Could Hillary Clinton Win the Presidency in 2016?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton | Source

A Political Powerhouse for President

On October 26, 2015, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turns sixty-eight years old. This admirable woman will be the focus of first, the 2016 Democratic primaries, and then most likely the 2016 Presidential election.

Clinton's life and career have taken her on an impressive course, and there's a sense among her supporters that her best contribution to American society may still lie ahead.

The Presidential field of candidates for 2016 will likely consist of many names we already know today. Some new political powerhouses are sure to emerge, too.

It's difficult to imagine anyone within her own party upsetting Clinton for the Democratic nomination. The United States voting public, which has yet to elect a woman leader in its 239 years of existence, appears ready to at least give the former Secretary of State an opportunity to run against whomever the Republican party elects out of its primaries.

It is Hillary Clinton's accomplishments in public service that have endeared her to American voters. She won't have to rely on charm or wit or speculation to win votes. She is a known commodity and that will both help her and hinder her in her quest to become America's 45th President.

A Determined Activist

By the late 1960s, Hillary Clinton had developed a set of values which were undoubtedly conservative. With civil liberties at the forefront of American life, the young woman realized that she needed to change if she were to take any active role in that undiscovered part of herself which would soon surface: a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of those who society had deemed as being treated unfairly.

While she studied at Wellesley College, the Civil Rights movement influenced her like it did so many other Americans. She began to realize that there were changes coming and that they were sorely needed if America was to become what it was supposed to have been all along: a free society.

The young woman was actionable. She realized that Civil Rights was a movement that needed all the help it could get to move forward. She helped further the rights and opportunities for blacks at Wellesley College, learning at a very young age that having political clout (she served in various leadership roles in student government at the school) was an effective way to see that issues important to her were addressed.

Formidable Representation for the Poor

Hillary Clinton went on to Yale Law School. She developed an instinct to use law as a tool to help the poor and less fortunate. Her exhaustive studies and writings concerning social law earned her the opportunity to work for influential Democrats Walter Mondale and George McGovern. She worked on political campaigns and learned the finer details of the American political and election systems.

While working as legal counsel for people that otherwise would have been left with less vigorous effort on their behalf, she met future President of the United States Bill Clinton. They married in 1975. Both lawyers were well on their way to exceptional legal careers. By the late 1970s, Hillary Clinton was considered one of the most influential social cause lawyers in America.

It is not required that persons who run for the Office of the President of the United States be a lawyer. Yet, there is no question that one who strives to work with America's legislative bodies should understand American law. Secretary Clinton hasn't just studied law for a few years, she was one of the major influences on American social law. She has written opinions and studies that are still quoted in American courtrooms today.

Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton | Source

Hillary Clinton's Service to the United States

Bill Clinton was elected governor of Arkansas in 1978, at age 32. By the 1980s, Hillary Clinton chaired the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, and helped the state turn around an educational system that had ranked among last in the United States. She served as First Lady of Arkansas for over twelve years, with all the responsibilities that go with that title, and still found time to provide legal services and further social causes as a full-time occupation. Her work for Arkansas children will go unmatched among the spouses of governors.

Hillary Clinton's time as First Lady of the United States was not indicative of her ability to lead or create policy. She went into office with a new set of goals to expand her work in aiding the poor and unrepresented. She saw, as anyone would, a place to take her successes in Arkansas and bring them to the country as a whole.

Her work to explore providing health care for those that could not afford it was attacked as socialist and never saw a vote in the legislature. This was a major work that was unfairly labeled, and was seen by some as a political maneuver to keep the First Lady position as ceremonial.

Next came the Whitewater investigation in 1993. Her husband appointed a special prosecutor to examine the evidence - a move that Hillary opposed. She felt that her innocence was verifiable through documentation already provided and did not want to add any credence to the charges with the prosecutor. In the end, her and President Clinton were both exonerated of any legal wrong doing.

Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 (acquitted in 1999) for lying about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. This was a terrible embarrassment for the first lady. She stood up for her husband and even called the charges conspiracy, but through it all and even until today, she stood by her husband.

The White House years were tough for Hillary Clinton. Positive accomplishments were achieved for the less fortunate citizens of the US under Bill Clinton's presidency. It's widely known that Hillary Clinton's opinions were, and are, valued by her husband. President Clinton's two terms are generally viewed positively, even with all the turmoil that happened. Women around the world saw this powerful First Lady and listened to her message of equal rights for all. Perhaps things would have turned out less positively if she hadn't been so firmly dedicated to her husband, and the people of her country.

