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April 5th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Do you think Hillary Clinton could beat President Obama next year?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A radio host in Southern California named John Phillips wrote a piece in the Los Angeles Times titled "Why Hillary Clinton Must Run in 2012."

In it, he lays out why he thinks Clinton could win the Oval Office this time around. He points to approval ratings– President Obama at just 42% in a new Quinnipiac University poll, Secretary of State Clinton at 66% in a similar poll conducted by Gallup.

Phillips also talks about dissatisfied Clinton backers from the 2008 primaries who never really fell in love with Obama. To quote, "They just fell in line." And Phillips suggests these folks are so fed up with Obama they could be persuaded to vote for a Republican rather than vote to re-elect the president.

But why is Hillary Clinton suddenly so much more attractive as a candidate? Phillips says the military action in Libya was Hillary's "I told you so" moment with "Hillary serving as the realistic, aggressive war hawk and Obama being a not-ready-for-prime-time waffler."

While Phillips might be on to something, the secretary of state has said repeatedly that she is not interested in running for president again.

When Wolf Blitzer asked her in Cairo if she'd want to be president in 2012, she quickly said no.

What about 2016? She said:

"I am doing what I want to do right now and I have no intention or any idea even of running again. I'm going to do the best I can at this job for the next two years."

Of course 2012 is still a ways off, and in politics, as we have seen, stranger things have happened.

Here’s my question to you: Do you think Hillary Clinton could beat President Obama next year?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Pat:
Yes, and regardless what she said about running for president, I think she would make a far better president than Obama ever has.

Ray in Knoxville, Tennessee:
Jack, she has improved her image immensely by her work as Secretary of State and President Obama has alienated the Democratic left, so she could win the nomination.

Susan in Oregon:
Sure. But why should she? Never send a man to do a woman's job and don't expect a woman to come in and clean up his mess after he's screwed it up. She's busted her butt as FLOTUS, Senator, and Secretary of State. It's her call but, yeah, it would be a shellacking.

AB:
Jack, despite the poll numbers favoring Hillary Clinton, she is no match for Obama and if she runs against him again, she will be beaten into bankruptcy and a nervous breakdown. Hillary made the grave mistake of underestimating the political savvy and acumen of Obama and I do not think that she will ever make that mistake again.

Scott:
Yes, I think Hillary could make a viable run in 2012. Some 2008 Obama campaign workers here in western Washington state are asking,"Why the escalation to a new war in Afghanistan? Why is GITMO still open? Where is the public option?" Little missteps by President Obama seem to mount, and with so many substantial problems unresolved, many voters I talk to are grossed out by the announcement already that he will start raising a billion dollars for his 2012 campaign. It may be time for a change.

Diana:
I think, like millions of Americans, she is the best. I am a Republican but if she runs for President for the first time in my life I will vote Democrat. Hillary is prepared and ready to run this country.

Bill:
Yes, she could. And it would be different. The question is would it be better?

soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. John

    If she changes her political affiliation.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  2. Conor in Chicago

    No. The Republicans hate her as much as they hate Obama and the left is just as disillusioned by the Clintons as they are Obama. Both are Corporatists who slave to the corporations. The Obama presidency thus far should prove to everybody that America's only hope is a Third Party that challenges the Corporatocracy instead of reinforcing it. Simply put: If you think Clinton or Obama are still the answer, you're not paying attention.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Peg in NY

    I am not at all sure but I would actively campaign for her if she did! That would be a dream come true!

    April 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Manuel Carrillo

    Jack it doesn't matter whether she could make a viable run for the White House in 2012. She has already saide she's not running. You and the rest of the media need to stop trying to make candidates, especially those who have repeatedly said they are not running.

    -Manuel
    Seattle

    April 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  5. David of Alexandria VA

    Maybe. With Obama seeming a bit worn-out and with his hope and change rhetoric lacking an incumbent president than himself, I suspect he is more vulnerable than we think. However, our problems are largely domestic and Hillary has put her stake in the ground for international affairs. Maybe too late to hope for change on that score.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Mysterious, Chicago

    You asked this question before. Why, Jack. Why?

    To answer your question, the Dems don't want or desire more drama. We need to move on.

    Besides, Hillary is not interested.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  7. Pat in Michigan

    I think she could ,but won't .She is a faithful Democrat and she will get in line with the Party.
    It is a shame too because I believe she would have been a much more savvy President.People simply did not want "Slick Willie "back in the White House.The perception was she would not be her own woman.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  8. Paul Austin, Texas

    Yes she could make a very viable run if she so decides to do so. She has said over and over she would not and will not run in 2012 but she may let herself be drafted by her many followers. In her heart she is one who wants to be on top. On the other hand she just my be burnt out we have all been there at one time or another.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    No, not Hillary, nor Obama.

    I see it as a 2 horse race between the GOP (who still are NOT leading well), and the Libertarian, parties.........unless someone challenges Obama from his own party, which could change the complexion of the race.

    One thing is for certain.....the GOP proposal to cut their own tax rate to 25% (top rate), is despicable, when they want to steal the benefits of seniors to pay for that!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Yes, but she shouldn't. The Democrats should not split the ticket when they have such a good chance of re-electing President Obama while the GOP is in disarray. It would also be very hard for Secretary Clinton to separate her positions from President Obama's since she is responsible for the direction of the administration's foreign policy. Both of them are governing pragmatically so neither of them will satisfy the liberal base.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  11. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    No, not if she had to run against president Obama. I think she would make an excellent president but not in 2012. She would look too much like a traitor after working for Obama as secretary of state. It would destroy the democratic party and only help elect a republican president. She is too smart for that to happen.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Doug in New York

    Although I find myself asking why she wants out of the Sect. of State job at the end of this term, I still think she would do an excellant job as President. I'd vote her in a heartbeat!!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  13. Mike, NH

    Not only could she, she should. Obama has been a dismal failure, and the Republican field has no superstars. Her approval rating is much higher than Obama's, and frankly she has the cohones he lacks.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  14. Mark

    She absolutely could make a viable run for the White House. While Obama's favorability ratings have been plunging at or around 50 percent, approval ratings for his policies are far lower in the 20-30 percent range. Meanwhile, Hillary is scoring near-record high favorability ratings. Obama is being abandoned by even the left which ushered in this usurper of the Democratic nomination. Hillary did win the popular vote in 2008, after all, and it would be a breath of fresh air to have an adult in the White House once more. Houston, TX.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  15. Loren, Chicago

    Hard question, Jack, but I'm inclined to say no, mostly because of how she would be viewed. Enough members of the Democratic Party still view President Obama with the wide-eyed look they had when he first started that a campaign by Hillary would be viewed as treachery, and I don't think Hillary would want to fight that uphill battle.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  16. Mike North Port, FL

    If Hillary runs Obama is in trouble. The luster of "hope" has long since faded to hype. Obama's policies have been largely unsucessful. The administration is pointing to the latest economic numbers as a sign of sucess. The unemployment rate was bound to level off at some point with or without a stimulus. After all Mc Donald's and Subway aren't outsourcing yet (they will when they find a way!). The Republicans have had no real candidate to emerge. America may gravitate towards a Hillary candidacy as an alternative to any Republican. She has a real chance of winning, maybe even as an independent!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  17. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Hillary Clinton could make a very viable run for the White House as the Vice President!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  18. Michael K., Canada

    Hillary Clinton would be a very good president becuse she has plent of experience in the political field and she knows waht she's doing and what to say. But not at this election, Americans need a president who knows how to solve the budget crisis and bring jobs back to the people who lost them and for the future. A good candidate would be
    Donald Trump. He's got everything including good looking hair.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  19. Jane (Minnesota)

    She probably could. The Obama Administration has been terrible at negotiating the first 2 years and the cast of GOP candidates are an awfully scary looking bunch – you don't have to look any further than the far right goofy Republican governors that took office this past January. That troubles me more. She actually looks pretty good to me. I want someone on the democratic side to show some backbone when needed.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  20. james in greenville, nc

    I absolutely think Hillary could make a viable run. We desperately need someone to bring back some energy to the party. Let's replace "Hope & Change" with making an attempt to actually govern. No doubt in my mind that Hillary is tougher than Obama will ever be!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  21. s in fl

    Absolutely, Jack. I think she"ll be our next president. In 2016. She won't run in 2012 and there isn't any reason that she would or should run. Obama will be re-elected and he deserves to be. The GOP is in a complete meltdown and will have to take a good look at who their real bosses are before they'll ever be a viable party again. They are representing about 2% of the American people and have literally scared up the rest of their support. But they're really showing their colors lately and losing cred on a daily basis This Ryan fiasco should be the last straw.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  22. Bradley, Portland, OR

    If Hillary ran, she'd get the Democratic nomination because Obama is too weak and indecisive. And she'd win the general election.

    But even if Obama is the candidate, he'll still win the general election because even with all his problems, there's no potential Republican candidate who isn't far worse.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  23. Cindy S

    Hillary Clinton not only could make a viable run, but should run as the 2012 Democratic nominee. Obama has alienated his base; has failed to deliver on his last campaign promises, and continues to be unable to answer the 3:00 a.m. call. Secretary Clinton, on the other hand, has shown that she can lead; she can make decisions in the face of crises, and that she has the compassion, the foresight and the perserverance to take this Country to a better and brighter future. The State Department has never been run so well, and the morale has never been so high as under her command. She has worked tirelessly to polish the tarnished image of America's reputation throughout the world, with continuing success.

    Obama stands the chance of losing the White House for the Democrats. However, in light of Secretary Clinton's devotion to her party and her deep loyalty, even to those to whom that loyalty is not deserved, and in light of the atrocious behavior of the Democratic Party toward Secretary Clinton in the last election, if she is to be the candidate, we all need to contact the DNC to push for their backing of her as the rightful candidate. Unless they see that she is needed, and agree to have her back this time, unlike in 2008, I doubt she will run.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  24. csh

    Hillary Clinton could absolutely make a credible run for the White House in 2012 or 2016.

    Per the Gallup poll, she is currently the most popular politician, of either party, in the US.

    18 million people voted for Hillary Clinton in 2008 – more votes than any other candidate has ever received in the history of presidential primaries.

    She is a rock star with a rock solid base of support – she is respected for her brains, ability, composure and strength. And she would have no trouble raising money.

    She won’t be running in 2012 – maybe not even in 2016. But should she choose to run in either year, she would be a powerhouse candidate, just as she was in 2008.

    S Carr
    Chicago, IL

    April 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  25. Mariaw

    Hillary would make an outstanding President. She should have been in there instead of the current one. She is the most amazing person in politics today.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  26. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Yes I do Jack. There are a lot of people that would like to change their vote from last time as she has shown that she has what it takes to fight the fights that need fighting, including not allow the Republicans run over her and get away with their fear tactics.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  27. Ed from California

    Yes, I do! I'm retired, and probably shouldn't care but, I do! I wrote Pres Obama a scathing letter the other day. Saying, that if he doesn't get at least 10% of the outsourced Factories( what, 60,000 gone) back up and running by the next election (That's just four thousand factories going again). If not, that I'll vote Republican. At least the Republicans have the decency of giving you, a reach-a-round, they give you a kiss first. I think it's too late for Hillary! I wouldn't mind seeing, T Boone Pickens run! He's for America!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  28. Bob Kobs

    Give it a rest Jack. It is over. Obama is the man. Deal with it. Stop fantasizing about Hillary. She moved on and, she is comfortable where she is.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  29. Olga Pina

    No. She is great as Secretary of State.

    I voted for Hillary, but I believe that her time as a grandmother is more important than being President.

    She looks tired and needs to rest.

    Olga
    Austin, Tx

    April 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  30. Laura

    Of course. Hillary is the most viable candidate to run this coutry.
    She's the smartest woman in the world, a really hard worker, and the best politician ever! Please Hillary run for President.

    HILLARY 2012!

    April 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  31. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, she has improved her image immensly by her work as Secretary of State and President Obama has alienated the Democratic left, so she could win the nomination.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  32. Scott in Bellingham

    Yes I think Hillary could make a viable run in 2012. She is proving herself a meaningful servant, that hard work gets you something in the middle east, and that she has the guts to stay the course despite odds. I hear more moderates and independents trusting her now than in the 2008 primary.

    Meanwhile, my progressive friends still wish for the President to fulfill his 2008 promises. Some 2008 Obama campaign workers here in western Washington state are asking, "Why the escalation to a new war in Afganistan, why is GITMO still open, where is the public option, .... ?"

    Little missteps by President Obama seem to mount, and with so many substantial problems unresolved, many voters I talk to are grossed out by the announcement already that he will start raising a billion dollars for his 2012 campaign.

    It may be time for a change.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  33. Christine from Mount Carmel, Illinois

    Hillary could run and could absolutely win! However, after being stabbed-in-the-back last election, by all of her "civil-rights friends," I think she just wants to take it easy and wait for her grandchildren to be born. She has done an outstanding job of Secretary and has earned back resoect for the US after Bushie slammed everyone but his parents during his term.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  34. Juanita from Michigan

    Jack, I feel President Obama will win regardless to whom the candidate is. Perhaps the fact that he allows Secretary Clinton to do her job is one of the reasons he is a shoo in.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  35. Christine from Mount Carmel, Illinois

    Hillary could run and could absolutely win! However, after being stabbed-in-the-back last election by all of her "civil rights friends" I think she just wants to take it easy and wait for her grandchildren to be born. She has done an outstanding job as Secretary and has earned respect for the US after Bushie slammed everyone but his parents during his terms.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  36. Bonnie from NJ

    I would have voted for her had she become the nominee, now I really wish she had. I do think she can win, I know a lot of independents and democrats who voted for Obama (myself included) and are very disappointed. I think she maybe the only one who can beat a Republican at this point, they are going to rip Obama to shreds!

