December 5th, 2012
06:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Don't talk to Hillary Clinton about 2016, at least not right now

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton clearly has a lot of thinking to do once her time ends at the State Department. And it appears there is no shortage of sounding boards in Washington should she decide to seek the presidency in 2016.

Democratic strategist and CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen bantered briefly with Clinton before the November election about the prospect of a second run for the White House. It was a "sign me up for that" type of chat which, Rosen cautions, did not last long.

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"Well, I have talked to her about it and I've been shut down," Rosen said. "She feels strongly about ending her term as secretary of state. You know, with as much grace and effectiveness as possible," she added.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll has renewed speculation about a Clinton candidacy. According to the poll, 57% of Americans would support the former first lady and U.S. senator while 37% said they would oppose another Clinton run.

Clinton has said repeatedly that she won't be a candidate in 2016.

"Look, I'm flattered. I am honored. That is not in the future for me," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer last April.

The denials have done little to tamp down the chatter in the capital.

At a conference on U.S. Israeli issues last weekend, Clinton's supporters played a tribute video honoring her time at the State Department. The video, which had the feel of a campaign ad, included gushing cameos from President Barack Obama to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Clinton appeared to be enjoying the moment.

"I've prepared some remarks for tonight. But maybe we could just watch that video a few more times," she joked.

But Kiki McLean, a former senior adviser to Clinton's last presidential campaign, said it's unlikely Clinton is anywhere near a decision.

"I really don't know and I don't think she knows because she can't even look at those kind of issues in the job she has now. And anyone who says they know is fibbing to you," McLean said.

Until Clinton decides her future, it's widely believed in Washington she freezes a potential Democratic field that may include Vice President Joe Biden.

After a long career as both a political spouse turned politician turned diplomat, she has told reporters she needs a break.

With 2016 fundraising totals likely to surpass the hundreds of millions of dollars hauled in during the last election, the demands to woo donors could force Clinton to make up her mind sooner than she might prefer.

"I think she's going to run for president," Rosen told CNN. "I think she thinks she probably has two years to decide. I think she probably has a good bit less than that to decide. But this is a woman who is a very strong sense of self and she's going to make her own timetable for this," Rosen said.

Despite Clinton's strong poll numbers, Republican strategist Ana Navarro said the secretary is far from sure thing in a general election.

"What we're seeing now are some very positive numbers for Hilary Clinton. Now, let's remember she's been out of the political fray for four years," Navarro said. "If she goes into the political fray, into that ring, the gloves are off and the bell is ringing," she added.

The path to the nomination is another story.

Unlike her last grueling run, which journeyed to the very end of the Democratic primary and caucus process, Democratic strategists believe Clinton would likely see her party rally around her in 2016, giving her the easy ride to the nomination many in Washington thought she would have four years ago.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    CNN you have officially become FOXlite. How many stories do we need to see about Hilary NOT running in one day?? Pathetic.

    December 5, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Dale

    Republican's worst nightmare...Hilary-2016

    December 5, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Wise1Speak

    STOP BADGERING SEC. HILLARY CLINTON ABOUT THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL RUN!

    Hillary Clinton has been a great Secretary of State and she has an impeccable resume with a long list of significant accomplishments. And even if she did not want to run for President in 2016, Democrats and Independents would draft her and force her to run.

    However, badgering the U.S. Secretary of State at a time when she is up to her neck in crocodiles & complex international issues is brutally insensitive. And journalist and pundits should leaver her alone until she has had at least a year of rest after leaving office.

    December 5, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. HincEtInde

    She will not run. To busy writing books and making millions. Go Hillary!

    December 5, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. John

    HIliary...................you owe this to all women.............the time is here....the time is now...............take 2 years to get into "Obama" physical condition, and then 2 years to run..............the country needs you to do this..........make every young girl in the US and the world realize that no dream is too big...............talk about a slam dunk................

    December 5, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Thomas

    She would be a candidate well worth considering.

    December 5, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. jeff

    Her party and african americans threw her under the bus in 2004. Hillary and bill even worked hard for the party after they had been humiliated. 2004 should have been hillary's time with obama in 2016. I am disgusted with the demicratic party and how they spit in bill and hillary, face in 2004

    December 5, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    True, it is too far......

    December 5, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    She has no intention of running, and she really should NOT!

    December 5, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Mr.Romneys_Dog_

    I love Hillary<3

    December 5, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Ed1

    Rember she took the blame for four Americans getting killed and you want her to led this Country.

    December 5, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She could do it. The only problem is the bagage from her husband's administration. That should be lessened given how long ago it was. There would be someone who would still bring it up.

    December 5, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. lex

    Demand full disclosure of all her health conditions. She is obviously very made up and getting older and older.

    December 5, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. NickD

    After 4 years as Sec. State few people would have the qualifications she has to run.

    I need to hear her thoughts on free trade versus fair trade before I could support her.

    December 5, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. David Ouellette

    Hillary Clinton is very popular all around the world, is one of the most powerful women and would make a great President. I'm from Canada and I hope she runs with it!!

    December 5, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  16. freedom

    She needs to be questioned under oath about her lies to the American people about the Benghazi cover-up before she can even consider running for president, for God's sake. She lied over the flag draped caskets of the murdered ambassador and servicemen. Her service in the Obama administration has tainted her forever.

    December 5, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  17. Hemet Jeff

    Don't worry, we won't! This woman should be in prison (anybody remember Whitewater?)...and don't get me started on her Disgraced, Adulterous, IMPEACHED husband!

    December 5, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Getoverit

    She doesn't want it. Can't the media just leave it alone?

    December 5, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Mahhn

    From her private deal with insurance companies to make it a law requiring everyone to buy their high profit product, to implementing grain subsidies in the middle east that only worked out for Monsanto, to working on and pushing the Small Arms Treaty that would put US civilian gun laws in the hands of the UN. Clinton is an opportunist that only cares for her purse. There is no use for her in this world other than the perfect example of a self centered greedy politician with no morals. or In Rosin's words "a woman who is a very strong sense of self"

    December 5, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Phil

    I've already started referring to Bill as Clinton 42.

    December 5, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. Zon

    She would make a terrific Commander-in-Chief and I plan to support her.

    December 5, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. David R

    Go Hilary Clinton.

    I'll vote for her as the first woman president.

    December 5, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. D.L. Kisting

    How can she run for the presidency before she dumps Bill? He's nothing more than baggage.

    December 5, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. Bea

    I for one hopes that after much needed rest Hillary decides to run one more time. Ithink that she would be a very good president.

    December 5, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Yep

    She should just go for it since the women's vote is now the bigger than the men's vote.

    Plus there are many people who might like to return to the Clinton era. I know I would!

    December 5, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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