US Senator from New York

On January 3, 2001 Hillary Clinton became a United States Senator from New York. On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the people of the state she represented. Naturally, much of her work was focused on the safe cleanup of New York City and her nation's security. She showed a willingness to work with conservatives by taking part in activities like the Senate Prayer Breakfast. She listened to more experienced voices, and learned to quietly work to further security and quality of life for the residents of the state she represented. Today, the redeveloped WTC owes its existence, in part, to her work with other legislators.

Senator Clinton voted in favor of sending United States forces to war in both Afghanistan and Iraq. She was particularly interested in the welfare and readiness of the troops that would be sent into combat. She traveled to both countries (along with other legislators) to inspect conditions for herself. Some people might be surprised to hear that she lobbied in favor of increasing benefits for veterans, against the closure of certain military installations, and served as a member of the Armed Services Committee.

While serving her second term as senator, Clinton announces that she will seek the Presidency in 2008. Her opponent in the Democratic primary is the charismatic and popular senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. By June she concedes defeat. Obama goes on to defeat Republican challenger John McCain and become President.


The coordination and cost considerations of WTC cleanup were key components of much of the legislature Hillary Rodham Clinton penned.
The coordination and cost considerations of WTC cleanup were key components of much of the legislature Hillary Rodham Clinton penned. | Source

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

On December 1, 2008, President-elect Obama announced his choice for Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton. In yet another show of willingness to serve and compromise, she readily accepted the offer from her former political rival.

In her time as Secretary of State, Clinton has focused her efforts on strengthening security ties with allies and building new economic relations with developing nations. If one takes a tour of the State Department's Policy Issues, one can easily see the activist progressive influence. There is a focus on the people of nations that are facing dire circumstances in one form or another. Her tendency to reach out to the less fortunate is still intact, and a primary reason she has earned the trust of officials from other nations. Promises made are kept and that has helped the State Department to repair its image.

Like her predecessor, Condoleeza Rice, Clinton has spent much of her time as Secretary traveling. At a time when America was being viewed negatively on the world stage, Hillary Clinton and President Obama have worked together to successfully improve not only America's image, but its policies concerning international diplomacy. She has brought a sense of trust and stability to the table in meetings with other world diplomats, and some have dubbed her one of the finest diplomats in American history.

"A strong economy has been a pillar of American power in the world. It gives us the leverage we need to exert influence and advance our interests. It gives other countries the confidence in our leadership and a greater stake in partnering with us."

In October, 2011, Hillary Clinton uttered the above words while addressing the Economic Club of New York. There is not likely to be a greater concern to American voters in 2016 than the US economy.

On September 11, 2012, the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya is attacked and US Ambassador Christopher Stevens murdered. Secretary of State Clinton takes responsibility for the attacks and by February 2013, Hillary Clinton steps down from her post as Secretary of State.

But were the attacks really her fault?


Benghazi

Because she was Secretary of State at the time on the attack on the consulate in Libya, she was responsible for the security measures in place. The nature of preventing a terrorist attack is, however, an intelligence matter; a fact that was flatly exposed on 9/11.

If in fact SOS Clinton was notified by any US intelligence agency that an attack on Benghazi was imminent and she failed to act in beefing up security forces there, she failed in her duty and she shouldn't be considered for higher office. Was that the case? There's no evidence to support it.

Where intelligence failed (failed is a loose term due to the nature of gathering intelligence; it's impossible to expose every threat against any nation) the US in so many previous attacks on US soil and abroad, this was probably the case with Benghazi.

Critics will say that Clinton's personal e-mail account, improperly being used by the Secretary of State for some official matters, has information that will prove her guilt. Other critics will say that President Obama conspired with the Secretary of State to withhold evidence that will prove her guilt. Both assertions are such that we'd have to draw the conclusion that either or both the President and Hillary Clinton would conspire to evade any wrongdoing on Hillary Clinton's part to the point where they'd break the law. Unlikely.

Clinton took full responsibility for the tragic event. She resigned her position shortly thereafter. A diplomat with powerful connections and persuasive rhetoric sidelined was yet another casualty of the Benghazi tragedy.

Will Hillary Clinton Run for President in 2016

Hillary Clinton has spent much of her life in public view. That is a huge asset to the American citizenry that plans to vote in 2016. Her remarks and speeches are verifiable through more than one or two sources. She has a voting record in the Senate. The causes she has chosen to champion are apparent.

