While presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues to fend off questions from the press about the investigation into her use of a private email server while secretary of state, the controversy does not appear to have shaken her staunchest supporters.
CBS News spoke to more than a dozen “Hillblazers,” donors who have raised $100,000 or more.
Dallas lawyer Regina Montoya and all the others said they aren’t worried about the email flap, or even paying much attention to it, reports CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes.
“I can’t tell you even just today, I received a phone call or I spoke to someone who said, ‘When is the next event for Hillary?'” Montoya said.
Clinton’s approval ratings were still sky high among Democrats in the latest CBS News poll.
“So far, there is no evidence this has hurt her in the primary, other than the fact that she hasn’t completely solidified 100 percent of the vote, which was never really possible anyway,” Democratic strategist Steve McMahon said.
During a news conference in a Las Vegas gymnasium Tuesday, Clinton said she’s being singled out unfairly.
“I’ve been thinking about the fact that I get a lot of attention because I had a personal email account, as did other high-ranking officials in the State Department and elsewhere in the government,” Clinton said.
She shrugged off the fact that intelligence officials now say some of those emails should have been marked classified and should have been sent on a secure government system.
“What you are seeing now is a disagreement between agencies saying, ‘You know what you should have’ and the others say, ‘No, you shouldn’t, that has nothing to do with me.’ … Everybody is acting like this is the first time this has happened. It happens all the time,” she said.
But the FBI doesn’t ask for people’s servers all the time.
During the news conference, Fox News’ Ed Henry asked Clinton whether she wiped out her email server.
“What, like with a cloth or something? I don’t know how it works digitally at all,” she responded.
As she left the news conference, Clinton said it’s reporters, not Democratic voters, who care most.
“Nobody talks to me about it other than you guys,” she said.