FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
They nearly tore the Democratic Party apart the first time around, yet some are hoping for a Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama rematch in 2012.
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When President Obama brought Clinton on-board as his Secretary of State after a long and bitter battle in the primaries, many saw it as a smart move to unite the party and get Hillary on board. It was compared to when Abraham Lincoln brought his "team of rivals" into his cabinet.
Fast-forward a year - there's a piece in U.S. News and World Report suggesting that a lot of Democrats are worried about the ongoing decline in President Obama's approval ratings. When you add in the recent losses in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts and the president's unsuccessful bid - so far - for health care, it has some Democrats running for the hills.
Similar circumstances helped the late Senator Ted Kennedy challenge the incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
For her part, Clinton tells PBS she is "absolutely not interested" in running again for president. But in the same interview, she suggests she is a one-term secretary of state. Clinton says considering the demands of the job, eight years would be very challenging.
No doubt all this has helped stoke chatter about Clinton leaving the cabinet sometime in the president's first term - perhaps over a matter of principle - so she could be in place to challenge Mr. Obama in the primaries in 2012.
For Hillary's supporters, it might just be wishful thinking, but history suggests it's not a good idea to ever count a Clinton out.
Here’s my question to you: Should Hillary Clinton challenge President Obama in 2012?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Damn right she should challenge him in 2012; she should have beat him in 2008 but everyone wanted "change." Now we are all giving up our "dollars and change" to finance this mess we're in.
Brandon from Idaho Falls, Idaho writes:
Hillary was my first choice in the primary. I wound up voting for Obama in the general election, but in my heart I feel Hillary would have been a much better president. I am all for Hillary challenging President Obama in 2012. Bring it on!
Absolutely not. I was behind Hillary during the 2008 elections, but this rivalry in 2012 would not only hurt the Democrats but boost the Republicans! Let her run as V.P. and switch jobs with Biden.
Jack, come on. Why are you instigating a rivalry, long-forgotten might I say. It’s only the first year into Obama's presidency. Give the guy a break.
Who cares? The Republican lie machine combined with the recent Supreme Court decision opening the doors to unbridled spending by corporations and the ultra-rich will define who wins major elections in this country for the indefinite future. And it won't be Democrats.
Tina from California writes:
I still think most Americans backed the wrong horse in 2008. Maybe a wasted vote, but I wrote Hillary Clinton in on my ballot. And I refuse to take her sticker off my car... it's a matter of principle.
Charles from Ohio writes:
Jack, No. Hillary is where she needs to be. President Obama will be a two-term president. What are you doing, trying to cause trouble?
I think Hillary should definitely run for president again. If we’re lucky, she will face Palin and Saturday Night Live ratings will go through the roof!
1st of all it is WAY too early to even remotely suggest that the President won't win re-election.
But even if it becomes questionable, having Hilary run would be an unmitigated disaster. Barack's die-hard backers would NEVER support her. They would flex their muscle just to teach the Democratic party a lesson for the betrayl.
Hilary's best bet is to help make the President successful.
Sure, why not. It will make for great entertainment. In the end, we already know what they are both about and I don't think it is anything that this country needs going forward.
No, she shouldn't. She should, instead, be appointed to and accept a position on the Supreme Court. America would get her experience and her knowledge, while at the same time cutting back on the drama. Win-win for the American people.
Only if the President decides not to run again. I will vote for whichever runs.
No! Jack this question isn't remotely worth anyone's time. Wars, culture
clashes over health care and the economy .... there are so many issues
more deserving of our time and valued opinions. Try asking which
questions are really important?
On what issue ? Is she going to be the anti war challenger ? How can she quit on a mater of principle when the Clinton have none???
She wouldn't win, but it'd be a great race!
Sure why not???? I mean he has already done the damage!
Horrible idea. With the exception of DADT, Obama is basically running the same policies that Bill Clinton ran and Hillary Clinton endorsed during her candidacy (with the exception of the hikes in taxes that Clinton started off his presidency with). How would Hillary Clinton appeal to people any more than Obama, when she would be continuing his policies on virtually every important issue?
