Campaign 2016: Hillary Is No Bill As A Candidate

Washington (Special for News Talk Florida) – The 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton was one of the greatest campaigner’s in the history of politics. He was able walk into a room anywhere in the country and own it, something very rare in politics. He was better at campaigning than any Democrat since perhaps Franklin Roosevelt.

The problem for the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has been in her share of campaigns but she is no Bill. She is bright, articulate and a true policy wonk who loves to talk about the issues but the passion of her husband is simply not there.

A barrage of news stories generated since the start of the campaign haven’t helped — her use of a private email server during her time at State are now the subject that will be of Department of Justice probe.

Other  questions about whether Clinton foundation donors were seeking political clout, and her evasion of the press (including a notorious moment when the campaign literally roped members of the media away from the candidate) all could contribute to a narrative of a candidate who’s being less than transparent.

For her part, Clinton has said she believes voters can see through these sorts of narratives and still lend her their support.

“[A]t the end of the day, I think voters sort it all out,” she told CNN in June. “I have great confidence. I trust the American voter. So I trust the American voter 100 percent, because I think the American voter will weigh these kinds of accusations.”

The latest numbers from Quinnipiac show that the majority of voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia have a negative impression of her. In Colorado 56 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of her, compared with only 35 percent who have a favorable one. That gap is similar in Iowa (56 percent negative to 33 percent positive) and only somewhat diminished in Virginia (50 percent favorable to 41 percent negative). (The poll had a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points in all three states.)

Clinton is on par in those three states with billionaire Donald Trump, who is one of the most polarizing candidate on the trail and the Republican with the worst favorability numbers in the poll.

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.