Republican strategist and television analyst Mike Murphy said he’s more likely to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics than vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.
Meantime, Democratic counterpart Paul Begala—who helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992—believes Hillary Clinton represents the country’s “best hope at growing the economy in a math-based world.”
But this political odd couple agrees strongly on one point: An electorate seeded with anger has wreaked havoc on this campaign cycle, Murphy and Begala said Wednesday during a point-counterpoint discussion at the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.
That anger has created the possibility of a November showdown between someone Murphy calls an “avowed socialist” in Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Begala’s characterization of “a foul-mouthed, fake-haired real estate mogul” in Donald Trump.
“Fundamentally, there’s a public service need that campaigns serve, and Trump has hijacked the process. It’s out of control,” said Murphy, a Time magazine columnist and NBC analyst who ran the super PAC allied with Jeb Bush, one of the vanquished GOP contenders.
“We have enough reality shows,” Murphy continued. “I don’t know if the presidential election ought to be one.”
Credit unions can play a role in salving that public anger by providing financial education and financial services to working-class Americans whose wages have stagnated during the past 30 years, said Begala, a CNN political analyst and commentator.
“You’re in the American Dream business,” Begala said. “If you had more folks doing what you do in this country, the politics would take care of itself.”
Begala believes Clinton will win the general election, while Murphy is rooting for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to “get his act together.” Murphy believes Trump “will go down in flames” should he square off with Clinton.
In an impromptu poll, moderator Paul Berry asked the audience to pick the person most likely to be elected president. Rubio received the most applause, followed by Clinton.