Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance'
June 30th, 2014
06:34 PM ET
4 weeks ago

Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance'

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton applauded efforts in a Republican Senate runoff election in Mississippi to reach out to voters outside its usual voting bloc.

Clinton said Monday the contest between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel "was of historical importance because the Republican Party of Mississippi expanded its base."

Forced into a runoff election after a GOP primary was too close to call, Cochran's campaign utilized anti-McDaniel sentiment in a traditionally Democratic voting group to sway the tight contest in his favor.

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Clinton, a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, suggested politicians from all ideological backgrounds could learn from Cochran's tactics.

Clinton said the longtime Republican senator "reached out to Democrats and particularly black Democrats and said, 'Join with us, Thad Cochran is a better choice.' And they succeeded."

McDaniel has refused to concede the race, citing "hundreds" of voting irregularities and sharply criticizing his opponent's rallying of Democrats, who, in Mississippi, are allowed to vote in any party's contest as long as they only vote in one.

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Clinton made the comments at the Aspen Ideas Institute in Colorado where she participated in a public interview as a part the rollout of her new memoir, "Hard Choices."


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Chris..E.al

    She should speak more .

    June 30, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Common Sense

    The GOP did not expand their base by "reaching out" to black voters. They used the same tactics that liberals use to get out the black vote. They called McDaniels a racist, and told voters that he was going to take away food stamps and the right to vote. They used a despicable tactic, absolutely reprehensible and corrupt.

    June 30, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea party's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    June 30, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Yes.......the Democrats defeated a Republican by voting in the Republican primary. The dirty tricks brigade is extremely active.

    June 30, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Thomas

    So is todays Supreme Court decisions .

    We have a court that bought and paid for .

    June 30, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. tom l

    Sniffit and Rudy,

    There is one thing I have noticed throughout every single post of yours. Basically, there is not one single issue, not one topic of discussion that we discuss, that from your end doesn't have the solution of greater involvement by government. I honestly can't think of one topic we discuss from immigration to taxes to inequality to healthcare to education to poverty to etc., etc., etc. You are 2 intelligent individuals, there is no arguing that. So my question is this: with your disdain for republicans as palpable as it is and being smart enough to know that a large percentage of govt will be represented by republicans, why does every answer to the ills of our country revolve around that institution? You detest repubs. You think they are bigoted, horrible, evil people yet they will unquestionably make up a minimum of 4 out of every 10 of us, but realistically at least 5 of 10. That's a reality. How can you be so supportive of something that has 50% of bad in it?

    June 30, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, its of historic importance that the Black Democratic voters of Mississippi crossed party lines to deny a member of the whack-job chorus a position he has done nothing to earn. Its also of historic importance that the Tea Party-backed candidate is complaining of voter irregularities, and had supporters engaging in poll-watching to " ensure the integrity of the vote". We all know that phrase is nothing more than code for voter intimidation, a long, sad tradition in Mississippi. Fringe Conservatives will do everything they can to reverse gains in Civil Rights, as well as virtually every other kind of rights, in a pathetic attempt to somehow correct society. We've seen enough neo-Confederates on here posting over the years, doing everything from complaining about minorities voting, to invasions from South of the border, to Lincoln being a War Criminal ( Yes, Ricky McD, I remember what you have said on numerous occasions.) . Its a sad day when expanding a party base is viewed as wrong and as a sign of irregularities, and non-existent claims of fraud are taken seriously by people who only view the world through a narrow, frightened vision of apocalyptic proportions.

    June 30, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    I wonder if the GOP is going to reach out the various minorities in the future? It seems that they only will reach out when they need them and don't consider these groups and necessary to win elections.

    June 30, 2014 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  9. Gwiz

    I smell a lawsuit

    July 1, 2014 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  10. just saying

    Clinton said Monday the contest between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel "was of historical importance because the Republican Party of Mississippi expanded its base."
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    what a crock of bs. the democrats that voted for cochran will not vote for him when he runs against a democrat. no base was expanded, just the usual corrupt democrat election tampering in action once again. and then they claim they aren't committing voter fraud even after these open displays of messing with the other parties primaries. corrupt and criminal practices run deep in the democrat party.

    July 1, 2014 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  11. Dr. Brown

    Nice backhand Hillary, didn't know you were so good at tennis, funny stuff!

    July 1, 2014 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  12. Gunderson

    Aw, Yes,
    Come into my Lair said the Spider to the Fly. The Titanic is unsinkable. Rome isn't burning. Who needs a job when you have your Nanny. There is no 18 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt. What's a couple million more illegals flooding our border. The Taxpayers will divvy up the money to support them. Come in the water's fine!!!