Depends. If Obama and the media (and Hollywood) are still having their "sobbering" love affair, Hillary would be waisting her time. However, if the love affair is over by then, I think she could unseat him.
I would vote for her....
she could not do worse it would help get a real person in any body would be better than what we have now..
maybe the new man from mass would take both of them on and win big
I am not sure Hillary would be an effective president - she is brilliant, experienced and I think dedicated, but even so - she has baggage, and I dont think she could govern as long as Bill is around - I hate to say it like this, because I do admire her, but I am not sure she would be taken seriously by a hell of a lot of people there, a pity really
The Democratic Party is to be blamed for Obam's troubles. So even Hillary Clinton cannot lead a party fighting within. Though, Obama could not achieve much, his talk inspires. If Hillary challenges Obama in 2012, it may be hard to keep the party united.
Hillary ...who ??
Hillary Clinton is the ONLY person that COULD challenge Mr. Obama.
She WAS and IS PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. It would be so nice to finally see a CAPABLE and SMART woman in the White House!
As a foreigner, let me tell it to you straight. You could have put a Hillary mask on Obama last night, and the garbage pouring out would have been identical. Not a single one of those lying rich scumbags in that room last night has any idea how to fix America's problems. They all mouth "I feel your pain, fellow Americans". But they haven't got a clue. Spend, spend, spend. Lie, Lie, Lie. But they still get elected. I smell doom for the USA. Who cares whether Obama or Hillary wears the Democratic mask in 2012?
NO. You can't wait to sweep Obama out the door eh? In office one year and you're touting Hillary as a replacement. Bah!
No I think my then she may be ready to retire. She is a very smart woman but, I think as Secretary of State there is so much travelling that I don't know if she would want to get back on the campaign trail again.
Although if the President doesn't want to seek another term she would be great against Sarah Palin (should she decide to run). Sarah wouldn't have a chance against her.
No way! Obama's doing the best he can . Hillary doesn't want the job anymore – Who would ?
My guess is there is a something more TRAUMATIC that will occur in 2012...than a Clinton vs. Obama challenge! No, I am NOT referring to Sarah "mooseburger" Palin, John McCain, Senator Brown or any other Republican challenger. I am also NOT referring to any "2012" prophecies.....
JUST MY THOUGHTS
If Hillary wants the Democrats to lose the election, then yes, go ahead and challenge Barack. In the end, the sitting president would win the primary. But as we learned in 1980 (and in 1976 from Reagan challenging Ford), the move would severely weaken the incumbent president.
I think the country has made it quite clear. As long as Hillary is married to Bill, it will never happen.
Hillary Clinton must switched to the Republican part to challenge Obama in the next primaries. There is a good chance of her winning the ballot.
Jack – I don't think Hillary should challenge Pres. Obama. But, I do think Pres. Obama's chances to win reelection would greatly increase if VP Biden stepped aside before the start of the next election so that Hillary could be Pres. Obama's running mate. Pelosi and Reid should also do the party (and nation) a huge favor and give up their leadership positions. I think most people are more frustrated with how they're attempting to run Congress, especially Pelosi, than they are with Pres. Obama's leadership of the WH.
No because President Obama is doing an excellent job as President.
It is each Representative in Congress that does not have a spine to their name.
I say bring it own Mr. President!!
with the economic and employment conditions in the country continuing to detoriate , obama has little chance of re-election. hillary would be a good choise for the democrats. however, i am conserative and will likely vote republican.
Are the Dems totally stupid,? President Obama was elected by a majority of the people because of his platform of ideas, and the Democrats, with a majority dont know how to take these ideas and pass the legislation, Dah......so the electorate is taking its wrath out on Obama....and the Dems, because they appear weak. Meanwhile the GOP keep snickering and stirring the pot..... Hillary Clinton has the same circumstances to deal with as Obama.