2016 will be a year where Americans are going to need a President that possesses many skills; economic, diplomatic and, in light of the recent events in Missouri and Baltimore, educated and experienced in civil rights issues.

The two most important might be negotiating skill and sensibility. It's very hard to imagine Hillary Clinton allowing spending to go out of control. She has proven to be conservative in her attitude toward responsible spending.

The negotiating skill will be a crucial necessity because of the probability of more and more social programs seeing cuts. A continued poor economy coupled with social program cuts could spell disaster for a leader that doesn't possess the political skills to negotiate a common ground. This could be the key ingredient to ensuring that workers who are unable to find work aren't cut off - and the key to keeping an American public satisfied and motivated.

Clinton has stated that she will take some time to write and teach. Whether that means she will do that soon or after 2016 is unknown. Her position is that everyone will have to wait and see, because she herself doesn't know if she will run or not. It will probably depend on whether or not America needs her to or not. Because, one thing we all know about Hillary Clinton, when America has needed her, she's been there.

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My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

If she wins, I will look into leaving the country for 4 years. Lord help us.


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cosmicdust 5 years ago from Middle of Nowhere

2016 is still a long way off, a lot of things could happen and change between now and that time. Is she qualified to be President, very much so and she'll probably do a decent job of it at least. Will she win in 2016? Too early to tell.


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Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States Author

@My Minds Eye53: It might take a true moderate to save America. Lately we have left and right moving so far from one another that compromise, the key to our legislative process, is seemingly impossible. I think there is some indication that Hillary Clinton would be able to lead people into working together. Thank you for commenting.

@cosmicdust: 2016 is a long way off and I sincerely hope that economic concerns aren't still at the forefront of American politics. I agree, she is unquestionably qualified. Thanks for stopping by.


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My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

I just can't get excited about Hillary. She has no idea what it is like living paycheck to paycheck. She has no sympathy for the small business owner. But America will decide, it won't just be me out there voting, at least I hope not. I do hope that people that do vote do their homework and just don't vote party. If she gets nominated I will study up more on her. Thanks for the Hub, all sides need to be heard to make decisions as important as these.


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Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States Author

@My Minds Eye53: Thank you for coming back and the brilliant response. Maybe if you and I can see it others will be able to, also: that political parties are so far one way or the other, that the burden of careful examination of candidates in all parties falls back on the shoulders of each individual voter.


john 4 years ago

NO WAY


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

Hello, john. Thanks for reading. Judging by the traffic this article is getting today, people are already seriously considering this. Get ready!


Paul Lucero 4 years ago

I can't think of a more qualified and capable person than Secretary Clinton! I think she will be an amazing President and will take on the Republicans unlike Obama! He has been a huge disappoint to those of us who voted for him and most people I know feel that we made a mistake! Obama has been a failure! Clinton is a true moderate who can bring the country together!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

To be fair, Barack Obama was swept up in a movement designed to take him to the highest office. There's certainly no comparison of Executive Office experience, before the President took office. Secretary Clinton had already observed her husband's Presidency up close.

Now that he has, he's made mistakes. Yet, he's had some triumphs, too. Whether he can overcome the economical problems strangling the middle and lower classes, will probably determine whether or not he gets another term - a term he'd be going into with much more Executive experience.

Hillary Clinton has some conservative traits that the current President doesn't possess. I agree, it's those traits that would likely cause the nation to rally around her more than they ever will over a more liberal President, like President Obama.

Thanks very much for stopping by, much appreciated.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

It's a shame that Obama couldn't run again in 2016, but since he won't be allowed to I HOPE that Hillary runs! I'm a bit nervous about a woman president...hormones going haywire, but at her age all that should be behind her and I think she would make an awesome Prez! I was actually rooting for her in 2008 until Barack stepped into the arena!:)


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

Well, I don't know Secretary Clinton personally, but I'm a pretty good study. She would get emotional as President, but never until she had a spare moment to do so. She's proven herself capable under fire, and that's an understatement. Thanks for reading and commenting, Sunshine625.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Great stuff! I think Hillary could possibly get Americans to actually work together for the sake of America rather than money! Makes me long for 2016!

Nice job Jason!

Cheers~


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

How about Biden retiring and Hillary going on the ticket in 2012 as VP?


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

God, let's hope not. She is a bad representation of what a woman should be. If she gets in, I'm going to Mexico.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I like the way Deborah thinks, even though I would miss Joe!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

@K9keystrokes - That's one thing Americans won't have to worry about with her, money. She's proven herself to be quite thrifty as a Senator! Let me make myself plain where Hillary Clinton is concerned, she'd excel at whatever it is she does. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@Deborah Neyens - There's a fair chance Biden and Clinton would be facing off in a Democratic primary in 2016. To quote Sarah Palin, "Say it ain't so, Joe."

