Clinton Tries to Cash In on Her Obama Connection

But will it work with voters?
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Clinton Tries to Cash In on Her Obama Connection
Hillary Clinton pushed herself as this election's version of President Obama during Thursday's Democratic debate. But that might not convince voters.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

During Thursday's Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Hillary Clinton seemed eager to align herself with President Obama and his policies at every opportunity, Politico reports. "Before it was called ObamaCare, it was called HillaryCare," she claimed early in the debate. She also lauded Obama for his ability to stand up to Wall Street despite receiving a large amount of money from Wall Street donors. She sang a similar tune on the topic of immigration. "I strongly support the president's executive actions," Clinton said.

But the New Republic explains why her history with the Obama Administration isn't winning over voters despite Obama's continuing popularity within Democratic circles. It states that while Obama's "mythos" continues to be powerful, his actual record is more one of "partial success." By her nature, Clinton is more reflective of Obama's actual record than his "high-minded idealism." In fact, the idealism that Democrats so love in Obama is more easily found in Bernie Sanders' campaign. For example, PBS noted Sanders focus on inspiration and feeling during the debate. (More Election 2016 stories.)

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