'Face the Nation' host John Dickerson questioned Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about the Clinton campaign's lack of real availability to journalists for almost an entire year.
"It’s been 260 days since a press conference and somebody I was talking to [that] had worked in a White House said: If a candidate can’t have press conferences and deal with the cut-and-thrusts of a press conference, that weakens them when they become president because they’re going to need that as a way to communicate with the American people," Dickerson said. "So, why not have a press conference?"
"Well, the real question here is whether Secretary Clinton has been taking questions from reporters, which she absolutely has,” Mook repied. “We went and counted and she has been in more than 300 interviews with reporters this year alone. I know she’s been on your show, and we’re going to continue to do that and there are a lot of different formats in which she can engage with reporters, whether it’s those one-on-one interviews, whether it’s talking with her traveling press reporters, or a press conference, and we’re going to look at all of those as we move forward."
“But I don’t think it’s fair to say that someone is shying away from tough questions when they have taken over 300 interviews from reporters. We tried to have the interns look at how many questions she took, which is a much bigger number as you would appreciate, and we haven’t even finished tallying that," he added.