New Hampshire’s Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan is of course a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter.
But when it comes to the specifics – such as Hillary’s honesty and trustworthiness (or lack thereof) – she’s very tight-lipped.
CNN’s Manu Raju asked Governor Hassan a simple question. “Do you think that she is honest and trustworthy?”
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“I support Hillary Clinton for the presidency because her experience and her record demonstrate that she is qualified to hold the job,” she responded, as if she had been coached immediately before the interview. But Hillary’s alleged experience and
criminal record don’t have anything to do with whether the Democratic nominee is honest and/or trustworthy.
So, the CNN host asked again: “Do you think she is honest?”
“She has, um, a critical, critical plan among others for making college more affordable,” Hassan answered. Yes, that’s very nice. But that has what exactly to do with whether Hillary is honest? It sounds like she’s grasping at straws.
Raju asked a third time: “But do you think that she is trustworthy?”
Surely, by this time, Governor Hassan would be getting the picture that she’s being asked this same question, and everyone knows that she’s dissembling, so she’d better just go ahead and answer the question. Is Hillary honest and trustworthy?
“I think she has demonstrated a commitment always to [do] something beyond herself, bigger than herself,” she replied.
Okay, so she was obviously afraid to say one way or the other. Either would look bad, because if she said that Hillary is honest, then the reporter would have [hopefully] brought up some embarrassing things from Hillary’s record and asked how those demonstrated Hillary’s supposed commitment to honesty and trustworthiness.
If Hassan had gone the other route – saying that she’s not honest and trustworthy – then the obvious question that would follow would be something like, “Then why are you supporting and campaigning for someone you don’t trust?”
After the interview, Governor Hassan’s campaign “clarified” the Governor’s position, saying that she does believe that Hillary is honest. Perhaps the Governor just didn’t hear or understand the question the first three times it was asked her in plain English.
I think what happened was that she wasn’t prepared for the question. She hadn’t consulted with Hillary’s campaign as to how to answer the question of the nominee’s moral character. So, she refused to give a direct answer – even an indirect one – until she could consult with Hillary’s campaign.
Then, after the interview, after possibly consulting with a Clinton aide, and without any fear of being asked about it by CNN in the near future, it was safe to “clarify” her position. But, who knows.
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