Clinton has reasons to run at her ready

Former Secretary of State says she is thrilled about becoming a grandmother, but it doesn't put the White House off-limits
Associated Press
Jun 14, 2014

 

She insists she hasn't decided on a second bid for the presidency. But Hillary Rodham Clinton is laying out more reasons to run than not during her coast-to-coast book tour.

The Republicans' inquiry into the deadly raid in Benghazi emboldens her, she says. She knows how not to run a campaign after losing the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. And she'd be doing something for the women and girls she felt she let down that year, and perhaps, she suggests, be more effective in the struggle by both parties to get gender politics right.

"We live with a double standard," Clinton told ABC News as she kicked off a tour for "Hard Choices," her memoir. "People ought to think about their own daughters, their own sisters, their own mothers, when they make comments about women in public life."

Her main reason to sit 2016 out?

"I really like my life," Clinton said. "I like what I'm doing. I'm thrilled about becoming a grandmother in the fall. I have lots of hopes for what that means to me and my family."

But in the next breath, she notes that having a grandchild — daughter Chelsea is expecting — does not put the White House off-limits.

In highly choreographed appearances and interviews, Clinton is making quite clear that she already has given serious consideration to running for president, again. She has a ready-made network of supporters and fundraisers and, unlike in 2008, no real competition for the Democratic nomination.

The temptation to run is clear. Asked by ABC News about the Republican probes into her knowledge and role in the response to the deadly raid on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton leaned forward and said they provided an incentive.

"It's more of a reason to run, because I do not believe our great country should be playing minor league ball," she said emphatically. "We ought to be in the majors."

She says she now knows how not to run a campaign after the bitter experience of having watched Obama beat her in Iowa and arriving in New Hampshire dumbfounded.

"I don't think I ever said, yes, you may have known me for eight years, but I don't take anything for granted," Clinton told ABC. "I have to earn your support."

And in her memoir, Clinton suggests that some in her own party got gender politics wrong. After Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate, aides to Obama asked Clinton to attack Palin, Clinton wrote.

"I said, 'Attack her for what? For being a woman?'" Clinton said. She said she told the Obama campaign, "There'll be plenty of time to do what I think you should do in politics, which is draw distinctions."

And as she tours the country and appears before audiences of autograph-seekers and admirers, Clinton and the public are becoming reacquainted, for better or worse.

Polls taken as she launched her publicity tour show a slight slide in Clinton's favorability rating, though most Americans continue to view her in a positive light. A Gallup Poll on the eve of her memoir's release found 54 percent of Americans viewed her favorably, down from 59 percent in February. As secretary of state, Clinton's favorability consistently topped 60 percent, according to Gallup.

Clinton says she finds the prospect of running compelling for the mere chance it offers to help Americans find economic opportunities that elude them. There are political opportunities, too.

In interviews during the first week of her book tour, the former first lady confronted a pair of potential political weaknesses in an effort, perhaps, to put them behind her.

Asked in the ABC interview about Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Clinton's husband bill led to his impeachment and Senate acquittal, Clinton answered that she doesn't give her much thought, wished Lewinsky well and acknowledged that interviewer Diane Sawyer had a right to ask the question.

"I have moved on," Clinton said, with none of the clipped, not-your-business tone she's used in the past.

But on National Public Radio on Thursday, Clinton scrapped with "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross for questioning her motivation behind shifting last year from opposing to supporting gay marriage.

"No, I don't think you are trying to clarify," Clinton scolded Gross. "I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons. And that's just flat wrong."

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Contango

Her publishers reportedly gave her a $14 million advance for her 635 page self-aggrandizement of a tome.

"Hard Choices" has already been discounted by book stores by 30%.

According to one reviewer, this book is meant to be bought and not actually read.

In April she was asked to list her greatest accomplishments as Sec. of State. She fumbled an answer, because there are none.

deertracker

Have you read the book pooh?

Contango

Why do you ask, mouse?