Edward Kennedy failed to gain the 1980 election against Carter, and he was just running on his last name. Hillary should pass, Evan Bayh or Gore should challenge Obama.
This is exactly the type of media nonsense that President Obama alluded to in his SOTU address. Move on.
No. That Kennedy Carter dustup inflicted Reagan and his tax the poor and give it to the rich scam on us. Seriously, Jack, are you secretly harboring a wish to see Sarah Palin sworn in as president in 2013?
YES.... Only then will I vote democratic again.
Hillary would make an excellent President---–Yes-–I would like to see her run against Obama. I like both of them but Hillary is more knowledgeable about Republican obstruction and more realistic. Look at what the Republicans did to President Clinton--Hilllary is aware of their devious ways.
Yes , Jack. She certainly has more leadership ability and would work better with what will be a split Congress partywise. Moreover she understands that one must move to the right to govern successfully.
Hillary has gotten her hands "dirty" on the issues of engagement while Obama seems to just make speeches to foreign leaders.
Stan, expat in Budapest
I can't think of anything that would destabilize the Democrats more. They've already beaten themselves down over healthcare, this would be an even bigger nail in their coffin.
yes Hillary should run, we need someone familiar with how the government works...she suffered a bad campaign but would have led the country down a much better path...if not Hillary then a republican, def no more Obama.
Hillary has never looked so good as she appears to have found her niche. All the perks of Washington and yet none to zero front stage responsibility. Should you decide run that could be suicide because there is not sure win and two losses in a row just might do her in. In more ways than one.
I would like to see Hillary Clinton retire and spend time with her daughter Chelsea and future grandchildren. Make it YOUR village,
Hilary Clinton should will win the president in 2012 and make a 1st female predident of USA.
Hillary was my first choice in the primary. I wound up voting for Obama in the general election but in my heart, I feel Hillary would have been a much better president. I am all for Hillary challenging President Obama in 2012. Bring it on!
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Is Sarah Palin writing your material for you now, Jack? Come on...you can do better than this. Just because the Republicans have a 42-58 majority (no sane person counts Lieberman as a Democrat) doesn't mean the Democrats are running for the hills.
I can only hope that Hillery runs as that will divide the Dems and the shape the Republicans and a good Independent candidate maybe we'll get a change, "A Strong Third Party".
Chicago, IL USA
Jack, come on. Why are you instigating a rivalry long forgotten might I say. Its only the first year into Obama's presidency. Give the guy a break.
I think Hillary should definetly run for President again. If were lucky she will face Palin and Saturday night live ratings will go through the roof !
I think that people were hoping that Obama would pick Hillary as Vice-President, because I really think they would have worked well together. She might also made him think before he spoke on alot of issues. It just doesn't seem that she allowed around him enough like Rice was Bush; are others jeolous and think she may have a better impact on him than his other "people?" Hmmmmmmmm.....
You've gotta be kidding! Read Game Change. President Obama is the first President in my lifetime (I'm 73) to show a combination of brains, courage, and ability to govern. Blame the Republicans for sabatoging his Presidency to date....they care more about hurting Obama than helping our country. I am a staunch Independent.
Love ya, Jack, but this is the stupidest question you've ever asked. Obama's doing a good job, there's no reason to even consider primarying him.
I'm not sure why we have elections in this country anymore. Why not just let big business choose who they want to be president and save us all the anguish of a solid year of politicizing.
We could use the extra cash saved to give everyone who is runs a Fortune 500 company in any capacity a huge bonus while the rest of us grow turnips to survive.
Oops, I think we did that in 2008... and 2004... and...
The definition of insanity is doing the same dumb thing over and
expecting different results, Jack. (like trying to get my comment posted).
Kind of like asking if John McCain should pick Sarah Palin if he
decides to run again in 2012.
To cut to the chase: NO!
I still think most Americans backed the wrong horse in 2008. Maybe a wasted vote, but I wrote her in on my ballot. And I refuse to take her sticker of my car....it's a matter of principle.
