Hillary Clinton's polling numbers have been shrinking — but in no way does that mean her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination is in jeopardy, says Webb Hubbell, former assistant attorney general under President Bill Clinton.
"There's only one poll that counts and that's the actual election, so I wouldn't get too worked up about polls, especially a year-and-a-half away from an election," Hubbell said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"The real truth is once they get out on the campaign trail, once they start talking about real issues, as opposed to email servers, then ultimately we're going to have a race between a Republican and a Democrat.
"I think the Democrat will be Hillary — and it's down to one person against one person."
Last weekend at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention, Clinton drew the support of fewer than half of the 511 delegate votes cast for the party's presidential nomination in a straw poll and held a slim win over challenger Bernie Sanders — 49 to 41 percent.
And new survey results released Wednesday by the Republican National Committee shows 49 percent of independent voters in 10 battleground states for the 2016 presidential race rate Democratic candidate Clinton unfavorably.
In addition, Clinton rates only 36 percent when compared with a "generic" GOP candidate, said the survey of 1,500 adults, conducted May 3-7 by the American Viewpoint opinion-research firm. The poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percent.
But Hubbell — who was Clinton's former law partner and is author of the thriller, "Ginger Snaps,"
published by Beaufort Books — says he isn't concerned a bit.
"The issues, who knows what they're going to be 18 months from now. So I'm not that worried about a poll," Hubbell told Malzberg.
Hubbell also addressed inconsistencies about Clinton's email private messages when she was secretary of state. Earlier this year, she had said personal communications between she and her husband wouldn't be made public. But Bill Clinton recently claimed he has only sent two emails in his life.
Hubbell said both could be telling the truth.
"She could have been emailing him, he just didn't read it. He could have been telling his assistant to let Hillary know where he was going to be or where they were going to meet for dinner or things like that," Hubbell said.
"He didn't just personally go on the Internet and email, but his assistant could have been and she may have considered that being personal communications between her husband and herself.
"I don't know because I didn't talk to her about it, but certainly both of them could be true.... The point is as long as it's personal communications between a husband and wife, I don't care what they said to each other."
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