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Andrea Mitchell on Clinton-Warren Campaign Appearance: ‘It Did Seem Like Magic on That Stage’


Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” host Andrea Mitchell compared  the “magic,” of a potential Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Democratic presidential ticket to the successful paring of Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Partial transcript as follows:

MITCHELL: I want to bring in former White House communications director and senior Obama campaign advisor, Anita Dunn, in Washington. Anita, you watched this event, it did seem like magic on that stage.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR AND SENIOR OBAMA ADVISOR, ANITA DUNN:  Andrea, it’s hard to describe. But I think that Democrats across the country probably looked at the event and thought they saw a pretty good winning ticket for the fall. The chemistry looked very real. The arguments worked very well, and there was a sense of them being complimentary in the same way that Bill Clinton and Al Gore always looked complimentary to each other as well.

MITCHELL: Even their colors seemed to match.

DUNN: I wasn’t going to go there.

MITCHELL: I know, I know. I briefly — I was on that rope line trying to get a question in. Elizabeth Warren was adept at not answering a question as she took questions and selfies with people. Hillary Clinton, when I said, ‘How did she do?’ She said ‘It was a great event. It was a great event.’ Speaking directly to the question of how did Elizabeth Warren do? So that was a response. You know, we’ve talked about this in other shows, but it does seem like there is sort of a hard to define quality. You mentioned Gore, I was on those original bus trips, all the bus trips, with Bill Clinton and Al Gore and of course their spouses. And there was something that was, you know, that was the boomer magic. That was a generational shift from what had preceded it across the country, and you got a little taste of that today.

DUNN: I brought it up for a reason as well, Al Gore was not a conventional choice for Bill Clinton. He was generationally the same, geographically the same, and ideologically the same, but it did work because there was a sense of this page being turned in the country’s politics. You look at Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton up there today, and you also had a sense of a page being turned where women cannot only run for president, win their party’s nomination, but an Elizabeth Warren can go on TV and say yes, I am qualified. I have to say, I take issue with Tim Kaine’s response when he says nobody ever says they’re qualified. When you run for president, you are saying to the American people that you are qualified for that job. And I think it’s 2016 and women can say yes, I’m qualified to be vice president. Yes, I’m qualified to be president. And that, I think, visually was a really important message today.

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