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Clay Aiken Was Asked on C-SPAN to Name One Thing Hillary Clinton Has Ever Done — Watch Him Struggle


"We've seen a history of her in the Senate..."

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts as she is introduced to speak at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Entertainer and former congressional candidate Clay Aiken said Monday he wants Hillary Clinton to win the White House in 2016, but struggled to come up with even one thing that Clinton has done after decades of public life.

Aiken was on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Monday morning, and was challenged by a caller to name "one accomplishment that Hillary has done."

"We've seen a history of her in the Senate with, with accomplishments she's had not only as First Lady and being the forbearer, really, the forerunner of making sure health care reform passed," Aiken answered. "I mean, this is something that she started back in the 90s, and we've seen the fruition of in the Obama campaign."

"She's been a part of policy change for decades," he added.

The question, and Aiken's answer, reveal a possible weak point for Clinton, who spent several years as First Lady trying unsuccessfully to push a national health insurance plan. After failing to win the Democratic nomination in 2008, Clinton became President Barack Obama's secretary of State, but is probably most known for her failed "reset" effort with Russia, and a botched reaction to the 2012 Benghazi attack that is still expected to create headaches for her in the coming months.

Aiken, who lost a bid last year to win a House seat in his home state of North Carolina, also warned that Clinton needs to "relax a little bit" if she wants to win.

"A lot of the people on the Republican side, in my opinion, can come off as really folksy, and they can ... use it to mask some of their incredibly far right-wing views," he said. "You know, we've seen in the past that presidents often get elected based on who you want to have a beer with, who you feel you're going to relate to the most."

"I want, and even need, I think the country needs Hillary Clinton to win, and so I just... I want to challenge her, I wanted to challenge her in that moment to, you know, relax a little bit," he added.

Aiken said Clinton's video announcing her run included "a lot of very casual people," but then when she appeared, she seemed "very stiff almost."

"That's just a desire, that I really want her to be folksy because I need her to win," he said.

Aiken lost his race in North Carolina by nearly 18 points, to Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.). Aiken is currently the subject of a documentary about his race, called The Runner-Up.

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