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David Axelrod: Hillary Not the 'Poor Candidate' She Was in 2007

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 06:27 PM

David Axelrod, former aide to President Barack Obama, says in his new book that Obama's 2008 Democrat rival Hillary Clinton was a poor candidate, but he told CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday he thinks things are different as the former secretary of State appears headed for the 2016 nomination.

In "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics," Axelrod writes that Clinton was not a healing figure and that when she tries to moderate she risks looking like an opportunist.

Axelrod told Tapper that things aren't the same now.

"She's in a different place, the times are different, the political environment is different," he said. "I saw her in 2007 as a poor candidate because she was so cautious, shrouded in this veil of inevitability. Once she lost the Iowa caucuses she became a different candidate, much less guarded, much more willing to connect with people in a visceral way, much more revealing of herself, much more of an advocate."

That is the person Clinton needs to be to win the presidency, he said.

"She needs to project a vision of where she wants to take the country," Axelrod said. "Your rationale has to lead your candidacy. It didn't in 2008. If she does it this time, I think she can be a very formidable candidate."

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David Axelrod, former aide to President Barack Obama, says in his new book that Obama's 2008 Democrat rival Hillary Clinton was a poor candidate, but he told CNN's Jake Tapper on Wednesday he thinks things are different as the former secretary of State appears headed for the 2016 nomination.
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