S.E. Cupp: Hillary Will Need 'Fresh Ideas' to Win Millennials

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 11:34 AM

By Joe Battaglia

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Conservative columnist S.E. Cupp believes Hillary Clinton "might have to learn a few things" from her failure to win the youth vote in 2008 if she is going to make a successful run for the White House in 2016.

Cupp said on CNN's Crossfire Reloaded that the key to winning the 2016 presidential election will be gaining the support of millennials, who represent the largest voting demographic. Recent estimates suggest that there are now about 80 million people in the United States born between 1983 and the early 2000s, and Generation Y outnumbers baby boomers in this country by 4 million.

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According to Cupp, there is good news and bad news to be had for Clinton in those numbers.

The good news, she says, is that millennials don't carry Hillary and Bill baggage with them.

"They don't care about the scandals from the 1990s," she said. "They have newer, better, cooler scandals. They don't care. They don't give a crap."

On the flip side, Cupp says millennials are not emotionally invested in the Clintons the way older generations are.

"They don't have this sense of connection with the Clintons that say my parents do," Cupp said. "They're not going to vote for a candidate just because it's their parents' candidate."

Cupp added that because millennials are "incredibly open minded" and as likely to "listen to Barack Obama's ideas as Rand Paul's ideas," Clinton is "going to need to bring fresh ideas that speak directly to millennials for them to be impressed."

Among the issues Cupp believes Clinton will have to address are whether she believes Obamacare is the best solution to the country's healthcare woes, her handling of Benghazi, and her overall strategic judgment as it pertains to foreign policy, particularly her overseeing the "reset" with Russia.

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