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Hillary Clinton is a lot of things. She's devious, far-sighted, intelligent, and politically savvy. But what she's not is open and inviting to let the public see her at a potential disadvantage.

That closed part of Clinton's personality was put on public display recently as the Democratic presidential front-runner backed out of a Fox News debate ahead of the California Democratic primary. Clinton had previously agreed to the debate as part of an increased debate schedule that the Democratic National Committee previously agreed to.

Clinton's campaign manager made comments that tried to make it seem like the campaign couldn't afford to take the time off from campaigning to fit the debate in Hillary's schedule.

"We believe that Hillary Clinton's time is best spent campaigning and meeting directly with voters across California and preparing for a general election campaign that will ensure the White House remains in Democratic hands," said Jennifer Palmieri, a campaign communications director for Clinton.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, was completely open to participating in a debate which would pit the underdog against Clinton's superior campaign.

"I am disappointed but not surprised by Secretary Clinton’s unwillingness to debate before the largest and most important primary in the presidential nominating process," Sanders told reporters.

Hillary is only interested in appearing before bought-and-paid-for crowds who will swallow her rhetoric with no questions asked. The problem for her with participating in a debate is the fact that she has to answer for her past actions and actually tell people why they should vote for her over someone else.

And it's not as if the issue is the Fox News name which would host the debate. Both Sanders and Clinton participated in town-hall-style meetings hosted by Fox News earlier in the political season.

The only logical explanation is that Clinton avoids serious questions and she's afraid of answering for her actions. We need public access to this woman who wants to be president of our country, not excuses.

h/t: Politico


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