BY: Joel Gehrke
August 18, 2013 | 12:00 am
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is risking her current popularity by stepping into the political ring earlier than necessary, according to former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
“I, as a strategist, am fairly floored that she has decided to enter the public fray so quickly,” Gibbs, who worked as communications director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, said on Meet the Press.
“She could do the foundation work, she could do issue work, she could build the campaign, she could develop a message without having to be so far out front there. And– and, you know, Chuck [Todd] talks about strong bipartisan approval ratings, those will whittle quite quickly as she steps further and further [into the political scene].”
Gibbs also said Clinton needs to make a bit of a break from his old boss. “[I]f her campaign becomes an extension really of either her husband’s term or the current president’s term, it’s not necessarily a good deal for her,” he said.