Beware Republicans - You're Eating Your Own And Falling Into Dems' Trap As Clinton Campaign Seeks Referendum on Trump
By Niall Stanage - THE HILL
Hillary Clinton is trying to frame the presidential election as a referendum on Donald Trump — a strategy that echoes efforts to sink John Kerry’s Democratic candidacy in 2004 and Mitt Romney’s GOP campaign in 2012.
Television advertising from Clinton and her allies is mostly painting Trump as an unacceptable choice for president rather than making a positive argument for the former secretary of State.
During her speech to the Democratic National Convention late last month, Clinton assailed Trump for what she sees as his divisiveness, narcissism and his record of having “stiffed” small businesses.
In that address, and on the stump in swing states, Clinton has also attacked Trump for outsourcing, suggesting that his stated desire to bring jobs back to America is contradicted by his record as a businessman.
It seems, on its face, an unusual tactic.
Clinton has been at the forefront of national politics for a quarter-century, worked for four years as President Obama’s secretary of State and is seeking a third presidential term for the Democratic Party. That should make the election a referendum on Democratic control of the White House.
Instead, Clinton’s tack has kept the focus on Trump — a strategy that could be effective given the Republican nominee’s low approval numbers.