RNC: Hillary Clinton's Book Tour a Boon for the GOP

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 02:35 PM

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Hillary Clinton's media blitz for her new memoir has unmasked the former secretary of state as a mediocre politician with little to offer as a presidential candidate, according to Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee.

"I've loved this book tour. This was exactly the opposite of what they wanted,'' Spicer, referring to Clinton's tome "Hard Choices,'' said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They thought that this was going to be a fluff tour, they get out there and talk about what a great woman she is, her accomplishments.

"What it did is it highlighted her, and it gave the American people a chance to actually see a record, or lack thereof, and the problems that she caused, whether it's Benghazi or the various other world problems that occurred on her watch.''

Clinton has attended book signings from coast to coast and appeared on numerous TV talk shows to promote her book, which covers the years she served as President Barack Obama's secretary of state.

But Spicer believes that a lackluster performance by Clinton on that tour is a boon to Republicans

"The best thing that happened to us as Republicans, and frankly, as Americans, is that this book tour, instead of creating a positive trail for her, has actually cast a real light on the lack of accomplishment that she has as secretary of state.''

Spicer also touted the GOP's new "Fire Harry Reid'' campaign,  the party hopes to use to oust the Senate majority leader.

"What is stopping the 40 jobs bills that the Republican House sent over to the Senate is Harry Reid. He is the common denominator in everything,'' Spicer said.

"So what we want to remind voters in key states around this country is that voting for one of [his Democratic supporters] is actually a vote for Harry Reid.

"He's standing in the way of Keystone Pipeline, he's standing in the way of blocking healthcare reform … All of the things that are really problems in America and the solutions that we as Republicans have offered … the reason they're not going anywhere is because of Harry Reid. Your senator is a proxy vote for Harry Reid.''

Spicer believes contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act — issued by two federal courts on Tuesday — pave the way for the president's signature healthcare law to be challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the first ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said tax credits may be provided only to residents of states that set up their own marketplaces. Later, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law’s language was ambiguous enough to allow the Obama administration to push the subsidies nationwide.

"The upside is it's probably set up for a Supreme Court battle sooner rather than later, which is what it was always going to end up because there's no question the administration was going to appeal the first ruling this morning that came down 2-1 against the federal subsidies for Obamacare,'' Spicer said.

"One of the things that when you go back to the whole nut of what Obamacare was supposed to do, it was supposed to be affordable, it was supposed to give people more access to care, it's done neither of those things

"In fact, it's caused a lot of headache for people around this country in terms of losing their doctors, losing the ability to have the current insurance that they have cover what they were used to.''

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