    April 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  37. pat keefer

    Yes, and regardless what she said about running for president, I think she would make a far better president than Obama ever has.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  38. Sue

    Hillary Clinton is well qualified to be President. She could beat a Replublican. Yes, she could beat Obama. Millions wanted her in the last primary.....this time, put her in the running!

    April 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  39. Ray E. (Georgia)

    No. If Hillary takes on Obama it will split the democrats so much any good Republician, (Probably going to happen anyway) will be the next President.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  40. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Jack, she needs to come out with a hell of an excuse to turn against him while she was his Secretary of State. And even if she does she will not win. The people decided to put a black man in the White House than a woman, even the late Ted Kennedy took his own delegates and gave them to Obama even when Hillary won the popular vote in Massachusetts. Not yet for Hillary or any other woman for that matter.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  41. Tina Tx

    She would not get my vote but now if her husband could run I would vote for him over Obama.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  42. John ......... Marlton, NJ

    It doesn't matter ... Bidens out , Hillarys in. .... Obama will need a Clinton on the 2012 ticket to have even a chance of winning and having Hillary is at least a surrogate for Bill.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  43. Lia, Florida

    Why would she even want the job? How can she top her current gig – traveling the world, conferring with every influential leader on the globe, not having to face the D.C. whiners on a daily basis...and all the time getting paid to do it.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  44. Conor in Chicago

    Hilary is still an agent of the Investment Class. Her running to beat Obama will simply be the most recent distraction that will encompass Democratic voters while the Republic is sold off piece-meal to corporate interests.

    Democrats and Republicans are the problem. Not the specific people their "parties" field.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  45. Dave, Huntington, NY

    In a fair fight (unlike the primaries) she probably could. If she ran it sure would mess things up a bit, but given 4 more years of Obama’s broken promises, smoke and mirrors healthcare bills and extension of all policies Bush, I would welcome the opportunity. But that would never happen without Obama voluntarily stepping down.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  46. Rich McKinney, Texas

    With the current opinion of government by voters I am not sure anyone could get elected as a democrat. People were promised change and all they got was lip service and another 10 trillion dollars of debt. We are now in 3 wars instead of just 2. I don't think the common man or woman thinks we are any better off under the democrats leadership. You see Jack promising hope and change does not put people to work. America is starting to understand that they bought into another government fairytale when they voted for Obama.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  47. Mark

    Yes, Hillary could certainly beat Obama next year. She won the popular vote in 2008, after all. Many Hillary supporters, myself included, did NOT fall in line – we did not leave the Democratic Party, the party left us behind. I had intended to write in Hillary to make a statement, but voted for McCain at the last minute, and would gladly vote for any 'lesser of two evils', rather than for a disingenous President who has walked back innumerable campaign promises, and has proven himself to not be 'up to the job'. Houston, TX

    April 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  48. John from Alabama

    Jack: Believe it or not, when Mrs. Clinton, Secretary of State, and former US Senator from New York says, "I do not want to run, and I have enough on my plate with the job I now have". I do not believe she wants to run against President Obama, and when her heart is not in it, why do it. I believe she could change jobs in 2014, and become Vice President under President Obama, if VP Joe Biden wants to retire. Then Mrs. Hillary Clinton could run for President in 2016.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  49. Thomas Uhrick

    Hillary can beat OBAMA easily in 2012. OBAMA has disappointed to many of the people that voted for him.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  50. AB

    Jack, despite the poll numbers favoring Hillary Clinton, she is no match for Obama and if she runs against him again, she will be beaten into bankrupcy and a nervous breakdown. Hillary made the grave mistake of underestimating the political savy and acumen of Obama and I do not think that she will ever make that mistake again. Besides, Hillary Clinton is a lackluster politician who cannot point to any major political acheivement of her own. She lied about being under fire in Bosnia when she really was not. She blindly went along with the wrong decision to grant Bush the legal authorization to invade Iraq. We all know now what a HUGE MISTAKE THAT WAS!! Obama had the wisdom and judgement to oppose that move and he was vindicated. Plus, he did what the Clintons failed to do–Enact a federal healthcare law!! Therefore, Hillary will not run for president in 2012 nor 2016 because she would lose and she knows it.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  51. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I think that Hillary Clinton could beat Obama in a primary next year if she had the money and the establishment support that is needed to win. I just do not see where she is going to get a billion dollars to match Obama's money and I doubt that the Democratic establishment would ever cross an incumbent Obama and risk losing a lot of the African-American vote even if they are upset with Obama behind the scenes. However if Hillary ran against Obama, then I would definitely work 24/7 around the clock for her and I would be the first person at my poll to vote for her!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  52. Ryan

    Yes...anybody but Obama! Please run and save this country from the mess he's making. We can't afford another four years!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  53. Joe CE

    If there was an election toda, Hllary would win easily, However, to hav chance thru the primary procss, she woild have to start today, and promise to renegotiate the disaserous trade agreements.. An extremely unlikely senario. The only realistic chance for Hillary is if Obama later sees the handing like LBJ.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  54. Margroks

    Yes, stranger things have happened-we elected Bush twice and people actually voted for Tea Party extremists.

    I still think Hillary would be a very viable candidate but I respect her position. I do think she'd make a better candidate for VP than Biden and I'd love to see the first woman President or even vice-president be a Democratic woman of her caliber instead of a Republican/Tea Party wingnut.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  55. Cher

    I think anyone could be Obama at this point. I dont think she could, only because some would vote for Obama, just not to vote for Hillary. I would vote Hillary in a minute. She should have been there in the first place.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  56. Jacqueline Ennis

    I think she could and it's just a shame she didn't win last time. She is a seasoned politician who could have gotten a lot more done. Suffice to say, I would gladly vote for her again.

    Louisville, Ky. 40205

    April 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  57. RICH

    I think Hillary has now a proven track record and she is looked at
    as a success and with out the concern that Bill Clinton would be the puppet master.....Go Hillary 2012.....We love ya

    April 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  58. Lisse

    She has the resume... she has the brains and the brass... what she lacks is the support of the feminists that will never forgive her for forgiving Bill.... and that is why, your honor, I hate idiological interests groups!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  59. Michael Anderson

    I cannot believe that Hillary would have a hard time beating Obama for President. She has always shown sound judgement and a bit of class. She may not seek the office (my God, who would really want to be in such a precarious position?). But I believe that she would be wonderful in that position. She would also command respect from all world leaders.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  60. mgc6288

    Yes. She's got the qualifications well under wraps and probably a much more bigger threat to the GOP being that she's been out of the political mud slinging since 2008.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  61. Annice Elrod

    Yes, Hillary could win and should win. She has the welfare of the United States and Americans as her number one priority in everything she does. She is knowledgeable, has world-wide political clout and enough experience to be a world leader.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  62. Jason G.

    No. She had her chance two years ago and she could not even win her own party's nomination. Obama isn't that bad of president, in fact, he's pretty good. He has had more problems to deal with since any president of the great depression and he is fighting terrorism, wars, and a global econimic system that has unfair players like China. It took a democrat to pull us out of that one too. :)

    April 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  63. eric calderone

    If the Democratic Party was composed of rational people, Hillary would win the nomination if she ran. However, the Party is not rational; it is constituted of liberal ideologues. If it were otherwise, Hillary would have been the nominee in 2008, rather than losing to someone whose only credentials were he wrote biographical books and was an in your face intellectual.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  64. Chanakya

    I think she definitely is the one for 2014. She is capable and better candidate than anyone else out there who has indicated their intentions for the Presidency. With Bill at her side, it will be the best solution for the uncertain times that we are into- mainly from economic and global reputation wise.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  65. Mary

    I think anyone who voted Obama should be wishing they chose Hillary now. The 3am call has come in and Hillary is the one who is answering it. I never fell in line, I just defected. Would love to see our beloved Democratic party come back to the center and reign true again, but first we must hand Pelosi and Reid their hats and show them the door.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  66. david

    if the bilderberg group thinks hillary in the white house would be better for them than the kenyan born barack obama, then she will be president.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  67. Jay IN CA

    Of course she can make a viable run in 2012. Most people that voted for Obama would vote for her, and that's on top of the people that supported here during the Primaries (which was just over half of the Dem voters).
    Fund raising quickly for her would also not be a problem. She is seen as a lot more credible than Obama and it is apparent that she is more in tune with the American people than our current president.
    She could easily win in the General Election as well, no doubt.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  68. herbie

    I voted for her in the primary and I would vote for her again. She's smart and she's politically savy which is something the president is not.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  69. joe NM

    She would certainly be the better of the two evils, depending on the republican candidate she would win my vote hands down!!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  70. Scrappyike

    Anyone is better than Obama. What he has proven is that he was not qualified at all to be President. Will we repeat the mistake?

    April 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  71. jon

    Hillary would be a way better President. But she does not have much fight left in her. After a bitter loss when you know you should have won, its very hard for anyone to gather excitement for going through the whole reig-maroll all over again. Same thing happens to pop stars like Britney Spears. You can she that she has lost the excitement of performing. There comes a time when you want to just have fun and Hillary wants to retire, write a book and then spend her 100 million happily.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  72. Kevin

    The post of Secretary of State is relatively low profile compared to that of the president; of course she's going to look better. The right wing is not attacking every word she says, and she hasn't had to make the tough calls. She's not trying to push through game changing legislation against an openly hostile House.

    As for approval ratings, wasn't Bush in the teens at one point? 42% doesn't seem too bad. I'll stick with Obama.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  73. Brigington Soberworthy

    Hillary, out of loyalty, would never run against President Obama.
    Give Dennis Kucinich a call.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  74. Kim Smith

    Probably. She has elevated her status by doing a good job as Secretary of State, and she would pulverize nit-wits like Palin and Bachman with unbelievable ease. And she has more impact in the position she is in now, than she would have as president. By now I think we've all learned that the office of president is, in all truthfulness, a powerless wasteland of an office with virtually zero control over Congress or the lobbyists, no matter who resides in the White House.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  75. Pete in Georgia

    I don't know if she could or not. I really don't care. All I hope for is that she does run against the Almighty Obama and that they destroy each other in the process leaving the door open for some sanity in Washington with CONSERVATIVE, America Saving leadership, so sorely needed. Time is running out. The rest of the developed world is watching a once great country.................America..............die. And they're amazed at how we Americans sat by and let it all happen.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  76. ladyc

    Hey Cafferty I was for Hillary in 2008 but now I'm for President Obama
    I look to working to help the President get back in office in 2012.
    And Yes we can, do it for the people and not for the rich getting rich and the poor getting poorer ........................

    April 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  77. AJ

    I was a huge Obama supporter in 2008- in fact, I did not like Hillary Clinton for President at all. However, I have to admit I'd consider voting for her in the primaries because I'm not overly intrigued by what Obama has done thus far. I am certainly not interested in any of the GOP potential Presidential candidates, either.

    However, it is uncommon for a party to field opposition for an incumbent during a re-election campaign. I think those that hate Hillary would automatically see her as someone who puts ambition above party unity, etc.etc.

    AJ- Littleton, CO

    April 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  78. seeker561

    HC is still trying to pay her debts from 2008. There is no way she could ever raise the money and she knows it.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  79. Roz Brown

    Obama, needs Hillary! time to drop Biden and either add her as VP
    PLEASE RECONSIDER HILLARY, Obama will Loose without her

    April 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  80. MikefromWV

    Though I believe that Hillary is well qualified for the office, I believe that for her to run would be absolutely disastrous for the democratic party. It would split the party in two. Hillary would obviously lose the black vote as they would stick with Obama. I also believe she would lose a majority of the youth vote. With the Senate in jeopardy of going over to republican hands in 2012, the loss of the White House to the republicans, in addition, would be disastrous for the country, in my opinion.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  81. Tim Lister

    I think Hillary could beat Obama. Roll the clock back a few years and people were dreading the thought of Hillary for President. Now she looks pretty good compared to The Anointed One. I am a Republican and I believe that she would have had us out of the economic jam we are in by now.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  82. kristy

    I'd vote for her. Like her personally or not, she's a go-getter.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  83. Rick Cheatham

    Mrs. Clinton would make a great President and could beat Obama hands down if she picks the correct running mate. I never reallized just how good she was until she got her current job. I used to make jokes that she was running the White house when Bill was President and danged if she wasn't. One very smooth, intelligent,confident and firm lady. What a diplomat with an iron will and the grace of a dove. Reminds me of Margret Thather! She took a back seat to Obama and Bill Clinton but continues to shine so bright even as Obama flounders. Maybe if she was President and a good business mind a vice president this country could get on track. You would get my vote Mrs. Clinton and I am sure that there are many Democrats like me out there are not quite happy with the way Obama has flipped, and buckled under Republican pressure.
    Get out of the back seat it is your turn to drive this wagon.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  84. Duane W

    i am one of those Hillary supporters that literally fell physically ill after having to vote for Obama in the presidential primary because my backup guy John McCain lost his back bone to Bush cronies. Sweet JESUS! Jack, if she doesn't unseat him at the convention, I think I will just reserve my hospital bed, because the republican bunch looks weaker than ever this time around.
    Jacksonville, FL

    April 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  85. Jeff of Peoria

    She's not running this time or she would have already resigned. She does have more _____ than he does though and is decisive and UNAFRAID of anything or anybody..

