- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2015


Hillary Clinton has taken seven questions from the press in the 40-plus days she announced her presidential run, and although she’s hitting Iowa Monday and Tuesday, word is dribbling out that she likely won’t face the media.

While Republicans have mocked Hillary for ducking the media, prominent Democrats are beginning to join in.

David Axelrod, once one of President Obama’s top political adviser who has also worked for the Clintons,  said “it would be a terrible mistake” for Hillary to continue to duck reporters.

Asked why Hillary isn’t talking, Axelrod defended her. “Part of that is because a lot of the questions were about the Clinton Foundation,” he said. “And they made a decision to let [Bill Clinton] handle those. But look, I think she has to get out there, she has to answer questions. She has to do it routinely so it’s not a major news event when she takes a few questions from the news media.”

Axelrod said it’s still early and Hillary is pacing herself. But he added “She has to start getting into the rhythm of a campaign where she’s out there, she’s answering questions, she making speeches. It would be a terrible mistake to not do that.”

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