She’ll start by doing her best to ignore Trump’s jibes. He’d like nothing better than to lure her into a Nixonian response: “I am not crooked.”
“Don’t expect us to engage directly on his attacks like ‘Crooked Hillary,’” a Clinton aide told me. “He does best when he gets others to engage in insults.”
Instead, Clinton says her first response to Trump will be to change the subject to her strengths — her long list of policy proposals.
“I’m answering him all the time,” she told reporters in Virginia on Monday. “I’m answering him on what I think voters care about” — issues such as child care and the federal minimum wage.
But that’s only half the answer. Clinton is doing her best to label Trump too.