Clinton Faces the Benghazi Committee

Her campaign is trying to court Biden supporters.

Oct. 23, 2015, 8:51 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) "on Thursday took hours of ques­tions from law­makers on ques­tions sur­round­ing the 2012 Benghazi at­tacks—with se­lect com­mit­tee Re­pub­lic­ans fo­cus­ing much of their time on her email ad­dress and her re­la­tion­ship with ad­viser Sid­ney Blu­menth­al and Demo­crats try­ing to con­vey that the hear­ing was a polit­ic­ally-mo­tiv­ated stunt." (National Journal)

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC 04), "in a de­fens­ive stance amid at­tacks on his com­mit­tee’s motives, was com­bat­ive as he said that the pan­el had broken new ground. …  Clin­ton, in con­trast, ad­op­ted a calm and even somber tone dur­ing much of the hear­ing, even when Gowdy and oth­er GOP law­makers … ques­tioned her ag­gress­ively." (National Journal)

BIDEN BACKERS. Clinton's "campaign is moving swiftly but delicately to try to win over Democrats who wanted" Vice President Joe Biden (D) "to challenge her for the party’s nomination, assuring them that she shares his devotion to hard-working Americans and that the darkest days of her campaign are now behind her. While some prominent Biden admirers say they will now support her, others are expressing reluctance, and several are resisting — citing concerns about … Clinton’s electability, the threat of the investigation into her email practices as secretary of state, or a lack of enthusiasm for a veteran combatant in the country’s political wars." (New York Times)

POST-SUMMER BUMP. "After a difficult summer slog, ... Clinton appears to be back on top. The week began with" Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) "getting devastatingly lampooned on Saturday Night Live, the stage where ... Clinton had scored points just a few weeks earlier by gamely mocking herself. Then, the spectre of ... Biden haunting Clinton’s campaign disappeared. ... And on Thursday, sitting in the hot seat for a marathon 11-hour hearing, Clinton delivered a win by remaining calm and mostly unflappable as her Republican interlocutors on the House Benghazi committee became heated." (Politico)

SHOW OF SUPPORT. On Thursday, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley (D) endorsed Clinton. (Columbia State)

After watching Clinton's Benghazi testimony, New Hampshire Democratic activist and attorney Alan Reische announced he's supporting her. (WMUR)

GROUND GAME. "Run­ners for Hil­lary—which hos­ted" Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta "in Au­gust—is one of nu­mer­ous activ­ity-ori­ented groups sur­round­ing the Clin­ton cam­paign. Through their on-the-ground or­gan­izers, Clin­ton staffers have put out the word that they’re very in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing out­side-the-box events—and sup­port­ers and vo­lun­teers have ris­en to the chal­lenge. ... Cam­paigns have long tar­geted voters based on iden­tity or af­fin­ity—think gender or pro­fes­sion. Kayakers for Hil­lary and their ilk are to those groups what mi­crotar­get­ing is to old-fash­ioned polit­ic­al ads: an ef­fort to en­gage more voters, more deeply, by un­der­stand­ing more spe­cific­ally how they view them­selves." (National Journal)

COMING UP. Clinton will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Nov. 5. (release)

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