Clinton Hopes to Mobilize Women Against Trump

She hired an executive from EMILY’s List for her communications team.

Ally Mutnick
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Ally Mutnick
May 23, 2016, 10:09 a.m.

Former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton (D) “be­lieves that she can turn” real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump’s (R) “deeply per­son­al as­saults to her be­ne­fit, they say, par­tic­u­larly among sub­urb­an wo­men who could be cru­cial to her hopes in the fall. Her plan is nev­er to en­gage in any back-and-forth over the scan­dals. In­stead, she’ll merely cast him as a bully and talk about policy.”

Clin­ton: “I don’t care what he says about me, but I do re­sent what he says about oth­er people, oth­er suc­cess­ful wo­men, who have worked hard, who have done their part,” (AP)

ON BOARD. “Jess McIn­tosh, vice pres­id­ent of com­mu­nic­a­tions for EMILY’s List, is set to join the cam­paign at the end of May in a newly cre­ated po­s­i­tion, dir­ect­or of com­mu­nic­a­tions out­reach.” She will be based in New York and re­port to Clin­ton’s cam­paign com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or Jen­nifer Palmieri. “The hire from EMILY’s List is an­oth­er sig­nal of the big role that gender is ex­pec­ted to play in the gen­er­al elec­tion.” (Politico)

THE OTH­ER CHAL­LENGER. Clin­ton said Sunday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “‘has every right to fin­ish off his cam­paign however he chooses.’ But she says she wants to fo­cus on … Trump be­cause his is not ‘a nor­mal can­did­acy.’” She did say she would be will­ing to talk with Sanders and “take in­to ac­count” his plat­form sug­ges­tions. (AP

VEEPSTAKES. In the year of the out­sider, Clin­ton “says she’s look­ing bey­ond just politi­cians as she be­gins her search for a po­ten­tial run­ning mate” and that per­son may be a busi­nessper­son, but not one like Trump. 

Clin­ton: “I think that is the best way to find some­body who can really cap­ture what’s needed in the coun­try, and busi­nesspeople have, es­pe­cially suc­cess­ful busi­nesspeople who are really suc­cess­ful as op­posed to pre­tend suc­cess­ful, I think have a lot to of­fer.” (ABC News)

NO. 1 SUR­ROG­ATE. Former Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton is on the trail, but not in the lime­light.” Clin­ton “who flick­ers oc­ca­sion­ally on cable news chan­nels re­mains a big draw on the off-Broad­way cir­cuit of pres­id­en­tial polit­ics. It is a low-alti­tude tac­tic­al de­ploy­ment that leaves a light foot­print, aim­ing to max­im­ize his value as a polit­ic­al as­set without stir­ring the neg­at­ives that also trail him.” 

“Clin­ton has not sat for a form­al me­dia in­ter­view since last fall. But he pops up in ob­scure and un­likely places, where the pres­ence of the former pres­id­ent is cer­tain to dom­in­ate loc­al front pages and even­ing news­casts and gen­er­ate buzz in the com­munity.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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