September 25th, 2007
09:19 AM ET
11 years ago

The Hillary factor

Watch John King's report about Hillary Clinton's electability and popularity.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Will Hillary Clinton's unpopularity with Republicans motivate the Republican base if she is the Democratic party's presidential nominee? John King takes a look at this question and at some words of praise for Clinton from President Bush.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Bush
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Emily McDonald

    Yawn. Her popularity may get her the nomination on the Democratic ticket, but she's too transparent to fool most of America's voters.

    Nice analysis.

    September 25, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    She can't win the general and knows it. The sooner the Dmeocratic party accepts this, the better to rally around an electable, i.e. Edwards.

    September 25, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Josue Romano, Buena Park, CA

    Of course Republicans don't like the Clintons its evy and jelousy that drives them to act that way, they just don't like the fact that Bill Clinton remains hot popular than the current president and his father.

    September 25, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Josue Romano, Buena Park, CA

    Of course Republicans don't like the Clintons its envy and jealousy that drives them to act that way, they just don't like the fact that Bill Clinton remains hot popular than the current president and his father.

    September 25, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Joe Ossai

    We democrats have a funny way of losing elections we should win easily. Hillary is the wrong choice and the Republicans are hoping and praying that screw up and nominate this lady.

    That will be a shame, because the White House is for us for the taking.

    September 25, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Chip Celina OH

    The Hillary factor?

    OK all of you mathematicians out there, is that a constant or a variable?

    September 25, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. demwit

    Hillary factor, is that a constant or a variable?
    - Chip Celina OH

    Actually, that's a contraint Chip.
    Something that hinders full progression. Which in this case, is the lesser of two evils.
    Progressive(Obama and John) vs Bush Lite(Hillary).

    September 25, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Len, sparks nv

    I live in Nevada and I tell you, Hillary will lose the independent voter which Democrats need to get elected. She is not the right choice for the Democrats. People's mind are fixed against her and she seems to have no plan to overcome it. Vague statements like that wishful thinking, is baloney. She has no plan to cut her unfavorable numbers. Don't vote for her.

    September 25, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. James, Phoenix AZ

    Oh don't worry about silly things like unfavorable ratings! NOMINATE Hillary – you go girl – she's the man... I mean woman!

    I remained amused at how the Republicans are playing the Democrats. Rove calls her fatally flawed and dems come out of the woodwork like angry ants to defend her. Bush, Fidel, and most other conservatives call her the logical nominee. States are jockeying (many lead by Republican State Legislators) to move up the nomination process – better to vote while Hillary is still popular with Dems and not let the other candidates build up momentum.

    All this hoopla for Hillary is just what us conservatives want. But hey – we're just kooky people that somehow got President Bush elected twice, the Supreme Court tilted our way, welfare reform during Clinton years, the Patriot Act, etc.

    September 25, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Eli, New Orleans, La

    Will Clinton's Democratic rivals ever attack her weakness as a Washington Insider? Her fundraising tactics? More voters cited corruption and ethics on Election Day in 2006 than the Iraq War.

    It is most definitely an issue important to the Democratic base.

    Both Edwards and Obama are campaigning as outsiders determined to change the business of campaigns and the business of Washington. Why have they been so timid in explicitly in calling out Clinton for her establishment love?

    If they're waiting for the Republicans to do so, then they'll be waiting until after she wins the nomination.

    September 25, 2007 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Ernie North Truro, MA

    Of course the Bushies want Clinton to win the nomination. A University of Iowa poll of Republican voters amazingly put Obama as their third choice. Barack has the cross-over power. He can get the needed independent and GOP votes

    September 25, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    It's so sad that people would be motivated by such hatred and insecurity to vote against Hillary when I bet the vast majority of those people would have NO IDEA why they don't like her.

    September 25, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Hmm I don't know, what's the spread? ...or should I bet on the over-under?

    Come on CNN, this is pathetic!

    September 25, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Chip Celina OH

    demwit: I think you solved the problem. QED!

    Bob, of SF.

    I can't speak for the other 'sheep' out here, but I don't like her because:

    1) She runs on experience, yet I can't find any great accomplishments in her record. She has sponsored or co-sponsored many bills, but as author, I see no groundbreaking ideas.

    2) Dove tailing with #1, she has a lot of 'plans' but hey, so do I. If the plans are so great and necessary for the country, bring 'em forward. Instead, pull a John Kerry and wait until you run for office and then announce "I have a plan...."

