Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is faltering badly and nervous Democrats will likely tap Vice President Joe Biden to go for the 2016 Democratic nomination, John Sununu, former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush and governor of New Hampshire, tells Newsmax TV.
"She is in big trouble. The [poll] numbers are horrible. The direction of the numbers continue to go down," Sununu said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."
"She has not created any semblance of a coherent message. She is desperately buying $1 million or $2 million worth of ads in Iowa and in New Hampshire … So the Democratic Party is looking around and Joe Biden is probably the most likely alternative horse."
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A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found 40 percent of the American public viewing her positively and 51 percent negatively.
Sununu — author of "The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush,"
published by Broadside Books — said Americans are identifying with such non-political candidates as Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, both Republicans, because they are more candid than their GOP opponents.
"What people are identifying with right now are words coming out of candidates and when you're not involved in politics, you have the luxury of being able to be pretty sharp and hot with your rhetoric," Sununu said.
"As this campaign goes on, people will recognize that issues are important again, that experience is important, they'll start looking at real candidates in a real way — and everybody's having their Herman Cain moments — and will move on."
He said he's not convinced the continuing high poll numbers for Trump mean all that much so early in the campaign.
"We're polling a heck of a lot earlier. We're believing in polls a heck of a lot earlier than we ever have. This process has really started early this time," he said.
"[Trump's polling is] not a surprise, it really isn't. The showman nature of a new candidate like Trump always attracts support and then it starts to be looked at seriously.
"Let's take a look after a couple of debates and a couple of months of real campaigning and see where he is."
A Monmouth University poll released Monday shows the billionaire now leading his nearest rival by a 2-1 margin among GOP voters. The poll found Trump besting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 26 percent to 12 percent, respectively.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in third place with 11 percent support; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are tied for fourth place with 6 percent; and Carson is at 5 percent.
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