Democrat Adviser: Hillary Faces Frontrunner Problem

Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 01:24 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The biggest obstacle facing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she decides to run for president in 2016 is that she will begin the race as the presumptive frontrunner, says Democratic adviser Ari Rabin-Havt.

"She faces the frontrunner problem, which she faced in 2008, which is when you're the inevitable candidate, it's hard to build excitement," Rabin-Havt told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"Frankly if I were her, I'd want a primary opponent or two because that will build excitement and cause a better race," he explained.

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The former adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Vice President Al Gore and Secretary of State John Kerry says that this is one area where the GOP have an advantage.

"Republicans have a slight advantage here in that they will have a good, solid primary," Rabin-Havt explained.

"Democrats should hope for a good primary to hash out issues, to discuss topics, and to come together as a party," he added. "Those processes are helpful."

Sarah Isgur-Flores, deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee, said on America's Forum that she also sees this as a disadvantage for Clinton and says that Democrats are in trouble if she doesn't run.

"I can name 13 candidates, 15 candidates that would all make great presidents on the Republican side," Isgur-Flores said. "The Democrats can only really name one."

"So if she doesn't run or if she proves to be a poor candidate, like she did before and like we're seeing in this book launch, I don't know what they're going to do," she added.

Clinton just launched her latest book "Hard Choices," which is supposed to be an account of her tenure as Secretary of State, and many see it as a sign that she intends to run in 2016.

Rabin-Havt says that if Clinton runs in 2016, "she is the inevitable Democratic nominee and she wins the White House."

However, Isgur-Flores argued that she is "not the candidate that the Democrats are hoping or think that she is," which has been seen in some of the gaffes she has made in the wake of her book launch.

"You'll see her make more mistakes," she explained. "You saw that in the interview last night where she talked about her mortgages for her houses and how tough that was when she had gotten an $8 million book advance months earlier. She's out of touch."

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