    April 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  86. LG

    Its purely hypothetical, but simply put: Yes. Yes she could.

    the real question to ask however is WILL she? That I doubt.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  87. JOHN IN AZ

    This is a moot question in that Hilary Clinton will not run against President Obama. She has too much integrity to do that. The poll results are inappropriate because Hilary is NOT the President. The writer of the article must be a Republican. They will do anything and say anything to bash the President. He is doing a far better job than he is given credit for. Anyway, the majority of voting Americans will vote to keep Barack Obama in office. There is not one Republican with the smarts to beat him. Hooray!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  88. Thane Katz

    Hillary could absolutely win the nomination and I would welcome her running. I am more than a little disenfranchised with President Obama and the job that he's done. We need responsible fiscal leadership which he has not given us. As a true blue democrat, I could easily be swayed to vote for someone like Romney should he win the republican nomination.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  89. Ted Yezek

    Yes, I think she could win. Most of the independents (and virtually every liberal) who voted for Obama have been completely disillusioned. Obama is ripe for a challenge from within his own party, and Hillary is about the only viable candidate who could offer one. If she doesn't run, Obama will carry the democrats to defeat unless the republicans nominate someone completely unelectable (i.e., Palin).

    April 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  90. Josef Ferguson

    Any Democrat who votes for Clinton (who, as a Senator, voted in favor of the disastrous Patriot Act without reading it) should hand in their Progressive card.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  91. Lila

    Hillary would have been a much stronger president than Obama but that ship has sailed, why would she bother running again? The Media constantly twisted everything she said or did and even you were almost in tears when she did well because you were so in love with Obama. Nothing has changed. She would just get slammed by the right and the left again, her biggest supporters were always the moderates. She will leave on a high note, that is probably her biggest "I told you so" nothing else needs to be done.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  92. James

    I not only think that Hillary could beat Obama, I hope she does. As a supporter of Hillary Clinton from the start I was one of those people that only voted for Obama because there was no other option (Republicans are not an option). Obama has done some good, but he is first and foremost a politician and not someone who is tied to principles. Hillary has nothing to lose and would do what she says she will do!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  93. Marcelo - Los Angeles

    Jack, yes she could. The reason being, like you said, that she was the steadfast piece in Obama's plan for Lybia. More importantly, she was the steadfast piece in her husbands administration as well. Love Obama, but delegating the firm stance and decision making to be presented to the public by your Secretary of State? Really? Not by the commander in chief? Really...my vote is for Clinton if she runs.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  94. Brenda @ Franklin, TN

    I think Hillary could win. She can't be any worse than Obama. So far he is the worse President in history. I haven't seen Obama improve the ecomomy at all. If nothing else, it is worse since he has become President. Nor has he ended the senseless war that we are in. Why suffer anymore? Boot him out!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  95. Keith

    Yes, I do, and in fact I'd encourage it.

    President Obama has let us all down. He is a man of great rhetoric but no leadership. Nothing is fixed. BIG companies, BIG government and Big money still run this country. The recession is still reality for the average person, real unemployment isn't 8.8%, our budget is broken, and there is no control of Wall Street and banking and the rest of the bailout cronies who got us into this mess.

    What happened to all the promises we voted for Mr Obama?

    April 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  96. Kenneth Krieger

    I was not really happy with John McCain and I remembered 8 years under Bubba and I knew Hillary helped and I knew she would be a great Preaident. I supported Hillary because I was very unhappy with Obama's rhetoric and I then voted for Mc Cain. The Democrat party has become a group of socialist loosers who stuff ballet boxes and lie. Hillary is the parties only chance, but the socialist in the party would rather loose with Obama than win with Hillary. The party has no morals and are dividing the country racially. Power has become the substitue for good government. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    April 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  97. James

    I not only think that Hillary could beat Obama, I hope she does. As a supporter of Hillary Clinton from the start I was one of those people that only voted for Obama because there was no other option (Republicans are not an option). Obama has done some good, but he is first and foremost a politician and not someone who is tied to principles. Hillary has nothing to lose and would do what she says she will do!

    By the way, Jack, pick a better picture of Hillary next time!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  98. Stephen Herzog

    No she could not. She doesn't have the money, organization, or party support. She is also a democrat who supports her president. She should run with him as VP on the re-election ticket. They would be unbeatable.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  99. Bob

    Hillary run for President, she's been running for years!,
    Run against Obama, not unless she wishes to alienate a large percentage of the Democrats. She is too smart to challenge a sitting President of her own party. Even if she won, she would be too damaged, even against the currently very weak opposition..

    Clarks Summit, PA

    April 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  100. Bill

    It doesn't matter what I or anybody else thinks. Hillary has stated time and again that she is NOT running in 2012.

    This non-issue is starting to sound as old as the birther non-issue.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  101. Anthony R. Seta

    Jack,

    No, she would lose the primary and it would only hurt the Democratic Party. The point of this article (and other similar opinion pieces) is an attempt by conservative-leaning editorialists to incite an internal rebellion and a potentially strong primary challenge to Obama in an effort to weaken the democrats for the 2012 election. That is the sole purpose of these 'Hillary Must Run' opinion pieces. The intent of this editorial by the author is to cause conflict among democrats, not because the he favors Clinton. In truth, Mr. John Phillips and others like him fear Obama's chances of winning strong in 2012, especially when confronted with the pathetically weak GOP field which I suspect is causing considerable heartburn among GOP strategists. Hey – when you're own team looks unlikely to beat Obama, might as well try to get one of his own to take him down. Nice try, but it won't work since everyone (included SoS Clinton) is already familiar with these sneaky tricks by conservative-leaning journalists.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  102. Anthony Heyward

    I do not think so, and I also do not think that the President looked weak on Libyia. If he'd acted too quickly then the media would accuse him of acting in a George W. Bush type of haste. He thought as I'd want my commander in chief to do about how to go about interference in Libyia. He remembered all of the people who died in Iraq, as a result of the U.S. going it alone. So no Hillary could not beat him because there is no reason or opposing plan she coudl come up with. You guys started planning his exit from January 20th, 2009. Get the hell over it, nothing he'll do will please you at face value, but behind the scenes you'll say, hey he's got a point there. Sick.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  103. Rico

    No. Give the Federal offices back to the GOP, starting from the President down to the last member of the Senate and the House. They created this mess now, let them fix it.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  104. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    Ventura or Trump could beat Obama.
    Hillary Clinton wouldn't even have to work up a sweat to beat Obama.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  105. Peggy

    Most definitely, She has the experience, the guts and she should of been the democratic pic instead of Obama. He is a big disappointment and yes, the Hillary supporters did just "fall in line" because she did. His approval rating tells you exactly what the American people think of him. He is a globe trotting cheerleader and when it comes to decisions...where is he?

    April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  106. bjcole

    I must say as an afro american, my life is not one single moment better under Obama! My career, my salary was way up under the Clinton's and the job situation was extremely well. Obama, to me is like David Dinkins, when he was mayor of NY. He spent so much time trying to please and work with the Republicans, he forgot his message and he has failed all around when it comes the the current job situation here in america and have left the platform he began with. Bush is a faded nightmare that he can no longer stand on. Yes, I am truly disppointed with Obama. I would vote for Clinton Yes.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  107. Max Silverman - Gaithersburg, Md.

    Of course she could. At this point Elmer Fud could beat Obama. But unlike her boss being a loyalist and a good soldier Hillary would never even consider unraveling the Democratic party. She's just too smart and "gets it",but it would be really interesting if Tim Kaine decided to go for it.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  108. Jason

    I think its feasible. However, the economy has improved, and there are more jobs. Obama can argue that during his campaign. Hillary might be better off as his Vice-Presidential candidate instead of Joe Biden. That will set her up for 2016.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  109. Phyllis Buckner

    YES. I think a lot of people are having buyer's remorse. If she isn't in there, I am looking at Donald Trump. Maybe we need a business man rather that a lawyer for a change.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  110. jdona

    I would vote for Hillary in a heartbeat. There is no Republican I will vote for, mainly because of the influence of the Tea Party, they have poisoned everything they have touched, and I don't like and didn't vote for Obama in 2008. I voted for McCain. If Hillary runs I will run back to the Democratic Party, checkbook in hand, volunteering to canvas and drive voters to the polls, whatever I can do. Will I do that for Obama? Nope. There are legions of Hillary lovers who feel the same way. Over 18 million of them, actually.
    Blacksburg, Virginia

    April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  111. Herman Griego

    But of course Hillary would easily beat Obama and she should have orignally.Being president is a little more than flashing an attractive smile all over the world (boring) because there very little substance to this man!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  112. Adam

    I sure do believe she could beat him next year. I think if they counted all 50 states in the primary last time around she would have beat him then also. That aside, I can not vote for Barack Obama this election cycle. I would support Hillary Clinton for President. I can not think of a single more qualified person for the job, who is eligible to run for office, at this point in time. This President is going to be known for what he did not do, and for the essential fall of United States Manned Space Flight.

    Cant stand him.

    Voted for him last time because of Hillary, will not make the same mistake again.

    Its Hillary, or dare I say Donald Trump??? (yes even he would garner my support faster then our President)

    April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  113. Charlie Mattingly

    Absolutely, Hillary Clinton would win. People realize that now. Hindsight is so 20/20. Where on earth would President Obama be without her? She is doing such an excellent job as Secretary of State. Obama would be lost without Hillary Clinton. We really need someone like her in office, especially now. There is no one who has her experience and insights. But if she doesn't decide to run again, then who? There simply is no one with her qualifications, Democrat or Republican. Hillary please give it one more try; we need you!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  114. Terry NJ

    Obama has a real problem now in that he doesn't seem to be fighter on any issues. He, in my opinion, sits back and contemplates the issues and response, and never comes out swinging. Even when it comes to the tea party, reality celebs (Trump) and Fox entertainment loons with their manufactured "facts"he just seems too willing to take it with no response at all. If he is up against the likes of Palin, Bachman and Gingrich he is sure to be the winner. If one of these candidates gets elected then we as Americans deserve what we get. As to Hillary, I was dead set against her when she ran in 2008, but I could be swayed in 2012 unless Obama deceides to take the gloves off and mix it up.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  115. kristy

    I think Hillary Clinton has proven her power to serve the democratic population of the U.S. I would have loved to see any president at this time bring our country back to the forefront of the power. Obama has just been there. What has he really done since he was elected? I think it will be the least memorable presidency.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  116. Nwillis

    No, Hillary Clinton could not beat President Obama. She was given the opportunity to do so head-to-head and it didn't work.

    Anyone who won this office in 2008 would have had the same challenges and they would have also made some unpopular decisions that not everyone would agree with.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  117. Patrick

    Why would she want to, Jack? She's already doing his job in the Middle East while he goes of galavanting in Brazil.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  118. beevee

    This is such a silly question coming from a supporter of democratic party. I think Ms. Clinton wisely chose not to run in 2012 against president Obama. She repeatedly made it clear about her not having any intention. 2016 is a different thing. Jack !don't split the party.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  119. Rob H

    Didn't we already do this in 08. She couldn't beat him then and she could not beat him in 12. We need to support each other against the GOP rather then this non-sence about weather Hillary Could beat President Obama !

    April 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  120. Mike S

    So we are facing a government shutdown, two wars and one military action, and all you care about is if Hilary can beat the president in 2012? Utter nonsense, why-oh-why are we playing these games.

    CNN get back to basic and be a serious news organization? Are you guy trying to be the next Fox news? Heck you might as well report what Sarah Palin is going to say, wait might of spoke too soon.

    Come on CNN you are better than this!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  121. Andre

    Rochester, NY- Hillary could easily win the general election, but it wouldn't be right to split the party again during a primary race.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  122. John Spencer

    YES ! I think she can easily beat Obama and it would be a landslide. I am a Conservative that has never voted for a Democrat but Hillary would be a welcome relief from Obama.

    It's obvious he "had no clue" of what it takes to be a president and lead this country before becoming president and even more obvious the job is over his head. He is far from being a leader. He is not prepared for what may happen next. He waits until it has happened and then he still might not do anything. I would even place him in a tie with Carter as the worst modern day president.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  123. Stoopid Iz Az Stoopid Duz

    It doesn't matter. Hillary has already made it clear that she has no interest in running for President again. Sure, she could change her mind between now and then, but it just isn't going to happen. Given the turmoil in the GOP, it would be an incredibly bad move for any legitimate Democratic candidate to challenge Obama. To win in 2012, the Dems need a united front.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  124. Christian Benitez

    I don't think so. As much as I personally love Hillary, starting a civil war among the Democrats would only serve to derail their chances of winning. To challenge an incumbent for their party's nomination rarely ends well, just look at Reagan versus Ford in 76 or Carter versus Kennedy in 80. I say, wait for 2016. She'll be 69, the same age Reagan was when he won the presidency.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  125. Dennis2547

    Any candidate other than a republican will be just find with me. Those folks are the major problem with America going backwards instead of forward. Nothing is made here in America anymore.
    We develop all this wonderful products, solar panel and they are made else where. Executive compensation in the United States is totally out of touch with reality. I am leaving the US next year to live somewhere else where they have beautiful mass transit and high taxes.
    A retired US Army veteran from NorCal

    April 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  126. Ginny Meyer

    In my opinion she should have been the 08 candidate and would have put more things in order by now, and not be so wishy washy as he is. He is too quick to give in to everyone's demands. She was my choice originally then I decided to get on the bandwagon. But for a guy whose whole take was making things change he seems withdrawn uninvolved and clueless. And she is sharp, and takes action and could have done a much better job. The press had a lot to do with her defeat since they all fell in love with Obama. Tore her down constantly and gushed over him.

