'Oh please': Hillary Clinton dismisses Donald Trump as a 'loose cannon'

Clinton: I'm focused on moving into general election

Hillary Clinton said she's ready to take on Donald Trump in a general-election matchup.

In an interview on Wednesday, CNN's Anderson Cooper asked the Democratic presidential frontrunner whether she's ready to confront presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's penchant for raising sensitive subjects from her history.

Clinton brushed off concerns that Trump might attempt to rehash details of her marriage with former President Bill Clinton.

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'Oh please': Hillary Clinton dismisses Donald Trump as a 'loose cannon'

Tim Kaine

The junior Democratic Senator from the swing state of Virginia could be a strategic selection for Hillary. Kaine also served as the governor of Virginia from 2006- 2010.

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Elizabeth Warren

The current U.S. Senator from Massachusetts is popular among progressive Democrats, and some even tried to draft her to run for president herself in 2016. 

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Sherrod Brown

Insiders believe that the senior U.S. Senator from Ohio could help Clinton increase her popularity with working-class voters, a group she has yet to win in a big way so far in primary contests.  

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Cory Booker

The U.S. Senator from New Jersey is both youthful and charismatic and would add racial diversity to a Clinton ticket. 

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Tom Perez

The current U.S. Secretary of Labor is considered a sleeper pick by many Democrats because he is not well known outside of D.C., but some believe his strength and popularity among union workers and other progressive groups could be an asset to Clinton's ticket. 

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Bernie Sanders

The Independent from Vermont has become Hillary Clinton's primary rival for the Democratic nomination, garnering a surprising amount of support. Bringing Sanders onto the ticket could help to unite both sets of supporters who have been split in Democratic primaries.

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Martin O'Malley

A former 2016 rival of Hillary Clinton, and former Maryland governor, Martin O’Malley could help bring some executive experience, along with a slight youthful boost to the ticket.

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Tom Vilsack

The Secretary of Agriculture since 2009, Tom Vilsack also served as the governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. Vilsack could bring some governing experience along with swing state influence.  


Evan Bayh 

Evan Bayh could bring a more right leaning brand of politics to the ticket. Bayh previously served as the junior U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1999 to 2011, and also as the 46th Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997.  

Joe Biden

While the likelihood of him agreeing to take on the veep job again might be low, Biden's popularity among Democrats would likely boost Clinton's chances. 

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Bill Clinton

Hillary's husband is technically allowed to serve in the job, and some legal experts even think he'd be able to take office if necessary. Unfortunately for the diehard Clinton supporters, a Clinton-Clinton ticket will probably be a dream that never comes true. 

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"He's not the first one," Clinton said, laughing.

"Oh please," she added. "If he wants to go back to the playbook of the 1990s, if he wants to follow in the footsteps of those who have tried to knock me down and take me out of the political arena, I'm more than happy to have him do that."

Throughout the interview, the former secretary of state attempted to cast herself as a rational alternative to Trump, whom she repeatedly called a "bully" and a "loose cannon."

Still, there appeared to be a limit to Clinton's criticisms of the real-estate mogul.

When asked whether she agreed with popular Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's assertion that Trump has "built his campaign on racism" and "sexism," Clinton praised Warren but avoided a judgment on Trump.

"I think Elizabeth Warren is a very smart person," she said.

Though she still faces a popular insurgent candidate in Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, the former secretary of state has a virtually insurmountable lead over the senator in popular votes and pledged delegates.

For his part, Trump looked ahead to the likely November matchup. He said in his Trump Tower victory speech Tuesday that she would be a "poor president."

"We're going after Hillary Clinton," he said.

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