CNN political commentator David Gergan said Tuesday that “8 years of Obama and then 8 more years of another Democrat, that’s not change.”
Gergen, appearing on “CNN Newsroom” with Poppy Harlow, extinguished the Democratic old guard of Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden’s campaigns saying, “They’re both in an age where it matters how much energy you have, how much vitality you bring to the job.”
Poppy Harlow: There has been some speculation that he could potentially come out and say I’m going to run but I’m only going to run for one term and that’s very attractive to people who believe the first term of a presidency is often too concerned with getting re-elected. How would that play?
David Gergan: Well, conventional wisdom holds that it’s not such a good idea to tie yourself up like that. Happened to Teddy Roosevelt and he always regretted it, but I happen to think that in this environment when you’re a Democrat, whether you’re Hillary or Joe Biden, you ought to consider that pledge because voters are, they’re looking for change, and if they think they’re going to have 8 years of Obama and then 8 more years of another Democrat, that’s not change, but if it’s a one term and what you’re pledging to do is to form a unity government to reach out and get Republicans to go in, try to clean up the mess of Washington and get the heck out of dodge, that could have some appeal, and it does play, it plays well with the age thing because Hillary Clinton’s late 60s, Joe Biden is 72. They’re both in an age where it matters how much energy you have, how much vitality you bring to the job.