Here Are Eight Media Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered During Her Campaign

The Democratic front-runner has largely ignored journalists in the first two weeks of her presidential run, instead speaking directly to voters.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
April 27, 2015, 11:33 a.m.

When the press corps com­ic­ally sprin­ted across an Iowa lawn in pur­suit of Hil­lary Clin­ton‘s van, they wer­en’t just hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the most-likely Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee. They were hop­ing to ask Clin­ton ques­tions, and—in the dream scen­ario—get an an­swer.

Those an­swers, however, have been few and far between. Des­pite be­ing bom­barded with press ques­tions at every chance, Clin­ton has only per­son­ally answered a hand­ful of in­quir­ies since form­ally launch­ing her cam­paign April 12. In­stead, she has spoken dir­ectly to voters in Iowa and New Hamp­shire, tak­ing their ques­tions in small-scale events.

Most of the me­dia ques­tions Clin­ton has answered have fo­cused on policy (the ex­act type of in­quiry she re­cently en­cour­aged re­port­ers to fo­cus on). They’ve touched on on­go­ing trans-Pa­cific trade ne­go­ti­ations, cam­paign fin­ance, and for­eign dona­tions to the Clin­ton Found­a­tion.

(RE­LATED: The Proof of the Clin­tons’ Wrong­do­ing

Here are eight she has answered:

Ques­tion 1: “Sec­ret­ary Clin­ton, your re­ac­tion please to these book al­leg­a­tions? Did for­eign en­tit­ies re­ceive any spe­cial treat­ment for mak­ing any kind of dona­tions to the found­a­tion or your hus­band?”—ABC in Keene, New Hamp­shire, April 20Clin­ton: “Well, we’re back in­to the polit­ic­al sea­son, and there­fore we will be sub­jec­ted to all kinds of dis­trac­tion and at­tacks. And I’m ready for that. I know that that comes un­for­tu­nately with the ter­rit­ory. It is, I think, worth not­ing that the Re­pub­lic­ans seem to be talk­ing only about me. I don’t know what they’d talk about if I wer­en’t in the race. But I am in the race, and hope­fully we’ll get on to the is­sues, and I look for­ward to that.”

Ques­tion 2: “…Re­gard­ing the play for pay al­leg­a­tions in the latest book, emails back in 2012.”WMUR, a loc­al ABC af­fil­i­ate in New Hamp­shireClin­ton: “You know, those is­sues are, in my view, dis­trac­tions from what this cam­paign should be about, what I’m go­ing to make this cam­paign about, and I’ll let oth­er people de­cide what they want to talk about. I’m go­ing to talk about what’s hap­pen­ing in the lives of the people of New Hamp­shire and across Amer­ica. Thank you, all.”

(RE­LATED: Iowa Dems are Reel­ing. Can Hil­lary Clin­ton Help?)

Ques­tion 3: WMUR also asked Clin­ton about her early pref­er­ence for small-group meet­ings.Clin­ton: WMUR re­por­ted that she re­spon­ded: “I wasn’t aware of the depth of feel­ing people had about the sub­stance ab­use is­sues. So here again I heard it in New Hamp­shire. So I want people to know that I’m listen­ing, and I’m ac­cess­ible, and I’m run­ning a cam­paign that is about now, that is about the needs of the people of New Hamp­shire. That’s the kind of cam­paign I want to run. And I’m ex­cited to be back here.”

Ques­tion 4: An MS­N­BC re­port­er asked Clin­ton on April 21 wheth­er she had con­cerns about the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, a trade agree­ment the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is in the pro­cess of ne­go­ti­at­ing.Clin­ton: Ac­cord­ing to CBS: “Any trade deal has to pro­duce jobs and raise wages and in­crease prosper­ity and pro­tect our se­cur­ity. We have to do our part in mak­ing sure we have the cap­ab­il­it­ies and the skills to be com­pet­it­ive. … It’s got to be really a part­ner­ship between our busi­ness, our gov­ern­ment, our work­force, the in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty that comes out of our uni­versit­ies, and we have to get back to a much more fo­cused ef­fort in my opin­ion to try to pro­duce those ca­pa­cit­ies here at home so that we can be com­pet­it­ive in a glob­al eco­nomy.”

(RE­LATED: For Clin­ton, It’s About the Con­cord Mon­it­or, Not the New York Times

Ques­tion 5: In an in­ter­view for print (no tran­script has been made avail­able), The Wash­ing­ton Post ap­par­ently asked a ques­tion about “her cam­paign fin­ance agenda” April 14.Clin­ton: “We do have a plan. We have a plan for my plan. … I’m go­ing to be rolling out a lot of my policies. … Stay tuned.”

Ques­tion 6: Also from the Post, when asked about the role of Pri­or­it­ies USA Ac­tion will play in the 2016 elec­tion:Clin­ton: “I don’t know.”

Ques­tion 7: “Sec­ret­ary Clin­ton, “… hi, how are you, I’m Kristen with NBC News. You lost Iowa in 2008. How do you win this time? What’s your strategy?” — NBC in Le­Claire, Iowa, on April 14.Clin­ton: “I’m hav­ing a great time, can’t look for­ward any more than I am.”

Ques­tion 8: “Sec­ret­ary Clin­ton, what do you think the im­port­ance of the Iowa Caucus will be in the passed and in the up­com­ing elec­tion?” Des Moines Re­gister in Mount Ver­non, Iowa, on April 14.Clin­ton: “I think it’s im­port­ant be­cause it’s the first con­test and I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting pre­pared for it next Feb­ru­ary.”

Oth­er re­port­ers had ques­tions for Clin­ton that day. She told the as­sembled crowd: “We’ll have lots of time to talk later.”

COR­REC­TION: The ori­gin­al head­line and body of this story mis­stated that Clin­ton answered only eight ques­tions. She has also ad­dressed a num­ber of oth­ers.

Emily Schultheis contributed to this article.
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