Steve P

Too weak to be president, a strong person does not stand by a cheating spouse who humiliated them publically. It wasn't the first time he did it and she continued with a shame marriage for political gain. A strong, independent women would have kicked his cheating butt out and went forward with personal accomplishments, which she has none.

Contango

Re: "personal accomplishments,"

She turned $1K into $100K using cattle futures.

I'd call that pretty d*mn impressive!

"Hillary Rodham Clinton was allowed to order 10 cattle futures contracts, normally a $12,000 investment, in her first commodity trade in 1978 although she had only $1,000 in her account at the time, according to trade records the White House released yesterday."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp...

Originally when asked, she said that she had accomplished this 'amazing' feat of investing by reading the Wall St. Journal.

Strange though, she never traded again.

Steve P

"personal accomplishment" or fraud, maybe she attended the Martha Stewart of wealth building.

Contango

Re: "Martha Stewart,"

Ms. Stewart was convicted of lying to the Feds, not for insider trading.

IMO, her error was that she didn't speak through an atty. Very stupid.

The insider trading accusation was questionable. She might have just paid a fine and moved on.

Steve P

Hillary wasn't even good at it compared to Martha.

I

We can't afford four more years of Barack Obama!

WeThePeople1965

It's a good thing we can't get four more years.

JohnKraak

"A nation can survive it's fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Dr. Information

And this B keeps on lying saying now that the Clintons were broke after her husbands presidency.

Check the taxes........full of chit.

Contango

Mr. Clinton had two State Farm Ins. personal umbrella policies that were in effect during the Paula Jones incident that helped to cover the legal costs.

The Clintons are now worth up to a reported $50 million.

Many go into politics in order to become wealthy.

In DC, feigned altruism pays REAL well.

The Big Dog's back

Gee, how did I know the women haters would comment.

Donegan

Oh look they have moved on from the racist deal to the sexist deal. How predictable.
Wanna see women haters come out of the wood work? One word......Palin.

Contango

Re: "Gee, (snip)"

To quote you:

“Another insightful comment by bonehead.”

- the Big Dog’s back, 6/5/13 :-7

Steve P

No only weak women with no personal accomplishments who depend on a cheating husband for any notoriety.

jazzbo

Hillary Rodham Clinton

45th President of the United States

2016 - 2024

Contango

BHO and THEN HRC?

"On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

- H. L. Mencken

Maybe American stupidity, like lightening can strike twice?

Contango

Re: "Hillary Rodham Clinton"

Too much political and personal baggage.

Unlike Mr. Obama, it's too late to seal her records.

jazzbo

"Too much political and personal baggage"

-If that's true , how did George Bush get in ?

Contango

Deflection and off-topic.

So Ms. Clinton has no "political and personal baggage"?

What were her accomplishments as First Lady of AR and the U.S, Senator and then Secy. of State?

I remember as Senator, she wanted $1 million of taxpayer money in order to fund a Woodstock Music Festival Museum.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-...

jazzbo

Dear Armchair moderator-

You call the above "political and personal baggage" ???

Laughable.

Contango

More deflection.

Answer the questions, Sport:

So according to you, Ms. Clinton has no political and personal baggage?

What were her NUMEROUS accomplishments as First Lady of AR and the U.S, Senator and then Secy. of State?

So wasting $1 million of taxpayer money on a Woodstock Museum would be OK with you?

Will there be a "brown acid" exhibit?

The Big Dog's back

When Hillary becomes President, right wingnut world will go bonkers. Oh wait, they already did when Barack became President, twice.

jazzbo

"When Hillary becomes President, right wingnut world will go bonkers."

-- I cant hardly imagine how much more ugly and vile the right wingnuts will get.

Contango

Re: "When Hillary becomes President,"

And VP Biden is just gonna roll over because she's been anointed?

The Dems kicked her to the curb in '08.

jazzbo

Contango-
I asked you first , answer the question : How did George Bush get in ?

Contango

Sorry Sport, you questioned my statement regarding Ms. Clinton's peccadilloes.

