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Conway: Bill Clinton's Obamacare Slam May Make Him 'Best Surrogate'

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:54 AM

Former President Bill Clinton might just be Donald Trump's "best surrogate" after his comments criticizing Obamacare, the GOP nominee's campaign manager said Wednesday.

“In terms of healthcare, I think it's a huge issue that's been left on the table in these debates," Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "We've got now, President Bill Clinton is our best surrogate. We're thinking of having him in the spin room with us in St. Louis."

The former president, while stumping for wife Hillary in Flint, Mich., earlier this week, said Obamacare is "the craziest thing in the world," as many people have seen their healthcare premiums double while having their benefits cut.

"I just want to mention that Donald Trump does say that his plan for healthcare reform would be the ability to have your insurance be portable, to buy it across state lines like you would buy car insurance, for example," Conway said.

Trump also proposes having health savings accounts "so that you own that piece of your healthcare and you can manage it the way you would anything else," she said.

Also on Wednesday, Conway denied a CNN report the GOP nominee was irked by running mate Mike Pence's performance against Tim Kaine in Tuesday night's vice presidential debate, saying Trump surrounds himself with "the best people."

"His tweet last night was how excited he was and how proud of him he was," Conway said. "I talked to Mr. Trump during the debate several times. I think the one thing to remember is that, as Ronald Reagan always said, personnel is policy. Donald Trump promised as president to surround himself with the best people."

During CNN's post-debate coverage, correspondent John King reported being told by "somebody inside Trump world, who is in the inner circle in Trump world, who said he does not think this is going to go down terribly well with Donald Trump," reported Media Matters.

"They said Donald Trump is watching the reviews and he's hearing Mike Pence won, but he didn't defend Donald Trump, and that Hillary Clinton and Mike Pence are better debaters than Donald Trump. Some people think that might not sit well with the boss."

"I thought Pence was tough, without getting in the mud with [Democratic vice-president nominee] Tim Kaine," Conway said. "Tim Kaine mentioned Donald Trump's name 160 times. It was like he had a tic."

And, she continued, Trump's "first exercise in judgment in leadership" after he became the GOP nominee was to pick Pence, the governor of Indiana, as his running mate, Conway said.

"You see it was just a fantastic pick," she said.

Conway said she believes the next debate, a town hall format, will be a "sweet spot" for Trump, who is with voters every day, but she's not so sure it will work for Clinton, who seems more comfortable behind a podium.

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