At this point, it would be political suicide for her and the Democratic party if she were to abandon the Obama Admin. and run for President. However, I wouldn't be surprised if moves were made to move Biden out of office so Hillary could take his place. This could potentially reenergize the party, and also boost the number of female voters across the board.
No way! Whatever her career ambitions may be she knows such actions could be doomsday for the party. Sorry guys... no high speed train wreck for you!
I think the Democrats have enough problems as it is.
Probably not. I believe she made a mistake in accepting the appointment and should have remained a Senator – being the one to carry on Senator Kennedy's legacy knowing that his life expectancy was short.
As a Hillary supporter in '08 I had a hard time coming around to Obama but did in the end. Hillary had a hard enough time convincing people the first time around that she isn't a hard-ass and would definitely not make it a second time.
I don't know what her future will be now – maybe lobbyist?
My wife supported Hillary while I supported Obama in the primaries. I'll be candid, it was rough sailing at times. Now, I must concede that it appears that my wife was right and I was wrong, very, very wrong. I've told her so, though it's cold comfort for both of us. If Hillary were to run in 2012 I would support her wholeheartedly. Obama is simply not up to the job. He's surrounded himself with the wrong people with some bad ideas.
Obama would have to screw up pretty badly for her to try and jump in the race. Even as bad as things are now thats not as bad as things would have to get. If the US treasury declared bankruptcy you can count on her running other than that she isn't going to help dig a grave for the democrat party.
Your question and your tone really disappoint me, Jack. Our very wise and compassionate President just asked for us to be more positive, and here you pose this question. Talk about "Tone." I hold the media completely responsible for bumbling the messages and accentuating the negative in almost all things. It doesn't have to be this way. America deserves better "news." As corporate power grows in influence and wealth, there will be no friends of individuals left if the media insists to complain and criticize all the damn time.
Yes, She should challenge him, She would have a more sound democratic agenda. I would rally for her.
If people knew what they were getting from Obama they would have instead voted for Hillary. Clinton has done a fantastic job as secretary of state and has made a fool of Rice. Hillary would win hands down. Obama is good for one thing running his mouth.
No, she shouldn't. She's building a national rep and adding to her chops. She should finish the 3 years she has left as SOS, then go into politics when the time is right. If Obama falters, she'll be there to catch the bouquet. If Obama stays on top, she'll be there to show support and gain stature. Timing is everything, and the time is not right.
She can if she wants, but it'll be nothing but another manifestation of the circular process haunting the country: when people get fed up with one politician, they assume that turning to another one will function to "fix" things. The problem is that it simply won't.
Instead, people need to work on developing some patience and brain power. Not only do we artificially seek after quick fixes, but we also expect them to be painless. This kind of reasoning will only exacerbate the current problems facing us, since it fails to deal with the bigger issues for the long term.
I would like to see Hilliary run in 2012, but does anyone really think Obama can be beat? No, he can not. I don't care what the poll's show he will win leading the charge of the BLIND! The same one's who voted him in will bring more friend's than before to make sure he win's. To them it will not matter what OBAMA ..HAS NOT DONE!
West Hartford, CT
Absolutely not. It would turn out to be a 3-ring circus, that the Republicans would relish. I believe she should continue being Secretary of State.
It's way too soon to give this serious thought, but I am beginning to think I backed the wrong horse in the primaries. If Obama hasn't been able to deliver anything (or enough) by this time next year, the question will answer itself. Justice Hilary Clinton has a nice ring to it as well.
What would be the point of Hillary challenging Obama? They are cut from the same cloth. Besides who wants to see Slick Willie back in the Whitehouse. Even if he would have to wear the dress this time he would still have input. Well when he isn't busy playing house with the staff that is.
I can't help but imagine what is it in for you trying to stoke some uncalled for and totally unwarranted confusions in the supporters of the democratic party, by shamefully trying to pitch Hillary against Obama? You make it sounds as if being a President of the United States is some sorts of America Idol contest where you continuously appease your fans to stay in the competitions.
