Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton admits she has an issue with likability and trust, but says’s she’s optimistic that, if elected president, Americans will learn to love her.
During a convention of black and Hispanic journalists, Clinton was questioned by NBC News White House correspondent Kirsten Welker about her reaction to polls showing that a majority Americans didn’t like her and didn’t trust her.
“I take this seriously,” Clinton said, pointing out that it “doesn’t make me feel good” to hear critics saying mean things about her.
But she pointed out that a lot of Democrats also said mean things about her when she ran against President Barack Obama.
“It got a little contentious from time to time,” she said, referring to her first failed attempt to win the presidency. “And to my surprise, he turns around, asks me to be Secretary of State because he trusted me.”
She reminded reporters that while serving in the Obama administration, she had a 66 percent approval rating.
Clinton also pointed to characterizations that were made about her when she ran for Senate in the state of New York, but cited her high approval ratings as Senator as proof that she was trustworthy.
“Were 67 percent of the people in New York wrong? Were 66 percent of the American public wrong?” she asked.
She pointed out that Republicans were trying to “stir up as much concern as possible” about her, and making her look bad.
She suggested that Americans would be pleased, if she was elected president and proved herself.
“I take it seriously,” she said. “And I’m going to work my heart out in this campaign and as president to produce results for people.”