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Email insights: Hillary Clinton TBT video may indicate she’s targeting Jeb Bush, not worried about Donald Trump

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The Hillary Clinton campaign is celebrating Throwback Thursday with a twist. Instead of seeing old photos of Hillary back in her Welsley College days, her campaign has put together a video of past comments made by GOP presidential hopefuls.

“Today is Throwback Thursday, when the social media-savvy among us take to Facebook and Instagram to post photos of the goofy hairstyles and outfits we’ve had the good sense to move on from,” an email linking to the video read. “Republican candidates for president may have lost the old-school sideburns, but they’re still rocking their out-of-date and out-of-touch policies about women’s health, trickle-down economics, marriage equality, climate change, and more.”

The short video outlines quick clips of candidates’ statements on issues beginning with the Affordable Care Act.

“We should repeal Obamacare,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says on the video.

That’s followed up with several more GOP presidential candidates calling for repealing the healthcare law and leads up to Dr. Ben Carson’s assertion that “it’s the worst thing that has happened in our nation since slavery.”

The video highlights “failed policies of the past” including political stances on Medicare in which U.S. Sen. Rand Paul calls it “socialized medicine.” Jeb Bush said “we need to figure out a way to phase out this program” and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said “this program has actually weakened us as a people.”

The video highlights the GOP’s reluctance to support a living wage. Scott Walker said, “they’ve got really lame ideas – things like the minimum wage.”

The conservative rhetoric montage continues with women’s health care by showing a 1994 quote from Bush saying that women on welfare should “get their life together and find a husband.”

In a later clip he says he’s not sure “we need a half billion dollars for women’s health issues.

The only Donald Trump appearance comes at the end of the video when the Clinton campaign highlights immigration policies.

“I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order,” Trump said.

The video shows Jeb Bush most frequently. Only Walker, Paul and Rubio make multiple appearances. The difference in face time in the Clinton campaign video is a likely indicator of where operatives see their biggest threats.

Though Trump is polling ahead of the crowded GOP pack, there’s still wide anticipation that he will eventually fall out of the race or at least out of the lead. The frequency of Jeb Bush’s face and voice in the video could indicate the Clinton campaign is eyeing him as the biggest threat in a general election.

The video was released as candidates prepare for the first official GOP presidential debate Thursday night in Cleveland. Ten of the nearly unprecedented 17 GOP candidates will take the stage for the Fox News-hosted debate, including Trump and Bush.

Also debating Thursday night are Wisconsin Gov. Walker, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, U.S. Sen. Paul of Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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