Hil­lary wasn’t ready for ‘re­al­ity TV’ can­di­date

■ Clin­ton said her poli­cies were out of sync with the elec­torate

Deccan Chronicle - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton, Sept. 16: Nearly 10 months after her shocking de­feat at the hands of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Hil­lary Clin­ton has said she was not ready or equipped to run for the White House against a re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star.

The for­mer Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date said she had an agenda of de­vel­op­ment, but pos­si­bly there were no tak­ers.

“I take run­ning for Pres­i­dent and be­ing Pres­i­dent re­ally se­ri­ously. I re­ally wasn’t ready or equipped to run for Pres­i­dent against a re­al­ity TV can­di­date,” Ms Clin­ton told PBS News Hour in an in­ter­view.

It maybe the tough­est job in the world, the 69-year-old for­mer US sec­re­tary of state, said. “I knew that there was un­fin­ished busi­ness from the suc­cess­ful two terms of Pres­i­dent Obama, whom I had served, but that we needed to go fur­ther on the econ­omy, on health care, and so much else,” she said.

“I re­ally pre­pared and I pre­pared what I wanted to say, how I would de­fend what I wanted to do. It turned out that was very hard to com­mu­ni­cate. It was a time when an empty podium got more broad­cast min­utes than all of the poli­cies that I was putting forth,” she said.

Ms Clin­ton said it was clear that the kind of cam­paign she was run­ning, and the se­ri­ous­ness with which she looked at the agenda, she wanted to rep­re­sent and then ex­e­cute “was just out of sync with the anger that a lot of the elec­torate felt, or the dis­ap­point­ment that an­other part of the elec­torate felt.”

In her lat­est book What hap­pened, which will hit the book stores this week, Ms Clin­ton ap­peared to be very crit­i­cal of Mr Trump. “I be­lieve that he has given a lot of en­cour­age­ment and rhetor­i­cal sup­port to the Ku Klux Klan... I be­lieve he has not con­demned the neoNazis and the self-pro­claimed white su­prem­a­cists in Char­lottesville and other set­tings,” she said.

On North Korea, Ms Clin­ton said: “Make it clear that we will do every­thing in our power to pro­tect our al­lies, South Korea and Ja­pan.”

Hil­lary Clin­ton

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