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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: CLINTON'S "STUNNING" NIGHT

- February 2, 2016

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: CLINTON'S "TOUGH REALITY CHECK"

"This Is A Lot Worse Than The Clinton Camp Ever Expected" … "A Near Death Experience For The Once Presumptive Nominee"

NBC's Lauer On Clinton: "This Had To Be A Near Death Experience For The Once Presumptive Nominee"

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NBC's Matt Lauer Called Results In Iowa "A Near Death Experience For The Once Presumptive Nominee." MATT LAUER: "Let's not ignore the Democrats. Hillary Clinton gets to come out of Iowa and say technically, I'm the winner, but, this had to be a near death experience for the once presumptive nominee." CHUCK TODD: "Let's call it what it is; she avoided a complete disaster. A win is a win, but it would have been a disaster if she would have lost. Bernie Sanders has to feel great, and yet, you can look at it another way and say ahh he couldn't beat her in these conditions, in this state. How's he going to beat her in places like South Carolina, Alabama, where the electorate is more diverse? All that said, you can just feel it; the Clinton campaign may have won technically, their acting like they lost. The Sanders campaign is acting like they won." (NBC's " Today," 2/2/16)

MSNBC's Barnacle: Clinton's "Got A Real Problem With The Basic Democratic Constituency"

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MSNBC's Mike Barnacle Stated That Clinton Has "Got A Real Problem With A Basic Democratic Constituency." MIKE BARNACLE: "Hillary Clinton in addition to achieving a tie yesterday with Bernie Sanders. She's got a real problem with a basic Democratic constituency and you can see it in the Sanders rally, every Sanders rally. She has difficulty attracting and maintaining younger voters, and she has difficulty reaching out to the heart of the Democratic Party, the middle of the batting order, the people who work hard for a living, and who have been hammered by NAFTA, by TPP, by rising healthcare costs, by the crash of 08, and they are more attracted to Bernie Sanders then they are to Hillary Clinton." (Mike Barnacle, MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 2/2/16)

ABC's Vega: "A Democratic Socialist From Vermont Putting A Serious Dent In The Clinton Armor"

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ABC's Cecilia Vega Said "A Democratic Socialist From Vermont Putting A Serious Dent In The Clinton Armor." GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Cecilia Vega has all the latest from Manchester right now, good morning Cecilia." CECILIA VEGA: "George, good morning to you. There were cheers on the Clinton plane when it touched down here in New Hampshire not that long ago. That's when staffers found out that the Iowa Democratic Party had declared her the winner. The big question right now, though, if Hillary Clinton is the winner in Iowa just how big of a win is it really? A democratic socialist from Vermont putting a serious dent in the Clinton armor. It had all the hallmarks of a victory speech." CLINTON: "Wow. What a night. An unbelievable night." VEGA: "The only thing missing the word, 'victory.'" CLINTON: "As I stand here tonight, breathing a big sigh of relief, thank you, Iowa." (Cecilia Vega, ABC's "Good Morning America," 2/2/16)

NBC's Mitchell: Iowa Caucus Results "A Tough Reality Check For Hillary Clinton"

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NBC's Andrea Mitchell Calls Iowa Caucus Results "A Tough Reality Check For Hillary Clinton." LAUER: "Andrea good morning to you." MITCHELL: "Good morning Matt. Well this is the most incredible story because if it holds up it is between 1 or 2 delegates for this apparent victory of Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. This is after she has campaigned for over a year in Iowa, where she had a better organization. At this point it is a virtual tie. Sanders is declaring victory in that he came up against her tough organization. And he is a 74 year old democratic socialist who isn't even a member of the Democratic Party. So this really is a reality check, a tough reality check for Hillary Clinton. She has to realize now that she only a small amount of votes from younger people. He got 70 percent of those under 30, and this means a tough road ahead especially in the caucus states where he will be especially strong." (Andrea Mitchell, NBC's "Today," 2/2/16)

NBC News Headline: "Why Clinton's Apparent Iowa Win Feels More Like A Loss" (NBC News, 2/2/16)

Fox News' Ed Henry: "This Is A Nail Biter. This Is A Lot Worse Than The Clinton Camp Ever Expected." (Fox News, 2/1/16)

The New York Times Headline: "Tight Democratic Race In Iowa Unnerves Clinton Campaign" (The New York Times, 2/2/16)

CNN's Dylan Byers: "How Is [A] Tie Victory For Her?" Byers Tweet: "Sanders in Iowa drew a lot of Clinton resources from New Hampshire. He's a 74-year-old Dem socialist. She's HRC. How is tie victory for her?" (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

  • Byers: "Clinton Campaign Declares Victory In Iowa… The Nation Laughs." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

Politico Headline: "How Iowa Went Wrong For Hillary Clinton" (Politico, 2/2/16)

NBC's Chuck Todd: "I Don't Get Why They Declared Victory." (MSNBC-TV, 2/1/16)

BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski: "I'm Told By CNN Clinton Is Declaring Victory. Not Sure It Works Like That." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

National Review's Jim Geraghty: "A Near-Loss Is Good Enough For Sanders. Hillary Clinton Had About Eight Years To Prepare For This Night." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes: "Stunning That Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Having To Spin A 'Win' In IA. One Year Ago Today, She Led Sanders 57 To 4." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

NBC's Joe Scarborough: "Hillary Clinton Claims Victory. I Claim That I Can Wake Up At 10:30am And Still Do My 6am Show." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten: "Clinton Losing Is A Big F-Ing Deal." Enten Tweet: "Chuck Todd getting it right... Sanders needs Iowa more than Clinton, but Clinton losing is a big f-ing deal." ( Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

New Yorker's John Cassidy: "CNN: Clinton Campaign Declaring Victory. Good Luck With That One." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

Reason's Peter Suderman: "Near-Tie Between Sanders And Clinton Tonight Suggests, Among Other Things, Clinton's Weakness As A Candidate." (Twitter.com, 2/1/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "Clinton Campaign Pre-Spinning A Race That Is Still Too Tight For Comfort" ( The Washington Post , 2/1/16)


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