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David Axelrod: Hillary Must Show Humility, Authenticity to Win

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 12:31 PM

Hillary Clinton's biggest 2016 challenge will be showing that she is authentic and humble and understands Americans' concerns, campaign strategist David Axelrod, architect of both of President Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, said Tuesday.

"Humility is the order of the day," Axelrod told The Des Moines Register.

"In 2007, her campaign was this juggernaut of inevitability and it was a top-down experience. Voters don't like to be told that their decision is predetermined. They want to be asked for their vote, and more than that they want to have a genuine connection with the candidate."

Clinton appears to have learned from her errors in 2008, when Obama defeated her for the Democratic nomination, said Axelrod, and especially from her hard loss at the Iowa caucuses that year.

"After she lost the Iowa caucuses in 2008, she threw caution off and her vulnerabilities were more obvious and her sense of identification with people's struggles was more obvious and I think she was a much more effective candidate," he said. "The candidate you see in Iowa today is much closer to that candidate, and I think that's authentically who she is."

The former secretary of state is in the middle of a two-day swing through Iowa, traveling there by van after officially announcing her campaign on Sunday. On Wednesday, she plans to tour a family-owned produce company and to speak to small-business leaders outside Des Moines as part of an effort by her campaign to focus on smaller, more personal interactions.

On Tuesday, she visited a community college in Monticello to speak with students and teachers, and to show she is familiar with Iowa's issues and to note that the average college student in the state carries nearly $30,000 in debt after graduation.

Axelrod also discussed the huge potential Republican field of candidates for 2016, saying the pool is much stronger than in 2012 but there is a much less certain outcome.

"We always assumed that Mitt Romney was going to be the nominee [in 2012], and in 2006, when we were talking about the presidential race, we assumed that John McCain was going to be the nominee," Axelrod told The Register. "It's hard to make those kind of assumptions in 2016."

He said he expects Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the likely nominee, but pointed out there are weaknesses that could open the way for other candidates to step up.

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