    Well we are paying for it now. I don't think she will run but boy I wish she did run in 08 we would be in a much better place. I am afraid he has done so poorly some nut like Bachmann could beat him. Where the hell will we be then.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  127. Brian - Trinidad

    Jack,you're a joke! You led the CNN charge to have Hilary "go away" in the Democratic primary in 2008,with some of the nastiest public commentary against a woman that I have ever witnessed.And now,after most polls show Obama will lose in 2012 you're calling for the most qualified candidate of any party – Hilary Clinton – to jump into the race?How phony is that! And by the way,she's not going to run,she's not going to put herself through that garbage again.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  128. Shirley Sherbahn

    Jack, I think after 2 years of Obama, some people are having buyers remorse. I'd vote for her. I am ashamed I got swept into "change you can believe in." It was more of the same. I wish we could have someone run who "didn't care" if they were re-elected and would just do what is right for the people of this country. As of now....it's not of the people for the people, it's off the corporations for the corporations. Our forefathers must be rolling over in their graves.
    Shirley from Prescott Valley AZ

    April 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  129. Brian, Philadelpha PA

    could she? yes. but why even ask, she isn't going to run. If the republicans nominate a dead person, they are still going to win. americans won't be able to vote for the anti american amature that's running things now. Obama's only hope is if the blacks, mexicans and voter fraud come out to support him.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  130. Carl

    Jack,

    For me, this doesn't matter one bit, in my eyes, they are both terrible politicians. Now that I think about it, their are really no good old HONEST politicians left, anywhere. They are all double talkers, thieves and liars.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  131. Bill in Western North Carolina

    Jack,

    Ms Clinton run for president? Well maybe if she can connect with the top 5% of the wealthy who own/control more than 90 % of the money.
    She was on target with the international oil executives with her Libya policy so she may have a leg up. The top corporate executives have done well this year with pay raises of 30 to 149% which in dollars is $30 million to $84 and a half million per year so if they choose to support her financially she could do well.
    Only 64% of adult Americans have jobs so it may depend on who can project the greater will to create jobs.
    Changes in the financial picture may change all bets.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  132. Helbert

    I think Clinton can beat Obama now, but I would like to see OBAMA-CLINTON 2012, AND CLINTON PRESIDENT 2016

    April 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  133. Chris

    I think with a lot of media hype and excitement about the first woman president she has a chance. Voters in this country like to vote for what feels good, not what is good for the country. Few voters understand how politics really work or how the world works. They vote based on sound bites and what their friends are doing. Obama was an inexperienced nobody with a clear past of disliking this country and it's ways. He was packaged as fresh, new, black, and full of promises to fix everything, what fun! The media saw it as a good story that would sell lots of advertising slots and rolled with it. The voters bought it just like they buy a good run for a contestant on the latest dance show. We are a country of lemmings.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  134. Dwayne Landry

    Yes, yes, yes...a million times. Yes. This country needs her more than ever.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  135. edy

    Hillary can not be Obama because history is not on her side. History tells us no loser candidate ever comes back to beat the winner candidate in the next term. Hillary best chance is to run for president in 2016. She will be unbeatable by that time.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  136. Steve, NY

    She could beat Obama with her hands tide behind her back.
    She doesn't lie as much as Obama does. Aftyer she beats him she can choose him as her VP for 2012. That would put the cherry on top of the whipped cream.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  137. alex

    as a conservative I'd vote for her, she is more in line with my views (beside health care reform) at least we'll have someone to answer 3AM phone call

    April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  138. Chris Norden

    Sure, why not? Obama has proven himself to be a corporate stooge of the highest order, and has taken us from one war we cannot afford to three. Of course this would require a major paradigm shift for the Tea Party, which would have to whip up its white oldsters afresh, getting them to hate a supposedly liberal woman leader rather than supposedly liberal black leader.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  139. HJ in Richmond

    Seeing the way the right has gone after Obama, I bet she is thanking her lucky stars she didn't get to be President. Remember the way they went after the Clintons in the 90's. I am afraid it would only be worse now.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  140. calaurore9

    It depends on how things go in Libya. She does appear stronger now. But given the current potential Republican field, there'll be no need for any bolstering on the Democrat side. Obama will easily win.

    Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts

    April 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  141. Tammy

    Oh hell yes she would! America, the media and the Democrats made the most horrendous mistake by not backing her for presidential nomination instead of Mr. Obama. The ONLY reason Mr. Obama won was b/c we had no other choice but to vote for him, who or what other SERIOUS viable choice was there? Guarantee you, if the Democrats don't get someone else other than Mr. Obama to run, we will lose in the next election, if not than the Republicans will have another Palin and McCain and that's the ONLY reason the Republicans will lose. If Sec. of State Clinton were asked to run and she accepted she would be doing this nation a favor. For the first time in my dad's voting history he REFUSED to vote in last election, he disliked all the candidates, and that's saying alot for a man who took pride in his voting history, sadly a good portion of his generation did the same as he did.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  142. Dave in Cincinnati

    I sure hope so. As much as I disagree with her politically she would be a breath of fresh air compared to Stalinist regime that is currently in power.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  143. ML in MN

    Who cares? Seriously? A dream come true would be to stop printing money, have all the free loaders get a job, and parents start being responsible for the kids they bring into this world....

    April 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  144. Jason

    I think she could but she shouldn't. The internal criticism of another primary season might just sink the dems in 2012.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  145. William Brown

    Hillary Clinton could definitely beat Obama if running as an independant. But how would that make the Democratic Party look to the nation, to the world? I think she realizes that her personal goal to become Commander in Chief is not as important as the nation's executive branch recovering from the prior president's eight year tenure without adding politcal mayhem and muddying the water further.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  146. Charmaine

    Yes She would definitly win, You have to learn from your mistakes, Like the saying Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me Charmaine From Michigan

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  147. Todd

    Hillary will not have to beat Obama. A deal was struck during the 2008 primary. Obama will be the nominee for 2008 and for some unforseen reason will not seek re-election in 2012 which will open the door for a Hillary run and probable victory. You heard it here first.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  148. colazo48

    I hope and pray that she would change her mind, I believed then and I believe now that she would be a better president, in fact A LOT BETTER THAN ANY REPUBLICANS OUT THERE.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  149. Maadmax

    NO! She did what she did and got what she wanted. However, if there were any reason for Obama not to run, I beleive she would step in, if not be drafted to run by her Party, and yes, I would belive she would win. The Republicans have no agenda but to discredit those that want change hgere in America. Hillery can bring the change Obama provided the foundation for if he were not to run.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  150. Jronn

    Must be a slow news day if you're dredging this nonsense up again. Any Democrat who says he or she would actually vote for any republican in this day and age is either living in a cave, dimented or just lying about being a Democrat. There is an not a potential republican candidate who espouses anything close to, if not the direct antithesis of the priorities and values we Democrats stand for.

    Stratford, New Jersey

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  151. ketrout

    Yes, Hillary Clinton could easily beat Obama in 2012! Obama has shown that he was not ready and that this administration has got us deeper in debt and into another "war" where we have no business being.

    I would vote for Hillary without even thinking!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  152. Gerald (Tampa, FL)

    At the moment we need to figure out how to pass a budget, get out of Afganistan, and to help our friends on the other side of the Pacific. We need to start working with who we have instead of who we might have in the future.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  153. Jeffrey Boyce Okolona, MS

    She very well might. Unfortunately, a divisive campaign between Secretary Clinton and President Obama would give the Republicans a far greater chance of success in 2012.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  154. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I said a year ago that if Obama was in trouble, that Hillary would not be able to resist. Well, Obama's in serious trouble, and Hillary will be in the race by July/Aug at the latest. The issue for the country is that she would almost certainly win, and we would have 4 more years of ubber-liberal policies, and the country would be through, bankrupt, kapoot, fini'. So, even though I think she will run, I am sincerely praying she doesn't!

    April 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  155. Eric

    While I have no doubt Hillary would make a fine president I think she is being very realistic. Her stint in the current administration seemed to be given as more of a consolatory prize rather than a role where her opinion would be valued. Couple that with the likelihood that Obama will look to raise nearly $1 billion for his 2012 run while Hillary's campaign is still wallowing in debt from 2008, preparing for a new role a grandmother may be personally and financially more rewarding to her than continuing a life in politics.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  156. Steve Nock

    If she did run, it would be the best thing since Bush left the White House. I say that as a life long registered republican who will soon become an indipendent.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  157. Michelle

    "Yes she can!" I'm all over "Change we can believe in." Time to break that glass ceiling. I'm ready to break out my I'm sorry Hillary bumper sticker.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  158. Jenny from Nanuet, NY

    No. Obama is the president and is getting attacked from all sides while Hillary implements his agenda. If she were to run against him, the liberal base would not support her at all, and that's enough for her to lose. But it's comparing apples and oranges right now.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  159. Charmaine From Michigan

    Yes She would definitly win, You have to learn from your mistakes, Like the saying Fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me Charmaine From Michigan

    April 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  160. JB

    I'm really impressed with all the "democrats will win no matter what" chatter. We are 20 months from the election. John McCain was 10 pts up on both Clinton and Obama 6 months prior to that election and we all know what happened there. I think its a little early to count chickens.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  161. Bernie Levy from Binghamton

    No! She,s not goin to run. She likes her job, and ln my opinion she is the best Secretary of State we have ever had. The economy is improving. By the time of the 2012 election the economy will be robust. Besides, Obama plans to raise a billion bid for his 2012 bid for re-election. Bill Hillary both have charisma. That will get them a smile and a good approval rating. It's not enough to win an election. Money talks. hat's not the democratic way, but it is the way that is approved by an insane Supreme Court.

    Bernie from Binghamton.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  162. honest John in Vermont

    Not only could she beat Obama, she would easily beat whatever stooge the Republicans put up to run. She appears to be the only smart person left in politics. We Independant voters are disappointed with Obama but terrified of the crazed Republicans.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  163. Rose Benson Ellis

    Secretary Clinton is a powerfull person in her own right. Why should she give up her new found respect and popularity for a thankless job as President.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  164. kathlyn Parks

    My dream scenario: Obama wins second term and unleashes his (I hope) real liberal/progressive soul. Hilary continues as Secretary of State, or becomes VP, then is elected president in 2016.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  165. CS

    HC is tougher / better / smarter.. Big problem remains the Middle East, where sheiks, dictators, zealots, fanatics have no respect for women and loath a woman in power! Even in HC's current role (as good as she is), all these tyrants will smile to her face and may seemingly agree with her stand on issues (and only do so, to avoid the wrath of the US / Western alliance)..

    So, at this turning point in history, sadly it might not be an opportune time to have a woman in the oval office (or as Secretary of Sate); in order to deal with Middle East male counterparts that truly believe she should be cleaning their toe nails or kissing their feet; and certainly not looking them eye to eye and determining the fate of the world!

    Best.. CS

    April 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  166. Mark in Houston, Texas

    I was an avid Hillary supporter in the last election, and was "broken-hearted" when she did not win the Democratic primary. Besides my admiration for Hillary and her many accomplishments over the years, I was elated at the possibility of the United States having its first female Commander in Chief.
    After a lifetime of voting Democrat, I did not make my final decision to vote for Barrack Obama over John McCain until the night before the Presidential election. I just had a funny feeling about him that I could not put my finger on, and I still cannot to this day.
    I would be absolutely ecstatic if Hillary decides to go for the Democratic nomination in 2012. I don't think that she will, but never say never.
    If Hillary does not seek nor get the Democratic nomination, I will be looking closely at the Republican nominee and/or Donald Trump as a viable new Commander in Chief.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  167. chris in Uptown NY

    If Hillary did!! it would be one of the biggest BACKSTABBING move that not only will CAUSE DISARRAY in the democrat party, But it will INSURE a REPUBLICAN VICTORY. The REPUBLICANS are licking their LIPS hoping for a MOVE LIKE THIS.

    However the 40 plus MILLION BLACKS plus his other YOUNGER demographics in this country will NOT take too kindly to this back stabbing move by HILLARY ,and if she did win the primary they WOULD stay away from the voting booth , As well you know......... NO Black or Hispanic votes and you don't win GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  168. ....Chaney..... La.

    I remember the Clinton Presidency well. Not a week went by that the Republicans didnt have some drama, from healthcare reform, Whit Water...impeachment, on and on...... so it would not matter who ran with the [D] behind their name......it would be more of the same...I dont blame Hillary she has been a great SS......and must have more frequent flyer miles than anyone on the planet.....she has earned the right to do whatever she wants to for the rest of her life......I will vote for Obama again......

