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Is Hillary 'likable enough'?

Is Hillary 'likable enough'?

Seven years ago, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, in a New Hampshire primary debate, was asked about her personal appeal. Her prime opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, cheekily interjected: "You're likable enough, Hillary." She went on to upset him in that primary, but in the long run Mr. Obama, whom she had declared that night to be "very likable," outlasted her for the Democratic presidential nomination. Then, as president, he chose her as his first secretary of state. Now, in her second presidential run, the question of her political appeal is back to nag her. In the wake of the controversy over the erasing of her...

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