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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she greets supporters at a presidential primary election night rally, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in New York.

Pantsuits, or trust issues -- what's harder for Hillary to overcome?

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There's the private server email scandal.  And Benghazi.  Millenials have had their fill of those Hillary Clinton scandals. But it's going to take a Google search to make many young voters understand why, when it comes to Clinton, there are some trust issues.

Jennifer Lawless with American University's Women & Politics Institute explains, "I'm not sure words like Whitewater or even Monica Lewinsky resonate with the typical 18-year-old voter out there."


Millenials don't remember '90s era Hillary, the pantsuits and donor scandals.  There's a few skeletons in her closet, a door supporters say the presidential hopeful has worked hard to keep closed.

"I think there's a lot of challenges with the trust issue," said Glenn Ivey, a former Maryland state's attorney and congressional candidate. "That's something that's been building up for a long period of time. 


"She's been dealing with that for 25 years really, and I think has handled it well over time."

But voters in 2016 don't seem quite ready to let Clinton's past go, not just yet.  


However, the Democratic National Convention could help, if recent polling is any indicator.  

A CNN poll from this week found 68 percent of those polled don't consider Clinton honest or trustworthy.  

Donald Trump didn't fare much better, although he got a bump in honesty ratings at the conclusion of the Republican meetup in Cleveland last week. 

So can Clinton beat a bad rap with a good week in Philly? Lawless thinks so. She says changing the tide on trust in Clinton involves the party getting the right party to rep their girl.

"Look at the first night of the convention with Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama -- who we know millennial and young people really like and admire -- vouching for Clinton's trustworthiness and integrity," Lawless said.


Another strategy for changing the tide of trust for Clinton?  Lawless says her campaign might be helped by attacking Trump's character in his business dealings as a way to level the playing field.

But ultimately, Lawless believes trust in Clinton will be restored if she makes it to Pennsylvania Avenue.  She cites an increase in approval ratings for Clinton during her time as Secretary of State.

"During a campaign when people are constantly attacking, that's the issue that keeps rising.  But I think once in the White House, people will be able to trust her," Lawless said.

When people are constantly attacking, that's the issue that keeps rising. But I think once in the White House, people will be able to trust her.
Jennifer Lawless

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