    April 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  169. Richard Kempner, Texas

    Jack, people have to remember that Hillary does not have the same responsibilities as Pers Obama at this point, so their approval rating would be different. Hillary will not be able to keep Slick Willie out of her affairs in the Oval Office and would over shadow her, so NO, she should not run.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  170. Joshua from Lexington, KY

    I'm not sure Clinton could beat Obama in 2012, but if she did, she would receive votes from her moderate and liberal supporters and almost all of Obama's supporters. Clinton would surely trump any Republican candidate for the high office...she may even have my vote!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  171. Bryen

    A campaign should be about discussing the issues directly with the public, and the primaries themselves give a party the opportunity to assess itself going forward. Unfortunately this is what usually gets lost in an incumbency where running against an incumbent is unthinkable and thus such public dialogue gets taken away. Even if it were to be thinkable, 2008 proved that the presidential campaign became more about a "How dare you run against him!" fiasco than a "Let's talk issues" campaign. Clinton running in 2012 would be a double-sin, no matter how much good it would benefit the Democratic Party.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  172. Mike

    Chelsea could beat Obama at this point. Everytime he passes legislation his approval ratings drop like a stone.
    Hillary is more toward the center than Obama ever will be.
    She has a much better chance of beating any Republican than Obama.
    We all know why Obama won the first time around (anybody but Bush right?). Second time around won't be so easy.
    And that wasn't a racist comment libs so don't go all high and mighty on me.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  173. Joseph

    Ms. Clinton could and should beat Obama. I was one of those Clinton peeps that never fell into line and I have now I have gotten out of line and run as far as I can away from that sinking ship.
    America got it wrong when they elected him. And by America I mean the women in particular. They waited for decades to vote for a smart women who can do they job and they bailed for for a salesman
    ( Obama ) who can't deliver anything.
    Run Hillary Run!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  174. Annie, Atlanta

    No. But could you just imagine what the new right wing of the GOP would do if she could. They'd burn this country to the ground, in all out attack mode. No thanks – they've caused enough destruction already and they're nowhere near done.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  175. rachel

    absolutely...but I don't think America is ready to accept a woman as a leader yet. America is not about breaking the tradition, they're adapt and advance. So, we'll have to wait for several other foreign countries to have woman as a head of their gov't before expecting to see the same thing in America. By then, Hillary is absolutely the most powerful candidate.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  176. Whyld Denver CO

    Pure Republican shenanigans!!

    The Republicans could only hope that she would run as an independent divide the Democrats vote and pave the way for a Republican in 2012 ... Not going to Happen.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  177. kmp

    Yes she has a very high approval rating but that is in her job as Secretary of State, I do not think if asked if people would elect her those numbers would be as high. Stop trying to cause problems when there isn't even an issue.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  178. Ian from MN

    No. Democrats are by and large very happy with Obama. Or at least happy enough that they would look at a Clinton attempt to show him up very poorly.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  179. Jon

    There's only one problem with the question, Jack – SHE SAYS SHE ISN'T INTERESTED IN RUNNING. And after having seen Obama castigated by the Republicans for three years straight – usually for nothing at all – can you blame her?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  180. Kevin of SD CA

    Commander in Chief should be reserved for men only until women spill the same about of blood on the battlefields protecting what is left of our Country! Tell Hilary to get her own family and home in order!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  181. Ken in MD

    Since she's not running, no. But if she did, she could probably beat him. She'd be a stronger president than Obama has turned out to be, and is much smarter than all the GOP probables combined.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  182. John - Republican in Texas

    At this point, I would be willing to step out of my comfort zone and vote Democratic for Hillary if it meant we could get Obama out of the White House. My oldest son, a born-again Democrat, would be both amazed and pleased at this!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  183. chris

    2012 won't be a pushover. The Democrats won't get near enough miles out of "GW Bush" that they did in 2012. Right or wrong the media ridiculed GW Bush to the point that an inanimate carbon rod could have beat the republicans. Too bad Obama squandered his Democratically controlled House and Senate. I don't see him getting a second term. Mainly because America couldn't afford him to have another 4 years where he doesn't have to worry about being re-elected.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  184. Jeff

    Jack,
    I think Mrs. Clinton should run, but it will be bitter at the convention. The tough part is that the Democrats still lack adult leadership, so will do everything imaginable to lose the election. Splitting the base is a hell of a way to start.
    That said, she has better left credentials, and as noted two years ago, and proved all over the planet recently, is tough as nails.
    If the Republicans can't come up with something better than a cartoon character – still waiting, guys – they might abdicate the election by having too many clowns in the ring. Maybe.
    I't's a tough situation, and it's a tough world out there. And we have a ton of tough problems here at home. Maybe it's time for some tough love for America. C'mon Hillary.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  185. Lila

    When the Media tries to bring up a Hillary run it's because they want to use her to get Obama's old supporters engaged and excited for him. He will win again because there is no viable option from the Republicans. Hillary is too smart to be used by desperate people on the right and left.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  186. Roberta from San Diego

    Yes, she could win, Obama has lost touch with the middle class and is making us look weak to the rest of the world. The GOP still can't relate the the middle or lower class.
    I think she would have a better chance on geting the hispanic vote,

    April 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  187. PalmSpringsPerry

    Hillary could easily beat Obama. Most progessives see him as a complete coward unable to stand for anything. As has been said he punts on third down, to me he punts on first down, there is no fight in him.

    The problem with Hillary is she is a war monger also supporting all the goof ball wars, so what would we gain??

    April 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  188. Scott Stodden

    Now That America Has Gotten A Taste Of President Obama As President I Think She Could Most Definetly Beat Him In 2012 If She Chose To Run. I Never Supported President Obama When He Ran During The Primaries I Was A Hillary Supporter All The Way And The Reason Is Simple-President Obama Is Not Ready To Be President And He's To Inexperienced To Handle The Problems Our Nation Is Facing, We Need Someone Who Has Experience And Its Not President Obama! I Would Hope And Pray Hillary Would Run For President Again But If I Know Her The Way I Think I Do I Just Can't See Her Running Against Obama Cuz Simply She And Her Husband Are Just To Loyal To The Democratic Party But We Never Know.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  189. Gigi Oregon

    It doesn't matter if the American people don't wake up and see that the Republican Party and corporate America have you just where they want you. We the people do not have a chance until we wake up and realize who ran the debt out of control. And who they want to clear it up. You and your grandchildren are getting to pay off the greed of the powerful.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  190. Roger Swanson

    We think Hillary is great! The situation as it is, President Obama would serve the nation better at this time! In a philosophical sense, it would be nice if Hillary could crack the glass ceiling. She has great capabilities, but she is badly needed where she is! Great Gal!
    Considering the "Nutnicks" of the far right, conservatives, and tea party the best guy to keep in the fight is the "Obama Crew" that we have. The Blue Nosed Conservatives, Christians and Far Out Tie's need an experienced with a strong political leader to counter them, with an excellent team to set the tone and do the coming political fight which is very important for the productive future of this nation.
    Bonehead Bohner should keep up his "good works" the more he pleases the simple minded Republicans the more he pisses off the American electorite! There is no cure for greed and dumb! The more they refuse to "split the Baby" (my or no way) the more they make their grave deeper!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  191. Al, Olympia WA

    After just 2 years with the current administration, I don't think the democratic candidate whomever that person may be, will have much of a chance against most of the likely republican candidates. My sense is that Americans have seen that a liberal/progressive idealist in the WH does nothing more than make unrealistic promises that they can never deliver on. The "change" Obama wants will come in 2012, only this time voters will vote to change the occupant of the WH.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  192. MikeB

    She wouldn't beat President Obama in the primaries so this is a pointless exercise.

    And Secs. of State like the First Ladies always have higher approval ratings. This is because they don't have to deal with controversial or unpopular stuff and don't get blamed for stuff as the President does.

    I do think it'd be good politics to make her Vice President. What has Joe Biden really done? Biden was always a bad choice for VP. Probably get Biden out of there, have Hilary as VP and have Bill Richardson as Sec. of State. And if she's up for it and Robert Gates wants to leave, have Condi Rice as Sec. of Defense. And make Larry Summers or someone else Treasury Secretary. Geithner's not a a big enough presence.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  193. BlackDynamite

    After the campaign she ran last time, hell no!

    She had the best shot any woman ever had, and she was outclassed.
    She ran a poor campaign, against a flawless one by President Obama.

    Nothing would change if it happened again

    Besides, she has stated, very clearly, that she is not out to become President.
    BD

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  194. J in PA

    In reading the other postings; I am personally scared that even one person thinks that Obama has done a good job and should be reelected. Hillary would stand a better chance of getting to the White House as a VP rather than the President. Please do anything and everything possible to get Obama OUT of the White House before he creates any more problems that can’t be fixed. He certainly has the least experience and should have NEVER been elected. However, the masses wanted change so badly that they elected anyone that promised change. He is almost as good a liar as our previous President. He should focus on one thing that impacts ALL Americans versus numerous programs that have very narrow focus. If Obama would focus on regulating GAS prices; at least that would have an impact on every American. Other than that; he has failed miserably at everything he has done.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  195. RL

    She should run. I think the most important issue facing America today is the economy. I do not think the current Administration has been as focused on the economy as they need to be. The Clinton Administration was focused and successful in implementing economic reforms which created jobs, growth and turned US deficits into surplusses. She would put together an able, experienced team, with the proven track record and focus needed to return the US to fiscal stability.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  196. pam

    Jack,

    If the media hadn't played favorites during her bid for presidency
    we wouldn't be having this discussion. She was a warrior then
    and now! She certainly could beat wishy washy Obama!!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  197. Robert James

    yes–Hillary could and should beat Obama-he has never been in charge of ANYTHING and they elect him to run the country-–and are surprised when he can"t do it---

    April 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  198. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    The right question as you asked Jack, is why she is much more attractive as a candidate? The answer is that there has not been a multi-billion dollar effort funded by unlimited corporate and evangelical funding, (not to mention an entire fraudulent news network) that has been relentlessly attacking, deriding, and lying about her for the last three years. If she were running, they would be asking for her birth certificate, too, or something equally nonsensical and reprehensible.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  199. Gary H. Boyd

    In a heart-beat Jack - in a HEART BEAT. The guy's a patent medicine salesman while she's the one driving the wagon.

    Gary in Arizona

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  200. EDC

    That opportunity was missed in 2008 and she has repeatedly stated she has no intention of running again. After all, we are not republicans who continually trot out the same ol' cadre of crazy and mediocre candidates year after year after year (how many times did McCain run? Romney? Huckabee?)

    But, should she change her mind for whatever reason for 2016,I'm with her all the way. Obama has been a disappointment to me because he lacks the poitical skill and will that Clinton possesses. He is running in 2012 and I will again vote for him over any Republican or other conservative the opposition puts forth because even Obama is far superior to anyone I have seen on the right or, god forbid, the far right.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  201. pam

    If the media hadn't played favorites during her bid for presidency
    we wouldn't be having this discussion. She was a warrior then
    and now! She certainly could beat wishy washy Obama!!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Pam
    Knoxville, Tn.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  202. scott

    That is a resounding NO.
    Republicans would love to see Hillary run because it will bring both Obama and Clinton down.
    Republicans dont have a candidate that could beat Obama. Democrat primary will change that.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  203. Randall Shermikas

    I was one of the people who voted for and thought Obama was going to be a different type Democratic President, primarily fighting for his base and their ideals rather than independents and moderate Republicans ideals in order to be reelected. I have to admit I was wrong about the guts of this man to fight and wish I considered Hillary to a greater degree. If She ran, my support would definately go her way, and I suspect a majority of Democrats would do the same.
    Thompson Falls, Montana

    April 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  204. mary

    I would love to see these two together on the ticket.. Her as VP would be great..
    This is a woman who could be president.. Palin and most the other women who might try to get in, simply don't have the ability.. If we were to have a woman in the white house Hillary is the only one I would vote for..
    And I am a woman..So I'm not speaking from a mans point of view..

    April 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  205. Mark F

    I was a Democrat(recently changed to republican) and fully supported Hillary and will again. I think she is what this country needs, her health care reform was and still is a way better way of handling the current situation than Obama's. I think she has a stronger way of handling criticism than Obama and more importantly I think she listens to the needs and wants of Americans better than Obama.

    So yes I think she would win if she ran, however, I dont think she will run against him.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  206. ctsaint67

    Madame Secretary could run and win this time around. Her last campaign was based on “I deserve this because of what I put up with for 8 years”. Now she can run on the “I told you so” ticket which is much more effective. She has the foreign policy experience now. The comparisons between President Obama and President Carter keep cropping up – one bad decision after another, one flip-flop after the other. Mrs. Clinton could run on the “Carter produced Reagan. Do you want Obama to produce the next Republican landslide? You already saw it in 2010” The run of the mill New York Times reading liberals will love it and maybe some independents would turn back to the left of center.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  207. John

    why would she need to run? she already wears the pants in the white house

    April 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  208. soneill

    Well lets see, yes, she could. But they really should both be on the same ticket, somewhere in Europe. France or Spain would be good for them, better yet, the could govern Mexico. Yes, lovely Mexico. It would be a really good fit. Leftists that need a country, and a country that needs good lefties to run its miserable population. Think of the welfare they could create. Think of the unions! And my God, just try to imagine the national healthcare system they could come up with. That settles it , off they go to ole Mexico.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  209. Jeff In Minnesota

    Who cares Jack? Obama and his group are running the DNC show, so Secretary Clinton has no other choice than to do what she is told. If she runs she knows she'll split the party. That means any Republican could win including Governor Palin or Representative Bachman. Heaven helps us all if that nightmare scenario occurs!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  210. Osilama Abu from Canada

    Jack,

    Is it because there is no available candidate to contest against Obama,that you are now trying to instigate fight within the Democratic Party?
    Please,look for other distractions like your friend Sarah Palin.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  211. SouthAustin

    She would lose if she ran because she wouldn't be able to raise enough money. Obama's approval ratings among Democrats are very high and she would be viewed as a spoiler. If Obama lost the General Election she would get blamed and would be toast in 2016. If Obama won he wouldn't forget being "primaried" and would back someone else for 2016. If she waits for 2016 she'll have Obama's blessing and will easily win the nomination.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  212. Roger from Albion PA

    I sure hope so Jack. We're all weary from the broken promises of 2008. We're ready to move on to a new set of future broken promises from someone else.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  213. Covenant

    The only thing Hillary lacked as a presidential candidate was experience in foreign affairs. Now she has it. Obama still doesn't. He was a fluke and a historical anecdote.

