Here’s a hint: She doesn’t want questions about her criminal activity. Or perhaps is concerned her failing health will result in another prolonged coughing fit.
Pressure is building on Hillary Clinton to hold a press conference as she seeks to wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination.
It’s been 180 days since Clinton’s last open press conference, a fact not lost on the members of the media who cover her, or on Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
CNN’s Jake Tapper broached the topic with the former secretary of State in an interview on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Trump held a contentious 40-minute press conference where he berated the media for questioning his donations to veterans.
“It’s been something like five or six months since you’ve held an actual press conference, is that something you will remedy soon?” Tapper asked.
“I’m sure we will. I was shocked myself that I’ve done nearly 300 interviews [in 2016],” Clinton replied.
“I believe that we do and we should answer questions. Of course I’m going to, in many, many different types of settings.”
Clinton’s interview count likely includes the local interviews she has given ahead of primaries and caucuses, as well as nationally televised town halls and interviews on talk shows such as NBC’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
But reporters have more access during a press conference, and the ability to ask tough questions more freely.
Some Democrats say Clinton would benefit from a freewheeling exchange with the press.
“I understand they like to brag about the more than 300 interviews, that’s fine. But there’s nothing like a good, honest give-and-take in a room full of reporters to really air out some of these issues,” said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity.
“I don’t consider Ellen an interview.”
Clinton’s last open press conference came on Dec. 4 in Iowa. NBC News reported that she took seven questions.
Whoa, a whole seven questions? She must have been exhausted after that.
Clinton held a handful of press conferences on the campaign trail before December. But her infrequent press availabilities prompted The Washington Post to create a web page that timed how long it had been since she had spoken to the press.
The Clinton campaign did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment about press conferences.
But one Clinton ally reiterated a common viewpoint among her allies that the media will not treat her fairly, should she choose to have one.
“There’s no benefit. It will only hurt her,” the ally said.
She really is awful. Just imagine if she didn’t have 99% of the media in her pantsuit pocket.