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To: Interested Parties

From: Colin Reed, Executive Director, America Rising PAC


Date: October 14, 2015
RE: About Last Night Key Takeaways From The First Democratic Debate

As the dust settles from last nights Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas,three key takeaways are clear:
Clinton did nothing to ease concern over her trustworthiness or authenticity. Pressed repeatedly on her
flip-flops (think: Keystone, trade, Russia the list goes on), Clinton only reinforced the notion that she would say
or do anything to get elected by declaring all of her newfound positions as somehow what shes always believed
and said.
Unfortunately for Clinton, the record doesnt lie. In 2010, she said she was inclined to support the Keystone
XL pipeline. But last night, she said, I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone, a
statement so awkward it was labeled as reminiscent of John Kerry in 2004. In 2012, she called Obamas Pacific
trade deal the gold standard and even praised it in her 2014 book, Hard Choices. The Associated Press blasted
out a fact check on Clintons attempt at revisionist history on trade during the debate. And as Secretary of State
in 2010, she declared, our goal is to help strengthen Russia. Where was that Hillary Clinton last night?
As Clinton scrambled to the left, her longstanding connections to Wall Street and corporate
America tripped her up. Eager to protect her left flank, Clinton has promised to crack down on Wall Street,
pharmaceutical companies, and other groups demonized by the left. The only problem is Clintons rhetoric
isnt backed up by her actions. Major banks are four of the six top contributors to Clintons campaigns, each
giving more than $500,000. While Hillary Clinton went after Lehman Brothers last night, for example, Bill Clinton
collected $300,000 from Lehman Brothers for speeches. Is this the champion the Elizabeth Warren wing of the
Party is looking for?
Clinton was forced to defend the failed Obama foreign policy she helped implement. When pressed on
the foreign policy blunders from her tenure at the State Department, Clinton actually proved to be weakest when
she tried to defend the failed Russian Reset, her blunders in Libya, or the ongoing crisis in Syria. Reporters
noted her weak responses to questions about Syria specifically, calling them surprisingly weak and babble.
For a topic in which Clinton was widely expected to excel, Clinton came up short on specifics and real pushback
for her failed record.
While Clinton and her team may be backslapping one another after a debate against an exceedingly weak
field, many of her responses last night were problematic beyond the narrow confines of an increasingly liberal
Democratic base.