Clinton says she'll decide about 2016 next year
December 19th, 2013
08:55 AM ET
9 years ago

Clinton says she'll decide about 2016 next year

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton says she'll decide in 2014 about whether she'll make another run for the White House in 2016.

"Obviously, I will look carefully at what I think I can do and make that decision sometime next year," Clinton said in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters that aired Wednesday night.

Clinton, who was named Walter's "Most Fascinating Person of 2013," was quite open in the interview about her feelings towards launching another presidential campaign, but also emphasized again that it's too early to be obsessing about the next race for the White House.

"It's such a difficult decision and it's one that I'm not going to rush into ... and I don't think we should be looking at the next election,"Clinton said. "I think we should be looking at the work that we have today. Our unemployment rate is too high. We have people getting kicked off food stamps who are in terrible economic straits. Small business is not getting credit, I could go on and on, so I think we ought to pay attention to what's happening right now."

Since Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State at the beginning of the year, speculation has mounted that she'll run again for the Democratic presidential nomination. Then-Sen. Clinton battled then-Sen. Barack Obama in a marathon fight for their party's nomination in the first half of 2008 before she bowed out in June.

Now, for the first time in decades, neither Clinton or her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are in public office, which she calls a "relief."

"I knew that I wanted to get off this high wire that I had been on for so long," Clinton said. "To spend time just doing things that give us a lot of joy, playing with our dogs, going to movies, just hanging out."

Asked whether her husband wants her to run, Clinton said that Bill Clinton has been "very respectful," adding that he wants her to "do what I think is right."

Asked if she wants to see a woman in the White House, Clinton answered, "of course," but said, "I don't know the exact timing of it or who that might be."

If she decides to run, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for her party's nomination, and she's been miles ahead of the other potential Democratic White House hopefuls in every public opinion poll.

A new national survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University indicates that if the 2016 race for the nomination were held today, 63% of Democrats would back Clinton as their party's nominee, with no other possible contender even cracking  double digits. According to the poll, which was released Thursday, Clinton grabs the support of 66% of liberals, 61% of moderates and 58% of the smaller faction of conservative Democrats.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted December 9-15, with 1,002 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. A True Conservative

    @Gurgyl – you are so right. The majority of Americans don't care about Benghazi, the IRS targeting specific groups for political purposes. Bald face lies from the President or the Senate Dems invoking the nuclear option that they were so against a few years ago. Most also don't care that we now have an incredible national debt which is growing at a faster rate than under any previous administration – placing future generations under an impossible to manage financial burden. No, most Americans only care about what they can get for free and are simply envious of anyone who has more than they do. Now to the point of the article – what bunk. Everyone knows that she will run – she has already been anointed as the “one” by the press. Hey they did such a great job picking the “messiah” the last two times…..what could possibly go wrong?

    December 19, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. patNY

    What ever your feelings are about Hillary, all can agree on what she said about it being way too soon to be talking about the next presidential election!

    December 19, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. ST

    @ Malory Archer

    You are quite right. You know what, Chris Christie uses his arrogance as a weapon to cover his ignorance. Ask those who study Human & Animal Behaviour will tell you how this works.

    December 19, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine


    Depending on how badly the Dems crash and burn over Obamacare next November. Personally, I hope they go the way of the Whigs or, at least, abandon the "Progressive" Nanny-state would-be tyranny.
    Ah, so you embrace the conservative view of trans-vaginal scans, then? How about the other ways the GOP wants to tell you how to live your life? And is their views on science and technology in line with a retired scientist? The only ones going the way of the Whigs will be the GOP as their base continues to die off. Can't wait for you to join your base on the other side.

    December 19, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @Bill "Hillary is a weak candidate. She has no achievements (name one)"
    If you use 5 brain cells, 20 seconds and Google, you can see the wonderful career this woman has had advocating for women and progressive social issues, world relations, early health care reform ideas, etc.etc. But for most conservatives these things are "nothing". I love how Ms.Clinton terrifies conservatives.

    December 19, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. If Obama Had A Son It Would Look Like Pajama Boy

    Secretly, Hillary Clinton is afraid of Corey Booker.

