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Is Hillary Clinton the answer?
November 15th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Is Hillary Clinton the answer?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Hillary Clinton for president buzz is loud - and getting louder.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett tells CNN that there's nobody better qualified than Clinton to become president in 2016.

"I like what she believes in. I think she's extraordinarily able and energetic... in pushing those beliefs,” he says.

And Buffett is just the latest to talk about a potential Clinton run in four years.

He joins President Bill Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Even Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Karl Rove, have alluded to it.

Google "Hillary Clinton 2016" and you get more than five million hits.

For her part, Clinton insists the answer is "no."

She is finishing up her term as secretary of state and will leave as one of the most popular members of the Obama administration.

Clinton talks about how she's been in the political spotlight for 20 years and wants to have her own time back. Fair enough. She says wants to sleep and relax. OK, but what about after that?

While Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said she won't run again for president, this is the same woman who's said that politics is in her DNA.

She is a Clinton after all.

And with a resume that includes secretary of state, senator, and first lady, the Democratic nomination is likely hers for the taking if she wants it.

Vice President Joe Biden has kept the door open to a 2016 presidential run, although he recently acknowledged it might depend on the economy. It might also depend on Hillary.

Here’s my question to you: Is Hillary Clinton the answer?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Mike Danahy

    Is Hillary the answer to what? Would she be the perfect follow up to the many accomplishments of President Obama? Obviously.

    Mike in LA

    November 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  2. maoriora

    Yes, if the question is, "Who can deliver on good government?"

    November 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  3. Richard in Kansas

    Jack, unfortunately there is nobody who is "the answer" or who "has the answer".
    First, the mandatory expendutures of just the annual interest payment alone on the deficit is enough to strangle a whale. Plus add in our annual government budget at virtually any amount, tells us all that no amount of taxes raised each year will cut into these trillions of dollars. It's simple math yet it is avoided at all costs by the congress, media, etc.Each side of the aisle has their ideas of raising this amount or that amount but in reality we can't raise enough to put even a small dent on the deficit. It's beyond belief that this is where we are as a country.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  4. Michael Bindner if Alexandria, VA

    Only if Bill passes by 2016. Even then, we'd need to see her ideas rather than just her Resume.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  5. George in PA

    I like Hilliary but don't feel she's the answer. The recent election failed to weed out the bad actors and it will take more than any single individual to solve the Nation's problems. How we repair the roll of government to service for all the people seemingly would take the collective will of every Senator and Congressman.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Riley ODay

    No, the GOP would resist a woman president as much as they have a black president. GOP is not ready for a world other than christian,straight, rich, white male.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Mel - Houston

    For God's sake give us a break!! Have a discussion about the restructuring of the UN Charter or about ways the US could be releave of the duties as policeman of the world. You may have to do some reading in order to ask an intelligent question but that's the challenge.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  8. Tonybottomline

    Obama probably asked her, Hillary Clinton, to be the answer, instead of UN Ambassador Rice, but she said no; or maybe Bill Clinton said no for her.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  9. randy

    The answer to strengthening the stranglehold the oligarchs have on the country? Yes. The answer to weakening billionaire kings and corporations for the benefit of the middle class and poor so that the country can look like a democracy again? HELL NO! I would hope that the country is as tired of this revolving door, wall street, government, media cabal as I am. Good god; just the other day I heard some talking head suggest that Michelle Obama consider running for president. I think if we made "public service" less profitable a lot of these clowns would disappear overnight.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  10. Eugene Myers Flat, CA

    Is Hillery the answer to what? She'll need to retire by 2016. If you want another Obama choose Hillery.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  11. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    I don't know that Hillary is the answer, but I feel strongly confident that Hillary and Bill Clinton, in that order, are the answer.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  12. Terry in Virginia

    I voted for her in the 2008 primary and would vote for her again, but at the time many news personalities forgot objectivity and actively wanted Obama. One went so far as to suggest that someone should take Hillary into a room and only one of them come out. He was rebuked on the air by an older newsman for his remarks. Why she's such a lightning rod among men, in particular, I don't understand. Add to that conservatives have always hated her. If she cured cancer tomorrow, the far right members of the GOP would criticize her for not having done it 100 years ago, before she was born. YES, I'd vote for her in a heartbeat but for her own health and sanity, why should she bother?

    November 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  13. Bob D Iowa

    She was the answer in 2008 will she be in 2016, probably not, the opposition has divided the nation to the point that they will run a Chris Christie who took charge during the storm and showed that you have to Bully your way to get things done.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  14. jen seattle wa

    I hope she comes back a poor person so she can see the damage she has done as state dept head embracing every money worhsipping vulture culture who continues to backstab peace loving u.s. citizens

    November 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  15. Paul from Austin, TX

    At this point no one person is the answer. However she would be a very firm leader as she is now. She would be much firmer than any leader we have had in the near past. She could and would lead in a firm yet fair style and be at the top of the list of outstanding American leaders.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  16. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I voted for Obama in the Primary in 2008 and twice for President. My opinion has completely changed toward Hillary and would definitely vote for her no question. It will not matter who the Republicans run, that "thought process" won't change for a long time. I prefer books and education over bullets and bombs.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  17. Rich Texas

    No Jack she isn't. We just went through this 4 years ago when Obama won against her. The reality of it is that no one person is going to be the answer. When you have a country so divided and a congress so inept and dysfunctional it is impossible for the economy to succeed. Unless America is willing to change the way these these people govern and the rules they do it by then they can pretty much do what ever they please without recourse and that includes bankrupting the country.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  18. Allan Placerville, ca

    YES,YES
    Considering what he was given I think Obama is doing a great job, but I think Hillery would do better.
    The President was given an instrumental task cleaning up the mess left by That "War Criminal Administration" that preceded him. But no one could clean this mess up even given 8 years

    November 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  19. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It's too early to tell, Jack. She should at least be the minimum standard of talent, experience, and popularity required to be a candidate. Republicans will have their revengeful axes sharpened in 2016, and while they may never have the quality of candidates that Democrats have, they will make up for it in dirty tricks, sleaze, voter suppression and any other vile tool that money can by. You think the old white men were desperate this time, just watch what happens to our country next time.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  20. Angie A.

    I think Hillary would do A LOT better than what we currently have!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  21. Bob In Florida

    Jack, the last thing we need is another (LIBERAL KNOW IT ALL) with zero business, financial or economic experience. We can’t benefit from another liberal who’s never created a job, balanced a budget or met payroll. She may have logged more miles than any other Secretary Of State but logged those miles to where? It certainly wasn’t in the Middle East where we needed her most. Remember who spearheaded the first attempt at universal healthcare. Fortunately, we stopped that one.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  22. Brad, Portland, OR

    The Republicans have hated her even longer than they've hated Obama.

    Do you really think the Republicans would stop their obstructionism and actually compromise with a new President Clinton???

    November 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  23. Larry in Houston

    Is Hillary Clinton the answer ?

    Jack – If you want a short 1 word answer to your question on your blog, then It's : YES

    # 1 ) Why do you think Bill has been travelling to all those "battleground states" speaking & have been endorsing Obama for the last several weeks, or months ? Certainly you don't think he's been doing it for his health, do you ?

    This tells me that there is something more – than meets the eye, here. Bill knows she is done and finished with the "title" of Sec. of State, and probably wants to get out of it for awhile,(out of the limelight, so to speak) til 2016 rolls around.Truth be known, he didn't have to go all around the country, he HAS enough Money to last him & Hillary ( and Chelsea) for the rest of their lives.

