CNN: Clinton Lost Michigan Because She Isn't Matching the Mood of the Country

March 9, 2016

CNN's New Day discussed Tuesday's Democratic Primary in Michigan and how Hillary Clinton lost to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) when most pundits believed that she would win.

"But I think there's something that's pretty simple here about this environment, you know we talk in elections about the desire for change, ‘change elections’, this is something that's much more convulsive, there's so much more ferment out there, there's a brokenness to our politics and to government," former Meet the Press host David Gregory said.

"And there's so many voters who want to see all that simply turned on its head. And I think that's what fuels a lot of what's going on with Bernie Sanders and with Donald Trump and here we're talking about the Democrats, you have voters in Michigan who really responded well to his message about how trade takes away jobs from people in the country, particularly in this part of the country. And this is government not delivering for the people it's supposed to serve and so people are saying ‘no, we're not going to take that anymore, we want something really different.’ And I think that part of the enthusiasm gap is what Clinton is dealing with."

Host Chris Cuomo later told Gregory what he believed caused Clinton to lose Michigan and how she may be in trouble on March 15 when Ohio, a crucial state in both the primary and general elections, holds its primary.

"David, you can make the point that she didn't get anything wrong. It's that she's not matching the mood of the country. She's not the face of discontent. That's what Bernie Sanders is and that's playing bigger than people expected it to in Michigan and the problem for her is, Michigan, tell me if I'm wrong, but it looks a lot like Ohio," Cuomo said.

"Yeah, no, I think that's right," Gregory said.