CNN’s Inside Politics host John King thinks that the Hillary Clinton campaign is worried about her chances against Bernie Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire, if they are using Bill Clinton to stump for her:
King: Another sign that team Clinton is nervous, is that Bill Clinton is out on the campaign trail. They understand that he’s an asset in many ways but also a potential liability in many other ways, and that if you let him out you’ve got to deal with both, so he’s out, which means they understand they need him. They need him to try to close the sale.
Hillary is hoping that Bill’s ability to connect with voters—which she has failed to do—will more than compensate for the risk of having his past sexual transgressions drag down her campaign.
That won’t be easy with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump regularly calling Bill Clinton “one of the great abusers of the world,” and comparing him to Bill Cosby, reminding voters of Bill’s womanizing past.
Nor is Hillary getting any help from her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, who called Bill Clinton’s past actions “totally disgraceful and unacceptable.”
As for the attacks, Hillary Clinton said on Face the Nation that Bill’s past is fair game, but that it won’t help the Republicans.
“They can do it again if they want to. That can be their choice as to how to run in this campaign. Didn’t work before. It won’t work again.”
But the fact that the media are even discussing this is a problem for Hillary, and a big distraction for a campaign that has fallen far short of expectations for the Democrats.
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