Hillary Clinton might not be an incumbent, but she's campaigning like the defending champ.
Bloomberg's With All Due Respect followed Clinton on the campaign trail in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday, where she introduced new gun-control measures and acted, for the most part, like every other candidate currently running for president.
Clinton flipped pancakes with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, attended town halls, and met with voters. She also used a tactic common among candidates on both sides of the aisle and criticized Donald Trump, focusing specifically on his comments about preventing gun violence in the wake of last week's deadly mass shooting in Oregon. “Mr. Trump was asked about it, he said something like, ‘You know, things like that happen in the world,’” Clinton said. “Governor Bush said, ‘Yeah, stuff happens.’ No, that's an admission of defeat and surrender to a problem that is killing 33,000 Americans.”
Clinton's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, said the candidate is taking the right steps to campaign like a normal person. “The elements are all there to campaigning like a normal person: A lot of contact with voters, a lot of one-on-one time with voters, big town halls,” Palmieri said. “You see her answering a lot of questions, she loves all that.”
But Clinton was also surrounded by a Secret Service detail and an even more anxious team of staffers. “She has this very cautious staff that, when she's on the rope line, she's not answering reporter questions, she's just sticking on message, and that's really different than the way that a lot of other candidates work,” said Bloomberg Politics reporter Jennifer Epstein.