A top aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton says the campaign expects to “turn the page” on talk about the former Secretary of State's private email server in the coming weeks, as voters take the conversation back to topics they care more about.
Voters haven't been raising the subject — at least not in Clinton's campaign events, communications director Jen Palmieri said.
Clinton has done lots of town hall meetings in New Hampshire and Iowa, Palmieri told MSNBC, but “she's actually never gotten one question about it.”
The media may have a lot of questions, Palmieri told MSNBC, “but voters don't.”
“We know that we'll turn the page in September,” she said, adding that Clinton has “got big plans for talking about the economy.”
The dismissal came on the heels of the Clinton news conference on Tuesday in which she tried a little humor in an attempt to deal with the email flap.
Asked whether she had wiped her private email server clean when she deactivated the server, Clinton on Tuesday jokingly asked, “with a cloth or something?” She doesn't know how that all works, she added.
But the lighthearted answer has only raised more fuss, one more sign that the matter is probably far from over. House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office on Wednesday issued an analysis of the news conference, saying it was full of “whoppers.”
If Clinton really wanted the American people to see everything she did at the State Department, the analysis asks, “why did she turn over nothing — nada — when she left office as Secretary of State, failing to comply with official government policy?”
Friends of Clinton insist that the email matter is being badly overblown.
In an interview also on MSNBC, longtime Clinton friend and advisor James Carville belittled media coverage of the controversy as nothing more than “foolishness.”
“I'm having to come out of my vacation to deal with this kind of stupidity,” Carville said, “and Hillary's going to be just fine.”