Answer my questions.

jazzbo

Sorry sport ,
You set the premise .
On the condition that your premise is true , I asked the question about Bush.
Answer the question.

Contango

Re: "On the condition that your premise is true,"

Again: You questioned the "premise."

So why do you believe that it is incorrect?

jazzbo

I never questioned your premise. Did I ask : 'I question your premise ?'
As I played along with your premise as being true - I asked the question about Bush.

Clearer ?

Contango

Re: "As I played along with your premise as being true,"

Then rephrasing my questions: What's true about it?

I re-read the article. No mention of GHW or GW Bush.

jazzbo

Where does the article mention:

" Too much political and personal baggage."

"Unlike Mr. Obama, it's too late to seal her records."?

Contango

Re: "How did George Bush get in ?"

Which "George Bush," GHW or GW Bush?

Get "in" what? A car, a plane, a boat?

It's poor grammar to end a sentence in a preposition.

How is mentioning "George Bush" relevant to this article?

jazzbo

meshuga

Donegan

Liberal/Democrat logic = Because a moron was elected by the opposition and the majority of Americans in the past, The future is our to elect our own proven moron.
This falls into the "We blame Bush for everything wrong in the country yet will excuse Obama for continuing the program/idiocy because Bush did it first" Catagory. This whether the Liberals/Democrats are willing to admit is called "Hypocrisy", something they excell at when it comes to political debate.
First it was racism even though they demonized Cain, Now it will be sexist even though they demonized Palin.

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The Hero Zone

Jazzbo are there no other people in all of the country let alone the entirety of the Democratic Party that can be President besides another Clinton? It's about as discouraging to hear that another Bush might run as a Republican. I don't know about you but I'd like to actually, you know, progress as a nation and not recycle the same dynasties because their name is affiliated with a party.

jazzbo

"Jazzbo are there no other people in all of the country let alone the entirety of the Democratic Party that can be President besides another Clinton?"

-- --Nobody that I know right now. Who do you suggest ?

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The Hero Zone

I wish I could give you more insight into Democratic members but my source on that, the Huffington Post, can't seem to stop tripping over itself to promote Hillary as The One. So what can you do when media has predestined a candidate and aren't bothering to look elsewhere and give voters broadly or Democrats specifically a legitimate choice? Wouldn't you prefer to have several strong candidates to primary out? I can only imagine it is frustrating when only one "choice" is given.

It seems clear that if you have a D after your name any other insight or accomplishment you may have is irrelevant. At least they don't have to worry about a grassroots movement to reform the defunct parts of the party.

Establishment Republicans whose name isn't Bush will be made to step aside if the other sibling runs. What's worse is they are caught between a dynasty and an organic movement of people who want them gone for being ineffectual as we saw with Rep. Cantor. Heck, even Speaker Boehner only got 60% of the vote in his primary! What does that say?

Nationally what if we were to look at someone like Dr. Carson?

http://www.biography.com/people/...

Among the rest of his biography would you be proud to have a President with these credentials?

"...Because of his unflagging dedication to children and his many medical breakthroughs, Carson has received more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees and is a member of the Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and sits on the boards of numerous business and education boards.

In 2001, CNN and Time magazine named Ben Carson as one of the nation's 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In that same year, the Library of Congress selected him as one of 89 "Living Legends." In 2006, he received the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In February 2008, President Bush awarded Carson the Ford's Theater Lincoln Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. highest civilian honors. In 2009, actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. portrayed Carson in the TNN television production Gifted Hands."

Pterocarya frax...

Ah yes...Dr. Carson...an amazing neurosurgeon...that should have stuck to medicine, and not politics.

He said The Affordable Care Act was the worst thing since slavery. He also compared homosexuals to those who like beastiality and pedophilia. But it is all good...he said he was sorry "if I offended anyone".

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The Hero Zone

There is no such thing as a perfect candidate. If he said those things then it is a wonderful example of why such drastic comparisons shouldn't be made. As you are joining jazz and I in this conversation, do you have any hopefuls? I'll dredge up a few more names of my own later.

