The questions posed to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by Fox News correspondent Ed Henry today in Minneapolis couldn’t have been more airtight. The first related to a story about how her husband, Bill Clinton, sought approval from the State Department to give speeches to oppressive overseas regimes; the second had to do with her aide Huma Abedin; and the third was a real zinger: “You said there’s nothing unique about the [private e-mail server] situation. You’ve said that before. Can you name one other Cabinet secretary who had their own server?”
That’s a mouthful, to be sure. Many politicians might just decline to give detailed responses to all of Henry’s queries. And there are plenty of graceful ways of doing so — perhaps by stressing the need to get to other questions; perhaps by just taking the last question and then moving on to the next journalist; perhaps by just providing very brief responses to each one of them.
Clinton chose Door No. 4: “Let me answer one of your questions because that’s what I think you are entitled to.”
Flashback: In the spring, Clinton had amassed a streak of steering clear of reporters’ questions. At a May stop in Iowa, Henry was the guy who famously pushed Clinton to address some issues. Her response? “I’ll have to ponder it,” she said in part. “I will put it on my list for due consideration.” She did take questions that day, and may the record note that she gave a very thorough response to Henry’s question about her husband’s speechifying.