April 9th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
8 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Madam or Mrs? Hillary Clinton's 'future' is now

Yes, it is news that Clinton is officially “thinking” about 2016 run: Hillary Clinton said two important things about a potential presidential run and then got a sweet question from a little girl that literally left her speechless.

Clinton seemed loose and at ease, even candid, during appearances Tuesday in California and Oregon.

And she acknowledged, when asked whether she’ll run in 2016, “I am thinking about it.”

Duh, right?

Actually, this remark is a development.

Everyone already knows about the nascent campaign launched on Clinton’s behalf by super PACs not affiliated with her. They know that other Democrats considering a run are, for now, sitting on the sidelines waiting for her to fish or cut bait.

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As recently as January, CNN’s Dan Merica points out that Clinton specifically said she was not thinking about 2016 but would be doing so in the future.

So when she says she’s “thinking about it,” that’s news. The future, apparently, is now.

“I’m not going to make a decision for a while because I’m actually enjoying my life,” Clinton added Tuesday at  the Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco.

Later Tuesday, during an event at the World Affairs Council of Oregon in Portland, Clinton talked about her life and how it can be “dehumanizing” to be constantly in the public eye.

She said she doesn’t  think such scrutiny “is particularly good for the country because it isolates people in public life. It isolates them by putting them in a public category where people stare at them as if they’re new breeds of human being.”

Without reading too much into a few brief exchanges, Clinton also made it clear she’s also thinking about not running.

"Part of it is because the hard questions are not: 'Do you want to be president? Can you win?' The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this, and what can you offer that could make a difference?"

Related: Hillary Clinton on 2016: “I am thinking about it.”

Madam or Mrs. President?: Clinton was genuinely caught off-guard and had no answer for a girl whose question was relayed to her during the Oregon event.

“In 2016, would you prefer to be called Madam President or Mrs. President?” asked the child in a letter apparently addressed to “Mrs. H.R. Clinton.”

Clinton laughed, leaning over to tell the moderatorit was a really great question. Then she shrugged and walked off the stage without a word as the audience laughed and cheered.

Snowden as an “imperfect messenger”: Former President Bill Clinton does not apparently view Edward Snowden with the same disdain as the Obama administration.

President Barack Obama has admitted that the debate over privacy following Snowden’s disclosures was important and necessary, but he has said that it was premature and that it began in the wrong way by acriminal act. Neither the President nor his spokesman ever called Snowden a traitor, but plenty of lawmakers from both parties have.

Clinton was a bit more friendly to Snowden when he spoke Tuesday to midshipmen at the Naval Academy, calling the former National Security Agency contractor “an imperfect messenger.” Clinton said Snowden “has raised all of these questions about whether we can use technology to protect the national security without destroying the liberty, which includes the right to privacy, of basically innocent bystanders.”

He also praised changes to intelligence gathering proposed by the White House in the wake of the Snowden affair, but he suggested more can be done.

“We cannot change the character of our country or compromise the future of our people by creating a national security state, which takes away the liberty and privacy we propose to advance,” he said. “On the other hand, we look like fools if we walk away from readily available ways to find patterns of communication which would show us who's dealing with whom to try to plan big incredibly lethal operations.”

Opposition to same-sex marriage “not homophobic,” Huckabee says: CNN’s political unit noticed an interesting moment featuring former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appears to be testing the presidential waters with trips to early primary states.

Speaking to social conservatives with the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, Huckabee rejected the idea that he’s on the wrong side of history by opposing same-sex marriage.

Iowa was one of the first states to allow same-sex marriage after a 2009 court decision.

"I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic,” Huckabee said. "I honestly don't care what people do personally in their individual lives. But … when people say, 'Why don't you just kind of get on the right side of history?' I said, 'You've got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history; this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it's not my book to change.' Folks, that's why I stand where I stand."