    # 2) The Voters in this country would Vote her IN, in a heartbeat. Especially the "battleground states" ( the states that have been "Red" will end up staying Red) No matter who the Dem is )

    # 3 ) He (Bill) was the Only, ( yes Only) President in recent history that actually ended up with a "Surplus" at the end of his term. Do you think that has anything to do with Hillary trying to get us out of the 16 Trillion problem ?? She would have a Very Smart ( and I mean a Very Smart ) person to actually "help her" do what they need to do, for this country, as a whole. They wouldn't be out to "get rich" – or in it "for the money" as some people would think, because they already have money. I , among others, would actually think they would be in it, to actually "help" this country, and the struggling middle class.

    # 4 ) I strongly believe she would have been the first woman president of this country, ( although I do not want to take anything away from Obama) but Obama had absolutely NO experience, period. But you know what the biggest problem was ? ( In my opinion ) It was that scandal that Bill had to endure – ( the Intern) remember that ? I honestly believe it still was "fresh" ( so to speak) in the Voters minds, and that's why they went for Obama. ( the republicans also didn't have anybody at the time, either. Why ? because McCain voted 95% of the time with Bush. And when Obama kept on Hammering that into all his speeches into people's minds, practically everywhere he went – that's why they went for Obama, because the Voters in this country wanted something fresh, somebody that has not been in the washington circle, so to speak.
    Thanks for putting my Comment on your blog.
    Respectfully,
    Larry in Houston

    November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  24. Julie Smith

    Probably not but she should be the one WITH the answers. Depends on what the administration and Bill tell her to say.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  25. Gary H. Boyd

    Well, we seem to have tried everything else, White men, black men, Catholics, Protestants so why not a female? But, of those available, I'd prefer Condolezza Rice to Hillary Clinton. Her resume is certainly ' equal to Clinton's except that she doesn't have a wayward husband. .I'm for Rice with Rubio as VP. Those two on the same ticket would certainly change the image of the Republican Party.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  26. Pete in Winfield

    It all depends on the question! If the question is: Who was the running back for the Chicago Bears in 1975? I would so a very strong: NO!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  27. Ron WPAFB

    All I know, Jack, is that Hillary is the GOP's worse Nightmare! They screwed the Pooch on this election with all the Hate and the Just Say No GOP Controlled House, and they still don't get it! It won't sink into those Hate filled GOP Heads! You just can't call 50% 0f the people, Scum Sucking Lazy Parasites and then ask for their votes! You can't stop Job Creation in Congress including your own States unemployed, and ask for their Vote! And on the horizon in 2016, Hillary!!!!! They have four years to show they can change or, they're out for another 8 years!
    Hillary is the only answer, Jack! Hillary 2016!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  28. Doug Ericson

    I do not get the popularity of Hillary Clinton. What has she done that makes people like her so much. Maybe it is the daily struggle she has with her hair. Democratic Party Cheiftess Debbie Wasserman, would be a natural supporter of Hillary. Poor Debbies Sunday permanent, had turned into some sort of oyster mushroom fest, by the time she appeared on CNN Monday morning. People who are chronically late for doing things would love Hillary. As Secretary of State, Hillary waited untill after the Arab Spring revolutions were in full swirl, before issuing travel warnings to those countries. I guess Hillary has some sort of common touch connection with a lot of people. If Lindsey Graham steps into the Republican side of the swamp, it could get very interesting. Otherwise, Hillary or no Hillary, we will have another boring election. Except, I just thought, there is Governor Al Pacino of New York too. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  29. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes. Hillary Clinton could do any appointed office in the federal government. She has done a great job in the State Department as its Secretary. I believe she could be a President of the United States in 2016. I think she wants to recharge her battery, and in 2014 start exploring her chances at the job. I believe she would get the support from both Republican Women and Democrat Women. Hillary Clinton has the experience and most likely the money support to run. The ball is in Hillary's Court.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  30. andree

    I would love to see Hillary Clinton our next President. She has so much experience both on national and international level... she is smart, hard working. Are the American people ready to cast a Presidential vote for a woman ? I am !!!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  31. KB and JB - central Florida

    The answer to what?
    Her "Hillarycare" didn't work either ...and her baggage of Bill – etc.

    Romney (of the choices we've had) was best possible option..

    November 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  32. Ron from NC

    Absolutly NOT!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  33. Florida Pete

    The Dems have several great candidates for 2016, including Hillary. The Repubs have zilch, and unless they rid themselves of their dinosaurs and crazies, they're heading for the elephants' graveyard. So what's the question?

    November 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  34. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, I have not been a Clinton supporter, but her time as Secretary of State has shown her to be tough and statesmanlike. I have come to the conclusion that she would be a good president. There is an added bonus, a Hillary Clinton presidency will really piss off the Tea Party, and that makes me smile just thinking about it.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Austin

    Is Hilary the answer to what? Articulate your question to a subject matter.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  36. Jim in Denver, CO

    Jack,
    Question should be is she the 'best' answer in 2016. I think she is better than anyone the GOP might throw out there. Hey, anybody is better than what the GOP throws out there now as is.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  37. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    The answer to what?

    Dude, you tried to ram Christie down the Republicans throats too. He said no. Some people aren't for sale Jack. Maybe you should learn your lesson and stop trying to nominate people who aren't running.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  38. Martha Brooks

    Give us a break! It's too soon to even contemplate the question much less an "answer!"

    Martha, Rew, PA

    November 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  39. Janice

    You do realize that the petition is just a colossal waste of time, right? The Constitution clearly states that no state can leave the Union. This is just a collective temper tantrum.

    November 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  40. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    Is Hillary Clinton the answer ? To what question Jack, is this a floater to see if people are interested in her running for President in the next Presidential Election. Is that what your beating around the bush about ? My God ! Jack how about asking a question like, Why aren't any Major News Medias reporting and showing(via infrared satellite imagery) the hole in the ozone growth rate and what projected forecasts are going to look like due to Global Warming. The answers I'm looking for are ; when are we going to indict the War Criminals and end Scooter Libby Justice. Whats Hillary's stand on those issues ? I like and respect Hillary very much, but I know we need Dennis Kucinich and Barbara Boxer in 2016, they have proven they have the smarts, the fight and the guts, to get the tough jobs done. And Jack I don't care who is on the top of the ticket. Boxer/Kucinich Kucinich/Boxer , It really looks good either way !

    November 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  41. Pete in Georgia

    Of course Hillary is the answer.
    Who else would have a disregard for decency and feel totally comfortable following the stench which will be left behind in the oval office ? By 2016 America will be so broken down, a mere shadow of it's once greatness, a complete laughing stock around the world, who better to continue the mockery ?
    Absolutely perfect

    November 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  42. annie, atlanta

    As a woman, I'd like to see a woman as President, and Hillary Clinton is about as qualified as they come. I think she's the answer.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  43. Ed from California

    The answer is,as of the last count......12 house seats for a democratic majority. Boehner needs to man up...his party lost. Man up Boehner and work for the American people for a change, instead of Rove, Norquist and the Koch brothers.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  44. Kevin in CA

    If she was the answer, she would have been sitting in the Oval Office 4 years ago.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  45. Rich Texas

    You know Jack a few years back people though that Cracker Jacks was the coolest thing going. You got some toasted corn smothered in caramel and a couple of old nuts. With the Clintons you get just about the same thing. Like cracker Jacks, they are a thing of the past.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  46. Jay Saro

    People were employed, buying houses, the markets were booming, and we were not at war during Bill Clinton's tenure. To hear the Clinton's name brings sparkles into the electorates eyes and hope in their hearts. I am certain that Hillary is the answer because business will remember what is was like with the Clintons in office and people will yearn for that same high level of moral. There is not a single person in the Republican establishment that will be able to go head to head or toe to toe with the Clinton's.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  47. calaurore9

    Please, Jack. Give us a couple of minutes between elections. Geez.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    November 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  48. Greg Turman

    Jack;

    Chicago, Sal Alinsky, HillaryCare and Birther 2007 makes Hillary the prefect sequel to president Obama.
    Yours Truly.
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    November 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  49. Tonybottomline

    My forecast, Hillary loses to Jeb Bush, in an election decided by the House of Reps.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  50. BrainTurnedOff

    What - is the race already on? The campaign season seems to be getting longer and longer.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  51. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    I think that there is NO question that Hillary Clinton will be the Presidential nominee for the Democrates in 2016 IF she wants it. she is the MOST qualified of the Democrates, is the MOST popular and many people, esp women, feel she should be President NOW.

