3/31/17, "Biden talks about what led to Hillary Clinton's defeat in 2016," AOLNews.com
"Former Vice President Joe Biden has suggested that Hillary Clinton
failed to win the presidential election because she didn't address the
concerns of middle-class Americans, reports CNN.
During a speech
he gave at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, he said, about
her loss, "What happened was that this is the first campaign that I can
recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for—and
that is how to maintain a burgeoning middle class."
He added, "The truth of the matter is, you didn't hear a single
solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the
assembly line making $60,000 a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in a restaurant. And they...making $90,000 and they got two kids
and they can't make it. And they're scared, they're frightened."
The New York Times'
Nate Cohn largely agreed with Biden; a week after the election was
decided, he pointed out, "I think the bigger issue is that Democrats
have either assumed they didn't need white working-class voters or took
their support for granted."
He then said, "What part of Hillary
Clinton's message was aimed at less educated white voters? It just
wasn't at the core of her appeal this year. It was nothing like 2012,
when President Obama relentlessly focused on the middle class, Bain
Capital, the auto bailout, etc."
Meanwhile, in a recent report, CNN
argues that "Clinton did attempt to speak to working class voters on
the campaign trail...But the overarching message of her campaign,
especially at the end, was more often anti-Donald Trump than policy
messaging toward these voters."
The recent speech wasn't Biden's first time speaking out about Clinton's campaign; last December, he told the Los Angeles Times
that he didn't think she ever figured out why she was running for
president other than, perhaps, out of a sense of duty to women."
Friday, March 31, 2017
Biden in 3/30/17 speech says Hillary lost because she failed to speak about how to maintain a large middle class. NY Times Nate Cohn largely agreed with Biden, said "Democrats have either assumed they didn't need white working-class voters or took their support for granted"-AOL News, 3/31/17
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