Related: Huckabee: Opposing same-sex marriage is on ‘right side’ of Bible

Kerry and McCain erupt over foreign policy: John Kerry doesn’t have a big stick, he’s got a little twig, Sen. John McCain told the secretary of state Tuesday at a Senate committee hearing.

Kerry shot back with a little Teddy Roosevelt of his own, pointing out at least he’s “in the arena,” at least he’s trying. (McCainhad campaign ads in the 2008 presidential campaignabout being the "man in the arena.")

Besides the domestic spat between two old Washington bulls, the hearing found Kerry raising alarm bells about whether Russia will venture further into Ukraine after its recent move to annex Crimea.

"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary," he said.

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Harry Reid: Democrats would be fine if the election were today - from The Hill: “I think the feeling (is) we’re doing quite well,” he told reporters. “We feel we’re doing OK, that if the election were held today, we would be fine.

The Senate majority leader added, “We’re not going to be boasting with anybody here about which state does what, but we feel pretty good about where we are.”

Scott Walker may get online degree from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dropped out of college, plans to finish his degree using online courses offered by the state. But he won’t start until the University of Wisconsin System expands itsonline catalog of class offerings, a spokesman told the Milwaukee paper.

Argument: Jeb Bush is a horrible candidate…Ouch, a broadside from Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith: “The notion that Jeb Bush is going to be the Republican presidential nominee is a fantasy nourished by the people who used to run the Republican Party. ... Scorning today’s Republican Party is, by contrast, the core of Jeb’s political identity.

“In that, Jeb is like ex-Republican Mike Bloomberg and like the failed GOP apostate Jon Huntsman: He’s deeply committed to centrist causes…that alienate key Republican groups; and he’s vaguely willing to go along with vestigial conservative issues that Republicans don’t care as much about, like standing up for Wall Street (Jeb was on a Lehman Brothers advisory board before that bank’s collapse and now sits on a Barclay’s board) and opposing marriage equality, a stance he’s sought to downplay by focusing on states’ rights.”

soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh goody! Sure!!! Continue The Clueless One's (0-Bama'S) idiotic/destructive policies and the deterioration of our beloved América. América, doe NOT need more liars!!!We have enough with 0-Bama, Bobble Head Pelosi and Senile Reid.
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    What's with the accent mark over America? You're in America.
    Our beloved America is recuperating and actually thriving under THIS President.
    I can understand you being fed up with liars as the Crawford Village Idiot lied us into 2 unnecessary wars that were NOT put on the books. He lied us into the deaths of THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of American civilians and military, as well as Iraqui civilians and military. He lied so much people started throwing shoes at him and are hoping that he mistakenly lands in their country so they can bounce his ass into a prison.

    April 9, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. George Justin

    Obamacare has given the Republicans an open political target for years to come even though it is a good idea. It will never do as advertised. It will be the "political gift" that just keeps on giving to the Republican Party.

    April 9, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    George Justin wrote:

    I think that the motivation for Obamacare is a great idea. Overall is is a good idea. But it does not function as advertised. When the insurance companies collide with the law or profit v.law there will be infinitely more problems.
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    You're talking complete nonsense. What sort of problems? Will boats on the oceans start falling off of the edge of the world?

    April 9, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    George Justin

    Obamacare has given the Republicans an open political target for years to come even though it is a good idea. It will never do as advertised. It will be the "political gift" that just keeps on giving to the Republican Party.
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    They say the same thing about Medicare, and look at what's happened. Democrats have won 5 out of the last 6 popular votes in general elections. Pres. Obama campaigned on your "open political target" and won by a landslide. It be the "political gift" that just keeps on sticking it to the Republican Party.

    April 9, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. mk

    God help this once great country.

    April 9, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Brian

    She will be 69 in 2016 which is only 2 years younger than John McCain in 2008. According to liberals at the time, McCain was too old. Using their same criteria, Hillary is too old. She is out of touch and lives in a different era..
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    I agree with you. Age will be a major issue. When I look at pictures of Mrs. Clinton in 2014, I can see significant signs of aging compared to 2010, 2008, and especially compared to 2000 when she ran for N.Y. Senator. It seems that the last decade has seen significant changes in Mrs. Clinton's health and appearance.