    December 19, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Rob

    Oh you tease, do tell us Hillary!! Lousy wife, lousy woman, lousy politician. A sad state of affairs when she is the best a great nation can come up with. No wonder people are disgusted with politicians!

    December 19, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. VJ

    I hope she should not run for the office again. We need real candidates like Warren, Grayson to run. They really care for the people not for special interests..

    December 19, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    A True Conservative

    Bald face lies from the President or the Senate Dems invoking the nuclear option that they were so against a few years ago...

    You do realize that the nuclear option was a (delayed) response to a gentlemen's agreement the Senate Majority & Minority leaders made about a year ago in which the minority leader agreed that the minority wouldn't filibuster EVERY SINGLE nominee that came before them without a fair hearing first, right? Less than 24 hours after that agreement, the minority leader went back on his word and the right started with the same spit/different day. Good on Harry Reid and the Dems for FINALLY growing a pair!

    December 19, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Bud

    Who really believes her? Her every breath is another political move.

    December 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Bob

    Hilary has spent her life protecting the most powerful man in the world. She lied to cover up for her husband, she lied to cover up for Obama. She is a tool of men and is a horrible example for women. "Someday honey if you work real hard you too can purjure yourself to help a dishonorable man keep his job".

    December 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @rob "lousy wife"

    Women voters take note. Let the misogyny begin!

    December 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. liberal disease

    someone name one accomplishment besides her destroying the lives of the woman who were sexually attacked by Bill and saving his sorry one, just one??

    December 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Jaye

    Didn't Hillary already serve two terms as President? 🙂

    December 19, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. ImvotingforHillary

    She has my vote.

    December 19, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Q1

    I'd vote for him.

    December 19, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. J R Brown

    She's waiting to see just how bad the ObamaCare backlash is before letting someone else take the fall for it during the next election. If things pan out like they are shaping up, the young won't sign up and will pay the tax and the vast majority of those signing up will be signing up for Medicaid so the tax payers will STILL be on the hook for their bills plus the "subsidies" for the others who don't qualify for Medicaid.

    When the real world costs and impact of ObamaCare smash the hype into oblivion, no one will want anything to do with the Democrats except their hardcore base...the welfare class.

    December 19, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Dave

    She won't run. She can't even secure the DNC nomination if she does. Too much baggage with nothing new to bring to the table other than being the first woman to run for President. Most have NOTHING against a woman running for President, but the nostalgia of something "new" has been worn out with this President, and it just is not enough to carry her to the WH.

    December 19, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Dave

    @ J R Brown – regarding the ACA and young not enrolling and just paying the tax penalty; as more and more learn about the actual ACA wording, if the individuals do not have a tax REFUND coming from the government, they cannot actually collect the fine (oooops, tax penalty). Therefore many young will simply set up their deductions to make sure that they do not get a refund (of their own money), and in turn have less taxes taken out and use Uncle Sam's money throughout the year, only paying back what is owed.

    December 19, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Name howsrd

    Name one thing the republicans have done for this country how many of r soldiers have died in Iraq,and Afghanistan i don't hear the republicans saying anything against bush jr who did not go to viet nam

    December 19, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. NameCraig

    She quits her job after Benghazi and is not sorry for her part in Benghazi , treats the panel as though she were quilty of a crime by deflecting and attacking back, a typical quilty reaction I've seen in people for almost 60 yrs, And the Media loved her for it and praised her rebuttal towards the GOP . Sara Palin quits her job and is forever demonized for it. She is a scary woman and would be as oppressive as Obama, We need different blood out there , someone on the GOP side has to come through. Obamas as arrogant or worse than Christie because he has more power. Come on if you think you can do better get off your ass and turn this first step into socialism around.

    December 19, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Sol

    She going to come out from the closet

    December 19, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. john

    Since Obama is sending a gay group of democrats to Russia, Hillary should be leading the group

    December 19, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. CryBabies

    If she is a closet dweller, "what difference, at this point, does it make". She will wish those words were never spoken.

    December 19, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. CryBabies

    @ Gurgyl...Be careful ending a sentence with the word "Period" hasn't worked too well lately.

    December 19, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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