The common takeaway of Tuesday’s night’s Republican sweep at the polls has been that the election was a referendum on President Barack Obama’s policies. But many in the GOP are saying that the lesson to be gleaned is that Hillary Clinton is vulnerable.
The Hill reported
that, during an interview with talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said the midterm results indicate that Clinton, Obama’s former secretary of state, a former U.S senator from New York and former first lady, is an invincible "house of cards."
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"It just tells you that she’s not inevitable," said Ryan, who is may be considering a run for the White House in 2016. "I think she’s very beatable. I really do."
Clinton was the architect of Obama’s "awful" foreign policy while she was secretary of state, Ryan continued. And that’s not her only liability, he said.
"When she was a policymaker, when her husband was president, her signature issue was single-payer healthcare, I mean to the left of Obamacare," Ryan said. "I really think this is not an inevitability thing.
"I think the media like to play it that way and then I think Democrats think of it that way, but I do believe she’s a house of cards."
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul voiced similar sentiments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s election headquarters Tuesday evening, Fox News
The results, he said, indicated voters "soundly rejected" Obama and Clinton’s policies.
Further highlighting Clinton’s possible vulnerability is the fact that she and President Bill Clinton "campaigned in 25 states for more than 30 candidates at 75 campaign events … and pretty much everyone they shared a stage with lost," according to CNN
Particularly noteworthy losses for the Clintons were Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes and Iowa’s Bruce Braley, who were defeated by Sen. Mitch McConnell and Joni Ernst, respectively.
Hillary Clinton will also have other issues to defend on a presidential campaign trail, according to CNN, such as her "lucrative paid-speaking circuit and a rocky national book tour," both of which "renewed questions about her political instincts, and provided new ammo to Republicans eager to raise fresh questions about a historic political figure whose reputation is fairly well baked in to the public consciousness," according to CNN.
Her speaking gigs, which command $300,000 a piece
, according to Fox News, landed her at private equity firms and interest groups that have opposed Obama's agenda in Washington, CNN reports.
But she defended her decision by explaining that she and her husband were "dead broke" upon leaving the White House.
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