The editor of one of the top-rated cable news shows in the country weighed in on the first primary elections, and on what the race means to women and minorities.
What would you like to know from Stephanie Ruhle about tonight’s Iowa caucuses? If you’re watching her show “Sunday Morning Futures,” watch her on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon ET on Fox News Channel. (She’s also on C-SPAN.)
“I think as a woman who has been in politics I understand the stakes very well, and I believe that none of the candidates could have performed in Iowa as they did with such fervor,” she said. “In fact, they probably wouldn’t have performed in Iowa at all, if it weren’t for the rise of Trump. And that created an atmosphere of saying, ‘If you can figure a way around Trump then you can figure a way around everyone else.’”
“I think when you look at the field that they are facing in the delegate hunt, there really aren’t that many viable options, and they are stacked against each other. It’s a little too much now about who has more money, who has more experience, who is the more charismatic public speaker,” she said. “There is no one who truly looks like they have a path to victory. There’s no one who is a hand-to-hand combat fighter. You think of what Trump has done. He’s been a master at this, and I think Hillary Clinton cannot compete with him. He is the most divisive American political figure of my lifetime.”
What about the prospects for first-time voters or those who have not voted in national elections? Is this a year where they might swing in favor of the least conservative candidate, even if it seems to them to be a big step outside of their comfort zone?
“I think there is going to be a big amount of demographic and generational movement on both sides of the aisle,” she said. “I think a lot of people are going to want change, they’re going to say they want to go to the far right, but they don’t want to be further right than the guy who is leading the polls. I think they are going to want to be satisfied as well. I think they are going to want somebody that is going to bring them up to the quality of the next president.”