Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance'
June 30th, 2014
06:34 PM ET
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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. it must be said

    Republicans need to make sure that only Republicans can vote in their primaries. If Democrats want to vote for Republicans, they can wait until the general election to do that. How many times are the Democrats going to play these corrupt games with Republican primaries before the Republican Party wakes the hell up? This isn't like the good old days when you could trust Democrats to do the right thing. Now you can pretty must count on Democrats doing the wrong, corrupt and illegal thing. The party has totally lost any sense of morality.

    July 1, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    @ tom l,, the government reflects our values. I know you find that concept laughable, but its the truth. No one, not me, not Rudy, not Sniffit, is enthralled or in love with teh idea of government " running our lives," as you seem to think we all do. What is astonishing to me and others is that you think that unchecked behavior on the part of corporations is somehow a shining example of freedom in action. Freedom comes with responsibilities, and corporations will not do anything that is not in tehir own self-interest: that includes what is good for society as a whole. From Adam Smith to the present day, people have noted that the business class, left unchecked, is as bad for society as a government that determines every action you take. How you can ignore the obvious abuses by people and entities that have money and access, while slamming any attempt to keep them in check, is beyond me. How can you be so supportive of something that will toss you aside, not in name of an ideal but in the name of profits, is beyond comprehension. Not only do you support their narrow rights, you celebrate them. Bad behavior needs to be checked, and you have never, ever seen any government action of any kind as having a positive outcome. We have the government we deserve because of conservative insistence that any government intervention is bad, and they run the government accordingly. You were supportive of a parasite like Cliven Bundy because you felt he was being bullied: never mind the fact he owed you and I millions in back grazing fees. Your arguments are riddled with inconsistencies you refuse to acknowledge, yet you see fit to slam Sniffit and Rudy for having " the wrong point of view". To use your own words, who are you to judge?

    July 1, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    Rick McDaniel – " Yes.......the Democrats defeated a Republican by voting in the Republican primary "

    We did that in Georgia a few years back to keep Ralph Reed out of our government. Not so unusual.
    If I'm willing to give up my part in the selection of the Dem candidates to keep a truly evil repub out of office, that is my choice. And in that same election, a lot of repubs voted to get rid of Cynthia McKinney.

    Works both ways.

    July 1, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Dr. Brown

    Just spraying, I'm lmao over here, just too funny, did they break the law? Then grow a pair and stfu!

    July 1, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Brad

    This really makes Hillary sound uninformed. I'm a Republican, yet have always had respect for Hillary, but that respect has been rapidly disappearing lately. There's been reported evidence of Cochran using race baiting, slander, paying off voters, and accounts of Democrats who voted in their June 3rd primary already who couldn't legally vote in this runoff, and Hillary calls this Republicans expanding their base? For what, one night? Most of them will probably just vote for the Democrat again in November. The title of this article got my hopes up. I thought she was going to say this runoff was of major historical importance because of the exposure of the crookedness in the Republican Party establishment and the Mississippi government, who barred McDaniel's supporters from seeing the voter rolls in several counties. This is a crime, for voter rolls must be made available for public viewing. Way to disappoint me again, Hillary. Learn all the facts next time.

    July 1, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Lizzie

    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.
    - that's what democrats do before every election, reach out and promise and then after the vote have amnesia on certain items.

    July 1, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Hector Slagg

    tom i,
    You give Sniffit and Rudy credit for having brains. Man you are generous! Straight out of Vaudville. WITH YOUR MONEY AND MY BRAINS, WE WILL GO PLACES !!!

    The way you reach out to minorities, etc, is provide jobs. But when you go in the voting booth and vote against yourself it is extremely hard to provide a job! You voted to give yourself a house with no money to pay for it. You voted to give yourself health care, with no means to pay for it. You voted for a free lunch, same result.

    July 1, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Marcus (from...?)

    '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.'

    If the Dems in Mississipi only voted in one primary, and it was in the Republican one, then there wasn't any irregularity and the Dems (in their majority in this case black people) only did what they thought it was best for them.

    July 1, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. tom l

    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?
    Here's some good advice for you to follow. Stop staring into the flames so much.

    I don't get it. I guess this was one of those comments to you that you had to sit back and ponder and you didn't like the answer so you decided to throw out what must be some sort of insult but I really don't know. So, I'll ask again and hope you can answer my questions.

    July 1, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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