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John Sununu: Hillary Dodges 'Ordinary' Folks, Press on Road Trip

By    |   Friday, 17 April 2015 03:02 PM

Hillary Clinton's road trip from New York to Iowa to hear from "ordinary Americans" was a carefully orchestrated way for her to avoid people, duck the press and keep from putting her "foot in her mouth," says John Sununu, former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush.

"It's amazing. They go through this whole process of driving from the East Coast to Iowa and sit down with eight pre-selected folks and have a conversation, and that's it," Sununu, also a former governor of New Hampshire, said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"There's a clear effort to try and keep her from seeing a lot of folks and being exposed to the press. She still has not met with the press, she still has not answered a serious question on camera, and she still has not given a good rationale as to why she ought to be president."

Sununu noted that Clinton's van — which transported the former secretary of state, her campaign aides and Secret Service agents — zipped by many onlookers who had hoped to say hello to her.

"When she drove past those folks in wheelchairs, she might have been racing them to the handicapped parking," Sununu joked.

"It's unbelievable. This is a campaign that is just designed by folks who don't understand that in this day and age the American public, especially in Iowa, especially in New Hampshire, especially in South Carolina, are going to want to talk to the candidate, and they're not doing it yet.

"It'll happen because they'll be pressured into it, but they're trying to keep her as isolated as possible probably because they know that once she starts interacting, she'll put her foot in her mouth."

Sununu said he was flabbergasted by a clip heard of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Republican, waxing poetic about Clinton.

"Pelosi is talking about Hillary Clinton's experience in foreign policy by having served on the Armed Services Committee," he told Steve Malzberg.

"Well, a heck of a lot of good that did for the world and America with the mess that she's created with Obama in the Middle East and the crisis we have in country after country from Syria to Iraq to Yemen to the concerns of all our allies like the Saudis.

"Now we have this ridiculous thing that she was a part of, and it's the negotiation with Iran. It's just out of this world that anyone can claim that she has the kind of experience we want in a president."

Sununu also predicted that the mainstream media will have less of an opportunity to discredit Republican candidates this time around because of the power and immediacy of social media.

"What the press doesn't understand is that they're in a way not appreciating the fact that social media out there is undercutting their capacity to destroy our candidates," he said.

"This is one election where the Republicans are prepared to deal with social media [and] are going to use it effectively.

"[They] will undercut the sarcasm that comes from second-rate journalism like you heard from Brzezinski."

He was referring to Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," who commented that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who announced his candidacy on Monday, was a "little boy" compared to Clinton.

Sununu said he is impressed by the GOP's growing crop of candidates, which includes Rubio and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, all of whom have declared they're running.

Others mulling a run include: Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Govs. Jeb Bush of Florida and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

"It's amazing what a great collection of candidates we have, and so we just have to remember that we have to run a vigorous and a tough primary process, but not one that is self-destructive," Sununu said.

"If we do that right, the candidate that comes out will be the right candidate and will be the next president of the United States."

Sununu said it remains to be seen whether other any other Democrats plan to challenge Clinton.

"It depends how bad this 'listening tour' continues to be. She's got about six to eight weeks to define for the rest of the Democratic Party that she's not as bad as we know she is," Sununu said.

"If she gets away with that, there probably won't be a serious challenger. If she gets into the summer without being scarred sufficiently, she'll probably coast to her nomination.

"You know, I almost want it to be that way. I don't want her to be battle-toughened going into the general [election]."

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