    Hillary may not run and if she did she may not win. Obama will never win.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  214. Jason Forbis

    I am one of those people Mr. Phillips spoke of in his article. I never supported Obama, I just swallowed my disgust and voted for the lesser of two evils. Obama has failed in every promise he made during his campaign. If Obama is carrying the Democratic standard in 2012, I will for the first time in my life vote for a Republican President. If Hillary is in the race....that changes everything!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  215. Doris

    The Republicans have spent 2+ years doing nothing but obstructing any legislation that the President has tried to pass. They offer no alternatives but seem to be getting a lot of joy out of being negative. I am also tired of their utter lack of respect for the lower end of the economic spectrum. Do they really think people enjoy being poor? Do they think life on welfare is one big party?
    Hillary would have to face the same negativity as does the President. The Republicans have no respect for her either. The Democrats need to stick with the President and support the President in his policies (united for a change). The Democrats would not add to their luster by dumping their sitting President. I think it would do more harm than good. I think Bill and Hillary probably know that.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  216. kanwar

    hillary ha 100% chance to win 2012,there is not even 1% doubt in my mind.She is more smarter than Obama in politics.If hillary goes for 2012 election,she can get at least 30% to 40% more votes in 2012 election.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  217. Javier

    Hillary can't beat Obama because she is not running. And she's not running because she wants Obama to win in 2012. Trying to start an argument about this subject is simply trying to create discord between democrats so they won't pay attention when republicans tear each other appart and line up with the Tea Party's extreme ideas.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  218. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Hillary Clinton ran and beat President Obama the Republicans would have no chance of defeating her or putting a female candidate up against her.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  219. ArtInChicago

    Jack, in a word...no. How can you challenge someone who you worked with and implemented and defended policies initiated by the President? I wish there was a Democratic challenge for Obama, but Hillary ain't the person.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  220. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Well, do you think she is just whistling Dixie when she says she will not run?

    I wish we did not spend so much time and money on getting ANYONE elected. This system sucks, and I think the american People are sick of it.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  221. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Easily! I'm one of those who voted for Obama but am now very disillusioned by all his bent and/or broken promises. On the other hand, I've yet to see anything resembling a viable Republican candidate. I'm a lifelong Independent, by the way, I have no problem voting for either party. But the Republicans have become far too extreme. And by now, I suspect even the superdelegates who voted for Obama over Clinton in the Democratic primary are probably regreting their votes. Hilliary Clinton for President!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  222. Burbank from CA

    Yes! I hope to God she runs and wins! She should have been elected in 2008, that is until OWN with her loud gushy crush on Obama helped turn the tide for him. Even some die hard Republicans I know wish she had been elected.

    Obama has proved to be a weak, ineffective leader. He should have had less arrogance about his abilities and waited until he had more actual experience before running for our highest office.

    My misgivings about him have proved correct, but it was still better than having McCain in office, he was too out of touch and not a good decision maker as proved by all his grandstanding and hasty, ill planned moves during his campaign.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  223. oldtimer

    Unfortunately they are one and the same. I would not vote for either one of them. We the people deserve better then what we have gotten for a long time now. We need a third party that will actually listen to the people, instead of the special interests and the elite in this country.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  224. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    Jack – Stll like Hillary but I don't think anyone will beat him next year. Serious attacks from within your sitting President's own party are rare. The Tea Party candidates are dreamin'. The GOP candidates are skittish – former heavy hitters in no rush to declare, while those setting up exploratory committees are unlikely threats to either party's major candidates.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  225. Joe Winters

    Frank Seattle – Hasn't anyone been listening to the masses who are tired of all the hype? Didn't the mid term electiions teach you anything? Wether or not the GOP is asleep at the wheel, no one's going to let the democrats keep running ruff shode over the public like they've done during this presidency. If the big guy waffels on foreign affairs again, maybe it's time for him to stay on the porch and watch how the big dogs take care of business! It's time for leadership not demogogary.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  226. David Sandoval

    Her campaign manager lost the 08 candidacy by getting to relax with her lead. Hillary doesn't need to change anything she had done. She has the tenacity to handle the prime light and beat Obama decisively. She is a very centrist politician just like her husband. With her and a republican congress maybe we can return to the good times of the 90's.

    There is no Republican candidate that could challenge her and the only thing she would risk is loosing the black vote for running against the incumbent Obama.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  227. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Hillary deserved to be Presedent in 2008. If she wants the job I'm sure it will be hers in 2012. People have realized that Obama is not what he pretended to be and that he is too inexperienced for the job. Obama needs Hillary a lot more than she needs him.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  228. Nancy E

    I think at this point that Hillary Clinton would be a good candidate running for President. I think she is doing a great job as Secretary of State. I feel that she would have done more about the economy and health care than has been done so far. She is intellligent and takes action when it needs to be used. I sure wish that she would run in 2012.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  229. TOM (INDIANA)

    I rather see her be a vice president candidate for 2012 and than run for president at 2016.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  230. Will

    I am a Libertarian, but I thought the Democratic party made a mistake in not making Hillary the nominee in 2008, and I think they realize this. She should make a run for the 2012 nomination, and there's no doubt in my mind she would win, but she won't. That would break a silly rule that needs to go. If someone doesn't deserve to run again, someone else in the party should be allowed to go for the nomination!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  231. tom Doyle, Texas

    I don't think she should run. The president will probably set records for campaign contributions next year and this will cause some red faces among the pollsters. Hillary is doing a fantastic job where she is and that is what she wants. What I like about Obama is that his money comes from people like me and not from the big corporations, banks or energy. Too bad the rest of our polititions can't organize like this.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  232. William Marlowe

    Yes, I do think she could be beat Obama and should and here is why.

    I voted for President Obama and was inspired when he was elected and felt, like so many others, there was a real opportunity for change in the United States and in government similar to the euphoria and optimism that was felt when President John F. Kennedy was elected. I like so many others felt we had turned a corner on the last 40 years of Republican ideology and religious dogma and were going to ‘Change’ our direction, rebuild our reputation in Foreign Policy matters, reestablish the rule of law based on the Constitution and the founding principles therein, and actually create a better country for the future.

    I supported and defended President Obama for two (2) years in every case, in every discussion and every debate. I will no longer do that, I will not vote for him in 2010 and if the Democratic Party does not nominate someone else other than him then I will, as a 30 year registered Democrat, not vote in 2012 in protest. It is hard to believe but President Obama has broken more promises than President George W. Bush, has not had the will to defend what we put him in office to do and has been corrupted by big business, big energy, and big finance as bad if not worse than any other President.

    I will not vote for him and I will donate to the Democratic party if they nominate him and I will abstain from politics if the Democratic Party will not listen to people like me that want REAL CHANGE.

    So yes, I would support Hilary Clinton for President in 2012.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  233. David

    I never thought I would root for Clinton but good Lord someone needs to run him out of office. He is definitely going down as one of the worst presidents ever.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  234. pam

    Jack,

    Hillary is the one person I would be proud to vote for.
    When I was growing up I was told anyone could
    be President! They were right, look at us now!! We
    are in trouble if he gets reelected1

    April 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  235. Darlene Flynn

    Hi Jack, YES YES YES, I never wanted Obama, always thought Hillary was a true American, a great leader, and experienced. I only hope her followers 2.5 million could convince her to run again. She was mistreated in 2008 so I wouldn't blame her if she is done. She definitely has my vote. Darlene in California

    April 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  236. Jack Taylor

    Sorry America Obama is a shoo in for 2012. Wake up, Bush and his crowd in 8 years led you and the world into the worst financial melt down since 1929. Two year later you clowns put his hate Obama party back in power and blamed Obama for it.

    Is an African American born in the USA so bad in the white House, I don't think so.

    J. Taylor
    Toronto, Canada.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  237. T Le

    I am certain that Ms. Hillary Clinton will beat Obama if she would run this time. Peple was in love with Obama by his speaking skills and by the democrats who did not want Clintons to have too much power and who believed that they are able to control the young Obama. Now most of them know that they were wrong.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  238. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    No! Why give the arrogant clowns that are the GOP choices any ammunition. Do you want Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin to be POTUS?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  239. Corey T. Brooklyn, NY

    I supported Hillary in the 2008 primaries. So obviously, I think she could be President and would be a good one. Today, she has even more experience under her belt as the nation's top diplomat.

    While I currently support President Obama, I would jump onto the Hillary bandwagon in a heartbeat if she decided to run for the top spot. Not only are her poll ratings high, but she has also shown that she can handle the challenges of the presidency adeptly.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  240. pam

    Jack,

    Hillary is a warrior in my eyes and i'm still not over the election that she lost! i have never understood his appeal. I believe she could win hands down. He has proven himself a weak leader and will never get my vote.

    Sincerely,
    Pam
    Knoxville,Tn.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  241. John

    I hate to say this, but I think she would do a better job as President than Obama is currently doing. I would vote for Hillary over Sara Palin any day of the week.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  242. Sheliah Johnson

    STOP...stirring the pot, Jack! Hillary has stated...NO INTEREST...in the job. Moreover, Obama/Biden has done a very good job and will do an ever better job...now that they have gotten their feet whet.

    America and the world is in turmoil. We need principled, disciplined LEADERSHIP. Hillary and Bill will still continue to give their DEMOCRATIC SUPPORT...as will ALL other Democrats.

    JUST MY THOUGHTS,
    "She"

    April 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  243. JillAmerican

    Without a doubt, most realize now she was the most prepared to be President and the better choice.
    And how many write-in votes did she get in 2008 anyway?

    April 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  244. Hafeezah(Utah)

    I will vote for Obama if he runs again but Hillary is his only competition. Republicans need to start trying as hard as they can to get her to switch parties. She is there only hope.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  245. Betsy in Pike

    She and Joe Biden should change jobs. We'll have our first female v.p., and Biden will get a fantastic opportunity to use his considerable foreign affairs skills.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  246. Beth from Huntsville,AL

    In 2008 I jumped on the Hope train and thought that Obama would really change washington instead I have seen nothing more than someone that can arrange words in very pleasing way. Looking back at 2008 I would have never guessed we would be in the economic mess that we are in now. As someone that is in the engineering and innovation I feel that this president has left the science community without the funding or 'hope' to stay ahead in the tech game. Having been to a Clinton rally in the early 2007 and listening to stump points Hilary, I realize now her message seemed very clear to create and imagine new things for a better tomorrow. I have never voted republican -– but if presented with OBAMA as my only democrat option next time I will.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  247. Terry W. Brookman

    Yes she could and that has been my bet after the first month of Obama, If things keep going the way they have been going even Palin has a chance, God help us.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  248. Rob in Boston

    Obama has done a great job and so has Hillary. I think it's unfair that John Philips has characterized his handling of the Libyan crisis as waffling and hers as aggressive and realistic. Their roles are different and he's her boss. She can and was likely well-instructed by the President to take up the role of "war hawk". As far as I observed, he may not have had as many sound bites but his message about Libya and the Ivory Coast always resembled Clinton's. I don't think voters won't realize that as her boss, he is just as entitled to the credit she's bestowed when she makes good foreign policy decisions. What does present a contrast however is speculation about how Clinton would've handled presidential matters that are outside of her job description. Still I don't think voters will imagine she would have been more effective in pushing the Democrats' agenda through congress just because she was lucky to have the star role as the aggressive war hawk. I think rather that her Clintonian political connections, and particularly Bill, may sway voters into thinking she is a more effective Democratic replacement. Obama has distanced many of his most liberal supporters that gave him the edge over Clinton in 2008. He didn't close Guantanamo and he didn't seem to pull the US out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Given Clinton's ties to the Democratic establishment, those same very liberal voters will still cast their votes elsewhere. Because Obama is running again, the likelihood that he'll retain their support against a Republican contender is dismal. For this reason, I think the best thing for the Democrats is to ask both Obama and Hillary to step aside.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  249. Jeff, Chicago, IL

    Yes, Obama has burned his bridges with many Democrats because on the one hand he has been such an indecisive weak leader and on the other he has not kept his promise of change. Hillary seems much stronger and more decisive. Young progressive voters will simply not show up at the polls for him, end of story. He has never really appealed to older voters who would definitely like another choice and the Clinton Democrats can be persuaded to vote Republican, many of them did. If the Republicans can produce a halfway charismatic candidate Obama is threw. I believe Obama is another Jimmy Carter.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  250. Darlene Flynn

    Hillary should run and would definitely win in 2012! She had the popular vote in 2008, she is a proven leader, proven American and results-oriented woman. She would still get all the votes she got in 2008, and the vote of all those people who have buyer's remorse for voting for Obama. Though I wouldn't blame her for the way she was treated, if she still sticks to the fact that she is getting out of politics altogether. Go Hillary 2012 or 2016 – YOU DEFINITELY HAVE MY VOTE! Darlene in Southern California.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  251. Michael

    Not only do I think Hillary Clinton should run in 2012, I hope she will run. I will do whatever I can to help urge her to run. If she decides to run I will donate money to her campaign and beat the bushes to get out the vote on her behalf. I live in far suburban Nashville Tennessee...in Sumner County. This isn't a bastion of liberalism but I'll tell you something, even the hardcore Right wingers here at least respect Hillary Clinton for being a woman with "balls." I think a lot of folks will be surprised by who winds up voting for her.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  252. Jim in Alabama

    At this point she can and maybe win the presidency with the weak republican group. Let see Newt who chastises President Clinton about an affair while he is having one himself, Haley Barbour who flies around in a state plane spending big money, Huckabee who pardons a prisoner that later kills police and does not even know where Obama grew up, shotgun Palin with control of our nukes, Romney who made his money on Wall Street moving jobs overseas and last oh my God Donald Trump?

