Dem Strategist: Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Doesn’t Have a Clear Message

‘Hillary Clinton’s got a lot of good policies, a lot of things that she can talk about that she was before, but you don’t quite understand what the central theme of her campaign candidacy is’

COSTELLO: "But he is in D.C. And, Jamal, I apologize for thinking you were gambling in some casino in Las Vegas, although --" (Laughing) [crosstalk]
SIMMONS: "I wish I was. That would be a --"
COSTELLO: "I know you wish you were there. I know. So we're talking about income inequality and, of course, that will be a big topic on the debate stage."
SIMMONS: "Right."
COSTELLO: "Bernie Sanders' message about that seems to be resonating louder than Hillary Clinton's. Why is that?"
SIMMONS: "Well, because he has a message that's really very clear. You know, the Bernie Sanders' campaign has been saying the same thing over and over again every single day, they're going after these oligarchs. They want to break up the banks. It's very clears he's in this to return economic power to the middle and working class. Hillary Clinton's got a lot of good policies, a lot of things that she can talk about that she wants to be for, but you don't quite understand what the central theme of her campaign candidacy is. I worked on the 1992 Bill Clinton campaign, and every day on the wall of that campaign was -- it's famous, right, 'It's the economy, stupid' and 'Don't forget about healthcare'. We don't know what that is for the Clinton campaign. And until she can start to sell us that in a really compact way, this is going to be hard for Americans to understand the rationale for the candidacy."

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