    July 1, 2014 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  13. Dean

    It looks as if Hillary has expanded her base. Dunkin' Donuts?

    July 1, 2014 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    According to the sore loser of that runoff election, the Republican Party didn't expand its' base. He claims that there was rampant voter fraud committed at the polls. Not surprisingly, neither he, or his observers, did not notice any fraud until he lost.

    July 1, 2014 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    Sniffit and Rudy,

    There is one thing I have noticed throughout every single post of yours. Basically, there is not one single issue, not one topic of discussion that we discuss, that from your end doesn't have the solution of greater involvement by government. I honestly can't think of one topic we discuss from immigration to taxes to inequality to healthcare to education to poverty to etc., etc., etc. You are 2 intelligent individuals, there is no arguing that. So my question is this: with your disdain for republicans as palpable as it is and being smart enough to know that a large percentage of govt will be represented by republicans, why does every answer to the ills of our country revolve around that institution? You detest repubs. You think they are bigoted, horrible, evil people yet they will unquestionably make up a minimum of 4 out of every 10 of us, but realistically at least 5 of 10. That's a reality. How can you be so supportive of something that has 50% of bad in it?
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    Here's some good advice for you to follow. Stop staring into the flames so much.

    July 1, 2014 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Common Sense

    The GOP did not expand their base by "reaching out" to black voters. They used the same tactics that liberals use to get out the black vote. They called McDaniels a racist, and told voters that he was going to take away food stamps and the right to vote. They used a despicable tactic, absolutely reprehensible and corrupt.
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    They spoke the truth. How despicable.

    July 1, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I have to disagree with you on this one HRC. They didn't necessarily expand their base. African Americans simply chose the lesser of two evils to make sure some radical loon didn't take them back to the 40's. In November, those "Uncle Tom" negroes as Rush called them, will vote for the democrat.

    July 1, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  18. blome republiklans blome

    Seems now that all is fair in love,war and now politics, THANK YOU SCOTUS.

    July 1, 2014 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House says:
    July 1, 2014 08:27 am at 8:27 am
    I have to disagree with you on this one HRC. They didn’t necessarily expand their base. African Americans simply chose the lesser of two evils to make sure some radical loon didn’t take them back to the 40′s. In November, those “Uncle Tom” negroes as Rush called them, will vote for the democrat.

    Agreed because I'd do the same thing if one of those whacko confederate flag waving inbred hicks were running here. While Cochran may be bad I'm sure McDaniel would be worse. The devil you know...

    July 1, 2014 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    just sayin posted:

    what a crock of bs. the democrats that voted for cochran will not vote for him when he runs against a democrat. no base was expanded, just the usual corrupt democrat election tampering in action once again. and then they claim they aren't committing voter fraud even after these open displays of messing with the other parties primaries. corrupt and criminal practices run deep in the democrat party.
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    It needs to be pointed out that no laws were violated. Simply put, a large turnout of black voters is being categorized as wholesale voter fraud. This fraudulent behavior is being depicted as stereotypical behavior by liberals, despite the fact that they were recruited by a Republican to come out to vote.

    July 1, 2014 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. Gunderson

    Whazzat?,
    The Republicans didn't expand their base by reaching out to minorities? Now you are talking about special interests. The way you do that is to provide jobs. But it is extremely hard to provide a job when you go into the voting booth and vote against yourself. What was it that black guy said in Chicago.to Obama. If you call this helping us you can resign right now. The Cold Hard Facts will come Bubbling to the surface. Lead on!

    July 1, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    -after watching draconian dictums of SC, I personally urge all to get out and vote. Vote for direct democratic ticket. At some point we need to put a stop to these Immigrations be it IT, or Doctors till we solidify and resolve unemployment problems, be it From India, or any Muslim nations–there is a rampant radicalism prevail in the world linked to animosity to USA. God bless.

    July 1, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. snafubar

    Yes Hillary. We know. You just love election fraud and RINO's. This is a very important day for all the anti-American, anti- Constitutionalist collaborators. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    July 1, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Marty

    This lady needs to remain retired. The poor roll out of her book, the mistakes in answers, the mistake when speaking she reminds me of Reagan before the public announcement of the health issues.

    July 1, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. Bill from GA

    " Clinton said the longtime Republican senator "reached out to Democrats and particularly black Democrats "

    Is she ever naive? Reaching out would mean they offer compromise in legislation. All Cochran's group did was tell some non-repubs to vote for him because he was less evil than the other repub.

    July 1, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
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