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Kyle Kondik: Hillary Seeks Better Result With Team of Pros

By    |   Friday, 13 Feb 2015 01:28 PM

Hillary Clinton is beefing up her staff with election pros in a bid to launch a better presidential campaign in 2016, says Kyle Kondik, director of communications at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

"We'll see how good of a candidate Hillary Clinton actually is, assuming she decides to get in the race and wins the nomination. She hasn't historically run great races," Kondik said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"But at the same time, she seems to be hiring a little bit better staff than she had in the past, maybe going outside of the comfort zone a little bit."

As well, Kondik said, the former secretary of state and New York State senator — who lost the 2008 presidential nomination to Barack Obama —  has a history-making plus on her side.

"There's a historical quality to her candidacy … She'll be the first major party female candidate (for president). So that's a factor."

And while Clinton is the towering name in a very small group of Democrat names, the Republican Party still has dozens who talk about running.

"On the Republican side, there are a lot of names. Obviously, [former Florida Gov.] Jeb Bush leads the list, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and a number of other people," Kondik said.

"How good … are they? We'll have to see."

Kondik, who is also managing editor of the political forecasting service, "Sabato's Crystal Ball," told Steve Malzberg that a poll saying that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has tipped ahead of Clinton must be taken with a grain of salt.

The YouGov poll, sponsored by Warren supporter MoveOn.org, says Warren trumps Clinton in early caucus and primary states Iowa and New Hampshire.

"What the poll does is it asked a bunch of questions … that sort of make Elizabeth Warren look good, and then it asked the ballot question. So when you tell voters a bunch of good stuff about one candidate in the poll, you're sort of skewing the results to sort of produce the results you want," Kondik said.

"And then, of course, MoveOn and some of these other Democratic or kind of liberal groups definitely want Elizabeth Warren to run for president. So these polls were put out to sort of make it seem like she was leading in these races.

"Other polls find Hillary Clinton up by a lot because they're polls that don't sort of prep the people being asked in the poll what they're supposed to respond with."

Clinton has raised eyebrows in recent weeks with her lack of public exposure, but Kondik said that without Warren or other credible, potential candidates pushing her, she doesn't have any real incentive to do public appearances or announce her campaign.

"She may not announce her campaign until the summer time and part of it is because there's not a lot of pressure on her to announce," he said.

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