    I personally like Joe 'Straight Talk" Biden BUT he would be a MUCH weaker candidate than Hillary and Democrates KNOW it.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  52. Peg in NY

    Yes! Hillary has always been the answer.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  53. Peter, Tarrytown, NY

    " Please don't throw me in that briar patch", said the hare to the fox.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  54. C from Boston, MA

    Hillary would be the best choice for 2016! She is popular, experienced in domestic and foreign affairs, and she can win the coveted woman vote. As we have seen in this election, the woman vote is quite important. Also, her husband speaks highly of her too! And as a popular and successful political figure, he can certainly garner votes. Also, with Obama owing the Clintons for his reelection, his endorsement and campaigning for her can garner the additional coveted votes from other voting blocks. Hillary may also save us from any crazed right wing nuts who may want to hijack the White House as they tried in this election.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  55. Robert in Ohio

    No, because this question should be multiple choice and we haven't seen at all the answers yet.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  56. Bill from Fairport

    By all means Hillary in 2016! Together with Elizabeth Warren as VP what joy it would be to watch Rush Dumbaugh have a massive coronary.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  57. Darla Seneff

    I supported Hillary Rodham Clinton for the nomination back in 2008...unfortunately she fell a little short. I will DEFINITELY support her again in 2016!!! One can only hope!

    November 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  58. Snoozie

    The answer to what question? I believe she should run, and would be great.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  59. Willie K.

    The job is Hillary's for the taking if the economy recovers in the next four years. That is why the R's were so devastated by the election, because it not only means four more years of D control, but possibly 12 years. If you put Obama's political team behind Hillary in 2016, it will be a cakewalk.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  60. jk in MN

    I do hope she runs, but if she is tired and wants to not be is the pressure cooker of Washington, she knows what's best for her.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  61. Willie K.

    Pikeville, Kentucky - The job is Hillary's for the taking if the economy recovers in the next four years. That is why the R's were so devastated by the election, because they know it not only means four more years of D control, but possibly 12 years. If you put Obama's political team behind Hillary in 2016, it will be a rout. Maybe a Clinton/Christie ticket? Or Clinton/Jindal?

    November 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  62. Jim Browne

    I can't imagine a more pragmatic, capable and globally respected world leader than Hillary Clinton. I have no doubt she would be an outstanding president capable of working across the aisle because she is respected on both sides of the aisle.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  63. sarge

    Unless she switches parties, she is not the answer to the GOP's problems!

    November 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  64. bob z.

    no we don't need another progressive

    November 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  65. Larry from Kansas

    Jack,

    YEP! YEP! YEP! Hillary is the answer. She was the answer in 2008. She doesn't even have to reach across the aisle, with the likes of Gingrich and Rove alluding to it. Don't forget about the big dog either. He will explain how things are done and how things get done. It's a winner no matter which way you look at it.

    Larry from Kansas

    November 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  66. terrymcmanus

    She was the answer 4 years ago and she will still be the answer 4 years from now. The United States suffered from Barack Obama's inexperience. He should have been her Vice-President for 8 years and then he would have made a great president. He hasn't even done anything for the minorities who have voted for him.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  67. Adam

    I didn't vote for Obama this time around, and I certainly will not vote for a Joe Biden ticket in 2016, but Hillary Clinton would make a compelling argument for another four years of a democratic administration. I think she has the tenacity required to handle the job, the experience both as the first lady and as Secretary of State to know how the White House operates, and I believe the political connections that come with being married to a former president and being the senator from one of the largest states in the union. Even though I often swing red, Hillary would most likely get my vote – especially if Huckabee or Palin somehow land their way on the Republican ticket.

    Janesville WI

    November 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  68. Harrry Baxter

    Only time will tell if Hilary is the answer, but if she wants to run, she'll be the overwhelming choice over Santorum, Walker, McDonnell, Jindal, and the other characters from the Star Wars Bar Scene.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  69. ken, atlantic city, nj

    No she is the problem. Why wasn't she fired for bengazi. When are the voters going to stop going for the same type of people and thinking they will get different results. She is a bigger joke than pelosi. I can't believe you are talking about 2016, we just had an election and 95% of the blacks voted for obama. I guess 95% of the women will vote for hillary. Maybe chelsea the hedge fund manager can be her running mate. That might get her 100% of the womens vote.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  70. danel

    2016 is Hillary Clinton for President year. Go get 'em Hillary!!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  71. Sheliah

    Yes..., but it DEPENDS on the question? In four years, the world is likely to be a VERY different place...and IN a very different place than it is today!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  72. Jonathen K

    If Hillary does run and gets the nomination, it's all but over for the GOP, they had mine as well bow out of the race if that happens.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  73. Kent

    she's not running Jack

    November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  74. John in WNY

    if Hillary is the answer I really don't want to know what the question was.

    Before Hillary can run for office she should have to explain where the $200 million went that her healthcare taskforce went.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  75. Phillip

    She is the answer for 2016. President Obama for four more years and then eight years of Hillary will have this country on the right track for a long time.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  76. Priya

    She is the person for the job. And, we americans need a women in power to set the house right.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  77. John Lemon

    Clinton would be very strong and, after the great job Bill did for Obama, you have to believe that the President would also be out there for her. So, if she runs, she wins the nomination. Who would Republicans nominate who could beat her? With the nomination process in the GOP so messed up. Clinton could do it in a walk.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  78. IrisInTheOzarks

    You betcha, Hillary is the answer and for many reasons, most of which have been given by the folks noted.-But I have one more that they did not list& it's topical Someone, possibly my mother, once said The only thing a young man's flattery arouses in a much older woman is her suspicions!" Hillary has walked thru the fire & come out stronger. I'm a registered Republican and would vote for her in a minute!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  79. jack

    yes, she has always been my first choice.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  80. Duke

    No,
    We need a fresh face. Not someone who has political baggage.

    Hillary should have run this time. She would have won a landslide mandate and would have brought the country together. Her reputation is now clouded with the Embassy debockle.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  81. Audrey NYC

    Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! She was the answer in 2008, and while I willingly pulled the lever for Obama then and last week, I believe her experience and seasoning as a Washington insider are invaluable assets in this age of partisan politics.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  82. Paul

    As a Florida voter, Hillary has my vote in '16 if she decides to run. The GOP is on it's way out, Romney showed just how much denial he's in today with his outrageous remarks. Sadly, this is what the "wholesome Christian party" believes.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  83. Janet

    Yes Jack, Hillary is the person we need in the White House, she is qualified to the extreme.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  84. Gary D

    She has a problem with being truthful. Remember the 2008 comment about landing in aircraft on an airfield under fire???

    It appears that we aren't concerned with honesty and integrity in our cadidates.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  85. Bruce Robertson

    Is Hillary Clinton the answer? What's the question?

    November 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  86. Bill in Ottawa

    Other than generate response from partisan nutbars (from both sides), asking this question so soon after the current election borders on media whoredom. No one wants to think about this except idealogues at this point. How about you point your media machine in a direction that could help today? You seem to have been using your resources as an audition for Rupert Murdoch, so why not stop wasting time and just take on of the soon-to-be empty chairsover there?

