

  • Even 30 Percent Of Democratic Primary Voters Do Not Believe That Clinton Is Honest And Trustworthy. (CBS News Poll, 343 D, 6% MoE, 10/4-8/15)

Polls Of Florida, Ohio And Pennsylvania Voters By Quinnipiac Found Clinton “The Least Honest And Trustworthy Candidate Of All Top Presidential Contenders.” “The depth of the trust deficit between swing-state voters and Hillary Clinton is revealed in a new Quinnipiac poll that shows likely voters view her as the least honest and trustworthy candidate of all top presidential contenders. Republican front-runner Donald Trump comes in a close second, but the Quinnipiac University polling in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania shows voters giving the Democratic front-runner the worst scores.” (“Trust Deficit: Swing-State Polls Show Clinton Seen As Least Honest Candidate,” Fox News, 10/7/15)

 


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