Hillary Goes After Republicans

While making appearances on behalf of Democratic candidates during the midterm election cycle, Hillary Clinton took advantage of the occasions to criticize Republicans.

According to Maggie Haberman at Politico, "the most overt example" was when the former secretary of state went to Iowa last week to campaign for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. Instead of lauding the Democrat's credentials, her speech was focused on ripping his GOP rival, Joni Ernst.

Clinton also attacked Republicans during campaign addresses in Maine, where an independent Senate candidate complicated the race; and Louisiana, where the GOP Senate hopeful came under fire for his alleged poor response as a congressman to the destruction of Hurricane Isaac.

In a speech in New York in support of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Clinton charged that his GOP opponent (Nan Hayworth) would "turn the clock back" on women's health by cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, Haberman reported.

The Politico article also noted that, in Pennsylvania, Clinton chided Republican Gov. Tom Corbett for favoring a vaginal ultrasound requirement for women seeking an abortion, and for comparing same-sex marriage with incest.

Some observers suspect that Clinton's strategy is another sign that she plans to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2016.

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