Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor John Heilemann says that Hillary Clinton opens herself up for the label of "hypocrite" if she goes after big money in politics, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Clinton must approach campaign finance reform thoughtfully or emerge "as much of a hypocrite about it as Barack Obama," Heilemann said on Tuesday's "All Due Respect," according to Breitbart News.
"The only one [position] that’s specific is the one about money in politics, where she’s actually making a rather dramatic claim, especially from someone who I assume is going to have hundreds of millions of dollars of super PAC money spent on her behalf, " he said.
"If she wants to adopt this posture, she’ll be as much of a hypocrite about it as Barack Obama was. Which is ‘oh my God, we want campaign finance reform, I really want it, I really want it. But I’m still happy to spend … as much money as anybody.'"
Heilemann's comments come as Clinton begins to share her campaign platform as she takes a first tour of Iowa, where a caucus win would provide her significant momentum. Thus far, her focus has been on others as she charts a different course than her previous run in 2008, Time magazine reported.
Clinton has said she has a new plan for campaign finance reform. She said on Tuesday that she would favor a constitutional amendment to remove "unaccountable money" for campaigns, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Her call for reform comes as she repaints herself a populist advocate and called out executives who make 300 times more than the average worker, the Journal said.
Clinton, whose opponents decry her long ties with Wall Street, told students and educators in Monticello, Iowa, that the "deck is still stacked in favor of those already at the top," the Journal said.
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