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Everyday American voters do not want a Republican-led government, Clinton suggested, despite polls indicating increasingly favorable odds for the GOP to take back the majority in Congress.
Later the same day the ex-2016 presidential contender was spotted out and about in downtown Manhattan.
Dressed casually in a muted navy blue jacket, a lighter blue shirt and gray pants, the former first lady carried only a black handbag while being photographed on the New York City streets.
Someone accompanying her was holding a large black umbrella, after the city saw a modest downpour for much of Sunday morning.
‘There is a lot of good accomplishments to be putting up on the board. And the Democrats in office and out need to be doing a better job of making the case — and frankly, standing up to the other side with their craziness and their calls for impunity and nuttiness that we hear coming from them,’ Clinton said on NBC News’ Meet the Press.
‘I don’t think the average American, frankly, wants to be governed by people who live in a totally different reality.’
Shortly after her NBC interview, the former first lady was spotted in lower Manhattan
She was dressed casually in a navy blue jacket, lighter blue top and dark-colored pants
Clinton still appeared to have her hair and makeup in tact from the earlier NBC News appearance
Someone accompanying the ex-Secretary of State was carrying an umbrella after much of the city saw a downpour on Sunday morning
The failed White House candidate said there appears to be a ‘disconnect’ in messaging between Democrats in the White House and Democrats in Congress.
‘I think that his handling of Ukraine, passing the American rescue package, the huge infrastructure package,’ she said, listing off Biden’s accomplishments.
‘I’m not quite sure what the disconnect is between the accomplishments of the administration, and this Congress, and the understanding of what’s been done, and the impact it will have on the American public, and some of the polling and the ongoing hand wringing.’
That penchant for expressing outrage and fear for a situation is part-and-parcel of Democrat politics, Clinton appears to concede.
Election watchers and liberal operatives have expressed concern that infighting between progressives and moderates over the future of the party could serve to further diminish Democrats’ chances of winning in November.
Hillary Clinton joined NBC News on Sunday to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the state of the Democratic Party ahead of November’s midterm elections
‘I do think hand wringing is part of the Democratic DNA. That seems to be in style whether we’re in or out of power. We’re in power and there still is hand wringing going on,’ Clinton said bluntly.
She added, ‘From my perspective, President Biden is doing a very good job.’
However she admitted that there would always be a ‘chorus’ of disgruntled Democrats, and advised them to not let that take away from their accomplishments.
And the ‘disconnect’ Clinton claimed was prevalent among Democrats is even more apparent within the GOP, she said.
‘I’ve always thought that the best politics is doing the best job that you can do. And there’s a lot that Democrats can talk about in this upcoming midterms. I’m well aware that midterms are obviously always difficult for the party in power,’ Clinton claimed.
‘But we’ve got a great story to tell. And we need to get out there and do a better job of telling it. And for those who say it hasn’t gone far enough — that’s always the chorus in Democratic Party politics — but I would add that in Republican Party politics, you have an even greater disconnect.’
She dismissed Democrats’ growing alarm over the upcoming elections by saying that ‘hand wringing is part of the Democratic DNA’
Invoking the growing rift between pro-Trump Republicans and the more traditional wing of the party, Clinton went on: ‘Unfortunately, most of that party has now gone to the extreme and are saying and doing things that have no basis in reality.’
‘So we’ve got a good case to make if we get our focus in the right place to do it,’ she said.
As Clinton mentioned in her Sunday interview, a growing number of polls indicate that Democrats are increasingly likely to lose their razor-thin margin of power in Congress.
FiveThirtyEight, which regularly tracks a generic Congressional ballot based on the most recent nationwide surveys, shows Republicans with a modest lead.
However, the 44.7 percent to 42.6 percent margin suggests that voters are not totally happy with either party’s direction.
Biden himself had been suffering from low approval ratings through much of his first term, hitting 40 percent approval and 55 percent disapproval for the first time in an NBC poll released last week.
Asked whether she thought the US’s chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal last August played a part in the president’s descent, Clinton conceded it ‘obviously’ did.
‘I don’t think it helped, I think that is obviously the case,’ she said.
Meanwhile multiple polls suggest it’s increasingly likely that Republicans will win control of Congress in November
The former Secretary of State also weighed in on Biden’s handling of Russia’s war in Ukraine, praising the president’s leadership as ‘excellent.’
She went a step further and called on the US and global community as a whole to ‘not allow Russia back into the organizations that it has been a part of’ before Vladimir Putin ordered the brutal attack in late February.
‘I think there is an upcoming G20 event later in the year. I would not permit Russia to attend,’ Clinton said, likely referring to the leadership summit in Bali, Indonesia in November.
‘And if they insisted on literally showing up, I would hope there would be a significant, if not total, boycott.
‘The only way that we’re going to end the bloodshed and the terror that we’re seeing unleashed in Ukraine and protect Europe and democracy, is to do everything we can to impose even greater costs on Putin.’
Clinton was named among a list of US officials and relatives who had been sanctioned by Russia after multiple rounds of economic blockades targeting Kremlin elites including Putin himself.
Source: Daily Mail