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From the British newspaper, the Daily Mail. The reporter may overstate the political influence of these undergrads — goodness knows nobody ever accused us of affecting presidential politics when I attended the place 35 years go, although, come to think of it, I did have chats with Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan’s campaign manager — but of course that’s not the point. The point is that Dartmouth students have Hillary’s number.
(Would students at Yale display the same healthy and called-for dubiety? I think not, but I leave the question to Rob.)
If Dartmouth College students have the same inflated influence on presidential politics that they’ve traditionally enjoyed, Hillary Clinton has some long days ahead in New Hampshire.
Of a randomly selected group of 50 students who said they followed presidential politics enough to comment, just nine told Daily Mail Online that the former secretary of state would make a good U.S. chief executive.
Hillary’s detractors were far more passionate than her fans – a potential problem since she needs a repeat of her grassroots-driven upset 2008 victory here in order to solidify her status as the Democrats’ standard-bearer.
Stacey Benton, a government major from Florida who leans Republican, said a President Hillary Clinton is ‘just going to continue a lot of things Obama has been doing.’
‘There hasn’t been much good in Obama’s foreign policy,’ Benton added….
Twenty-two of the 50 Dartmouth students interviewed on Sunday mentioned the deadly 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya as a black mark on Clinton’s record.
Many of them, like freshman Cameron Poole, weren’t old enough to drive when it happened.
‘I think there was blood on her hands,’ Poole told Daily Mail Online, referring to Clinton’s handling of an Islamist terror group’s military-style assault that laid waste to a State Department facility.
He said he believes Clinton’s performance before, during and after should disqualify her from holding higher office.
‘I definitely do,’ he said. ‘It shows how she acts under pressure.’