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."

Comments

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.

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