After earning his party’s nomination in the 2012 presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seems to enjoy his far more removed vantage point as the 2016 White House race gains steam. He joined the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week to share his thoughts on the candidates who have already thrown their hats into the ring.
It was his reaction to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s recent speech, dubbed her campaign’s “secondary rollout” by co-host Mika Brzezinski, on which many media outlets seized. Romney began by reservedly giving Clinton kudos for the content of her speech.
“I thought the text touched the various places she needs to touch to try to keep her base intact,” he said.
The real issue he has with Clinton relates to her perceived insincerity.
“Somehow, though, when you see her on a stage or when she comes into a room full of people,” Romney continued, “she’s smiling with her mouth but her eyes are saying, ‘Where’s my latte?’”
The manner in which Clinton is able to shift her rhetoric to better suit her immediate political goals, Romney suggested, has given many voters the impression that she cannot be trusted.
“I’m sure she’ll become more effective as time goes on,” he said, “but at this stage, what does she really believe? I think people wonder can they really trust Hillary Clinton.”
Recent polling results seem to bolster Romney’s assertion, with 57 percent of respondents telling CNN/ORC pollsters that they do not believe Clinton is honest and trustworthy. That number marks an increase of 14 points in just over a year.
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