Pundit: Hillary's 'cold aura' repels voters

Monday, January 4, 2016
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Hillary Clinton Aug2015Conservative political pundits have argued Donald Trump can't beat Hillary Clinton in the general election if the two face off in November. But a recent poll could somewhat defuse those arguments.

A recent Rasmussen Reports survey found Trump and Clinton in a virtual dead heat, with 37 percent of likely voters going for Clinton and 36 percent for Trump. The national telephone survey found that 22 percent would choose another candidate and five percent were undecided. Rasmussen observes those findings were nearly identical to those in an October survey.

Adams

Cathie Adams, president of Texas Eagle Forum, doesn't think Clinton is warming up to voters. "I don't think people can overcome that cold aura around that woman," Adams tells OneNewsNow. "She is just a chill factor, and I don't think that that's going to play in the polls."

Maggie Gallagher, a senior fellow at American Principles in Action, also views Clinton as a very weak candidate.

"I think [Democrats are] circling the wagons and defending her because Bernie Sanders is only five points behind her in Iowa – and he's leading her by more than ten points by double digits in New Hampshire," she observes. "So some old white guy, [a] socialist from Vermont, is within range of beating her."

Perhaps in hopes of bolstering their candidate's base, the Clinton campaign has decided to put Bill Clinton on the stump. Adams doesn't think will help his wife's chances.

"They have a long record of misbehaving, breaking the laws, and doing unethical things," says the conservative Texas leader. "So if you want to put Bill Clinton out there on the stump talking for Hillary because he is received better by the people than her, it's not going to be him who's going to be elected - it's going to be her."

Other head-to-head polls aren't as favorable for Trump. The RealClearPolitics average of national polls has him five points behind Clinton. In fact, a recent Fox News poll has him 11 points down.

Will it come down to Trump vs. Cruz?

The GOP presidential competition could well be coming down to Trump, the frontrunner, and second-place Ted Cruz. The Texas senator has surged to an eight-point lead over third-place Marco Rubio, who many pundits believe is the new choice of the Republican establishment.

Gallagher believes Cruz has a better ground game than Rubio in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination.

Gallagher, Maggie"Cruz is just running a much better campaign than Rubio, much more disciplined and much more effective," says the conservative pundit and political analyst. "And I think that tells you something about who's going to actually be the better candidate."

She adds: "Mounting a successful presidential campaign requires a lot of executive ability and leadership – and Rubio has not actually ever run anything; he's a classic senator in that sense. I don't see any evidence that Rubio is the more electable candidate of the two."

Gallagher tells OneNewsNow she's confident Cruz could beat Hillary Clinton in the general election.

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