Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has yet to do a press conference in 2016, but she appeared on a podcast Friday to be interviewed by a host on her campaign’s payroll.
Clinton was the first guest on her campaign’s new podcast “With Her” which appeared on Itunes. Max Linsky is the co-host of the show, according to the Clinton campaign, which could imply Hillary will be making regular appearances.
Politico reports that Linsky is on the payroll of the campaign and Linsky is a supporter of Clinton.
— max linsky (@maxlinsky) July 29, 2016
The 15-minute interview did not touch on any of the recent reporting involving the Clinton Foundation and instead featured Hillary talking about her plans to eat Cuban food. Clinton did touch on recent speculation about her health, saying, “I have a lot of stamina and endurance, which is necessary in the kind of campaign I’m engaged in.”
“She’s taking a page from President Obama’s playbook — using in-house videos, blogs, photographs, etc. — to tightly control his message,” Democratic strategist Lis Smith, a former top adviser to former Maryland Governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, told Politico. “Where she deviates — and where it should be troubling for the press and public — is that she has massive trust issues that could be addressed with more transparency, and she refuses to hold press conferences.”
Linsky told Politico that the podcast will “provide this window into the campaign and focus on how it feels.”