    If she were elected in 2016, re-elected in 2020, then I cannot imagine what state she would be in come 2024, a decade from now. Sorry, folks. I think Mrs. Clinton missed her best window of opportunity way back in 2008. Ditto that, for Joe Biden.

    April 9, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @mk
    God help this once great country.
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    This country was always great, and has always had challenges. It is a myth to think it was Disneyland and has now "gone bad". And I pray to God that God preserves our founding principles including the freedom to pray as we please or not. And keep the radical christian sect from taking over. Amen.

    April 9, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. ironman666

    god i hope not the last thing we need id the clinttons in the white house again no more clintons enough of these two keep them under the rock were they belong

    April 9, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    From where I stand we're owed at least one more Clinton....
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    ROFLMAO!!
    I like the way you put that, you sounded sincerely intense!
    As of right now she's got my vote and I will tell you why:
    1. She's a very qualified and intelligent woman.
    2. I really, really, REALLY respect and appreciated how she stepped up and did an OUTSTANDING job as Secreatry of State. Not only did she help to restore our lustre internationally, but she showed herself to be a classy, and committed team player by integrating herself into this current administration putting aside any petty resentment she may have felt over her loss to her boss.
    3. Now that Pres. Obama has been RE-ELECTED,and Hillary will be our first woman President I'm dying to see what Bill will be like as our First Screw, er Dude. That's all that's left for me to see here politically speaking as i don't think that these so-called Libertarians are ever going to make it off the bench.

    April 9, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. danicalifornia

    Why are there stupid little articles on HRC and whether or not she will run for the Presidency? Why don't you guys ask how much she is raking in on cash just for showing up and speaking at these events. Who would pay $50K or more just to listen to her? Please, enough. No more Clintons and no more Bush candidates. Time for a change.

    April 9, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. are122

    Bill's wife, Hillary Clinton, was part of the national security apparatus during her four-year tenure as secretary of state. <~~Ah ha ha ha...and we all saw how that worked out.

    April 9, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. George Justin

    Rudy, what Obamacare was envisioned to do and it's functionally are two different things. I suspect that after 7 or 8
    years of Obamacare no Democrat will want to stand next to it. If you remember in the early 90's Ms. Clinton was a major
    play in Health Care Reform.The result was a disaster. Ask Ms. Clinton. Premiums were shifted onto employees and
    they sky rocketed.

    April 9, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Me

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh goody! Sure!!! Continue The Clueless One's (0-Bama'S) idiotic/destructive policies and the deterioration of our beloved América. América, doe NOT need more liars!!!We have enough with 0-Bama, Bobble Head Pelosi and Senile Reid.
    -----------------
    What's with the accent mark over America? You're in America.
    Our beloved America is recuperating and actually thriving under THIS President.
    _________________________
    Only in the liberal fairy tale utopia world would anyone call over a 6% unemployment rate thriving, not to mention the price of goods and services climbing higher and higher and just wait till interest rate raise and everything goes even higher.....

    April 9, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. George Justin

    Do you see Ms. Clinton standing next to her early 90's attempt at Health Care Reform? The answer is NO!

    April 9, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. JoeSunCity

    She will be 69 in 2016 which is only 2 years younger than John McCain in 2008. According to liberals at the time, McCain was too old. Using their same criteria, Hillary is too old. She is out of touch and lives in a different era..
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    Ronald Regan was the same age.....are you saying Regan was too old and never should have been President?

    April 9, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    No more Clintons and no more Bush candidates. Time for a change
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    The Republicans don't have anybody to change into, for starters.
    I for one am thrilled that someone is paying $50k a plate to listen to her talk as it will give you guys something better to talk about than the $32.5k a plate that people are more than willing to pay to listen to our current POTUS.
    It really, really sucks to be a Republican these days.
    I'm hard pressed to find one that admits to be being one outside of this thread.

