Hillary Clinton expertly ripped the heart out of Donald Trump’s personal attacks on her husband during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation.
Clinton responded to Trump’s attacks by denying his hot air machine the oxygen that it needs to survive.
Well, if he wants to engage in personal attacks from the past, that’s his prerogative. You know, so be it.
I’m going to draw the distinctions between where I stand and where he stands when it comes to equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, which affects two-thirds of the women, who are the ones receiving the minimum wage, protecting a woman’s right to make the most personal health care decisions.
That’s why I’m so proud to have the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund that I received today in New Hampshire, because I’m going to fight as hard as I can against any efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, something that he supports.
So, there are very clear distinctions. He can say whatever he wants to about me. Let the voters judge that. But I am not going to let him or any of the other Republicans rip away the progress that women have made. It’s been too hard-fought-for. And I’m going to stand up and make it clear there’s a huge difference between us.
DICKERSON: Secretary Clinton, what do you say, though, to those even in your own party who say that — a discussion of that portion of your husband’s career is fair game to talk about in an election?
CLINTON: Well, it’s been fair game going back to the Republicans for some years. 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, because it is what people are focused on, not for the past, but for the future.
What are we going to do to get wages rising? What are we going to do to create more good jobs? What are we going to do keep rights? What are we going to do to make sure that the Supreme Court has people on it who will defend women’s rights, who will defend marriage equality, who will defend voter rights?
So, I can’t run anybody else’s campaign. They can say whatever they want. More power to them. I think it’s a dead end, blind alley for them, but let them go. I’m going to talk about the differences between us, because I think that’s what Americans care about.
The Clinton campaign has learned from the failures of the Republican presidential candidates who tried to take on Trump. Hillary Clinton isn’t going to give Trump the attention that he desperately craves. She isn’t going to allow this election to be decided on his terms. Donald Trump can’t discuss the issues, so he uses personal attacks to throw his opponents off of their game.
Once Trump suckers an opponent into fighting on his terms, he has already won.
Donald Trump needs the attention of his opponent for his personal attacks to work. He needs to create a back and forth with the Clintons over the former president’s past for his distraction to gain momentum and overtake the political debate.
Hillary Clinton ripped the heart out of the Trump attack by not playing Trump’s game.
The other part of the Clinton strategy is to use Bill Clinton to attack Trump’s credibility as a candidate without ever mentioning his name.
The Clinton campaign is marginalizing Trump’s appeal by cutting off the legs of his campaign. If Trump can’t use his celebrity and get into a battle of insults, he is going to lose.
Hillary Clinton has Donald Trump’s number, and if Republicans go down the path of using old failed attacks, she will make them pay in November if she is the Democratic nominee.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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