    November 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  87. Matt Sewell

    Matt Sewell from Dallas, TX:

    My answer is no. We should be focusing on real possible game-changers, such as Gary Johnson or Rand Paul for 2016. We already know Gary Johnson's stance from this previous election, so let's talk about that. Hillary Clinton has said nothing about her stance on anything, only that she isn't running.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  88. Mike

    Well, for one thing, the GOP is not done fighting the good (ah, make that the bad) fight. With Obama riding off into the sunset, the DEMs will need their strongest warrior to repel yet another last-ditch, cultural war from the right in 2016. They may be wrong, but the GOP is clever. I don't blame Hillery at all for wanting to sleep in, watch some "guilty" trash TV and snack on nachos, but she is not just the DEMs, but the country's, best hope to continue a movement to reverse a misguided effort to destroy what used to be an inclusive society with secular ethics as well as religious morals.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  89. Ruth Whiteley

    I thought Hillary was the answer when she was runnung against Obama and now I think she is the only answer. There is no one better and more qualified than Hillary to get us out of the mess we are in.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  90. Greg Rockford, IL

    Can't we deal with the next four years first before propose our solution in 2016?

    November 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  91. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    For Christ sake we just finished an election. Give it a rest. Please.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  92. Mark in Ann Arbor

    From where I stand she's the least objectionable high-profile Democrat, but I have higher hopes for this country.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  93. Betty McAnnally

    I think buffett is right on the money. I would love to see Hillary run for president in 2016. She has already got my vote and a straignt democratic ticket. Betty

    November 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  94. Pauline Kayes

    Perhaps Hillary Clinton is still reeling from all the sexism directed at her during her first run for the presidency. But I am strongly hoping that after a year of fun, relaxation, sleep, and decorating, her desire to serve, inculcated in her by her mother, will be stronger than ever. And what better way to honor her mother than to become the first woman president? Champaign, Illinois

    November 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  95. Paul in NC

    How can we know if Hillary is the answer when we don't know the question? The 2016 election is a long way off. No reasonable person would even attempt to predict what the issues may be at that time. There will be many questions to be answered between now and then. Let's wait to see waht the world looks like in the spring of 2016 before trying to decide who has the right answers.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  96. Mike in Minneapolis

    Oh, good. It's time to start talking about the next election. It has been about an hour since the last one.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  97. Greg in San Francisco

    Think she would make an excellent President, which is something I did not believe back in 2008 when she was running against Obama. Since then, it seems she has tempered her obvious ambitions with wise and thoughtful service to the country. If she does run, she'll be a formidable opponent.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  98. Loren, Chicago

    It would be great to believe that Hilary has solutions beyond what her husband offered, but everyone forgets that Bill was responsible for hundreds of thousands of light manufacturing jobs being shipped off to China to benefit Walmart.

    The answer doesn't appear to exist among the current group of politicians, because they all seem too beholden to parochial interests to serve in the interests of the American people.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  99. Margo

    Oh yes, I would quit work to campaign for her. She is a strong and smart woman with all the necessary experience. The republicans have a long way to go before they are even a viable party. This campaign showed all their dirty laundry and it will be a long time before the american voter can put that behind them.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  100. Steve

    Once we fall off the cliff, we will need a Repuiblican President and a Republican Congress (Senate and House) to save the economy. Only the Republicans know how to create jobs. Under Bush the unemplyment was averaging at 5.5%. Ever since the Democratic Congress took over in 2006 and Obama in 2008, the economy got worse (8.5% unemployment) and will stay that way until the Republicans take over. The only thing the Democrats are good at is a lot of talk of all the good things they are going to do but it never happens. Somebody has to create jobs to support the poor and the unemployed. If you punish the rich they will hoard their money or invest overseas and the whole country loses.
    I think we need another Bush back, Jeb Bush that is in 2016. That would get the Liberals all excited, especially the clowns at MSNBC. Jim Matthews especially, he would talk so fast that would have trouble getting the words out of his mouth.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  101. Ben

    Hillary will be a better president than Obama, and obviously a way way better choice than any crook from that red party.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Kevin, Virginia

    Is 2015 already? After a tiresome and intense campaign, some people just want to sit back and relax. Let's discuss the real problems that we are facing, instead of asking this kind of questions that have no importance right now. I guess some people are so fixed in presidential politics that they have to keep smoking the electoral fray. For those people I recommend a weekend in Colorado where they can smoke something else!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  103. Cathy

    The answer is term limits for the House and Senate. I like Hillary and her politics but if you don't change the make up of the House and Senate, nothing will get done as we continue to see every day. One of the entitlements to cut is the medical insurance coverage for the House and Senate. How about having them pay for their insurance and they use the options available to government service employees and they are only covered during their employment.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  104. Dan

    I'm not sure if she's 'the answer' but there's about a 95% chance she'll be the next POTUS and that's a good thing I think

    That will give the country 16 straight years to try and recover from 8 years of Dubya – That's DEFINITELY a 'good thing'

    November 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  105. Midwest Jim

    The media should adopt a pledge not to talk about the next election until it's 12 months out, and focus on the real issues for a change. And when you do focus on elections, drop the mistaken and misleading polling and focus on what the candidates say and what they do.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  106. magnum12

    Would Sly Willie bring along Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and all the other fluzies listed in his black book. Would make for a crowded WH.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  107. Mike H

    Here's my answer: Stop talking about 2016 please. Please? We're close enough to perpetual campaigning as it is without discussing 2016 before the electoral college votes have been cast for 2012

    November 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  108. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It would be worth it, just to watch Bill on the campaign trail one more time. At any rate, Dems need to have a firey candidate next go around because the right wing conservatives will be uber desperate. It will be their last opportunity as a legitimate party, after that, they'll be a Fox TV reality show with horrible acting.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  109. Bob, Phoenix

    No. Even if I thought "maybe" a month ago, her absolute cowardice in staying out of sight, out of the country, out on Australian wine tasting tours when duplicity, incompetence, and political cover-up by the Cabinet Dept. she heads are being investigated totally diqualifies her as a principled leader, let alone a Commander-in-Chief. Her day has come and gone. In retrospect i sure wish she had beaten Obama in the 2008 primaries. She may not have any more integrity, but she is a hell of lot smarter than that arrogant, narcissistic nebbish. Would be interesting to see her platform in 2016 (especially if she ran in the primaries against Biteme, the village idiot – "four more years", or, "I told you so, BO really was an incompetent amateur"!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  110. Gigi Oregon

    I would vote for her in a heart beat. And if her husband could be Sec. of State.or VP it might give back an American renewal or come back in the world opinion polls. President Bush and the GOP have given our country a bad name.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  111. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    Yes ,we dont want any racist &ignorant party like evil teaparty /republican,John MCcain the most ugliest & racist still bitter about his lost &his Romney's lost,shame on them

    November 15, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  112. LiberalLarry

    Yes she is, Obama is God, Hillary is Jesus, plus she will pave the pathway for other lesbians that want to run for high office. She has the experience as well as some whitehouse property from their first time around. The real question is how will Bill take it being the first man.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  113. Faith

    I already have my Hillary2016 Facebook page up and rolling! YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  114. Amber - Salt Lake City

    I have never been a Clinton fan, but I admit that Hilary has done a wonderful job as Sec of State and as a registered Independent, i would probably vote for her. She would definitely win if the Republicans don't get their head out....