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The Hero Zone

Here's a pretty good and "balanced" AP (through HP) story about potential candidates: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

Some are the usual suspects. Others I'd look into as being refreshing because they aren't names many speak of often.

downthemiddle

Just the other day she said "I used to be poor, just like you"

....bless her heart.

jazzbo

Yes, American stupidity , like lightening , can strike twice!

Bush was elected twice.

Contango

Yep! Rome had numerous failed emperors before the final collapse.

IMO, the best president was the first.

Washington was humbled to attain the position, unlike most that followed.

Steve P

Obozo, now that's stupidity on part of the voters.

Dr.Gonzo

I swear to Christ, in the unlikely event she actually gets elected, I'm leaving this country. And I love my country and have never wanted to leave it. But to me this would be nothing less than the biggest disaster since that jabbering lying egotistical power hungry maniac took the reigns. This guy makes Nixon look like an amateur. And if she takes over......let's just say the current administration was just the warm up for the real party.

looking around

Gee that's the same thing Rush Limbaugh said when Obama was elected for the second term and he is still here spouting nonsense on the radio. I just wish once you republicans would keep a promise. Don't let the door hit you in the azz on the way out.

Pterocarya frax...

Amen!!

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thinkagain

Four more years of liberal “leadership” should just about do it. With ol’ “what diff does it make” Hitlery at the helm, the end times are surely just around the corner.

Oh well, I’m ready…how about you?

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”

http://www.silverdoctors.com/wp-...

Contango

Remember when Bill Clinton was elected POTUS that he joked that it was a 'two-fer' in that we got Hillary too?

According to Bill Clinton, his presidency was a co-presidency and she's already been POTUS.

Besides, will the WH female interns really be safe if hubby is allowed to stalk the halls again? :)

grumpy

"Besides, will the WH female interns really be safe if hubby is allowed to stalk the halls again? :)"

Will the female interns be safe with Hillary stalking the halls? It might just be double trouble. :)

Steve P

After being married to Hillary, I can understand why he cheated.

Pterocarya frax...

You were married to her too??

Dude i Roc

Will Whitewater churn again?

Steve P

Never did explain how her boyfriend, I mean business associate Vince Foster committed suicide and defied gravity with his blood running uphill.

Contango

Good thing that the WH staff cleaned out his office before it was secured by the FBI.

Look the other way - the way of DC ESPECIALLY if you're a lib.

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The Hero Zone

House of Cards explains things like that pretty well.

Contango

Hillary is a fake all the way down to her bleached blond roots.

Just another left-wing progressive for whom symbolism is more important than substance.

As Secy. of State, her three AM call came and she let the answering machine take it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a...

KURTje

Wanna know who is gonna win? Wait till voting time gets closer. Then ask high school people whose gonna be in the white house. There is your next CIC. This "un-scientific poll has garnered me $$ from bets over the years. (Doesn't matter which party you care for either)

JMOP

I know this to be true unfortunately. One day they were for McCain, next they were for Obama, but this was a fifth grade class. I'm not sure if the American history teacher swayed them, or they talked to their parents that night.

There you go again

I think the Democrats could do better and find someone with expperience and accomplishments.

The Big Dog's back

You right wingnuts will really need therapists when Hillary becomes President.

Donegan

After Obamacare is done ruining whats left of the healthcare system in this country everyone will need new doctors.

Pterocarya frax...

I am looking forward to a woman president in 2016...just not Hillary.

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The Hero Zone

^This. Thank you.

Pterocarya frax...

I am glad you agree about Elizabeth Warren.

Contango

Re: "Elizabeth Warren,"

Doubtful, as she is more politically polarizing than Ms. Clinton.

jazzbo

Sarah Palin would make a great president , huh ?

Contango

No.

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The Hero Zone

How could I when she isn't running nor was mentioned? I agree that our first shouldn't be Hillary nor even a candidate carried by her gender. What's between the ears is more important than what's between the legs. I would disagree less with the Senator if she didn't put the state before the individual.

meowmix

Don't you mean "more important than what's NOT between the legs"?

