Jim Messina compares David Cameron to Obama and Hillary

Posted On: 
31st January 2016

David Cameron has been compared to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton by the strategist who has worked with all three leaders.

Jim Messina

Jim Messina was an adviser for the Conservative election campaign last year, the campaign manager for President Obama’s 2012 re-election effort, and is now co-chair of a Super PAC backing Ms Clinton’s bid for the presidency.

He said the three shared the common trait of being willing to take on their own supporters.

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“They all are very strong leaders who understand where they want to take their country, who are willing to take on their own parties and the opposition when they believe what they think they have to do to get their countries in a better place,” he told Sky News’s Murnaghan show.

He added that working for Mr Cameron had been “one of the proudest things” he had done in his career and that he “would do it again in a heartbeat”.

Mr Messina said the traditional transatlantic relationships between Tories and Republicans and Labour and Democrats had now dissolved.  

“You have a mainstream party of Conservatives in the UK that wins elections, that governs very well and unites the country... and unfortunately that’s not the modern Republican party that Ronald Reagan built 30 years ago,” he said.

Instead, he compared the current Republican party to Labour under Jeremy Corbyn: “What you’re seeing is a Republican party that has gone off the rails a bit, much like Labour has in the UK, and are seemingly set on nominating people who can’t win the general election.”