Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Hillary Clinton is “becoming sort of a caricature” and that “she’s not really good at politics.”
“I think she’s trying too hard and she’s not really good at this stuff,” Priebus told NewsmaxTV in a interview posted Monday.
Priebus’ comments follow a Clinton remark about businesses and jobs that drew GOP taunts on social media.
During an appearance last week at a Boston rally for Democrat Martha Coakley’s gubernatorial bid. Clinton said, “Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs.” Her aides and Clinton herself have since sought to clarify that statement, saying that the likely White House candidate simply misspoke and that she was referring to tax breaks for corporations and businesses.
(Also on POLITICO: Hillary Clinton clarifies jobs comment)
In his interview, Priebus said Clinton was trying to be like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who also was present at the Boston rally and who some liberals hope will challenge Clinton from the left for the party’s presidential nomination.
“I don’t know if she was a little off-script on that particular moment, but it clearly wasn’t natural and it was certainly awkward,” the RNC chairman said. “And if it was serious, then obviously she doesn’t understand capitalism and democracy in a way that business and jobs operate.”
However, the Priebus added that Clinton “is bordering on becoming sort of a caricature,” adding for the GOP, there’s nobody better to run against in 2016.
“There’d be no one you would want more to run against than Hillary Clinton, and on top of it, she’s not really good at politics,” Priebus said, pointing to her recent book tour, which he called a “disaster.”
“She talks off the cuff; it doesn’t work,” he said. “She makes one mistake after the next.”