McCain: Hillary Clinton a 'formidable candidate'
October 28th, 2013
12:49 PM ET
10 months ago

McCain: Hillary Clinton a 'formidable candidate'

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden Monday, saying that Clinton would be a strong presidential candidate and that it would be a mistake to count out Biden's chances for the White House.

According to Bloomberg, McCain was speaking to reporters after a joint breakfast appearance in Chicago with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, when the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said that "I don't think there's any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate."

Clinton, who was also a Senator from New York state after leaving the White House as first lady, has remained coy about her 2016 plans, although it is expected she would quickly become the Democratic frontrunner were she to run.

"I don't think there's any doubt she has widespread support," McCain said. But there was caution along with the praise.

"Her work as secretary of state, with the exception of this issue of Benghazi – which isn't going away – I think has been outstanding. I think she would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016."

McCain also had a few positive words for Biden, who served in the Senate for nearly four decades before becoming Vice President. The Arizona Republican called Biden a "wonderful guy" and cautioned that to "rule Joe Biden out of this mix" would be folly.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. rs

    Such notions, are why this country has gone from one catastrophe to another, when Dems were in power.
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    Very funny, Rick, because what? The Bush years went so smoothly?

    October 28, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Dick Sicario

    If they can keep her sober she could win.
    But me thinks she also has other health problems other than excessive Scotch consumption.

    October 28, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Clinton learned how to be a formidable Presidential candidate AFTER she already lost the Dem primary in late Feb. 08. Since no other prominent Dem is stepping up, let's hope she remembers how to play the game.

    October 28, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    @Dick Sicario,

    "she also has other health problems other than excessive Scotch consumption."

    Interesting. Source?

    October 28, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. TONE

    Can anyone name a good rethuglikkklan president that put country instead of party first? none that I can remember was ever good to this day go Hilary 2016.

    October 28, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. freedom

    @Rick McDaniel

    Not really.......but the Dems have the foolish notion that it is better to have the first woman, than to have a good leader.........just as they felt it was better to have the first black, than to have a good leader.

    Such notions, are why this country has gone from one catastrophe to another, when Dems were in power.

    Totally agree –
    And, if Condoleeza Rice had run for office, the Republicans would have voted in the first female black president – and not because of that – but because she's a person of integrity. Obama and Hilary have no integrity.

    October 28, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    "McCain was speaking to reporters after a joint breakfast appearance in Chicago with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, when the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said that "I don't think there's any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate."

    Joint Breakfast?! I've heard of a two martini lunch, but...
    Hey, no wonder McCain was being so cool.

    October 28, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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