Hassan Can’t Say If Clinton Is Honest, Even After She’s Asked Three Times

• August 16, 2016 9:04 am


New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D.) could not say if Hillary Clinton was honest or trustworthy despite being directly asked the question three times in an interview that aired Tuesday with CNN.

Correspondent Manu Raju noted Hassan, who is running against incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) for the U.S. Senate, dodged the question each time he posed it.

"Do you think that she's honest and trustworthy?" Raju asked.

"I support Hillary Clinton for the presidency because her experience and her record demonstrate that she's qualified to hold the job," Hassan said.

"Do you think she's honest?" Raju asked.

"She has a critical, critical plan, among others, for making college more affordable," she said.

"But do you think that she's trustworthy?" Raju asked.

"I think that she has demonstrated a commitment always to something beyond herself, bigger than herself," she said.

Raju reported that the Hassan campaign said after the interview that the candidate did in fact believe Clinton was honest. However, polls have consistently shown a clear majority of the country do not think Clinton is trustworthy, often citing her private email scandal and pay-for-play allegations with the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.

Hassan and Ayotte are locked in a tight race that will be key in deciding which party controls the U.S. Senate.