Robert Reich: Elizabeth Warren Would Be A "Strong Primary Challenger" For Hillary Clinton

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Former Secretary of Commerce Robert Reich, who served in President Bill Clinton's cabinet, appeared on MSNBC Wednesday night to encourage Sen. Elizabeth Warren to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. Reich wants Warren to run because it would mean another target for Republicans rather than just Hillary Clinton.

"As of right now, Hillary Clinton is the only target for Republicans," Reich told MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Wednesday. "If there were a primary challenger, there would be other targets. For her to be a target for another year and a half or more, I mean you can imagine what this means. It's so easy to just target one person."

"I think it would help Hillary Clinton, assuming she runs, because as you just said, what we know from politics from primaries, from presidential elections is that when you have a strong primary challenger, it helps the actual general election challenger, nominee, to be better," Reich said.

ROBERT REICH: I think it would help Hillary Clinton, assuming she runs, because as you just said, what we know from politics from primaries, from presidential elections is that when you have a strong primary challenger, it helps the actual general election challenger, nominee, to be better, to have a sharper message, to be asked questions, to practice questions. It helps the public understand what the central issues are.

You know, as of right now, Hillary Clinton is the only target for Republicans. If there were a primary challenger, there would be other targets. For her to be a target for another year and a half or more, I mean you can imagine what this means. It's so easy to just target one person... If the Democrats don't have a primary debate, then the entire news is going to be focusing on the Republican race and basically nobody's going to know what's at stake...

For the same of Hillary Clinton, for her candidacy, and her nomination, assuming that she's going to be the nominee, and by the way, I want to make it very clear she's an old friend. I think she would be a great president, she'll be a great nominee, but she would do better and the public would do better and the American kind of system would be better if there is a strong primary contestant.

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