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.