As Democrats attempt to energize their base in the final hours of the midterm election campaign, Hillary Clinton is doing her part, accusing Republicans of "trying to instill fear" in the electorate.
"The election is really about our values. Who are we in 2014, as a people?" said Clinton at a campaign rally for New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who is being challenged by former Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown, McClatchy reports.
She went on to criticize Republican campaign tactics, arguing that "fear is the last resort of people who have run out of ideas and run out of hope."
Although President Barack Obama's former secretary of state has largely framed her attacks in general terms tailored to local issues, she broke with tradition by taking direct aim at Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who is running against Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley, for skipping a Des Moines Register editorial board meeting.
"They have to be willing to answer the tough questions, which Bruce has been willing to do and his opponent has not. It really seems like it should be disqualifying in Iowa, of all states, to avoid answering questions," Clinton said, according to Politico
Whether campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire, or elsewhere, Clinton's attacks have been hitting the mark by building up enthusiasm among the base and highlighting differences on the issues, says Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter.
"Her events have not only generated enthusiasm for our candidates and motivated our people to get out the vote, but she has made the case to undecided voters about what's at stake and why these Republican candidates are so wrong on issues they care about," he said.
One of the themes Clinton has been hitting the hardest in the final days is the "war on women." During an appearance in Colorado last month, she made a direct pitch to women
, an important Democrat constituency, by attacking Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's record.
"These Democrats will never support so-called personhood laws that would outlaw common forms of birth control . . . they won't tell the voters of Colorado one thing about personhood and tell their colleagues in the House of Representatives the exact opposite," Clinton said, referring to Gardner's one-time support for a personhood amendment.
If "women's rights are rolled back anywhere, it's a threat to them everywhere," she added.
According to New York magazine, Clinton has made 45 appearances
in the last two months on behalf of Democrat candidates.
Not all of Clinton's attacks have gone off as planned.
In an Oct. 24 speech on behalf of the campaign of Massachusetts Democrat gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Clinton stumbled when she attempted to attack trickle-down economics.
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"Don't let anybody, don't let anybody tell you that, ah, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly," she declared.
After being mocked in return by Republicans, she attempted to clarify her remarks.
"Let me be absolutely clear about what I've been saying for a couple of decades: our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas," CNN reported
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