    November 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  115. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Hillary definitely got some good experience working under Obama. She may be able to get some kind of votes that were out of Obama's reach in 2008 and 2016. But some votes that Obama easily won in both the elections are not within Hillary's reach. She may have somethings in common with Romney, not being consistent with her statements. Her failed attempt to win nomination in 2008 may make her resume look dimmer.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  116. Dave in WA

    Jack,
    Democrats are the first party to host a 2-term African-American president. Being the first to a 2-term female president would be exactly our style.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  117. JOHN

    Jack, like her politics or not, she is an extraordinarily talented woman, who, after putting up with Bill's BS, deserves a chance to shine in her own spotlight. As I recall, when Bill was governor in Little Rock, she was already rated as one of the top fifty lawyers in the United States. She was an effective first lady, carrying herself with a lot of dignity following the Monica issue. And now she's been Secretary of State. I'm a lifelong Republican, but she'd get my vote if she ran in 2016.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  118. Gerry Erman

    If your a liberal or a democrat she is she is your savior. If your a conservative you tremble at the thought. Hillary's time is past as far as elected politics is concerned.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  119. Ben

    If we're as polarized as now whoever the Democrats choose in 2016 will be labeled the antichrist or worse. So how about chilling out for awhile Dems. The GOP will most likely do the predictable & continue to insert their feet, & everything else into where the sun doesn't shine.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  120. Scott from CA

    No one person is the answer, but she's the currently stands as the best option for president in 2016. We won't need to wait 4 years to find out. With the elongated campaigning process these days we should know in about 2.5 years if she's serious or not. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say she runs. You don't spend your entire life in politics and then turn down the best shot at the crown... especially if you happen to be a woman with an opportunity to do something never seen before in this country.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  121. Jack, Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    No sir: I think the hero remains of the American Revolution would create earthquakes knowing that the Presidency has become a family affair, indeed government itself such as senatorial and congressional families have made public "service" their hereditary legacy. The result is obviously two classes, royalty and slavery. Just sayin !

    November 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  122. Ted

    H. Clinton would make a far better president than Obama. But if Obama milked all the support from the minorities for his 2 terms, she may not get them to come out to vote in big numbers.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  123. Tim

    Yes, Mrs. Clinton is the answer for 2016. I originally supported her run in 2008 when she lost to Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. Clinton will be an excellent leader and will have my vote should she run. Saugerties, NY

    November 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  124. Bob In Florida

    Really Jack? Isn’t she the same Secretary Of State that’s overseen the Middle East blow up in our face? Not to mention the whole Benghazi incident. She traveled to everywhere except where she was needed. I guess it was the sniper fire that kept her out of the Middle East.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  125. Marie in West LA

    Is Hillary the answer? I think she is better than who we have right now. I believe that she should have won in 2008. What does this say about our newly re-elected President that we are already contemplating his replacement. If possible, I don't think we could fast forward the next four years fast enough to suit my needs or the country's. I have heard many a Republican refer to her as smart and tough and more important;ly that they would consider voting for her. Is she the answer? YES!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  126. Charles

    IF the question is "Who helped kill 4 Americans in Benghazi ?" Then yes she is the answer – said so herself!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  127. Carol Smith

    I was not for Hilary in 2008 but if I had to do it all over she would have my vote. She had more political capital built up than Obama that would have made it easier for her to govern.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  128. Hank Corbett - Jacksonville, NC

    Hillary was the answer in 2008. As Secretary of State, she has worked herself to the edge of complete exhaustion. I would love to see her President in 2016, but I would worry about her.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  129. beauville

    I hope not. I think this country has been influenced by the Clinton's long enough. For example, many people blame George Bush for the collapse in 2008. But in reality, Bill Clinton is probably more guilty than anyone in that regard. There's politicians to blame on both sides of the isle but Bill Clinton signed several peices of legislation during his Presidency that directly lead to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. And yet he walks away scott free, probably made tens of millions of dollars, and then blames Bush. Please ... no more Clinton's.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  130. JM from DFW

    It is all about what our nation need at that time in History.

    Ronald Regan was the answer in 1980, he would not be the right choice today, and he did a great job!

    We need to observe the response of leadership to the communities that were affected by Hurricance Sandy.
    Restoring a community that can make a positive contribution to our economic system will be helpful for our nation.

    Government by the people and for the people is a partnership.

    If our nation is still polarized in 2016, Hillary would be an excellent choice!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  131. Liz from PA

    The American people are the answer. We need to stop buying houses that we can’t afford, cars that we can’t afford and stop using our homes as ATM machines to buy vacations and granite counter tops that we don’t really need. Hillary would make a great president and I would vote for her if she ran but maybe she just wants to garden or read a good book. She certainly has earned it.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  132. Bob from West Virginia

    We just elected a President for his second term. Let's stay in the here and now and not contemplate the future by starting the election campaign for 2016 in the late fall of 2012! Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give it a rest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  133. loverpoint

    It is all up to Hillary. She has my vote if she decides to run. I wanted her as the Democratic nominee in 2008.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  134. Angie Smith

    I wrote her in the last 2 times...I would LOVE to see her name in bold print to put my "X" next to it.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  135. Karl in Flint, MI

    Of course Hillary is the answer. The way the GOP leadership is mucking around with their new found stupidity, they won't be a viable political party again for a long time. The mental condition they have become as a group won't be curing itself any time soon, apparently. Now, WHO after Hillary in 2024?

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  136. dollface

    Hillary Clinton is the answer to many questions:

    Who is the most admired woman in the US?
    Who is the most admired woman in the world?
    Who is the Dem's best choice for President in 2016?
    Who is a role model for women in public life?
    I could go on and on.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  137. Rose in Glendale, Az

    I have to say NO, Hillary is not the answer, I think if she did agree to run and won the election we would have two Presidents. Bill Clinton would love to be back in the White House and I think Bill Clinton would be the decision maker in most cases. I think Hillary knows she would be President in name only. I don't know who would make a good President in the next election but who ever it is would be a whole lot better than what we have in store for us over the next four years.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  138. Andrew Wede Grand Island,NE

    By 2016 when Obama gets done gutting this country there will not be a country to run in.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  139. darth

    It is time for the Clintons who have served this country, to retire and let the next generation take over. This country needs to proceed forward and not step back to a different time such as 1997 as such in Hillsborough County, Florida.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  140. DebC

    She was the answer in 2008, but too much water has passed under the bridge. Hillary obviously does not work well with the Democratic party or they would not have railroaded her in the last election. Obama was a perfect puppet and proved it. Her health care plan was actuarially sound and Obama's was not. But it has been passed and horrible economic consequences are occurring in terms of rate increases and medical organizations starting massive layoffs. Hillary would not be able to undo everything bad that Obamacare has done. And for anyone noticing the rash of medical company layoffs, that is what Hillary said would happen with the plan Obama was advocating. Go back and watch the debates. But is Hillary the answer? Oh thing is for sure... BIDEN IS NOT.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  141. scot

    For pitys sake. Can we not have a few days at least before we start on the non stop election merry go round?
    2016? 2020, 2024? On and on.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  142. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    Maybe, Jack, but I'd rather see Rand Paul or Chris Christie step up to the plate (no pun intended). Hillary has claimed in the past that she is not interested in the job, and from some recent photos, it looks like the SOS position gave her a pretty hard run.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  143. Louise in Portland OR

    No......... she will be too old in 2016
    Her time has past

    November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  144. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: I love Hillary & Bill! Do I think she would make a good president? You betcha! That said, any democrat on a bad day, is better than the GOP. They have vacated the WH for the next decade with their antics. I'm so happy, it's sinful!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  145. M. Simons

    Absolutely! I did not support her in 2008, but would absolutely like to see her run in 2016. She has done a superb job as Secretary of State. When even the Republicans have not complained about her, you know she is accomplished and respected. There's no doubt Pres. Obama would support her as enthusiastically as Bill supported him. And for good measure, let's throw in Deval Patrick for VP !!!

