If noted Democratic strategist and campaign veteran Bob Shrum was invited into the Hillary Clinton campaign war room, he would offer up some sage advice: “Get on with it!”
With the latest polls showing the Democratic front-runner’s unfavorable ratings up to 50% and an increasing number of voters telling pollsters that she is not honest and trustworthy, Shrum told a special live edition of TRAIL TALK (@TrailTalkPod) that “a lot of people thought that Hillary Clinton was vaccinated against scandal stories – that voters after 23 years of these things just didn’t care and wouldn’t pay attention. Well, it looks like they might care and they are paying attention. I think that was compounded by the fact that the soft launch of her campaign, which I thought was smart, went on way too long and left a vacuum. And in that vacuum, we talked about emails and we talked about the Clinton Foundation. What she has to do right now is set out a vision for the future, a vision for the country, and she has to energize herself and energize voters.”
Also featured on the live podcast, held at Georgetown’s Dog Tag Bakery to celebrate the official launch last month of TRAIL TALK by former TV Producers Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin, Republican strategist and former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Rob Collins agreed and noted that Hillary Clinton’s lack of accessibility could prove to be problematic when compared to the largely talkative Republican field. “I can’t identify a candidate on our side who has a desire to not talk to press the way we see with Hillary, closing her bubble around her tight.”
Shrum and Collins also weighed in on the impact of Bill Clinton, the growing controversy over the Republican Presidential debate process, the role of Super PACs, and whether a high-profile political figure could throw his/her hat into the ring to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.