CNN: Bill Stumping for Hillary a Sign That Clinton Campaign ‘Nervous’


CNN's Inside Politics panel assessed on Sunday that Bill Clinton's presence on the campaign trail indicates Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's team is "nervous" about winning the upcoming Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.

Host John King brought up the issue to the panel, describing how "another sign team Clinton is nervous is that Bill Clinton is out on the campaign trail."

He added that the former president is an asset to his wife's campaign but also "a potential liability in many other ways … and so he's out, which means they understand they need him. They need him to try to close the sale."

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has criticized Bill Clinton for his past sexual transgressions since the former president began stumping for his wife, but King also played a clip of Hillary Clinton's main rival in the Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, Vt.), calling Bill Clinton's past actions "totally disgraceful and unacceptable."

CNN's Manu Raju said this election feels like the 2008 Democratic primary, when Barack Obama won Iowa but then Clinton took New Hampshire, allowing her to stay in the race for many months. Raj explained that the Clinton campaign should be worried if Sanders wins one of the first two states, which would put him in a strong position and "reinforce the narrative that the Democratic base is just not excited about her headed into a general [election]."

"[Hillary Clinton] has every conceivable advantage at her side, and she is struggling to fend off a 74-year-old self-avowed Socialist … in the first two states," added Jonathan Martin of the New York Times.

He said Clinton is discussing gun issues much more aggressively now to appeal to her party's base, which strongly advocates for increased gun control.

Aaron Kliegman

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Aaron Kliegman is the news editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Aaron worked as a research associate at the Center for Security Policy, a national security think tank, and as the deputy field director on Micah Edmond's campaign for U.S. Congress. In December 2016, he received his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University’s Global Security Studies Program in Washington, D.C., with a concentration in strategic studies. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2014 and lives in Leesburg, Virginia. His Twitter handle is @Aaron_Kliegman. He can be reached at

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