Mark Penn

Mark Penn, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007433" title="Hillary Clinton" href="/topic/politics/government/hillary-clinton-PEPLT007433.topic">Hillary Clinton</a>'s one-time chief strategist, helped guide <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007410" title="Bill Clinton" href="/topic/politics/government/presidents-of-the-united-states/bill-clinton-PEPLT007410.topic">President Clinton</a> to an easy reelection in 1996. But Penn was not versed in tough elections.<br>
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Despite its fearsome reputation, many of the decision-makers in the Clinton campaign had never worked in a presidential primary. It showed not just in their underestimation of Iowa and other caucus states, but the attempt to run a general election campaign, aimed at the political center, in a contest dominated early on by the liberal voters.
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( Librado Romero / Associated Press )

Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton's one-time chief strategist, helped guide President Clinton to an easy reelection in 1996. But Penn was not versed in tough elections.

Despite its fearsome reputation, many of the decision-makers in the Clinton campaign had never worked in a presidential primary. It showed not just in their underestimation of Iowa and other caucus states, but the attempt to run a general election campaign, aimed at the political center, in a contest dominated early on by the liberal voters.

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