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. Trap12

    It is clear that she need not say one word about a "decision" or campaign status. She is running by denying a run. She is running by accepting interviews and denying running. She is denying running by not making any personal investment in running. She is running by not starting away from the public eye. And, in fact, she is running by existing. The fact that she may jump start the "Not Running Running" campaign from time to time is running.

    December 20, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  2. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will run and she will easily beat Hillary.

    December 20, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  3. kelly

    Hilary and Barack will be on stage together campaiging with a 4.8% UE rate. Republicans will have the tea party debates boring us to death without heathcare.

    December 20, 2013 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  4. Raj kumar Lama

    wish you to get this presidential ticket 2016 and become a successful women president of U.S all the best thank you.

    December 20, 2013 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  5. Clarke

    I would love to see a female President. Not just any female, I feel HC would be a great President!

    December 20, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  6. Andy McWilliams

    I'm in Arkansas, and she should've been arrested and jailed 20 years ago, with her partners, Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and The McDougals. Whitewater was just one of the many scams she was involved in. If her law partner, Vince Foster, hadn't taken records from the Rose Law firm and "committed suicide" she would've been indicted with the rest of them. The Beghazi cover up was just the latest.

    December 20, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
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