Hillary Clinton has called on Democrats to “do a better job” of selling themselves to American voters to avoid humiliation in this year’s midterm elections where Republicans are expected to largely perform and likely take control of Congress.
The former Democratic presidential candidate spoke candidly on NBC’s Meet the Press program on Sunday, saying she believed the US’ chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last summer was damaging to Joe Biden. The US president’s approval rating has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since taking office.
“I don’t think that helped, obviously it did,” Clinton, the former New York senator and secretary of state, told host Chuck Todd when asked if she thought that Biden’s political problems started with Afghanistan.
“But there are a lot of good achievements to put on the board. And Democrats in and out of power need to do a better job of making their case.
“The best policy is to do the best job possible. And there’s a lot Democrats can talk about during these upcoming midterms. We have a great story to tell. And we have to go out and do a better job of saying it.
Clinton thinks Democrats hold themselves back through constant soul-searching, which she said was “always the refrain of Democratic party politics.”
“Hand wringing is part of the Democratic DNA. It seems to be in vogue whether we’re in power or not. We’re in power and there are still hand wrings,” she said .
“But from my perspective, President Biden is doing a really good job…his handling of Ukraine, the passage of the US bailout, the massive infrastructure package.
“I’m not entirely sure of the disconnect between the accomplishments of the administration and this Congress, and the understanding of what has been done, and the impact that will have on the American public, and some of the polls and the hand in the process of spinning.”
Clinton also criticized Republicans, who she said were experiencing “an even bigger disconnect” than her own party.
Democrats, she said, must “stand up to the other side with their madness and their calls for impunity and the madness that we hear coming from them. I don’t think the average American, frankly, wants to be ruled by people who live in a totally different reality.
Todd asked Clinton about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was hostile to her when she was Barack Obama’s secretary of state, and whose support for his 2016 presidential challenger Donald Trump, some say, was fueled in part by her hate for her.
“We see very clearly the threat he poses, not only to Ukraine, as we can see every night in our news, but really, to Europe, to the democracy and global stability that we thought we were building. over the past 20 years,” she said.
“I would not allow Russia to return to the organizations it was part of. There is a G20 event later in the year. I would not allow Russia to attend, and if they insisted on literally showing up, I would hope there would be a significant, if not total, boycott.