@cloverleaffarm - I disagree. I believe she is a fine example of what a human being should be. Her work in the State Department, if you haven't been following that, is impeccable. A Secretary of State is the person responsible for America's representation abroad. They are quite alone in this task. She's done very well, and her work, in coordination with the Defense Department, is a primary reason the United States enjoys the securities it enjoys today. Thank you for stopping by. We're all entitled to our opinions here.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I don't agree with all of her politics, but I think she is smart enough to realize most Americans prefer a centrist. She is certainly capable and has the requisite experience.


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

Her politics are such that some of her ideals will appeal to conservatives more than liberals. She's apparently one of the last centrists, and I agree, she has the experience and intellect to know what battles to fight, and when to compromise. Thank you, Natashalh, for reading and commenting.


Howard 4 years ago

She is an imperialist Republican always has been. One of the key people along with her husband who turned the Democrats into Republicans 2.


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

The 2016 Democrat primaries will probably be a key turning point for the Democrat party, simply because Democrat voters will have to decide how they want to challenge a more conservative Republican stance.

If, by 2016, conservatives are catering even more to Tea Party candidates and Evangelical politicians, the Democrats may decide to run someone less moderate than Clinton.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Howard. If the end result of all of this is two parties pulling hard in different directions, that Republicans 2 you mention could easily turn into a new Centrist party. Who knows what the future will bring. Thanks again.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I agree!!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I am behind her 100%.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hillary for 2016!!!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

@AudreyHowitt, Angela Brummer, and Sunshine 625 - Between now and 2016, we must all be vigilant and look at her record for ourselves. I've already noticed Hilary being closely connected with President Obama, just in case he loses reelection. I cannot stress more urgently that voters need to remain independent thinkers, and look at each candidate's record, of which Mrs. Clinton's is impeccable and sensible.


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Thomas Swan 4 years ago from New Zealand

What about all the scandals she's been involved in? I wouldn't trust her as President. She seems inherently corrupt. She voted for the Iraq War, has changed her stance on health care since becoming one of the largest recipients of donations from the health insurance industry, and has demonstrated favoritism to companies who donated to her husband's foundation. Then there's the Peter Paul scandal, the wikileaks scandal, the Sandy Berger scandal, the use of fear imagery in political ads, her close relationship with the Israeli leadership, and her extreme hostility towards Iran. She's no different to Bush in my opinion, just slightly more corrupt...


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I've said it before and I'll say it again Hillary for 2016, even if Hillary says "no way!" :)


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

I agree, let her teaching career be accomplished from the Oval Office in 2016!


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I'm just barely getting over the fact that Hillary didn't win in 2008. But her SOS experience has been invaluable, both to her and to our country.

I'm one who would LOVE to see her and Joe Biden swap jobs in 2012. I think an "October Surprise" of putting Hillary on the Obama ticket would knock Romney out of running. I think Joe has the foreign relations mettle to be SOS.

And lordy, lordy. If anyone can salvage and advance Obamacare it's Hillary.

Final note: Bill was something of a liability in 2008. He's mellowed and public perception has also. Can you even imagine having his brain back in the White House?

Blows my little mind!

Great hub.


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

@Mighty Mom - There was little anyone could do to stop Barack Obama's momentum in 2008. It was possibly the fastest and most meteoric rise I've seen any politician achieve in my lifetime.

I agree that having Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap jobs would give the President a political boost, but it would come at the cost of taking Clinton out of a role she has mastered. Her professional outreach and diplomatic manner has changed perceptions about the USA.

Blows my mind, too, Mighty Mom, imagining former President Clinton helping America right economic concerns. His advice would be invaluable.

Thanks for reading and leaving a great comment.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

I think that she is available for dating.

As for Bill Clinton all of his financial guys were tapped by Obama when he became president, apparently not much help. He was riding the dot com boom in his administration, and he was the president that started the housing bubble, that collapsed causing the economy to go with it.

You forgot that the Clintons were bankrupt when he left office, and now he has about $100 million from his speaking deals.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Recommenting here after the DNC when Clinton recaptivated the nation. I can't imagine a more capable duo in the White House. Maybe we can go back to reaching across the aisle to actually solve problems.