    3) I haven't seen her answer a question that didn't sound scripted. I haven't seen her think on her feet. When she works crowds at campaign events (from what I've seen on CSPAN} like a rock star, thanks for your support, thank you, thank YOU, Thank u, we're gonna do it, thank you and never engages in a conversation.

    4) every questionable issue about her ever brought up is a vast right wing conspiracy or not factual or there's some convoluted denial of plausability that's pre-scripted.

    5) She campaigns on one thing, but every now and then will trip when trying to think on her feet, and it doesn't match the script. The stuff doesn't add up.

    6) She very rarely answers ANYTHING, you'll always see "A spokesman for the campaign says...."

    7) The hoodwink job all of the HillPraisers are suffering, most supporters haven't much more than ... you go girl! Weak!

    8) I'm tired of typin' but could go on forever and THEN start getting specific.

    Have good day,

    September 25, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Hey Bob – I know why the vast majority of people who like her DO like her – and it has nothing to do with her or anything she's done or hasn't done – except who she married. Its because of who her husband is. They think they're re-electing Bill Clinton. Boy, won't they be surprised?

    September 25, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Mia, Stafford, VA

    James from AZ – too bad, you and your party didn't get the most important thing right and that is the war in Iraq

    All other success stories are meaningless compared to the HORRIFIC job the Republican Leadership has done in managing this war. President Bush and the Republican Congress 2000-2006 will not be remembered for tilting the Supreme Court, nor will they be remembered for all other small victories. This President & This Congress will be remembered for this shameful war.

    September 25, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    The Republicans will drive up the negatives of ANY Democrat who gets the nomination with the same ceaseless attacks they have visited on Sen. Clinton lo! these many years. Because Republicans will always attack Democrats, the question is how Sen. Clinton will respond. I believe that Sen. Clinton will counter-attack vigorously rather than defending herself weakly.
    I think I read the same poll you did. Did you look at ALL the numbers? Undecided Republicans were (I believe) the largest group, at more than a third; Sen. Clinton actually beat out McCain. Do you think that poll might be a bit of an outlier? Maybe?

    September 25, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. Bill, Columbia, MD

    Hillary is a lighting rod for both sides – people who love her think she's the smartest woman to ever grace the planet. Those who dislike her feel equally strong. Buy stock in the T-shirt company that sells "Anyone but Hillary" shirts, because that's how all Republicans and Independents feel. Go ahead Dems, nominate her, and prepare for the "shock and awe" of losing the White House when you have no reason to do so – again.

    September 25, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  19. Reatte Beaumont, Texas

    She might as well win the race and become the next president because she is just like the rest of the dumb people in washington she talks out both sides of her mouth just like the rest of the dummy's. The only thing that scares me is her stance on health care yes everyones needs coverage but not at the expense of my medical coverage just because I have medical insurance. I don't want to wait and see a doctor that is really a pilot for an airline or have to see a doctor in a different city. And of course she won't close our borders at all because she feels that I'm a racist because I don't want to pay for illegals anymore. I have no problem paying more for anything as long as it is made here and not china or talk to someone from india about my telephone it's time for america to wake up and take our country and jobs back from overseas put our kids to work get them out of gangs and back in school to get a education. And the parents need to take a bigger role in their childrens lives and bring them up wilth morales.

    Good luck people

    September 26, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. Sam, IA

    The Hillary bell rings and the puppies of the right salivate. Good doggie, Want some koolaid?

    September 26, 2007 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  21. James, Phoenix AZ

    "The Hillary bell rings and the puppies of the right salivate. Good doggie, Want some koolaid?"

    Yes, Sam, you're right. Hillary rings our (conservatives) bell. And THAT's why we want her to be the nominee. Keep ringing that bell and every conservative 18 and older will be at the polls – koolaid in our coffee mugs voting AGAINST Hillary.

    Don't you get it? To win the Presidency in this divided electorate you must have Independent and cross-over voters. Hillary alienates. ANY of the other candidates has a significantly better shot of winning.

    But let's pretend we didn't have this discussion. Keep ringing the Hillary bell, Sam.

    September 26, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. RightyTighty

    Definitely sending fear thourgh me.
    Her healthcare budget alone is too much for me to swallow..

    September 26, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |