Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not currently have a campaign message to take into the 2016 presidential campaign, and the Democratic Party is short of other viable candidates, a panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program said Monday.
Co-host Mike Brzezinski asked Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein to articulate Clinton's message in 10 seconds and Stein said it wasn't something that would be possible to do.
"That's impossible," he said. "I don't think she has a message right now."
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Brzezinski contrasted Clinton with Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who many on the left are eager to draft into the race, citing Warren's populist messages as part of her appeal.
She added that Clinton will likely play up her gender as a key factor of her candidacy.
"Unlike 2008, where she rarely mentioned the historic nature of what she was trying to do, you can already see it in what she's doing, whether it's on Twitter or in some of these speeches, which is saying she'll bring a perspective to the presidency that's never been brought before," he said. "That's her message."
"I was trying to make a point," Brzezinski said. "One has a message. The other doesn't."
"That's very true," Stein said.
Contributor Donny Deutsch said its worth considering why Democrats have so few options other than Clinton.
"Sam, does it surprise you in this great land of ours there are no other up and coming Democrats?" Deutsch asked. "There are so many interesting characters on the Republican side. Young, you know, of various races, of various points of view, and you would think there would be a governor somewhere, there would be a mayor of a city."
"This is a huge problem for the Democrats," Stein said. "They don't have a bench.... There is not a young, viable Democratic bench out there in part because of the midterm losses that Obama has sustained, and in part because of gerrymandering. This is a problem that strategists talk with increasing alarm about."
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