John Podesta: For Hillary Clinton a Matchup With Donald Trump 'Works Very Well'

Hillary Clinton's campaign chair says a matchup with Donald Trump in 2016 "works very well."
5:43 | 10/25/15

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You want to have a mess of a country, you want to have nothing but problems, you want to have a country that's going to go to hell, you have Hillary elected president, you're going to have a country that's going to hell. I'll tell you right now. Donald Trump in Jacksonville yesterday. I'm joined now by John podesta, chair of Hillary Clinton's campaign, welcome to "This week." You just saw Donald Trump double down that comment. John, your response. Look, trump makes your head spin and I think that, if he is a person who thinks he can actually lead this country, it's just shocking that what he says, what he said about Ben Carson, what he said on your show this morning about deciding today that he needs to repeal medicare. Every day is a new day with him. He just hurls insults across the board. How do you explain in some of these national polls he's ahead of her? Well, look, we feel very good where the campaign is today. In most of the national polls we're ahead of him and I think that the -- we feel very good of where we are today in terms of winning the nomination. And I think, kind of moving forward, if he's to nominee of the republican party, that's a matchup works very well for us. She's out listening to the American people, offering real solutions and he's out, you know, hurling insults. And like I said, I think people find him entertaining, not me so much. Bernie sanders last night stepping it up against Hillary Clinton, pointing out those five issues where he suggested that she's shifted and he has always been strong. The message is pretty convicting. Line of attack worked for Barack Obama. Would it work now? I don't think so. I think that Hillary has been consistent in the fight she's fought during her entire career. She started right out of law school fighting for women, fighting for children. Fighting to make the country a better place and that's what she's doing. She's out listening to people, talking to them about the problems that keep them up at night and she's providing affirmative solutions. I think she's looking to the future. I think her speech last night really put forward a positive vision of where the country can be and I think she's got the experience and she's got the mettle obviously to fight those fights on behalf of the middle-class Americans. I think Bernie sanders had a course correction in the jj dinner from one in which he said he's not going to go negative to focusing his fire on her. You know, you have had a good run in this campaign, but David Axelrod and others have observed that Hillary Clinton seems to be better when her back is up against the wall. Does he have a point? I think that what she's demonstrated is that she has the grit and the determination to go out and fight for the nomination, fight for every vote and she'll be doing that. I think there's no chance that she will, you know, rest on one or two good appearances. She's oubs obviously in my view, she won the democratic debate. She had a tremendous performance and endured 11 hours before the so-called benghazi committee, but that's, you know, last night, I think, she did an outstanding dinner in Iowa. We're out there fighting for every vote. Building a strong organization across the country. And I think, if anything, from her experience in 2007 and 2008, you got to keep your nose to the grindstone every day, fight for every vote, tell people what you want to do for them. She did get good reviews generally for those 11 hours in front of the benghazi hearings. Several members of committee have raised questions about the new e-mails. That e-mail listen to Hugh Hewitt and Carly fiorina right now. Do you think Chelsea Clinton is cleared to receive that information on an ongoing terrorist attack? Well, that's a really interesting question. I doubt it. I doubt it. Is there a difference between that and what David petraeus did with his author/girlfriend? I would say probably not. What is your answer to that? Well, I think there's a massive difference between those two things. And I think we've said this. Look, they'll pick at this between now and next November, I suspect, trying to pull a thread here and there. That's what that committee, really $5 million taxpayer funded opposition research operation was doing. She answered the questions. As she noted, she made a mistake, it was a wrong choice to have it -- to use two systems but nothing that she sent or received was marked classified. Are you confident there are no other shoes to drop? I'm confident of that. It's a security review. And Hillary has fully cooperated with them. It's in their hands. At this point, she's put forward 55,000 e-mails that are being reviewed by the state department for release. We hope they're released. Actually, they show a secretary who's working hard hour by hour across the board, projecting American values and racking up an impressive record as secretary of state. John, thank you for your time this morning. Thank you, George.

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