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Tue Dec 16, 2014, 11:52 AM Dec 2014

David Axelrod: ELIZABETH WARREN Trying To ‘LEVERAGE’ Clinton [View all]

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday that he believes Sen. Elizabeth Warren is keeping a high profile to try to exert “maximum leverage” on Hillary Clinton’s positions for the 2016 presidential contest.

“I think Elizabeth’s very sincere about her concerns about what’s happening in the American economy and Hillary hasn’t said yet what exactly her program will be, what she’s running on,” Axelrod said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think Elizabeth knows she’s got maximum leverage by still being in the conversation.”

When asked if there was a possibility for an opening for Warren to run, Axelrod responded,

“I suppose.”

“My suspicion is that what she’s doing is trying to influence how Hillary frames her candidacy and the issues she focuses on,” he said.

Axelrod added that Clinton runs the risk of facing similar pitfalls in 2008 by being overly cautious to define herself and her platform.

You hear ‘Ready For Hillary’— It’s like, ready for what?” Axelrod said, noting that as a candidate in 2008, Clinton was very effective in reaching the American people, but only after the New Hampshire primary when “her back was to the wall, she through caution to the wind.”

“And now Hillary’s task is to define what it is that she’s running for and running about and what would the future look like under another President Clinton,” he said. “And I suspect that what she’s taking her time working through now, but she has to answer that question.?”

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She "through" caution to the wind??? joeybee12 Dec 2014 #1
no doubt that's exactly what they have. "through" is a correctly spelled word. unblock Dec 2014 #5
Or an editor.... joeybee12 Dec 2014 #18
+1 ;) n/t fredamae Dec 2014 #20
"Through" is the new "threw". I guess. pa28 Dec 2014 #27
From what I've seen, Politico probably needs fact-check even more than spell check. leveymg Feb 2015 #36
Yeah I never thought Warren really wanted to run but just to put the fear of God in Hillary. hrmjustin Dec 2014 #2
But its too late for Hillary to go left, except on social issues. RiverLover Dec 2014 #6
It is never too late to go left. hrmjustin Dec 2014 #7
That could be one of her campaign slogans. RiverLover Dec 2014 #12
LOL! KittyWampus Dec 2014 #14
it seems you are confusing ... 1StrongBlackMan Dec 2014 #29
I don't care how Hillary "frames her candidacy". I've no doubt she'll screw us all ... Scuba Dec 2014 #3
Hillary is spending her days... Segami Dec 2014 #9
More like "What should I pretend to be?" Scuba Dec 2014 #10
“You hear ‘Ready For Hillary’— It’s like, ready for what? Segami Dec 2014 #17
Exactly. She might pretend to be a populist, but we'd be fools to believe it. polichick Dec 2014 #25
I have a reply but it'll have to come by PM. NYC_SKP Dec 2014 #19
LOL. Segami Dec 2014 #23
IMO, candidate will govern however they want to. Warren is too smart to think Hillary would budge. NYC_SKP Dec 2014 #4
budge? maybe not. appoint to cabinet or even fed? that's another story. unblock Dec 2014 #8
She does that, she'd be doing it even if it wasn't election season... IMO, Hillary is not 45. NYC_SKP Dec 2014 #11
imho, if we have a highly contested primary, we're looking at a republican win in 2016 anyway. unblock Dec 2014 #16
"contested incumbent party primary" truebluegreen Dec 2014 #24
the democratic party is the incumbent party. unblock Dec 2014 #28
From the link you provided: truebluegreen Dec 2014 #31
that's a different key. yes, republicans win that one simply because obama isn't running again. unblock Dec 2014 #33
I'm confident Hillary would win demwing Dec 2014 #22
This entire piece is Axelrod's OPINION. Which sounds pretty spot on. KittyWampus Dec 2014 #13
I agree with his opinion Renew Deal Dec 2014 #30
I can dig it!! BrettsJets Dec 2014 #15
I think Elizabeth Warren would be doing exactly the same thing MoonRiver Dec 2014 #21
and - yes, it is meant to be demeaning and marginalizing, like Warren is just a Hillary campaign djean111 Dec 2014 #26
I don't give a DAMN about how HRC "frames... 99Forever Dec 2014 #32
I think Axelrod is mostly correct on this. kentuck Dec 2014 #34
I put Axelrod in the search line fadedrose Feb 2015 #35
Because current affairs always change...taking positions creates the need to change position HereSince1628 Feb 2015 #37
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