The GOP's weapon against Hillary? A giant squirrel

A Republican intern in a squirrel costume and a T-shirt that reads, "Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts"
A Republican intern in a squirrel costume and a T-shirt that reads, "Another Clinton in the White House is Nuts" at George Washington University in Washington on June 13, 2014.

Forget about political attack dogs. The Republican National Committee has a giant squirrel.

As former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criss-crosses the country to promote her new memoir “Hard Choices,” the RNC is deploying a person in a massive, orange squirrel costume to attend the events and deliver the message that “another Clinton in the White House is nuts.”

The so-called “HRC squirrel” even has its own Twitter handle and donation page filled with groan-inducing puns like Clinton is “trying to hide her record on #Benghazi the way I hide acorns” and “Don’t squirrel around, vote Republican.”

The RNC said the squirrel will make additional appearances in coming days. "Known for its keen memory, the squirrel recognizes the dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency and will continue to dig up her record, no matter how hard the liberal media tries to bury it," the group said in a statement.

The squirrel made its debut in Washington D.C. at George Washington University on Friday, giving high-fives to people standing in a long line waiting for a few face-to-face seconds with Clinton. RNC spokesman Raffi Williams told msnbc that the individual inside the costume was an intern who volunteered for the job.

The Democrats poked fun of the RNC’s tactic on Monday. Mo Eleithee, the communications director for Democratic National Committee tweeted: “My pledge: As long as I work here @TheDemocrats will never communicate through the voice of a rodent.”

HRC Squirrel responded: “I prefer sciurus politicus, & I understand why you’d want to quiet any voice that speaks truth about @HillaryClinton’s past.”

Meanwhile, a new poll by CNN/ORC International shows that although Clinton faced series of missteps last week, when it comes to her ability to handle key domestic and international issues, the majority of Americans believe the former secretary of state has what it takes should she be elected president in 2016. In fact, according to the survey, most Americans believe Clinton would do a better job than President Obama on every issue.

Clinton has three book signing events on Monday, including two in Canada. No word yet if the squirrel will be traveling out of the country.