Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has hurt herself by bringing her husband, former president Bill Clinton, to stump for her, political analyst and former Clinton advisor Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV.
"First of all, it's totally counterproductive because the reason Hillary is having trouble getting the votes of young women is Bill and her conduct in going after women who were linked to him sexually," Morris told "Newsmax Now" hosts John Bachman and Miranda Khan on Monday.
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"That whole legacy, what I call the secret policy who dug up dirt on these women, is what dropped Bill's image 15 points over the Christmas week and Christmas holiday and dropped Hillary's showing among young women by 14 points without affecting the showing among men," Morris said.
Morris called former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's statement that there is a "special place in hell" for women who don't back other women "ridiculous."
"The idea of saying so almost mocks the idea of feminism as to undermine it," he said, adding that Gloria Steinem's comment
that young women are attracted to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign so they can date young men was equally ridiculous.
"It's like they used to say guys are in the peace movement because they want to get girls," he said.
By attacking young women, the Democratic Party is alienating the very people Clinton needs to win, Morris added.
"Romney was elected president among people over 35. It was the margin of people 18-35 that elected Obama, and Hillary will have to depend on. Yet, now she's waging war on those people," he said. " It reminds me so much of Hubert Humphrey's tactics in '68 where he ranted and raved against the young people who were demonstrating against the war and then said, 'Oh please vote for me against Nixon.' Didn't work then and won't work now."
Morris said that based on his past experience with the Clintons he doesn't expect Hillary Clinton to release transcripts for her Wall Street speeches.
"When I worked at the White House, there were constantly issues about releasing things like the Whitewater and other investigations and whether certain documents were released," he said. "I told the White House council, putting on my best German accent, I said 'They'll all release them in the end.' Eventually everything gets released in the end. It's an interesting way to keep this issue alive."
Sanders has made the speeches and Wall Street campaign contributions a campaign issue, tying them to economic stagnation of the average American.
"There's a coherent dialogue, and Hillary has no coherent message," Morris said.
On the New Hampshire primaries:
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is being pushed by the media, he said, but his faltering in Saturday's debate will benefit Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others "will probably tie in New Hampshire. They will all be between 10-13 percent and none of them will drop out." That will make it a two-way race to the top between businessman Donald Trump and Cruz. Cruz, again, will benefit.
- On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is headed for an overwhelming win. "It's going to be maybe so overwhelming that it really changes the national numbers and really influences the big Super Tuesday states."
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