Barack Obama should cease acting “high-minded” and start “scrapping and fighting” with Hillary Clinton if he is to win the Democratic presidential nomination, according to former top Bush adviser Karl Rove.
Writing in the Financial Times, Rove says in a “memo to Obama” that the upcoming Iowa caucus is “your best chance” to beat Clinton, noting: “If you do not do it there, odds are you never will anywhere.”
Obama leads Clinton in the most recent Iowa poll.
But Rove, considered the chief architect of George Bush’s electoral successes, advises: “Striking a pose of being high-minded and too pure will not work. Americans want to see you scraping and fighting for the job, not in a mean or ugly way but in a forceful and straightforward way.”
Obama, according to the Republican pundit, “often comes over as weak and ineffectual. In some debates, you do not even look at her when disagreeing with her, making it look as if you are afraid of her…
“Sharpen your attacks and make them more precise.”
Obama should focus on concerns among Democrats that Hillary can’t win the general election and would be “a drag on the ticket, not to mention a “disaster” if she reaches the White House, Rove opines.
“You are running out of time,” he writes. “If she wins the nomination it will be because her rivals — namely you — were weak when you confronted her…
“She is beatable but you have to raise your game.”
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