MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel was shocked when host Mika Brzezinski reported that Hillary Clinton would leave Nevada for Texas before the end of the Nevada caucus.
“Wow. I don’t know what’s in Texas, but it must be a lot of money because it’s not good announcing you’re leaving a state before the caucus ends,” Joe Scarborough said.
The panel agreed that the Clinton campaign might have read the tea leaves and expected that she would not perform well in Nevada. Chris Jansing mentioned that Clinton had cancelled a trip to Florida and stayed in Nevada.
Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein said the biggest problem that Clinton is facing is that she is constantly being pulled off the campaign trail to do fundraisers.
“The broader point is still there, which is her campaign has consistently underestimated how hard this election was going to be against Bernie Sanders, and they’ve consistently failed to find a way to chip at Bernie Sanders’ appeal,” Stein said. “The biggest problem they face is this, she has to go to places like New York and Chicago on a routine basis to do these fundraisers because she needs money to keep going.”
Brzezinski said that it was bad optics that Clinton can not stop fundraising and it becomes a prime opportunity for the Sanders to attack her on it. Scarborough added that the Clinton campaign needs to come to terms with the fact that the Sanders campaign is going to have more money than them compared to past campaigns.
“When she went to the investment banking firm, you just feed into your opponents’ narrative about you, where your opponent is actually raising money on their cell phones,” Scarborough said.
Brzezinski added that it Clinton going to fundraisers at investment banking firms just reminds the public to ask for the transcripts of her previous speeches at the big banks.