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The Hero Zone

Whether you have an innie or an outie it is still in that location. I was trying to not be presumptive or use male defaults to describe people. You have what you have between yours, I have what I have between mine. Neither of us lack anything. Here, though, I suppose some brevity on the topic:

EDIT: Spam filter isn't letting me post with the link. Simply go to The Onion's website and in the search feature in the upper right type in "born without" to find the article, "Deformed Freak Born Without Penis".

Steve P

Want to see Hillary and the far left democrappers drop their lame war on women and show their racist claws, include either or both Condoleezza Rice, a moderate black women, and Susana Martinez the Governor of New Mexico, an Hispanic Republican on the 2016 GOP ticket.

Dr. Information

Liberals are trashy people. They rip on Palin and throw out all kinds of horrible anti feminine garbage, yet Hillary gets mentioned and they start jizzing in their pants.

dontknowmuch

Libtards have short memory spans and forget the days when they trashed people.

Dr. Information

Hillary has no appeal at all. Her husband cheated on her, and that makes her look weak by itself. Then the "what does it matter" statement and the fact she looks like an old rhino.

Obama had appeal and thats what he won on. It was cool to vote for the black looking guy, hence the record turnout of AA voters and people 18-25.

Hillary doesn't have this. Sure she will get her lesbian crowd for sure but most people do not like her.

Contango

Ms. Clinton comes across as 'thin skinned' when questioned. She tends to wear her emotions on her sleeve.

The other day, she 'snapped' at an NPR reporter during an interview who was merely trying to clarify her position on gay rights:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

The genie is out of the bottle. That soft, 'ah shucks,' 'non-cookie baker,' 'stand by your man' of a cheating husband supporter image is LONG gone.

Too much political and personal baggage.

KURTje

So Dr, when did you join the Log Cabin Republicans? I do think she is too old & should not run. Just like old lady Bush said, we don't need another Bush in the White House. So to with Clinton.

pntbutterandjelly

Hillary will be the next president. As of right now I am taking all bets from anyone otherwise. (As predicted by yours truly...Barack won his second term.) Any takers here?

Donegan

As i have stated before, The moronic masses look at the presidency and government elections like a sporting event instead of serious life changing reality. This leads to worse and worse officials till the point when our government ceases to be respected by its citizens. Hillary very well could win, There are already enough morons in this country to elect Obama twice.

Contango

Re: "Hillary will be the next president."

President of what?

Contango

"Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back":

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/20...

Dems: Our rich one percenters are good. The Repub's one percenters are BAD.

Hypocrites.

KURTje

Ann Coulter/Palin 2016 - They have all the answers. e.r.

Contango

Re: "Ann Coulter/Palin 2016"

When in doubt, just write something stupid, eh? Good Obamabot.

KURTje

Oldster get your stuff right for once.

Contango

Re: "stuff right,"

Like your delusional, childish nonsense, kooky? lol

Contango

"5 Reasons Hillary Won't Run"

http://www.realclearpolitics.com...

Worth a read (or a skim).

OSUBuckeye59

As I've written previously, I refer to a modified version of the quote from the famous statistician George Box: "All (models) politicians are wrong, but some are useful."

Neither major party has all the answers. Each party has a few good ideas, but they can't seem to ever want to work together and compromise. I'd like to see what's behind Door #3. So very, very frustrated that as a Nation we continue to only select from Doors #1 & #2, which gives us a President from one of the two major party's. If we get another Democratic-party President elected, I have every belief it'll be just another 4 years of GOP obstruction just as the Democrats are pretty much doing today by opposing all things GOP-lead. If we get a GOP President elected, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Democrats dig in their heels and give us 4 years of obstruction while their GOP counterparts push back.

Our two major party system continues to fail just us as "We the People" continue to choose to only vote for candidates from each. As I've previously written, I will continue to write in candidate names on my ballot, with candidates *NOT* from either major party, until such time as Democrats and Republicans start working together, putting our Country first and foremost.