When Clinton delivered her New Hampshire concession speech Tuesday night, Martin says the Democratic frontrunner wasted little time hitting on the new themes Clinton’s camp thinks will win the race – themes that will likely play out on the debate stage tonight.
“If you listened to her speech Tuesday, she immediately was talking about Flint,” Martin says. “She was talking past New Hampshire to voters of color who see what’s happening in Flint as an egregious injustice to poor people and especially poor people of color.”
In other words, Martin expects Clinton to see Sanders’ campaign about economic inequality and up the ante by making her campaign message about fighting all kinds of inequality.
When it comes to Sanders, Martin expects the senator to hold his message steady as he approaches Clinton’s so-called “Southern firewall” and attempt to crash through it.
“He will keep repeating the same message about being a man of the people who doesn’t have a Super PAC, who raises his own money by standing with common Americans every day, and who isn’t a member of the billionaire task,” Martin says. “There’s no reason for him to change his message at this point.”
Martin is an SMU assistant professor of Communication Studies in the Meadows School of the Arts who can discuss:
- economic messages in political campaigns
- presidential campaign strategy