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. Harold Richards

    Hillary just needs to wait after the 2014 Democrat Obamacare Purge. After the Purge, 1. plant a dozen more daggers into Barack's back and then denounce him.
    2. make loose/undefined promises to fix Obamacare
    3. Continue to run Obama's name into the mud until a Republican candidate appears
    4. Run harsh smear campaign
    5. Divert attention from Benghazi issue
    6. Take credit for all of Bill's accomplishments due to a lack of her own
    7. More smear, more mud
    Congrats Mrs. Pres!

    December 19, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    @ rob-But how can you say "lousy wife"? She did just like a good little GOTP woman and stood by her man. According to you she was a lousy woman also. Are you describing her, all women, or just the women you have known? I bet the women you have know could tell us alot about lousy.

    December 19, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Spike

    Dear G0D, not Hillary... no no no no no...

    December 19, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. sunsudo

    Anyone who states " What difference does it make now" after losing American lives should not be aloud to even run for Commander in chief. Let alone the wife of an impeached prez

    December 19, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. bluedogboy

    Anyone who states " What difference does it make now" after losing American lives should not be aloud to even run for Commander in chief. Let alone the wife of an impeached prez

    How about listening to the ENTIRE audio of the ENTIRE comment she made in that hearing, not just the cropped/edited soundclip that was created for people with low intelligence like yourself.

    December 19, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. bluedogboy

    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".

    Meanwhile your wife is a frumpy, uneducated housewife that does exactly what you tell her. Is your dinner ready?

    December 19, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. RailRoadingAmericaDotCom

    Unbeatable Democratic Presidential Ticket 2016
    Senator Elizabeth Warren and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
    Elizabeth Warren would garner Democratic men and women with her pro middle class policies. Julian Castro would energize the growing Latino voting population.
    NO republican slate could beat them. Who would they put up, jeb bush and fat boy? paul ryan and marco rubio?
    Let’s let Joe and Hillary retire gracefully and win in 2016. Everyone knows this would be a “no contest” election.

    December 19, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. DRJJJ

    She's what we need folks! A career politician with a checked past that has already risen to the level of incompetence married to a man with poor morals and ethics! What's not to like?

    December 19, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Tom

    Let's make this perfectly clear.....everyone save all your campaign donations and spending a ludicrous amount of money on campaigning.........There is no person that will beat Mrs.C and no Republican that will be even Ted and Rand and Paul and Mark and Jeb, quit creaming in your jeans.......not gonna happen. The women and the minorities do NOT want a white guy, especially a Right Winger.........and the minorities, women and young folks will decide who it will be.

    December 19, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Just

    The incompetent Obama experiment is a fail. No more feel good elected people please. Choose some experience and integrity.

    December 19, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. Sharkitz Bush Mangi

    The people of every race and all walk of life thanks you the people of the United States of America for sharing Barack Obama with us. Please give him another term in 2016 National Election and let him complete off him mission. I am a Papua New Guinean but I can truly sense Obama's leadership as very outstanding compared to other leaders around the globe.

    December 19, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Monomachos

    Ms Clinton joined the president in proclaiming the lies about Obamacare. Her biggest accomplishment as SecState was visiting 112 countries – more than any other previous SecState. The bad news is that her almost million miles cost the taxpayers a lot of money; the good news is that America's relations with places like the Cook Islands have never been better. Then there is the lying about Benghazi. The Democrats can surely do better and Ms Clinton can continue to enjoy her 1% status as an overpaid public speaker.

    December 19, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Monomachos

    "Senator Elizabeth Warren and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro." A junior senator who lied about her ethnicity in order to score a high paying job in academia and someone who has run a city. We already have one liar in office as well as someone whose previous experience was not up to the job, why do you want a repeat? Horrible suggestion.

    December 19, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Terri

    Do it will rock the pants off the presidency!!!

    December 19, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Don

    Please, no, just no. She's a Republican war-monger at heart, she wouldn't oppose the war in Iraq when she damn well knew better, she acted the fool for Barry-O and would be oldest non-Reagan President ever. Time for a real change, vote for someone new, someone honest, if you get a chance.

    December 19, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |

    Anyone who thinks Elizabeth Warren would win nationally missed her campaign here in MA. She made mistakes here that would have incinerated her on the national stage. Policy wonk she is. Natural campaigner, she's not. Castro on the other hand.... he'd be interesting..

    Still, I think it's going to be insanely difficult to beat Christie.

    December 19, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Cris

    In other news from Iowa today, The 67 year old governor told reporters that they needed to "git off of my lawn."

    December 19, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. rockyFjord

    Billary doesn't need to decide; we've already decided for her. The country needs a break from the old guard politics of the past, where democracy is an illusion and corpocracy rules, as in Citizens United ad nauseam. Her foreign policy was all wrong and Libya was the glaring pinnacle of pathological destructiveness in the name of state - a horrid political crime for which there is no forgiveness. Billary is done. We need new vision, energy, attention and action. It's
    evidence of a healthy mind that Elizabeth Warren does not desire the post, but she is far and away more qualified than anyone we know on the American scene. Even so, what America really needs is a Napoleon to wrest this tyranny of corpocracy from its roots and restore the republic to individual rights and the public interest. A gargantuan task, but moving in the right direction with Elizabeth Warren.

    December 19, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. momo

    i think she's right, they should focus on a current sittuation

    December 19, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Go Hilary! You will be awesome!

    December 19, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    her son in law will run be charge

    December 19, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  22. l

    Please do run we need someone who knows what they are doing

    December 19, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. J

    I cannot think of a more qualified person to run for office. She has been in and around politics all her life. By the way, on a previous commnet made, she has no reason to denounce Obama. It is not like he can run again. I wish you the best Hillary whatever your choices are. I do know that if you choose to run, if you think that it was hard for a black man just wait and see what they will try and do to a woman. You know...I think she is tough enough to handle it.

    December 19, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  24. CryBabies

    @ RailRoadingAmerican....Yeah and she would be the first Native American to be POTUS!!!

    December 20, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. guest007

    another liar wants to run the country

    December 20, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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