    April 9, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    @The Mel – I'm an independent voter because BOTH parties have gone too far in opposite directions. However, the left scares me slightly more than the right – mostly as a result of the last few years. No, I'm NOT a GWB fan!!

    Why are the libs on here continuing to bring Bush into the conversation? At what point do you take responsibility for the last 4-5 years? No, you continue to blame Bush – and that's one of the biggest problems in this country today!! NOBODY wants to take responsibility for anything – unless it's to THEIR benefit.
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    Mel, both parties have moved right.. Obama is essentially Bush II. The GOP has moved so far right they resemble fascism.
    The libbs are on here blaming Bush because Federal policies often take years to have impact. The free-fall spending, wars, doubling of the debt, massive last budget deficit, lost jobs, etc. have long term impact on the next administration. Couple that with the GOP blocking, filibustering and their anti-Obama policy, one can say "take responsibility", but in reality he hasn't done much of anything. The GOP has blocked most of it.. ACA is about it. Extension of NDAA, FISA, Patriot Act and so on were done deals before they hit his desk.. he has NOT had 67% since May 2009. I agree that no-one wants to take responsibility for anything any more, but I also believe that there is cause-and-effect that most completely ignore.
    The POTUS doesn't run the fiscal side of the country.. Congress does. The DEBT is sky-high because of Congressional spending, not the President's. The office has no appropriations powers. Obama has increased NEW spending the least of any POTUS in the last 60 yrs. FACT!
    The GOP has blocked anything he has tried to do – as a matter of policy – and even filibustered their OWN bills if he appeared to agree with them. This is unprecedented at any time in our history, as have the seeds of division the right has sown.

    April 9, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Mark

    This country will not survive another liberal running it

    Bill Clinton gave us majority of bank deregulation

    April 9, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Marty

    The "Butcher of Benghazi" back in Washington. Bet you ten to one she doesn't name her daughter as the ambassador to Libya.

    April 9, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I agree with you. Age will be a major issue
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    She'll be younger than Reagan was when he first was elected.
    If it wasn't a problem for Reagan it won't be a problem for her.
    Women live longer.
    There is no dementia in her family that we now of.
    Reagan didn't know who or where he was nearing the end of his second term.
    I wouldn't sweat the age thing...

    April 9, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    and just wait till interest rate raise and everything goes even higher.....
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    Only a Party First Republican would be wetting his pants waiting for that to happen.
    Republicans get off on wishing America would go into a tailspin under THIS President.
    How very patriotic. Not.

    April 9, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Mark L.

    I ♥ Hillary Rodham Clinton and, without a doubt, will support her campaign once she officially announces her intent to run for office. HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT 2016 – ALL THE WAY !! (Neither the Democrats nor Republicans have a potential candidate that can overrun Hillary's commanding poll numbers.)

    April 9, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bill Clinton gave us majority of bank deregulation
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    Bill Clinton also gave us one of the biggest budget surplus this country has ever seen and the Crawford Village Idiot promptly chewed through that and then some.
    Bring back the Clintons and you can continue to keep your Bushes under the rocks.

    April 9, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Dave

    Hillary will have the same level of achievement with getting the DNC nomination as she did in 2008. Two years prior to the 2008 election, Hillary was the given DNC nominee, and fully expected next President. She then lost the DNC nomination to a unknown, inexperienced politician. Over the last 8 years, Hillary really has much less positive accomplishments to run compared to negative. She is also 8 years older, in worse health, DECADES of political baggage to address, and very uninspiring to the youth and minorities; a must have get out and vote segment for the democrats to win. Therefore, I do not expect that Hillary will be the DNC candidate.

    April 9, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Me

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    From where I stand we're owed at least one more Clinton....
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    ROFLMAO!!
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    Yes it is truly funny and sad that liberals think they are always "owed" everything, you are not owed ANYTHING!!! LMFAO

    April 9, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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