Clinton spokeswoman: 'Hillary is leading pretty handily'
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Karen Finney argued that Clinton was far ahead of her competition in both parties.

“Hillary is leading pretty handily all of her Democratic opponents and all the Republican candidates,” Finney told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

“Mrs. Clinton is still the top choice,” she added when asked about Clinton’s favorability ratings in recent national polls.

Finney also dismissed criticism that Clinton lacked transparency so far on the campaign trail.

“She has spent hours talking with voters,” she said. “People want to know who you are, what influences you, not just what your positions are but what’s in your heart.”

Finney added that her campaign was more concerned about Clinton’s relationship with voters than what strategies other contenders were using.

“This is a person who has always fought for people who need to have a champion,” Finney said of Clinton.

“They’re going to do the campaign they way they’re going to do their campaign and we’re going to do our campaign the way we’re going to do our campaign,” she added of other White House hopefuls.

Kinney’s remarks follow Clinton’s formal campaign launch on Saturday from New York’s Roosevelt Island.

Kinney refused comment on Sunday about her candidate’s position on President Obama’s controversial trade legislation package.

“I’m going to let my candidate speak to that,” Finney said. “As one of her senior advisers, I think it’s her job to make the news in her campaign.”

“I think you may hear her talk about it sooner rather than later,” she told Wallace. “Over the next several weeks she will put meat on the bones, if you want to say, of her policies.” 

Another Clinton campaign strategist echoed Finney’s remarks during a separate Sunday news show appearance.

“She’s been fighting for children, families,” Joel Benenson, Clinton’s senior campaign adviser, told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Yesterday, she said we need to create an economy where every day Americans and their families get ahead, where we build an economy that’s built by all and prosperity is shared by all, and that people get real rewards for work they put in,” he said of Clinton’s campaign launch on Saturday.

“That’s the kind of vision she has laid out,” Benenson added. “Those are the values she’s been fighting for her whole life.”

Benenson then said Clinton will win over many of the citizens skeptical of her candidacy.

“Look, I think Secretary Clinton is the most right person for this moment,” he said.

“What American people need and want right now is a tenacious fighter who will help them get ahead and stay ahead,” Benenson said.

“She brings that to the table,” he added of Clinton. “She does not quit. She’s never quit.”

--This report was updated at 12:28 p.m.