    November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  146. Fred Larson

    We have a black President. We just had a Mormon candidate for President. It is time for a woman President. Who is more qualified than Hillary Clinton? Condoleezza Rice? Give me a break. Hillary Clinton should run if she has the energy to do it.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  147. Thom Richer

    One hell of a big part of a solution. However, we need a Congress filled with men and women who represent the PEOPLE not special interests or their own interests. Hillary will do that but I doubt if ever Congress will.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  148. M. Simons

    I swore this was my last Presidential campaign (my first was Kennedy), but if Hillary ran I'd probably reverse my decision.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  149. Cuomo's Waiting

    Is Hillary Clinton the Answer?

    Yes. To the question "Who is most responsible for the 4 dead Americans in Benghazi".

    November 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  150. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Frankly, talking about the next election so soon after this one is a bit much.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  151. Susan-NJ

    NO she is not. When she was given the assignment of changing medical coverage she insulted everyone in sight and lost all chance of negotiating a comprimise-that was the end of that for 8 yrs. Currently she wanted us in Libya-if she had succeeded the violence would still be raging-Americans woudl be dying and arms dealers would be getting rich. As Sec of State she represent sthis country half dresses-no make-up hair not done. She speaks of women's empowerment which for her example is to take any insult and embarrasment her husband hands her and swollow it to be Sec of State-Senator Pres etc.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  152. Burbank

    YES! YES! YES! I wrote her in this last election even though she wasn't running. She is 3 times more qualified than both 2012 candidates put together!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  153. Carl in Missouri

    No. Hillary needs to retire before she gets mean, cranky, and senile like the rest of the old fart politicians.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  154. Mark.....in Houston

    Hillary would be great for the country and at the same time give each party what they want; Democrats would win a huge victory, and Republicans would have an endless list of things to yell and scream about. Besides that, the economy in the South and bible belt would go through the roof as a result of a huge increase in gun sales. And if we're really lucky, maybe Texas would finally secede.. Yep, she's perfect for the job.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  155. Kevin

    I think so. She will be even tougher on the Republicans than Obama is. She will say it like it is and call a spade a spade.

    Los Angeles CA

    November 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  156. Dwayne

    Easy question, and only a one-word answer is needed: YES! .

    November 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  157. Wazzup

    We all got a sample of her "capacity" in the way her State Department handled the Benghazi situation. Her leadership (or lack of) resulted in four Americans dead, so no thanks.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  158. cher

    I pray we can get Hilary in the WH ..she is brilliant beyond words....GO FOR IT !!!!! Just think 2 awesome democrats in a row....and we know after Obama dems will get another in the WH as the republicans will still be in grade school learning how to get along with others.....

    November 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  159. A Southern Lady

    Hillary Clinton would be a very attractive presidential candidate in 2016. She is intelligent, experienced and qualified. With four more years ahead for President Obama to continue cleaning up the mess left by Bush/Cheney, a following administration of Hillary Clinton would be in the country's best interest. If the GOP eliminates the Tea Partiers and the far-right religious nuts, they may have a chance to reclaim the White House in 2016. However, from what I see, these people are so entrenched in what was once a much-respected party and there is no recognizable senior Republican who has the authority and the guts to get the party away from those who have and are destroying it. My guess is the Republicans will continue to fade and the Democrats will become stronger. This county needs two well- thought of and trusted political parties so, hopefully, the Republicans will "get the message" and bring back the balance of political power to our country.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  160. Debra Brandt

    Yes, Yes and Yes.
    Ormond Beach, FL

    November 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  161. Gary

    Really, has this country has is mind or is the media trying to collapse what will soon be very little. Wake up

    November 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  162. And HURRICANEPAUL who writes from Hawaii...

    ** Here’s my question to you: Is Hillary Clinton the answer? **

    Jack, if the problem in 2016 is dealing with a $22 trillion dollar Nationa Debt and 8% unemployment, the answer will be "no".

    November 15, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  163. Rick McDaniel

    No. I would oppose Hillary as much as Obama, as she is exactly like him........a socialist, who simply wants to give away the country, and tax the middle class to pay for it.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  164. Pookey

    Hillary Clinton would be the best possible candidate for President of the United States. But - she would never get elected. If she had made it the last time, I believe we would not be in the economic mess we are today.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  165. Carl in Missouri

    No. I want Susan Rice to be the next president just to watch John McCain's head explode.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  166. Ed in Sac

    Depends how many States are left in the Union come 2016?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  167. Andrew Sommer

    Hillary / Warren 2016 dream team

    November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  168. Jim in Denver

    Of course. Hillary blows any party's stable away. She's proven she can maneuver foreign affairs, legal scholar, astute accountant, and so on. Would love to have her as President; regardless of party!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  169. Linda in Bergefield

    Answer, I don't know what you mean.
    But option, an EXCELLENT one!!!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  170. SteveO

    Whoever Legalizes Marijuana All together Would Be The Answer For America Hahaa..!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  171. Mike

    Hillary is absolutlely the answer. She is tough as nails and would never back down from a fight with this or future obstructionist congresses. She would make an excellent president and give us 8 more years of Democratic control of the White House.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  172. Larry

    Hell Yes! We get a twofer wilh Hillary, we need ole Bill to help straighten this financial mess out!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  173. J.D. Lewis

    I think she would be a fantastic president and she has plenty of experience and a great history. Her husband's policies are, as expected, very similar to hers, and his policies worked very well in the 90's.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  174. sifto77 from canada

    Jack, i remember–you were her biggest deterrent in 2008-and you encouraged everyone else to vote for obama because you did not like her–what happened? change of heart?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  175. Jonathan

    I strongly believe that Hillary would be an excellent president, however, if the issues in Congress aren't resolved, does it really matter. It is Congress that deliberates and creates the legislation that effects change for the nation (for better or for worse), not the president. In some ways, having a less effective person in that role might actually be better, if the exchange was an effective legislative branch.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  176. Kimmy

    No, it should be Jon Huntsman for 2016.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  177. Jerry

    Hillary No is not the answer, She lost all her capital just by being associated with B.H.O. And by throwing her ambassador to the dogs in Benghazi. Then lying about it.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  178. Denny, from Iowa

    To say yes to that question, would be like saying Palin for President ! I think not.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  179. SB

    I think it would be good to have another democratic president and i think Hillary is the right person for it. If she run for president i am almost certain she will win. She is well known, well loved and she will get a lot of votes. Hillary For President 2016!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  180. Maureen Startin

    In light of the fact that we need to have a woman in the White House, my answer is ABSOLUTELY! I concur that there is no other woman more qualified to lead this nation and reach the necessary compromises, regardless of opposition in either the House or the Senate. I say, take your break Hillary, and we'll see you again in 2016!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  181. Shawn from Ohio

    No, she is part of the problem. Who you ask is the solution? Ron Paul is and those who believe in liberty and doing things without big brother's help. The sooner we realize government is not the solution but the problem the better our country will be.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  182. Al Alvizo

    NO! A congress cleansing would a better bet!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  183. mitchell maybury

    Hillary Clinton was the answer 4 years ago. She would certainly be the answer for this country in 2016. I can only hope she has the sense to take on the challenge and fix what has been done so far. Go Hillary

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  184. RJ

    America is the only advanced nation that is yet to elect a woman as its leader. The Democractic Party owes the nomination in 2016 to the Clintons. Bill saved Obama's convention and presidency and Hillary has been a tireless team player. If she really wants it, she will be our next President.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  185. George

    Billary's campaign slogan would be the undefeatable 2/1 (two for the price of one).