But right now, we still gotta get through November 6!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States Author

@ib radmasters: When writing this article, I put my party affiliation and opinions aside and did my best to deliver facts gleaned from various sources. There are negatives in every administration, but let's not forget that Hillary Clinton has yet to have her own. I understand and agree that she advised her husband during his time in office, but any sway she might have had was extremely limited. Thanks for reading and commenting.

@Mighty Mom - Thanks for stopping by. A probably victory by President Obama on November 6, coupled with a probable economic recovery, should give whomever runs in 2016 a level playing field. If it's Hillary Clinton who decides to run, and I hope she does, I'd be amazed if any other nominee could bring her credentials into a primary or general election.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

We just might have guessed this one right Jason! Hillary isn't counting out 2016. She'll be 69 yrs old and still have plenty of spunk. I hope! Hillary for 2016!!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I don't know- I'd like to see her do it but I want her not to feel pressure from the Democratic leadership to do so. I want her to do it because she really has a great vision and the enthusiasm to do it. Either way she's served her country so well in her lifetime and I'm sure she will continue to do so. Great hub!


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

Jason, this is so well researched and written. I am not convinced yet that Hiliary will run in 2016 but I would vote for her in a New York minute. Other than Bill, there isn't another politician around with the brain and experience that Hiliary has. She is a smart cookie, maybe too smart to be saddled with a sick political climate. :-) Good job!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I adore Hillary Clinton and do wish she would run in 2016. I do believe she will not though. Politics has gotten the best of her and it seems like she is ready to move on. I don't blame her, but I am disappointed. Great hub and voted up!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I have always admired this woman, but I'm not sure I would want her as President of the US.

I think she is too smart to even run.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I feel the timing is against Hillary in 2016. She should have gotten it in 2008. But that was obviously not meant to be. She would be 69 I think in 2016. Plus, after an 8-year Dem in office, the mood in American will be "enough of this, time to swing the pendulum in the other direction!" So likely the WH will go GOP in 2016. I could be wrong.

It sure would be cool to have back-to-back history-making presidents. And I think the Clinton-Clinton team would be simply stupendous on both foreign and domestic policy. Can you even imagine?!!!


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

@Alecia Murphy - No doubt Clinton will feel the pressure to run, and she easily has the support from her fellow Democrats to do so. She's mature enough politically to understand what sort of commitment the Presidency is. If she says yes, you can be sure she'll devote herself to the job. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

@lrc7815 - 90% of Democrats want Hillary Clinton to run in 2016. Most US citizens realize that there isn't anyone more deserving for that high office than her. I hope she runs, too, as it would be a great reward and honor for her years of service to the people of the United States. Thanks for the compliments!


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

@Jeannieinabottle - We all know how things can change on the political scene from year to year. What Hillary Clinton implies now could certainly change in the future. We'll just have to wait and see, but the yearning of the American people for her to be President might be impossible for her to ignore come 2016.


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

@mary615 - Thanks for reading and commenting. Hillary knows what it takes to be President, and what toll is paid for two terms in office. I'm still amazed how much Presidents age during their terms. It's the ultimate act of a patriot and patriots are seldom swayed by their own intellect, where service to country is concerned.


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

@Mighty Mom - I agree that an unprecedented Presidency, with a spouse as former President, would be amazingly beneficial on many fronts. I think many of us forget that the average life span of women is longer than that of a man, and some could suggest 69 would be comparable to a 64 or 65 year old man running for President - certainly not unreasonable.

Republicans haven't yet revealed a candidate that could beat Clinton in 2016, and unless President Obama's second term is unsuccessful, it's hard to imagine anyone from the GOP propelling to front-runner status in such a race.

Thanks for the great comment!


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gkerosi 3 years ago from Nairobi

She is a powerful woman. My opinion is she might not make it. There are other American heroes who will rise.


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, gkerosi. Most would agree that Hillary Clinton would win if she decides to run in 2016. It's still a mystery whether she will or not, however. It might be dependent on several factors, including how good her health is as 2016 approaches. Or she may have already decided to run or not to run. Either way, she has American voters and the world on the edge of their seats, watching. Let's not overlook that the biggest Democracy on the planet still hasn't elected a woman to lead them.


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ib radmasters 3 years ago from Southern California

Jason

It has been six months since Benghazi, and the White House, and Hillary Clinton didn't tell the people the truth about what they knew and why they let it happen. The terrorists that committed the attack haven't been found, and no one is talking about them.

That is strike one for Hillary 2016.

In 2008, she couldn't raise enough money to even beat out the then unknown Barack Obama.

