Poll: Will Bringing Up Bill Clinton’s Misconduct Help or Hurt GOP White House Hopefuls?

Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms Peter Bell
Feb. 27, 2014, 4 p.m.

Will bring­ing up former Pres­id­ent Clin­ton’s mis­con­duct help or hurt pos­sible Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates?

DEMO­CRATS (92 VOTES

Help: 15%
Hurt: 85%

Help

“In the primar­ies it’s a win­ner, but who­ever faces Hil­lary in the gen­er­al would be a fool to raise it as an is­sue.”

“It helps Hil­lary down the road and is of no con­sequence to the 2014 elec­tions.”

“It ral­lies the GOP base, for sure.”

“Bring it on!”

“Amer­ic­ans are not in­to his­tory.”

Hurt

“By all means, please re­mind voters of the Clin­ton years of growth, prosper­ity, and peace. Please!”

“Re­mem­ber Ken Starr.”

“Voters are not in­ter­ested in more per­son­al at­tacks.”

“My ad­vice on a GOP slo­gan is, Roll Back the Clock: Vote Re­pub­lic­an. If Rand Paul thinks beat­ing up Hil­lary Clin­ton through Bill’s bad be­ha­vi­or more than a dec­ade ago will help, his pres­id­en­tial race will soon also be a thing of the past.”

“Bill Clin­ton is likely the most pop­u­lar per­son in Amer­ica.”

“It’s an­cient his­tory for most voters, but the GOP hate­ful­ness re­minds every­one that they have no agenda. Keep it up, Rand!”

“It would be like the Demo­crats run­ning on Teapot Dome.”

“It’s old news and un­fair to Hil­lary.”

“It will ex­pand the gender gap and makes her look sym­path­et­ic — and will hurt the Re­pub­lic­ans’ abil­ity to at­tack her on sub­stance.”

“And to think we thought Rand Paul’s fath­er was some­what un­stable.”

“Only the fringe wants to hear this crap, and why keep blam­ing Hil­lary for what Bill did?”

Will bring­ing up former Pres­id­ent Clin­ton’s mis­con­duct help or hurt pos­sible Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (88 VOTES)

Help: 26%
Hurt: 74%

Help

“Bring on the blue dress!”

“Bill Clin­ton is the best of times and the worst of times. But he is yes­ter­day, not to­mor­row.”

“Rand Paul gets points for telling a truth that even the main­stream press is troubled by: Bill Clin­ton’s gross, un­in­ter­rup­ted ra­pa­cious­ness and Hil­lary’s tol­er­a­tion of it.”

“Short-term gain for long-term pain.”

Hurt

“This is what the stu­pid wing of the GOP would fo­cus on. No thanks.”

“Voters want new ideas from new people. And if it’s not the eco­nomy or Obama­care, don’t bring it up.”

“How does it make sense to re­hash a battle we lost so spec­tac­u­larly last time?”

“No one cares any­more.”

“No one will blame Hil­lary for her hus­band’s be­ha­vi­or. Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates need to stay away from this. So, will someone please muzzle San­tor­um?”

“While it is true that voters un­der 25 didn’t live Lew­in­sky, it’s new info to no one. As they say on Wall Street, this in­form­a­tion is already baked in­to Bill’s stock price.”

“Move for­ward.”

“We don’t need to bring it up. It is al­ways there.”

“This is the best we have to talk about?”

“Let’s talk about who knew what when in Benghazi. That is more rel­ev­ant.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

Will bringing up former President Clinton's misconduct help or hurt possible Republican presidential candidates?

DEMO­CRATS (92 VOTES

Help: 15%
Hurt: 85%

Help

“In the primar­ies it’s a win­ner, but who­ever faces Hil­lary in the gen­er­al would be a fool to raise it as an is­sue.”

“It helps Hil­lary down the road and is of no con­sequence to the 2014 elec­tions.”

“It ral­lies the GOP base, for sure.”

“Bring it on!”

“Amer­ic­ans are not in­to his­tory.”

Hurt

“By all means, please re­mind voters of the Clin­ton years of growth, prosper­ity, and peace. Please!”

“Re­mem­ber Ken Starr.”

“Voters are not in­ter­ested in more per­son­al at­tacks.”

“My ad­vice on a GOP slo­gan is, Roll Back the Clock: Vote Re­pub­lic­an. If Rand Paul thinks beat­ing up Hil­lary Clin­ton through Bill’s bad be­ha­vi­or more than a dec­ade ago will help, his pres­id­en­tial race will soon also be a thing of the past.”

“Bill Clin­ton is likely the most pop­u­lar per­son in Amer­ica.”

“It’s an­cient his­tory for most voters, but the GOP hate­ful­ness re­minds every­one that they have no agenda. Keep it up, Rand!”

“It would be like the Demo­crats run­ning on Teapot Dome.”

“It’s old news and un­fair to Hil­lary.”

“It will ex­pand the gender gap and makes her look sym­path­et­ic — and will hurt the Re­pub­lic­ans’ abil­ity to at­tack her on sub­stance.”

“And to think we thought Rand Paul’s fath­er was some­what un­stable.”

“Only the fringe wants to hear this crap, and why keep blam­ing Hil­lary for what Bill did?”

Will bringing up former President Clinton's misconduct help or hurt possible Republican presidential candidates?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (88 VOTES)

Help: 26%
Hurt: 74%

Help

“Bring on the blue dress!”

“Bill Clin­ton is the best of times and the worst of times. But he is yes­ter­day, not to­mor­row.”

“Rand Paul gets points for telling a truth that even the main­stream press is troubled by: Bill Clin­ton’s gross, un­in­ter­rup­ted ra­pa­cious­ness and Hil­lary’s tol­er­a­tion of it.”

“Short-term gain for long-term pain.”

Hurt

“This is what the stu­pid wing of the GOP would fo­cus on. No thanks.”

“Voters want new ideas from new people. And if it’s not the eco­nomy or Obama­care, don’t bring it up.”

“How does it make sense to re­hash a battle we lost so spec­tac­u­larly last time?”

“No one cares any­more.”

“No one will blame Hil­lary for her hus­band’s be­ha­vi­or. Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates need to stay away from this. So, will someone please muzzle San­tor­um?”

“While it is true that voters un­der 25 didn’t live Lew­in­sky, it’s new info to no one. As they say on Wall Street, this in­form­a­tion is already baked in­to Bill’s stock price.”

“Move for­ward.”

“We don’t need to bring it up. It is al­ways there.”

“This is the best we have to talk about?”

“Let’s talk about who knew what when in Benghazi. That is more rel­ev­ant.”

… … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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