    I do not like Obama or his policies. Clinton is much better suited for the job.

    Best one out there is Ron Paul he tells it like it is and has been consistent in his message but the media nor his own party wants that. We are in deep stuff as it stands right now when Hillary Clinton is our best bet.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  253. KHEB

    At this point I'd take Lucifer himself – anyone but Obama. He has done more to destroy this country than anyone before. Hindsight is wonderful., Hillary could not have been as bad – even with Slick Willy at her side.
    I did vote for Obama but have rued the day.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  254. Tyrone, NY

    I laugh at all of the whiners about Obama now, and still ask what has Hillary done that makes her any more accomplished? Obama will be victorious once again after we go through all the fake supporters once again. Bill was President not Hillary and frankly she was not impressive while in NY as a Sen. anyway when she lucked up on a seat by moving from her TRUE home. Obama 2012 NO DOUBT

    April 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  255. Larry Kurbatoff

    No, I do not think Hillary could win running against Barack. The president has an enormous advantage gor his fundraising ability. I just sent Obama a campaign donation today.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  256. Ricky in San Antonio Texas

    being that I'm in a Republican state that will NEVER go Democrat no matter what, I'd say that Hillary would stand a better chance at going Independent. She may not win, but she sure would scare the chit out of both the Republicans and Democrats and give Americans a real reason to actually think for themselves for once. I'd vote for her, that's for sure.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  257. ArizonaYankee

    Unfortunately for her, she has proven to be as inept as Obama. I no longer have any confidence in her. In fact, I have no confidence in the Democrats anymore. Hugh disappointment. They are the party of the gimme generation, and are killing our future. And, Hillary is helping....

    April 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  258. David

    Not a chance, she is lined up nicely for 2016 though. The dems know that the internal struggles in the GOP and the "damaged goods" that are their likely candidates are going to be no match for Obama in 12. PS, you and Pierce should go work at Fox, you are not true unbiased journalists – holy loaded question batman.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  259. tLJones

    Hilary is a great civil servant, but she has no where near the fund-raising capability that Obama has and he has already defeated her in a head to head run off for the Democratic ticket. Say what you want about President Obama, but the man knows how to campaign. If you think he's not the one to beat in 2012, you're are sorely mistaken. With a recovering economy, dropping unemployment, a Republican forced government shutdown looming and the tax cuts for the rich expiring in 2012, the table is nicely set for an Obama comeback. Hilary doesn't even have a horse in the race and is so far removed from domestic politics it would be impossible to come back and actually win. If she had stayed in the Senate, maybe it would be feasible.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  260. Grace R

    Hillary is the one and only viable candidate out there who could challenge and win the democratic primary and go on to win the election for President. She has shown her moxy and her willingness to engage global leaders in detente and be firm and resolute in dealing with serious and challenging issues. Run in 2012 HIllary – America needs your leadership........

    April 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  261. Linda San Francisco

    No Jack First of all only the republicans stab each other in the back. She wouldn't do that to the party. She would need the African-American help and they would not vote for her even though we loved her husband as president.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  262. Terry Veitz

    Hillary "must" run against Obama for all our sakes. She is at least honest and does what she says she will do, unlike our current President of "change". He has changed things alright!! We are the laughing stalk of the entire world due to his errogance.
    Hillary, you Must run in 2012! I'm a registered Republican, but I vote for the candidate who is most qualified so unless I see a more qualified Republican candidate on the ballot in 2012, Hillary has my vote!

    April 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  263. Gabriel-Chicago

    Enough of this crazy talk. Hillary beat Obama? I don’t think so. She could not do it while Obama was a new senator, how can she do that now when Obama is the president. She had her time. Her poll is high, because she does not make the tough decision. Can she do better than Obama? That is a billion dollar question. The answer should not be found in 2012.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  264. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Running once itself has made her weaker. Running one more time that too against her boss this time might weaken her and her position even more. She has realized the reality the hard way and let us not distrurb her.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  265. Tony

    I am sure that Hillary could beat Obama, I would vote for her.

    But I am also sure that if she ran against Obama in the primaries she would so alienate so many wings of the Democratic Party that she couldn't possibly win the general election. She needs all of the party plus a majority of independent voters to win, and she knows this better than anyone.

    2016 is Hillary's year.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  266. Stephen

    Yes, I believe she would win, and I would love to see it. The Republicans that hate her tend to hate every Democrat, so I do not believe she will incur more negativity than Obama will. Please Run Hillary.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  267. Susan from Idaho

    Hillary has done a marvelous job as Secretary of State. Could she have done better as president? Anyone but Obama would be weeping in their soup by now. Nope she should not run.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  268. Tran Minh

    One thing for sure, If GOP wins this 2021 president election, I will pack up and going to China, Vietnam or Australia again just like last time I did when Bush won. Why becuase GOP does not know how to deal with enomy and walfare of average citizen. GOP can make war and that is their baby,

    April 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  269. Smokey

    She's got as good a chance as any Republican candidate, except maybe Pawlenty. Lot of people don't like Obama and/or what he's done, but the Republicans can't exactly roll out an A-list of potential candidates either. Getting people to be anti-Obama is one thing, but getting people to be pro-Republican Candidate X is gonna be entirely another one.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  270. Dan Weinkauf

    No, but even if she could, she would have divided the democratic party so deeply that she would never have any shot at winning the general. Even against Palin, and that is saying quite a bit.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  271. Cindy

    Can Hillary beat Obama Jack? I love Hillary however how bloddy unfair can you be. Obama has juggle a hundred balls at one time, was professor of Constitutional law, achieved enormous success given the circumstances and YOU (meaning the public) don't want to give him the time to finish the job. Yet YOU (meaning the public) gave that bimbo Bush 8 years after he 'stole' the first 4 and set the country into a recession so deep that we Seniors have now lost most of what we spent a lifetime working for. No Jack, give the man the time to finish the job and he will go down as one of the greatest President's this nation has know. Now for Hillary, if she ever decided to run, and did not respect what he has done for he country and for her (he did not need to appoint her) then I might as well vote for the ignoramace Palin and then – EXIT the country. Please Jack, I have loved you and watched you for years. Straight down the middle and fair – give the facts and let me decide – this time stay in that corner will you. Your just asking this question does damage. I forgive you this time – but no more Jack.
    Cindy Ferraro(Philadelphia

    April 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  272. Fred Atkinson

    Sure it is possible but what would it accomplish other then to further weaken the party , splitting it so badly that winning the general election would be near impossible. If Obama were to realize that his re-election is highly unlikely and step done that would be a different story. Hillary's best shot is to wait let Obama get beaten badly and run in 2016

    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  273. Ruy Costa Lima

    Hilary Clinton is doing a very good job as Secretary of State. She has shown a well-rounded ability to deal with different political personalities and she has established her credibility and her goals. She will not run in 2012 because that would be a betrayal of President Obama. On the other hand if he asked her to run as the Vice-President, and Biden decided not to continue, I believe she would accept it.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  274. Jonathan from Alabama

    While i have tried to support President Obama, i have been disappointed with his administration. I think Hillary Clinton should run and i think she could win. If Hillary really cares about what happens to America, she will run. Its her duty in my opinion if she thinks she can do a better job.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  275. Joe in Colorado

    The real problem is that Democrats & Republicans are two sides of the same coin. Notice how nothing ever "changes" no matter which of these two groups are in office because the course is already set.

    The fact is, Democrats & Republicans have it pretty good– they always win.

    What the American people need to understand is that Democrats & Republicans are putting on a big show of "good cop vs. bad cop" for them, but that they really threw their lots in together long ago.

    The only hope for America is to scrub all these politicians out of office and start fresh with people who care more about their country that pressing forward with their own personal agendas.

    Which is why I've lost all hope for America.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  276. Faye Shearer

    No, Hillary is doing a good job as Secretary of State but, she is working for the President and she cannot make any independent decisions without his approval. I think that Hillary has seen first hand the hateful obstruction of the GOP and she knows that she could just as easily be in the Presidents shoes and she would be the one receiving all of the flack.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  277. John

    Jack

    YES!

    She has shown leadership which Obama sorely is lacking. Every instance he had an opportunity to lead on, he either faltered, looked weak or just didn't do anything. Like a similar President, President Carter, Obama is a better ambassador than President.

    As a former Hillary basher, I hope she runs. She can win and she has shown she was right in 2008 that she is ready to lead. I just have to accept the fact that I will never trust any politician again. Obama sucked the trust right out of me.

    John
    San Jose, CA

    April 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  278. Karen Barnett

    Hillary could win the nomination in 2012 without a doubt. President Obama talked a good talk, but he's not walking the walk. Things for the average "mainstreet" folks are just as bad off, if not worse, than they were before Obama took office. Hillary has proven herself in so many other areas of government that she could get the job done.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  279. Robby Bowling

    She's more qualified than he will ever be. Like her or not, she knows how to make it happen. We would have been better off if she had won to begin with. He gives speeches talks about theory's of which he knows nothing & she's the one that gets the 3AM phone call. He got elected because enough suckers believe the most often told lie in politics (CHANGE) & others that he's the 2nd coming of ....well I'll let you fill that one in.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  280. j0nx

    I called this a while ago. I'm glad that the MSM is catching on to what I've been saying for months now. Obama will not win the primary next year. The calls for Clinton to contend will get very loud by EOY into next. The economy will get so bad by EOY thanks to Bernanke's debasement and commodity price explosion and Obama will have so alienated his base with broken promises that the dems will be begging for Hillary to save them by EOY. You'll see. I can see the writing on the wall as clear as day.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  281. Larry Bolton

    I supported Hillary with my time and money more than I have ever supported a Presidential candidate...I absolutely think we having 'I told you so moments' that Barack Obama was an empty suit; all sizzle and no steak. Yes, Hillary could beat him...but she places a high premium on loyalty and she will not oppose a President who rewarded her with a high government position....unlike Jon Huntsman.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  282. Laurie

    I supported Hillary in the primaries and continue to support her. She would beat Obama in a heartbeat but I fear she is too loyal to jump ship and oppose him. I know America regrets its choice seeing that Hope slogan is not always sufficient. We wallow in despair looking for a savior and Hillary is the only one who can right this flailing ship now. I pray she runs.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  283. Mike in Denver

    Odd are, she made a deal with Obama not to run, so this is a moot point. However, Republicans should welcome Hillary to the race. A divided Democratic party is easier to beat on election day.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  284. tony from new york

    Jack:
    She beat him in 2008 when more Americans voted for her. The super delegates made Obama their nominee, not the people's nominee and nobody said anything. For liberal Democrats Obama has always been their man. However, Hillary has always been the candidate of the people and last time I checked we the people got the chance to elect our oficials. Plainly put, if she decided to run in 2012 she would beat him again, she just has to woman up and run.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  285. Peg - AZ

    I always thought that she was made Secretary of State so that she would be out of the "fray" – and by "fray" i mean so her popularity would not be affected by the horrible economy – it would be hard for anyone to survive becoming president or in congress under such difficult economic circumstances – I thought,"Well that is clever, they will keep her out of the "fray" and untarnished incase they need her for 2012." I really like Obama, I think he is doing pretty good under all the circumstances, but I think it worked out quite well for Hillary's popularity to be "out of town" during such a economic mess at home.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  286. iris

    As a Republican, Yes I do think she could beat Obama in 2012. I also think she could beat anyone of my party that I can imagine running.
    Should she run??? * years, 4 years ago I woudl have said no. Today I say Yes. She has shown she is more than competent. And more commpetent than any of those currently on the National stage. She is no longer the scary figure she was once made out to be, but an actual statesman(sic)-tough, smart, and never forgetting that the Human Rights of the world should be extended to women as well. I guess I am a convert. Performance, facts and reality do trump all the rest of the noise out there that will surely descend as the shriekers weigh in on this subject. I know.I once was among them.mea culpa.,

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  287. Bob Zenith

    I enthusiastically supported Barack Obama in 2008. Unfortunately, Barack Obama has not given progressives any change we can believe in.

    Obama has delivered 4 more years of "Benocide Bernokio" Bernanke, trillion$ in bailouts for banksters, a health-care "reform" bill written to enrich insurance companies and Big Pharma, expanded war in Afghanistan, and bupkis for Main Street. Except for a few crumbs in social policies, such as repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Obama might as well be serving Bush's 3rd term.

    Given Obama's performance-to-date, I would happily support Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. As for me, if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee, I plan to go fishing on Election Day 2012.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  288. Richard T. Kilmon

    At this rate Micky Mouse could win the Democratic nomination. It doesn't really matter who wins they are all ineffective and full of hot air. We need to have leaders who really care more about the people in this country and less about their egos and about lining their pockets at the expense of the working people in the United States. So Jack, this is just nothing more than a rhetorical question because it just doesn't matter. Sad, but true.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  289. Charlotte

    Jack,
    Yes, I am one of those disgruntled females that voted for Hillary in 2008. So did my Republican 88 yr old Mother. We haven't forgotten.
    I hope everyone is happy with their change. LOL See what you got for almost a billion dollars.