The democrats let her down in 2008.

Hillary Clinton was more qualified than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden, yet all she could get was Secretary of State.

At 69, in 2016 she will be like McCain running in 2008, they will say she is too old.

So if she doesn't run for Senator in 2014, I think she won't run for president either.

If she ran for president with Bill Clinton as vp, then she might have a chance.


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

The probable scenario is Clinton running in 2016 with a young politician with a promising future. Grooming the next generation of Democrats, in the event that none win the nomination in 2016, will probably be the in the party's best interest.

And it will come down to age in the end. Sixty-nine might seem too old to some voters, but so long as Mrs. Clinton's health is strong, I see no reason why she shouldn't be President.

Thanks for reading and commenting, ib radmasters.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

What do you mean, could she? I thought she had already won. We could save a lot of money if we just skip the whole election thing. Still I love watching a bunch of rich people and corporations wasting money on buying the next Politician who will never Represent us. Especially the Republicans, maybe Rush Limbaugh and Fox pretend to be News will finally go under. I doubt it, with such high moral values, claims of Godly representation, Conservatives, yet millionaires. They give us such examples as the family guy and other highly respected programs. Only buy selling us garbage do they remain perfectly useless. The hole they keep digging gets bigger each day, but they have a lot of crap to bury.


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Jason Marovich 3 years ago from United States Author

Interesting response, Sanxuary. Politicians can only be bought if they allow themselves to be bought. The advertising, coalitions, and fund-raising have certainly spiraled out of control, but it's the voting public that stands by passively; we can't blame politicians for playing the game the way it's played today. I, too, yearn for the days when candidates were voted President only on what they'd achieved and what they said. Perhaps we'll find some common ground with a more seasoned Hillary Clinton; a candidate who has already learned some embarrassing lessons about trying to appear to be something she's not. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL

And Hillary is officially in the running for POTUS 2016...


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Jason Marovich 19 months ago from United States Author

Hi Sunshine625! Yes, indeed she is. I know she's made you very happy by finally putting to rest any doubt that she's more than ready and able to take on a spirited campaign.

I need to get into this article and update more recent events including the Libyan tragedy and the e-mail incident. My objective is to report the facts fairly but there's also the matter of getting to the truth instead of allowing opponents to bash her service record without verifiable evidence. Stay tuned!


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Jean Bakula 15 months ago from New Jersey

Hi, you have a lot of the same views as I do, although I wrote my hub on Hillary based on Astrology, as well as knowledge of what she accomplished in other roles in her life. I don't know how this culture of R's lying and people accepting it as truth began and lives on. I think she is more moderate than Obama or Bill Clinton, and in her years in public office, has formed relationships with others which will be helpful in compromising to get things done. Although I like Obama, I think being a one time Senator hurt him, he needed more experience wheeling and dealing. But lately he is getting results on issues he kept plodding away on. Plus, as you mentioned, he has so much momentum going, he wasn't going to lose anyway.


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Jason Marovich 15 months ago from United States Author

Thanks for commenting, Jean Bakula.

I think what it boils down to in 2016 is who is going to provide the best leadership for this country over the next several years. I do believe economics is a critical facet of government effort but being President requires so much more than one-dimensional thinking. As you said, experience as a people's representative or senator is what gets most people elected to President. It's also the leading component in having success getting issues passed through the legislature.

The Republican Party is a fine institution and I've no doubt it will rebound in the future. Where it's head is at right now is another matter. What's really important to our success as a nation? That's the question Hillary Clinton will have at the fore of her decision-making. She knows there is no one answer. There are many answers. She knows because she's been there through the good times and the bad. I wish I could say the same for Donald Trump and other ultra-conservatives.


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Jean Bakula 15 months ago from New Jersey

I always write a companion astrology piece about the R nominee. I am praying it's not Trump :).


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nicomp 14 months ago from Ohio, USA

Oh my word, I just found this article. What a hoot. Probably the best piece of political satire on HubPages.

"This was a major work that was unfairly labeled, and was seen by some as a political maneuver to keep the First Lady position as ceremonial."

I almost choked on my Ovaltine.


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tsadjatko 12 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

nicomp - "political satire" ?

well then this is posted in the wrong category! Maybe the truth about Hiliary in this video will balance out the absurd characterizations of her in this hub page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mYW5nmS9ps

But for those Hiliary zombies whose brains have been served up for her dinner, like Bill Engvall says:

"Here's your sign"

http://westernjournalismcom.c.presscdn.com/wp-cont...

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