Clinton leads Democrats for 2016 presidential nomination

February 26th, 2014


“I’m not even posing those questions. I am really looking forward to stepping off the fast track that I’ve been on. I’ve been out of politics as Secretary of State. I don’t see myself getting back into politics.”



This was the response from Hillary Clinton in 2013 when asked whether she would consider running for president again in the 2016 election.


It would seem difficult for Clinton to shake the political bug after being Secretary of State, running for the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, representing New York as a senator, and a First Lady of both the United States and the state of Arkansas who was active in her husband’s domestic policy agenda.


Although President Obama is barely two years into his second term, it is not unlike Clinton to take her time making this decision.


In 2004, Clinton was prepared and willing to take on the incumbent Republican President George W. Bush, but ultimately decided not to in order to fulfill a promise to her constituents.


When she decided to run for the nomination in 2008, the last thing she expected was for then-Senator Obama to run and receive the nomination, especially since he had not fulfilled an entire term as senator.


Despite numerous scandals, from her choice to stay with her husband after an affair to her handling of the attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi in 2012, Clinton is still fairly well liked as most recent polls have indicated, according recently to CBS News.


To get to the nomination, Clinton must survive yet another primary season which can make or break a candidate, especially looking toward the general election.


Having at least 40 percent of the vote above any other candidate in each of the caucuses and primaries leading up to Super Tuesday gives Clinton lots of motivation leading up to the general election. Clinton has just as much capability to beat out many popular potential Republican presidential candidates as well.


The Real Clear Politics Average has Clinton beating potential Republican candidates from 8.5 percent to 17 percent of  the two-party vote. Such candidates include former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Representative Paul Ryan, Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Ted Cruz.


One thing is for sure: her health will not stop her from considering the bid.


“I’m healthy enough and my stamina’s great enough, and I’ll be fully recovered to do whatever I choose to do,” said Clinton.

Editor’s Note: Information from CBS News, Game Change, Real Clear Politics and Gallup was used in this report.