As 2016 grows nearer, Bill Clinton is preparing to join wife Hillary on the campaign trail as she vies for the Democratic nomination for president. Donald Trump, however, has commented that Bill Clinton’s presence will help his own campaign more than Hillary’s.
Adam Goodman appeared on Fox and Friends with Democratic strategist Steve Leser to discuss the pros and cons of Bill joining Hillary on the campaign trail and how endorsements impact candidates.
“You have to look at both her history and his history,” said Goodman. In 2008, Bill Clinton’s presence was more controversial than helpful in Hillary’s campaign, and as Hillary emerges from her own controversies from her time as Secretary of State, many are questioning whether or not her husband will be a campaign asset.
Campaigns are turning their attention to the first primary elections in Iowa and New Hampshire, which will set the tone for the remainder of the primary elections nationwide. Bill Clinton’s assistance or hindrance in Hillary’s campaign could have a very real impact.
“If Bernie Sanders were to win New Hampshire, this may not be a coronation (of Hillary as nominee), it may be a primary,” said Goodman.
Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Select Committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, has joined Marco Rubio on the campaign trail in Iowa. His presence and informal endorsement of conservative Rubio could also affect the early stages of Clinton’s campaign.
“It means something to Marco at a time when he was losing a little momentum, especially because of the attacks from Cruz and others,” said Goodman. “I think this is good. I think endorsements can be somewhat mitigated by bigger circumstances in campaigns. This is a good [endorsement] going into Iowa where the conservative lane is the primary lane to victory.”