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  186. Franklin in PG County Md

    Why not have Ms Clinton as President. She has the connections, discipline, and intelligence. Moreover she has the experience... we all know she ran the country the first term of Bill Clinton's presidency. Ms Clinton would be a refreshing change and a positive adjustment to idiot stumbling block called "politics"

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  187. Kyle Flood

    No, we need a real leader who can work on both sides of the aisle like Jon Huntsman, Jeb Bush, or Cory Booker.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  188. Rick from Ohio

    She would be the answer until she announced. Then every critic would come out of the woodwork to discourage voters. Some would be Democrats and some would be Republicans. However, I bet she would run a smarter campaign than she did in 2008. I bet she would focus on the caucus states this time.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  189. Sam

    Chris Cristy is the answer here Jack. We nee someone in office who can make decisions. We can sit on capitol hill and talk about it for another four years.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  190. Mason

    I think Hillary could start doing the hard work from day one, no learning curve needed. Chief diplomat, member of congress, and fully aware of the White House lifestyle being an active first lady... she's ready.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  191. Chris in Columbus Ga

    Hillary is the most qualified of any politician. If she refuses to run we need Elizabeth Warren. She's the nex super star. I'm a man and I believe we need a real woman leading us in the future. Secretary Clinton or Senate elect Warren will be the next President.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  192. Ellen

    Yes, yes, yes! All the women, and more, who voted for President Obama would roll up their sleeves and work like crazy to have her be the first Mrs. President. She is brilliant, politically savvy and over qualified for the job. She knows how to work across the aisle too. We just have to convince her how badly we need her!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  193. Ruth wade

    Yes, yes, yes–who could be better? The lady is super smart and has much more to share. She would be a blessing.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  194. Ivory Dorsey

    Yes, already in anticipation of her running she has achieved bi-partisanship, she has proven her ability to lead, she shares a pillow with a man she helped to make, and finally, she is not so power hungry that she will do anything to be elected. The hard choice is over. The choice is gender neutral and compentence loaded. She is definitely the one.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  195. Andrew in Iowa

    A lot of people on here say it's more than just one person that's needed, as if this is something we need to all take part in fixing, yet when called upon to sacrificie just a little these same people seem to cower in the corner and want everyone else to shoulder the burden because they are too far above doing anything in a collective fashion.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  196. Karen Kiernan Buchanan

    Jack: the question should be – will you and the media at least allow us to digest the last campaign before you start speculating on 2016? Give us a year at least, OK?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  197. S Jones

    I would vote for her. Maybe she can tell us where Romney hid the secret sauce to jobs creation recipe and find my gift from President Obama.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  198. Markos

    PLEASE no – 8 years of divisive presidents is more than enough, thank you.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  199. Jeremy D from MI

    For Democrats: Yes; for the country: No. The country needs a leader that isn't partisan, or at least tries not to. The "my team vs. your team" hyper-partisanship is ruining our country.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  200. newbie

    I actually would have voted for her over Obama both in 2008 and 2012. She has the experience and the hard nose to get just about anything done. And it never hurts to have two presidents in the white house!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  201. PaulC

    After looking at the graduates from the republican clown college Hillary has my vote.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  202. Gary

    While I'd love to see a female President, isn't a week and a half after the 2012 election too soon to start talking about this? Have you and CNN already written off Obama's second term?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  203. Eric (Denver)

    Yes she is. I sent a text to a friend on election night saying, "is it to early to to start the Hillary 2016 campaign". She is the right person for the job. And more than that I've already got the ticket, Hillary/Hickenlooper 2016! Lets take those 23 million cracks in the glass ceiling and finnaly shatter the hell out of it.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  204. Brenda Johnson

    I would have agreed with you until she tainted her career with her part in the coverup of the Benghazi attack. Would have voted for her in 2008 but not now

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  205. Bob from PA

    Hillary Clinton had a lot of support in 2008 and could do the job. I think she's the best chance the Democrats have, and think Bobby Jindal of Louisiana would be the best candidate for the Republicans. That would be a good race to watch too. Sorry Joe, while I do like you, I don't think you could win and you shouldn't run.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  206. jean2009

    I think a woman would be great...Hilary is exceedingly smart, able and a woman. Actually I'm pushing for Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro for 2016...There you would have a woman, a Native American, a Hispanic ...pretty much that would cover all the big tent bases..or how about Susan Rice just for spite to mess with those sour old white men John McCain and Lindsey Graham. I certainly don't suggest anyone proposed by the teapublicans

    November 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  207. Staten Island Pookie

    Jack,

    Hillary would make a great President.
    She'll have plenty of time to rest and get ready for a run once she steps down as Secretary of State.
    Is she the answer? Yes – and we get her "Explainer in Chief" Husband & Former President Bill as "First Gentlemen"
    and looking forward to her debates with Chris Christie.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  208. justine

    In 2016, after Obama, YES, She is definitely the one to be next president of the Unite States. No doubt she'll be the first woman. You can bet on it.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  209. yippeeskip

    She SHOULD have been elected in '08 but was screwed over by the current holder of the White house...

    November 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  210. George in Massachusetts

    Hillary Clinton is the answer for America and the Democratic Party, but, a nightmare for the Republican Party.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  211. Claude

    Let us NOT do as the Republicans by assigning turns for the Presidency of our great country and democracy. The People should have the say. Hillary is an excellent political figure with a great deal experience and support in her circle... Although she has a few short comings, her competition would have little to no chance (DEMs primaries and GOPs) to win.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  212. Peppermint Patti in Northern NY

    Hillary Clinton was the answer in 2008 but unfortunately the Democratic Party powers that be, chose to back then Senator Obama. On the other hand, maybe Hilliary lucked out after all and didn't have to take the blame for the sluggish recovery from the economic mess GWB left.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  213. Claire de la Plante

    Hillary is definitely the answer to the post election, post Sandy ratings blues the media are suffering. Four more years of this? Come on Jack!!

    Claire from Ontario.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  214. Don Johnston from Aurora Colorado.

    Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!. Hilary is DEM's ace to retain the White House. She has really shored up her credentials with the job she will be leaving soon. Aint not a bad thing to score another first. A high profile candidate that will have a national and global appeal. I believe there will be two former Pres' among others on the trail.
    And that will be very exciting race to watch.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  215. bevgayraws

    Why not Hillary Clinton? She deserves to be our first woman President. What a fun campaign that would be. Hillary 2016!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  216. Woody

    Hahhahaha, she couldn't even see through her own husbands lies and deceit.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  217. RickFromDetroit

    Hillary may be the answer in 2016. Hillary & Bill Clinton are both too wealthy to have to worry about stealing another $100 million, and they can retire whenever they please.

    Politics is a part time job for the most part, unless you want to win an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for visiting more countries than any other Secretary of State.

    Many elected officials are always preaching that we should set this country up so our grand kids will have the same opportunities that we have, so maybe Grandma Hilliary could fill the political agenda, while she enjoys here 39% tax rated wealth working part time as our president.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  218. jamiehartsell

    Hillary has shown more grace, dignity, poise, and professionalism than most of us could aspire to given the tests thrown her way. From public humiliation – both personal and professionally, such as her shredded Health Care proposal – to excessive media scrutiny during her 2008 presidential bid, she has managed to come out on top and gain respect both internationally and domestically, crossing both parties. We need someone with her fortitude, perseverance, and intelligence, and it would be a tragedy to let an opportunity pass for her to lead our country.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  219. Daily Llama

    After 8 years of Obamunism, the Donkeys should just go ahead and finish the U.S.A. off: Karl Marx in 2016!!!

