Hillary Clinton gave a glimpse into what her general election campaign may look like during a Wednesday interview with CNN, saying she’s prepared to counterpunch against all manner of attacks from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In the interview, CNN host Anderson Cooper asked Clinton if she was ready for Trump’s personal attacks on her marriage to former President Bill Clinton.
“Well, he’s not the first one, Anderson,” Clinton says. “I just can’t—I can’t say this often enough. If he wants to go back to the playbook of the 1990s, if he wants to follow in the footsteps of those who have tried to knock me down and take me out of the political arena, I’m more than happy to have him do that.”
Clinton told Cooper she is far more prepared to take on the “blustering” Trump than his 17 failed Republican opponents were over the last year.
“This is to me a classic case of a blustering, bullying guy who—who has knocked out of the way all of the Republicans because they were just dumbfounded,” Clinton said. “They didn’t know how to deal with him and they couldn’t take him on on the issues and they basically agreed with him and they didn’t know how to counterpunch him.”