She’s been avoiding the press for weeks (occasionally, even literally roping them off from her campaign), but finally, Hillary Clinton will sit down – tonight – with a reporter for a “tough interview” where she’ll address her progress in Iowa and New Hampshire.
The interview, which will take place in Iowa City, will air tonight at 5pm on CNN’s Situation Room. CNN’s senior political correspondent, Brianna Keilar, is Hillary’s desginated griller.
The Democratic front-runner has largely stayed away from the press, only occasionally taking questions from reporters and granting interviews to local news outlets in early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
But she hasn’t granted national outlets interviews since jumping into the 2016 race in April. The first one, with Keilar, will take place in Iowa City, as Clinton campaigns in the first state to vote in the presidential nominating process.
If the name Brianna Keiler sounds familiar to you, it’s not because you watch too much CNN (although, given CNN’s numbers, that’s almost no one’s problem). It’s because just a few short weeks ago, as Hillary Clinton was meandering her way to Iowa in a giant black van after announcing her candidacy for President, Brianna Keiler was the CNN reporter who almost wet herself with excitment when Hillary stopped off in an Ohio Chipotle for a Burrito Bowl.
There seem to be other conflicts as well – Keiler went to the Ready for Hillary founder’s wedding, for example – but it’s most important to note that Hillary Clinton’s team did their homework, as they were expected to do. This interview will set the stage for all future conflicts with the press, so its best if you request to be questioned by someone who isn’t interested in putting you on the ropes. If Hillary could have been interviewed by a mute Schnauzer and gotten away with it, that’s what she would have chosen.
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