If that's your idea of who a President should be then I think you continue spewing this senseless division in the party.Atleast, that will help you get something to write about, right?
I would love for Hillary Clinton to run again , by the end of the campaign in 2008, she had really connected with American voters, particularly working-class voters. Hillary would have handle the current recession better than Obama is now. I know as student of Political Science that you dont takle health care first you takle jobs first. Americans cant afford Health Care if you dont have a job.
Jack I'm just a friend and neighbor but you might as well be asking me if I would mind if you put a Circus on your back lawn. My god man don't suggest things like that, some of us like to sleep at night!
In a word; NO! However, she should remain as a strong element of the administration and then be the person to defeat the republican candidate in the 2016 elections. By the way, isn't this question a bit premature?
hell ya, they should. maybe Obama might get some fire under him for dragging on gay rights.
Sure I would love to see the Democratics fall apart even more than they have. Than maybe we can a good President for once. Because no matter how you cut it the Democratics have not strong leader amoung them. I want a President that is more than just talk.
Its too early. Worrying about the next election already is what is wrong with this country.
Who knows what people will do, lest we forget, we have a nation to save, send the person with solutions to the front. Irrespective of party
we need to concentrate on the nation.
I agree that a Hilary Clinton challenge would be great for the media but I think people are getting way ahead of themselves in what is only the beginning of Obama's second year in office. Don't count out the president just yet. The Clinton's should remember presidential history before challenging an incoming president because it was Newt Gingrich and the 1994 landslide of Contract with America that wound of had then President Bill Clinton vulnerable heading into his own reelection bid.
President Obama has only been in office for a year and I find it amazing how you and many others in the media have become so disrespectful.
None of you were complaining when Bush was in office!
No, I don't Hilary should run against President Obama, I think she should apply for your job.
I certainly respect Hillary Clinton and her views but it is too soon to even speculate on her future plans one year into Pres. Obama's presidency. She's doing a good job where she is for now. I think she should run for a senate seat again after being Sec. of State b/c she obviously enjoyed it and it would provide a better platform for her point of views without being bashed like Pres. Obama.
I have always felt she would do it. I predict that around the time of their daughter's wedding she will need to resign to spend more time and help with the wedding. The Saints are going to the Super Bowl and Hillary will be our next president. If we can wait 3 more years! Good times are on the way back – thank God! I really be proud to be a democrat again!
Yes, I think Hillary has more to offer than Obama. Obama has down a complete 180 on his promises to the people (out of Iraq, closing Gitmo, stopping earmarks, not hiring lobbyists for key positions to name a few). I think she is smarter and more mature. This is a leader that we need.
It would be sensational to see Hillary running for office once more but I'm not sure if it would make sense. Challenging one's boss is not always a good idea. The GOP is waiting for something like that to happen because it's a recipe for political disater. If the dems want to win a second term in the white house, they need to gather around president Obama and help him with critical issues that matters to the American people.
I believe she should.
While I'm glad that Obama is in office rather than McCain, Hillary is a much better fighter than our current president. President Obama is a pushover. He has basically given up on health care reform; contrary to what he has said in his State of the Union address. I don't see any public option.
To me, Hillary never gives up. Not until the very end. She didn't let the Republicans push her husband and herself into obscurity like they're starting to do with Obama. And they'll succeed; he's not standing up to them.
We've seen how well she does as Secretary of State, imagine how well she can do as President of the United States.
I've believed this since my family has voted for her in the Iowa primaries. I truly hope she considers running for president in 2012.
Jack, it is far too early for that type of decision. So, mo answer to that question is no. Hilary Clinton will be an excellent choice in 2012, if the President decides his chances for re-election is unlikely in 2012. Then, Hilary Clinton can resign in 2011 and run for office in 2012. That would make her an excellent choice, if that situation were to develop. I personally do not think that scenario is very unlikely at this point. We seem to lack any appreciation for what is really going on. If we allow the Republicans to do nothing – to remain the party of no – then the blame for that will be ours (the voting public). Remember, it has always been our responsibility to remain informed and vote responsibly. In the 3 recent Republican victories, we failed to measure the ultimate cost of electing Republicans – given their failed policies and agenda. Independent must be responsible voters too!
