Jim Messina, who managed President Obama’s 2012 campaign, said he wants to see former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next president of the United States and that it’s “her turn” and “her time.”
“It’s her turn. I think it’s her time,” Mr. Messina, who co-chairs the super PAC Priorities USA Action, told MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow. “I think she would be the right leader for this country moving forward. And we’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure she’s the president of the United States.”
Mrs. Clinton is the undisputed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination if she runs, but any perception of inevitability or the notion of 2016 being someone’s “turn” could call to mind the 2008 Democratic nominating contest, where Mr. Obama went from being a virtual unknown to toppling Mrs. Clinton en route to the White House.
Mr. Messina also said the worst U.S. Supreme Court decision “in our lifetime” was Citizens United, which loosened political spending restrictions on corporations and labor unions.
But he also said you can’t “unilaterally disarm,” get outspent 10 and 15 to one, and win an election in the United States.
“People believe the lie if it is not countered,” Mr. Messina said. “So we’re gonna push back on the lie, but I think the system is broken, and I think it should be changed.”