Krauthammer: Hillary Is ‘Easily Beaten’ If Republicans Pick ‘Dynamic Candidate’

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday he does not believe Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will win the 2016 general election, and that she is “easily beaten.”

“I expect her to win the nomination hands down,” Krauthammer said. “It won’t be a coronation, it will be a worship service at the Democratic [National] Convention. But I don’t expect her to win the general election.”

“Really?” said a surprised O’Reilly.

“I think it’s close,” Krauthammer insisted. “I would give her somewhere under a 50 percent chance. But I think if the Republicans can put up a dynamic candidate, I think she is easily beaten.”

“Bloomberg did a poll just a few days ago,” he continued. “Thirty-nine percent of the electorate said they will definitely not vote for her. About 17 percent say definitely yes, 18 percent probably yes. So you do the math. 39 no, 35 yes probably.”

“What is her number one deficit?” O’Reilly asked. “What is it about her that voters, the 39 percent don’t like?”

“I think it’s two things, actually. The first is the glaring inauthenticity. When people hear her speak, they go way back to the ’90s. They hear all the parsing of words, they hear the whole Clinton litany, and they get instantly fatigued; that’s the 39 percent.” (VIDEO: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: ‘Everybody In The Media’ Being ‘Used’ By Hillary)

“The other thing is she’s old,” he continued. “I don’t mean chronologically, I mean politically. She’s been around longer than anybody in the field. And there’s a sense that the county wants renewal, particularly after eight years of one party in power.”

“Historically, if you go back to Eisenhower, only once has a party held the White House for two terms and then won it again in the third,” Krauthammer said, referring to the 1988 election of George Bush after two terms of Ronald Reagan. “That was a reward for the most success presidency of the half century. I would not categorize the Obama presidency as the most successful.” (VIDEO: Krauthammer: Obama’s ISIS Rhetoric ‘Sounds Like A Community Organizer)

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