NBC’s Chuck Todd played clips Sunday of Iowa Democrats saying they have doubts about Hillary Clinton’s honesty and trustworthiness during an interview with her on Meet the Press.
Todd was discussing the Democratic primary with Clinton when he showed her video of three Democrats registered in Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses, questioning her integrity and asked for her thoughts.
The first voter, a Martin O’Malley supporter, said that “you get the impression from her that she believes maybe the rules don’t apply to her, or the same rules don’t apply to her that apply to everybody else.”
The second soundbite showed a Bernie Sanders supporter saying that Clinton has “worked really hard and done some amazing things, but I feel that Bernie Sanders … has a little bit more fire lit up in people.”
The third clip showed a woman who supports Clinton describe how she hears “people talking about questioning her honesty. And I don’t necessarily do that, but I think that’s one thing that people are kind of not sure, and they felt that way about Bill Clinton, too.”
“How do you answer that pause?” Todd asked Clinton.
“First of all, Chuck, I always thought this was going to be close,” Clinton said. “But I’ve worked as hard as I can to build an organization in Iowa to be out there listening and talking with Iowans … and I’ve also been very consistent over the course of my public life.”
Clinton added, “If I tell you I’m going to fight for something, I will do my very best to get results.”
Clinton has had to battle low poll numbers when it comes to how voters view her honesty throughout the campaign, in large part because of he private email server and handling of the Benghazi terror attack in 2012.
Former U.S. attorneys said this week that the FBI will likely recommend criminal charges be issued against Clinton for mishandling classified information over her private email server while she served as secretary of state, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Clinton’s role in Benghazi has also resurfaced with the release of the new movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, which depicts the terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound there.
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, were killed during the assault.
The Obama administration had blamed the attack on an Internet video they said triggered a spontaneous protest, a story that family members of those killed in Benghazi say Clinton told them after the incident.
The event turned out to be a planned terrorist attack, however, which some assert Clinton was aware of when the attack took place, using emails from the night of the attack as their primary evidence.