    Charlotte,
    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  290. Joan Evans

    Jack,

    It's a np-brainer! Hillary must absolutely run! And, without question, she would win. The piece written about Hillary was right! I supported her. She lost. I fell in line and voted for Obama because Hillary told us to. Now I really have buyer's remorse.The GOP is a danger to this country and I'm prepared to become an expat if the right-wingers take the White House in 2012!

    April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  291. Steve Mertl

    The question isn't whether voters think Clinton could beat Obama but which of them, in the minds of Democrats and their financial supporters, could beat the likely Republican nominee. If the field of challengers remains weak Obama may not face a challenge but if a fresh, attractive and credible face emerges in the GOP all bets are off.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  292. Robert

    Hillary was my personal choice in '08 but I have voted a straight Democratic my whole life. I would vote for her if she got the DNC choice. I'm sure Debbie Wasserman Schultz would like her in the White House...Femdom forever...

    April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  293. Pierre Angiel

    Oh yes, p-l-e-a-s-e.

    Obama is merely better than the opposition.But he is a total failure. Hillary would be great.

    Obama failed on tax cuts for the wealthy, closing Guantanimo, universal health care, ending the wars, creating a task force to invent a new energy source to free us of oil companies, stopping the Chinese takeover of US businesses, recreating protective tarrifs, and increasing income tax to 1950's taxes of 90+% on corporations and the wealthy which tax forced heavy investments to mitigate taxation.

    He is the Best Republican the Democrats have.

    We need a Democrat.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  294. Katherine Yockey

    Hilary would win! Obama is not living up to his promises before he was elected. Hilary would make America a better place to live because she would refuse to let the Republicans get away with their plan to "destroy the little people" – unions, Medicare, etc.

    I wish she would run! She's smarter than anyone I've heard in Washington, D.C. for a very long time.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  295. Nancy

    Hopefully Hillary Clinton will reconsider her position about running if she sees there are more Americans ready to support her now, more than previously, if even out of desperation. The Republican ticket appears to be gearing up to simply recycle the same old faces. The lack of choices for American leadership is feeling a little scary in this day and age.

    As an educated American citizen I am getting tired of the endless lip-service of the Obama administration.-all talk–really really good impressive talk–but no action!!!. Hillary we need you!!!!!!!

    Nancy G

    April 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  296. candida

    Hillary yes....male or female there is none more qualified to be our leader....republicans don't need to worry either as she is first and foremost an American Statesman who is extremely protective of this country and her people...but...I believe her...she is tired...she is nearly done...she is ready to stop worrying about us...I think we should let her be...sadly though it is time for us to let her go.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  297. Bennett

    Hi Jack:
    I'm in an open primary state and I voted for Obama in the 2008 primary. I'm sorry I did. I think Hillary would do a great job. Obama has proven himself to be an amateur, like Bush before him; Hillary has got the smarts and the experience. Unless the GOP nominates Palin, without Hillary, the Dems will lose my vote.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  298. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    Anybody would be better than Obama. What a disappointment.

    He hasn't ended either of the wars he inherited, and has gotten us into a couple more. He lied about shutting down Guantanamo, tried to sabotage the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell by appealing it in the federal courts, has paid enormous amounts of ransom money to Finance and Insurance, was even more incompetent in cleaning up the Gulf spill than Bush was in cleaning up after Katrina, couldn't negotiate his way out of a paper bag, lied about running a transparent government or a justice department that complies with the Constitution, and renominated the two incompetent no-accountability buffoons that Bush picked for Fed Chairman, and Sec'y of Defense.

    Jesus, liberals. Wake up. Has white guilt made you completely blind to the fact that this guy is a terrible leader?

    April 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  299. Birddog in Mississippi

    The 2012 race will be between Obama on one side and either totally batguano crazy or certifiably crazy on the other. Trump, Bachmann? It doesn't matter who runs, the GOP just came out with a plan that would basically eliminate medicare. So who is going to win? Not the GOP.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  300. Paul

    I do not believe she could win against Obama primarily because Obama's momentum is building in a positive way.

    When one considers the magnitude of the issues thrown at him and the manner in which he has responded, we should feel fortunate that he won last time because I cannot think of anyone who could have stood up to the pressures and respond as well as he has....

    I also believe he has genuinely attempted to do what he said he would do and that the economy will be sufficiently better by 2012...

    I think she missed her opportunity by underestimating him the first time...If she runs in 2016 she will win hands down..

    April 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  301. Pharlon

    Hate to pull the race card BUT race is the BIG elephant in the room that no one still has the guts to talk about. When Obama beat Hillary in the primaries, there were a lot of disappointed Dems, 1. Because they really wanted Hillary to win and 2. A lot of Dems weren't ready for a black president and they still aren't ready. I remember the hateful things some of the supporters of Hillary were saying at the time, RIP, Geraldine Ferraro?
    Just because someone doesnt say I dont want a black president doesnt mean they dont want a black president. The youth spoke in this election..the ones that grew up with it ok to be black and have black friends, boyfriends and girlfriends. I Genuinely think that alot of America, including you Mr. Cafferty, wasn't ready for a black pres, just watching you and the way you were before his election and after..I wouldnt be suprised to see you on fox like the 2 other CNN defectors. I wish we could go back to the days of tv shows like "ALL IN THE FAMILY", "SANFORD AND SON" and "MAUDE".. at least then you knew what a person felt about Race issues because they would speak it without shielding there true feelings

    April 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  302. Lori Shirah

    Last year both me and my husband voted for Hillary during the primary and when she lost to Obama we both agreed that he was to young and in experienced to be the Leader of the Free World and that we would never vote for him. During the Presidential election we both wrote in Hillary and plan to do so again in 2012. The only reason Obama won the 2008 election is that he ran on race and lies. Now that everyone knows his true colors and he no longer a race card by being the first black President he has no chance in winning I say bring back the Clintons. They may be promiscuous but they know how to balance a budget.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  303. Luke LeBoeuf

    Yes, I do believe Hillory Clinton should run for President. She is smart and gets the job done. Unlike Obama all he does and talks about is Gov.t shutdown. All Hillory would be talking about is how to fix the system and keep the Gov't. of this Great Nation Alive.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  304. Ty Jankowski

    Yes absolutely, I think she could win (just as i believe she could've won had she got the nomination in 2008), but whether she will run again in 2012 is the bigger question. I think she should run because a Palin or Bachmann nomination on the GOP side will draw a huge majority of the female vote since many Hillary supporters are still bitter over Obama's nomination, and Hillary will no doubt have broader appeal among independents than Obama. The only independents who will vote for Obama again are the ones who see him as a lesser evil than a Tea Party-backed GOP contender.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  305. Randy Stubbs

    Can Hillery Clinton beat Obama for the 2012 election? Pee Wee Herman could beat Obama in 2012! Obama is the worst, most corrupt idiot that has ever been put into the White House. I guess that was the best the Democrats could buy? AIG, Countrywide, GM, and all the others that the Bail out money went to for payback of funding Obama into office in order to get paid back well above. Care about America? Not a chance! Why would someone that has not been born in the U.S. truely care about the U.S.? Yes. I remember the truth. I am not a short minded American and I see what Obama and the rest of his clan around him have done to the United States, our economy, housing market, job market. Democrat or Republican? Who cares! Find someone honest and put them in. Impossible? Hmmmm

    April 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  306. Jacqueline Mongeot

    If she did run, she could beat him: as Secretary of State she became savy about foreign affairs and the potential problems of the world; she is remarkably energetic and she would use her husband's experience and knowledge in all aspects of the government.

    Jacqueline, San Diego

    April 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  307. George T.O

    At the present moment yes, given time she and a lot of other Americans will come to realizes the scope of her strategic error that she made becoming involved with the Libyan incident. Managing the Arabic crisis i would not want to wish on any Republican even if his name is Rush

    April 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  308. Anne N.

    I think she could win, but I think she will NOT run. As I did in 2008, I suspect I will be writing in Barbara Jordan for President and Ann Richards for VP AGAIN in 2012. I'd work for Hillary and vote for her PROUDLY though if she ran. Sadly I don't think I will live long enough to see a woman I respect and admire make it to the WH.

    I expected EXACTLY what we have gotten from Obama - lots of pretty words, little darned help for 80% of America. THAT was why I didn't vote for him. His skin color was and is irrelevant.

    As for the GOP, you'd have to hold my first born over the edge of that platform over the Grand Canyon and threaten to let go to EVER get me to vote for a party who has ZERO To improve my life.. PS I never had children and I'm almost 60 now.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  309. Dr. Ashish Banerjie

    No, I dont believe Secretary Clinton will be able to beat President Obama.
    President Obama is an analytical & thought provoking President, and is bringing "real change" in US politics and policies. Secretary Clinton has become a part of that "change process".
    Obama is a "master politician" when one will play politics – he will give a lesson the the "Yesterday's master", he is changing the game the way it was being played.
    You will see – how he will set up new standard.
    In USA, we are used to seeing "Action oriented politics" rather than objective priented, that is why we could not yet digest – Obama's way of working. He is re-building America and Hillary Clinton knows it very well. Hillary will not betray her best collegaue & the President.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  310. Kate from Phoenix

    People are tired of men who dither, especially women. So she could win if...those in the halls of power decide it is time for Obama to go. They did an end run on Hillary and cut deals to get Obama all those super delegate votes that defeated her in 2008. Now we'll see if they have decided it's time for him to go. If so, they'll cut similar deals to get rid of him, and the rest of us will then be given our chance to vote.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  311. Dan from Maine

    I think Hillary could win against OBama this time around, as a Democrate I have been extremly disapointed in OBama. Hillery is smarter and a lot tougher than Obama or any republican curently thinking about running. Its Time Hillery!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  312. Stephen Fischer

    I keep hearing about the president's public approval rating. If you look back into the past, two years into Ronald Reagan's presidency, his approval ratings were lower than Obama's are now. Then look what happened. I don't think we can count Obama out just yet.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  313. Krista

    Yes, I think she'd beat Obama in the primaries, but that would take attention away from defeating the republicans, which is something she wouldn't do.

    I'm not sure that her decisions regarding foreign policy issues would be any different than his, but I think she'd have more guts to stand up to the Republicans regarding national issues.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  314. Jeanie

    No, I do not and this question would not even be asked about a sitting president if it was any other person in office right now, if you get my drift. Frankly, Hilliary's popularity right now is a reflection of that same issue because most of her responses and actions are based on white house decisions and not her personal ideas, so given that, why the difference? Any reference to how she would fair against the President is to hopefully stimulate, or should I say, instigate division in the democratic base.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  315. JONIQUE

    Hope it is not to late. GEt over the 2008 campaign folks. Obama is the "MAN" Would love to see Hillary run with him. She would never hurt Biden or Obama. She has too much integrity. Those of you that want Obama to lose, get over it. He's in. Fair weather Democrats cant stand a "Black" man in charge. You are a bunch of closet birthers-like Donald Trump who will never be president. he is just using the stupid media to keep his name in the news.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  316. anthony

    If Hillary were president, her approval rating would be down, too. You'd probably flip the question in the other direction if that were so.

    I will continue to support President Obama. People like you make it extremely difficult- Fox is calling you. His policies got us out of the Third Depression. How quick we forget.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  317. Christine

    Yes, if the American people don't wise up and stop voting for "Pretty Boys" America is headed for self destruction. We need to put someone in office with "Big Hips and Big Brains" in order to survive.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  318. JC

    Its more likely that Hillary runs as Obama's VP instead of Biden for 2012. Then, she'd be the defacto democrat nominee in 2016 as the sitting VP...assuming that they win in 2012. Either way, 2016 would be Hillary's best (and last) chance at the Presidency.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  319. NM

    Love her or hate her... but the fact is that since she left the White House and announced her candidacy for the Senate, she has done nothing but keep her head down and do her job. As a junior senator, she worked tirelessly alongside her senior colleagues... as a Secretary of State, she has kept out of partisan politics and gone about doing her job. You may argue about the merits of what she achieved, but you cannot find fault with her hard work ethic and devotion to whatever task she undertakes.

    Yes, she would be better than Obama and all of the Republican prehistoric baboons who do not seem intereted in the country but are very interetsed in going against everything that the current govt proposes.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  320. Dariel, Santa Rosa, CA.

    Ms. Clinton may be positioning herself for a run for President by rejecting it. She just might run.

    With Pres. Obama revealing his true loyalty to the world government and not the USA, Ms. Clinton just might receive the popular vote for Democrats as well as Independents.

    The only Problem that I see is, THEY BOTH WORK FOR AN INTEREST THAT DOESN'T REALLY PERTAIN TO THE GOOD OLE USA.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  321. Thomas

    Could Hillary win in 2012?...well let's see, she actually got more votes than Obama in the primary so amybe the better question is why was she not the Democratic candidate in the first place? Those of us who backed her in 2008 still feel the disrespectful slap from the Democratic Party when the basically told us that we didn't matter to them...shame on them. Run Hillary in 2012...the country needs you.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
  322. Bernadette Capossela

    "Phillips also talks about dissatisfied Clinton backers from the 2008 primaries who never really fell in love with Obama. To quote, "They just fell in line."

    Mr. Phillips hit the nail on the head with this one! Hillary was MY candidate. I was not on board with Obama until Bill and Hillary endorsed him. Up until that moment, I was voting for anyone BUT McCain or Obama. At this time, I would vote republican, if there is a worthy candidate. I was raised to vote for the person, not the party.

    I would love it if she ran, but I do understand wanting to just finish your job the best way you know how and go out on top. She certainly deserves time with the family, if that's what she wants.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm |