Hillary Clinton was so sure the presidency would be hers that she even bought a second home to accommodate future White House personnel. In an interview from her New York home with Jane Pauley on CBS’s Sunday Morning, Clinton said somberly, “I thought I was going to win.”
During the interview, Pauley and Clinton visited the topic of the Clintons’ newly purchased second house—right next to their Chappaqua (NY) home.
“You specifically bought this house for a reason,” Pauley prodded.
“I did,” Clinton replied.
Pauly inquired further, asking, “And this was to be?”
“Well, I know a lot about what it takes to move a president, and I thought I was going to win,” Clinton explained. Narrating in the background, Pauley states, “The Clintons had acquired the house next door to accommodate White House staff and security during a second, Clinton administration.”
When the Clintons’ second New York home was acquired in 2016, reports indicated the second house (right next door to the Clinton’s own home) was thought to be a “weekend retreat” for their daughter, Chelsea, and her family.
Many “experts” insisted Clinton was a shoe-in for the presidency, and the majority of her campaign was happy to go along with the positive polling data. Clinton Policy Director Jake Sullivan said otherwise—his cautions were dismissed without a second thought. As sources explain, Clinton all but neglected Midwestern swing states—a fact Sullivan consistently pointed out. But his concerns were waived off—not exactly surprising, given she was confident enough to buy a second home for future White House staffers and security. Inevitably, it seems he was right: her unexpected losses in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin could have made all the difference.
But ultimately, Clinton is responsible for her loss and no one else—no matter what she writes in her new book. It was her campaign after all, wasn’t it?
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