    AR-15 Tom

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  220. Kate Koorhan

    It would be amazing to see the Clinton's in the White House again. I love to listen to intelligent speakers ... and Bill & Hillary are two of the best! Go Hillary! PS It would be great to hear the pitter-patter of little Clinton grandchildren in the halls of the White House!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  221. m

    Yes I really believe that

    November 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  222. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Hillary is the answer if we're really serious about the equality of women based upon qualifications.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  223. Sallen

    Hillary, retirement is not what you think. I changed my party in 2008 to support Hillary Clinton, I still believe her strength & passion is what we need to move forward. I am a 62 retired widow, grandmother & lifelong supporter for what ever she decides.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  224. Cody

    Absolutely. A Hillary Clinton Presidency would be great for Hillary, the Democratic Party and the nation as a whole. She is versatile and has worked in several different positions and is one of the most well-liked, well-respected leaders around the world. Certain sexist populations are still alive in America even today, but she has one of the best weapons in modern-day politics: her husband. Don't send a man to do a woman's job!

    From Quincy IL

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  225. Cary

    She's now proven herself. Clinton was one of if not our best Secretary of States ever. I wasn't a Hillary Clinton supporter but I am now. I'm sure she's gun shy but she is probably the only one that could unite the country. A lot of conservative Republicans fear her because if they speak out too loudly against her they are likely to spend the night on the couch. She can unite the women's vote and be the next alternative to the old white man candidate.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  226. us_1776

    Hillary is one intelligent and tough women.

    If she wants the presidency I think it will be hers.

    .

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  227. Nick Kasun

    Hillary's OK. But no candidate or elected official is the"answer". Americans are, as ever, the only possible answer.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  228. Jennifer

    Absolutely not. I thought I'd never consider voting republican for President again, but I'd vote for many republicans over any Clinton. The last thing this country needs is another Clinton.

    I'm fine with Biden, Cuomo, Warner, or a number of other Democrats.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  229. Cathlina King

    Yes she should run for president but not for the democrats. They dont deserve her.
    They threw her under the bus. Look what they are doing to General Petraeus. He isn't behaving so now he is out.
    Our Country needs to be fixed. I am a Republican and we are broke to. We need someone strong, as does our Country.
    Hillary Clinton could do a lot for everyone and many Replublicans respect as I do.
    Hillary please run, just run for us.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  230. Bob D. Morristown, NJ

    Hillary Clinton is one of several legitimate, qualified answers to the Democratic presidential candidacy of 2016. She looked like the answer in 2008 but was overtaken by a more articulate Barak Obama who did a better job of connecting with a broader range of Democratic Primary voters. If the past two primary seasons are an indication. The Democratic party has a collection of thoughtful, reasoned articulate candidates, while the Republicans fielded a collection of inarticulate ideologic clowns and wound up settling for cynical shapeshifter who no one wanted, but who didn't self destruct as quickly as the prior front runners.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  231. Bruce Wollam

    I respect Hillary Clinton and would have voted for her in 2008. That being said, I think that she will be too old (69) in 2016 to take on the duties of president. It will be time for some new blood, and who that will be I don't know. All I know for certain is that I will vote for the democratic party nominee whoever he or she is.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  232. ArchieDeBunker

    'Is Hillary Clinton the Answer." Only if the Question is: "Who's the only person who would make as bad a president as Barak Obama."

    November 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  233. Mary in Minnesota

    I like Hilary. If she doesn't want to run I like Amy Klobuchar, Senator from Minnesota.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  234. Dave from Toronto

    Hillary has a job dealing with the threat of war in the Mid East. Hopefully, she is focused on an answer for that right now.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  235. Jeff In Minnesota

    After four years as Secretary of State, my view of Mrs. Clinton has dramatically changed. I think she would make an excellent President and I wish she would consider a run in 2016.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  236. Gracie from Toronto

    Hillary is half the answer. Jeb Bush is the other half.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  237. Michael, Chapel Hill

    I was wondering...If Hillary the answer to all the hate mail we read on CNN? How much our young generation has lost their decency is alarming. Can Hillary make people to take responsibility for their lives instead of the government?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  238. eltranquilo

    Great analysis, Jack! I especially liked your use of Google hits as being probative. I just googled Jack Cafferty 2016 and got 130,000 hits; on the other hand, googling Wolf Blitzer 2016 comes up with 1,190,000 hits. There must be some "whispers circulating among Washington insiders" that you guys aren't sharing with us! Please ask Wolf if he has any comments about his possible candidacy.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  239. Miguel Morris, austin, texas

    To what? Incompetence? Yes!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  240. roberta carruthers

    hillary for president. yes, yes and yes. you notice obama went to bill clinton for help and advice. we could have had hill in 2008 but no, they wanted obama...well,they got him. she is known for working across the isle , so capable and has experience, has worked in washington, if she had won 2008, the mess would not be as bad as with obama...he is asking for the clintons assistance, not the other way around. this election sequence is backward...should have been hillary clinton, then obama...he would have been more seasoned if he had spent more time in the senate...go hillery

    November 15, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  241. Zulu

    This question is offensive to our current president. I am appalled at the question. Answer to what? Are you making the assumption current that president failed. He took us from the abyss of the worse depression in the history our country amid all the rightwing nuts kicking and screaming, now that the jobless is going down, the real estate market is coming back, wall street numbers are at a record high, we now have , you are questioning if someone else is the answer? Jack you are better than that. In regards to uniting the country (if this is what you were referring to), history tells us that when you have a bunch of naysayers in front of you and who are bent on destroying you because of who you are, Hillary (I love her ) would not have done a better job..remember how she was treating during the Clinton years?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  242. Billie

    I truly think it's her time, besides there's no other democrat equal to her. If Obama does make reasonable progress with the economy, this country won't want a Republican to take over and mess it up again. Finally, who better to inaugurate the role of First Gentleman.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  243. Maya Beres

    I would definitely vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  244. Cameron Robitaille Vancouver BC

    Not sure. As long as she is the answer for 51% of Americans and gets the electoral, she could be the first women President. Don't forget how divided your country is. And wouldn't that look great for the dems, electing the first black and women President. Finally the United States has started to progress. Canada had a women Prime Minister in 1993.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  245. Donna from Arkansas

    Yes, yes, yes and yes. Been waiting a long time for this.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  246. Fubarack

    If the question is, what is the craziest pant-suit color available?, then yes she is the answer. I doubt she would run for office, she could have won the primary in the 2012 election and she chose not to.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  247. wolfpackbob

    Does Hillary have ANY truthful answers regarding the four murdered Americans in Benghazi, Americans she turned down multiple requests for additional security? Does Hillary have any truthful answers as to why she reduced security at the embassy in Benghazi?

    November 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  248. rhondajo3

    I am an independent, and up until Benghazi, I liked and had much respect for Hillary, but no more. She and Obama lied to the American people about Benghazi for two whole weeks, while Obama had known from the first hours what was really going on. Shameful!

    November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  249. James

    Hillary Clinton for President and Michelle Obama for VP.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  250. Sehidou D.

    I think Hillary Clinton should give a chance to other woman to run. she has her chance we loved it and now it is a past, lets move on. i do love her.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  251. mlr

    oh puhlease... we are sick and tired of elections...

    and hillary? seriously? she won't get the young vote.. hispanic vote... black vote or jewish vote.. After her complete failure on Benghazi... she won't get the military vote... not that they like her anyway... I mean really – what did she accomplish? Middle-east is worse than 4 years ago... she already looks waayyy old... and 4 more years on that mug... woof....

    November 15, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  252. Archie Mercer

    No, the answer is to rebel against the tyranny of the two-party system.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  253. Donald N.

    She's smart, energetic, tough, seasoned; I would vote for her. I wanted her the first time instead of Obama. By the way I lean toward republican, but the party is on a slippery slope to extinction by alienating factions of the population.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:53 pm |