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Dick Morris: Hillary Backtracking on Russia, Obamacare and NSA

By Lisa Barron   |   Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 03:27 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doing an about-face on major issues central to her political career, says political author and commentator Dick Morris.

"There are three issues that are simultaneously coming into question: the Affordable Care Act, which parallels what she proposed in '93, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which relates to her reset button and her accommodation with Putin, and the NSA surveillance tapes, where she received them and in many cases may have ordered them. All three of those come directly to her and in the last two weeks, on all three she has attempted to reposition herself," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Thursday.

"She called for a mature dialogue about balancing privacy and security at the NSA. She said on Obamacare that she thinks that while it's a good idea there may be things that need to be fixed in it. And on Russia she's saying now that we have to be firm with Russia. These are all attempts to counter balance the negative that is coming out because her positions… that have defined her political career are now all coming back to haunt her."

Morris continued, "The other thing that is fascinating is that she said that while she is personally skeptical of Iran, she supports Obama and Kerry. So she's trying to have it both ways on that issue. What's going on here is on the one hand, she is leashed and tethered to Obama, both because he's her former boss and because of his popularity in the party. So she doesn't want to criticize him, but stay far away from his policies on Russia, Iran … and healthcare as she can feasibly do."

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Morris, who served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton during his first term, revealed that he also offered the former first lady political advice during his tenure at the White House.

"I urged Hillary, and she did, to back off the West Wing activities and stay out of the policy meetings, stop proposing initiatives, do first lady stuff and craft an agenda that was a first lady's agenda. For example, she went to China and condemned forced abortions, which was wonderful. That was all part of an effort for her not to take Bill Clinton's strength away from him," he said.

"By the way, that stands in such contrast to Michelle Obama's trip to China, where she's specifically not addressing policy or politics. Not even allowing the press to travel with her. Our only involvement is that we're paying the bill," Morris added.

Asked what his advice for the potential 2016 presidential contender would be now in terms of focusing on Russia or the Benghazi scandal, Morris replied, "Benghazi is a gift that's going to keep on giving as hearings expose more information. It goes to Hillary's competence and her integrity in terms of the characterization of this as a reaction to a video."

"Hillary's top political priority right now should be to assure that she does not have the Democratic primary. Deal with the general election when you get up to it ... Ultimately, she needs to secure that nomination. 2008 could be replayed with Elizabeth Warren taking the part of Barack Obama," Morris said.

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