About the "jobs" statement Hillary Clinton made recently... photo public domain, via State Dept.

About the “jobs” statement Hillary Clinton made recently… She’s got something important to add.

photo public domain, via State Dept.

WHEN Hillary Clinton said it’s not corporations and businesses that create jobs, I immediately took it to mean corporations and businesses aren’t people, so it matters who’s in charge. She’s now done a fuller explanation as she tunes up what will certainly be a central part of her campaign message once she announces her second campaign for the presidency.

Ruby Cramer at BuzzFeed lays it out, with the clarification coming from a Clinton aide. Cramer dances between the Republican and Democratic reactions to her previous “jobs” line, putting emphasis on Hillary allegedly “trying too hard to channel Elizabeth Warren,” according to some.

“I short-handed this point the other day, so let me be absolutely clear about what I’ve been saying for a couple of decades.”

“Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in America and workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.”

That is a lot better and requires no interpretation, but Clinton still got questions about her prior statement, which she handed off to her press secretary Nick Merrill.

Maggie Haberman of Politico covered it this way, below the opening paragraphs of her reporting on the clarification.

Hillary Clinton on Monday mopped up her botched statement from a rally in Massachusetts last week, making it clear she’d misspoken and hadn’t intended to deliver a fresh economic policy message.

Clinton’s cleanup came as she campaigned with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in Somers, about 90 minutes north of New York City, after two days in which Republicans bandied the likely White House candidate’s Friday comment, made in the context of talking about trickle-down economics, on social media and the single sentence began gaining traction.

It’s going to be a lot of fun watching reporters cover Clinton the second time around, especially since Hillary is even less enamored with the media at this point than before, but also because, as the hand off to Merrill foreshadowed, she’s starting off giving no indication that she has any intention of playing word ping pong with the political press.