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Hillary Clinton says economy isn't the only reason to elect a president 'or in this case retire one'

Posted May 5, 2019 9:38 a.m. EDT

— Hillary Clinton on Saturday acknowledged the state of the economy is good, but cautioned that other factors should go into selecting a president.

"It is the economy, it's always the economy, but that's not the only reason that we should elect a president, or in this case retire one," Clinton said to cheers during an "Evening with the Clintons" in Los Angeles, California.

According to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the last time the unemployment rate was this low, at or under 4%, was from December 1965 to January 1970.

Clinton continued, "Yes, maybe the economy is still pumping along, but all of a sudden you've got tens of millions of Americans who are much less secure because their health care is gone."

The comments come in the wake of new CNN polling last week that showed 56% of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's handling of the economy.

The previous high-water mark for Trump on this issue came in March 2017 when 55% approved.

"A good economy is not the be-all and end-all to elections," Princeton political historian Julian Zelizer said when asked about the 1960s vs. today. "That was a period when the economy was still doing very well -- even better than today in many ways."

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, also weighed in on the Mueller report, reiterating comments she made following the release of a redacted version of the special counsel's findings.

"The Mueller report could not be clearer, the Russians interfered in our election and Trump obstructed justice," she said.

As both the 42nd president and the former secretary of state wrap up their North American speaking tour, they continue to address the circumstances surrounding Clinton's electoral defeat in 2016.

"You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you," Clinton said, alluding to Russia's election interference efforts.