Harry – Baltimore, MD
Jack I think we need to wait and grafde Hillary's job performance first. Right now she deserves a C. There is still a lot of mess for her to clean up or end up messing up!!!!
If Hillary was in office, the Massachusetts senate seat would never have gone to a Republican. That being said, I think we need to support our president and give him a chance to lead the country out of the mess it has taken years to get into. I have to believe Hillary thinks along these lines also as she has consistently proven that she is all about the success of the country and the world rather than her own personal success.
Obama is the man to lead USA and Hilary is the person to stand on his side. She could be a good Vice President, I guess. They are both great people.
As a Republican, I thought I would never the see the day I would pray for Hillary Clinton to run for President! Run Hillary Run!!!!!!
Certainly after what the Supreme Court did this week we need better balance to maintain controll of our country by the citizens. With her background, Hillery would be a great Supreme Court justice! But, you can't always make vacancy timing work the way you want. Can someone with so much to give sit around waiting for an opening. There may need to be a very interesting and challenging tweener job.
It is not about Obama or Clinton. After Eight Years of our (US) economy and integrity being distroyed, expecting Obama to fix it and make everything right in one year is unrealistic! The Dem. Congress Leadership must stop acting like Robinhood, and the Republicans must start doing what Jesus Would Do instead of following the Almighty Dollar God! If the two sides listened to the center, then maybe the US would look like the Christian Country our Fathers' envisioned.
If we see a 1994 in November's elections, I see Hillary responding with a resignation in January 2011. She will position herself for a real challenge by 2012. She's a Clinton, and she's not Obama.
What is wrong with you people, Jack? All you can think about is what makes a good story. You think politics is a sporting match. So you try to put Hilary Clinton against Pres. Obama. You try to destroy one another, then when you're tired of that, you wage war on the world and destroy other countries. I'm tired of it. Enough!
We continue to be an impatient, short cited population here in the US - waiting for the magic pill to cure our ills immediately. It took us years to get deep in this economic plight. Switching to Hillary Clinton will not solve the problems.No President could do it in a year – especially with Congressional obstructionism of mythic proportions. Recovery will take a concerted effort on the part of legislators actually working TOGETHER for the long term good of the whole country - not just for the good of getting re-elected. And, by the way, the public needs to change a few habits as well.
Hillary should run against Obama after he finishes his 8 years. I have no doubt in my mind he will be in for 2 terms. I was a die hard Hillary supporter and I think she is doing an absolutely great job as secretary of State and she would make the best first female President.
Of cousre! Hillary should definately run against Obama in 2012! I was a die hard Clinton supporter in 2008, and I still am. She would make a much better President than Mr. Obama. She would actually take charge and do what she promised during her campaign, unlike Mr. Obama. And, don't forget the popular saying, "It took a Clinton to get out of the first Bush's mess, it's going to take another to get out of this one."
Enough with the "what if" speculation. Frankly, prior to the caucuses, if Obama was trending that low, he would announce that he is not seeking a second term to make way for Hilary or whomever. It would have been discussed in private well before an official announcement.
Personally, I think the probationary period for this job is about 3 years. Lotta time for an employee to prove himself .
Give me a break Jack! What a waste of airtime! A lot of the reason President Obama is in the difficulties he's in is the media's fault. Stop trying to tear this guy down and along with him the Democratic Party! Does the media forget the censored press conferences of The Bush Administration? Keep tearing this guy down, and you'll get a reminder 3 years from now from the Republicans. Pathetic.
The final decision is up to Hillary but I will definitely support her if she challenges Obama in 2012. I was a strong Hillary supporter who voted third party as a protest vote to punish the media for their unfair treatment of Hillary and for their openly rooting for Obama without asking him the tough questions.
I think that Obama is a nice person who means well but he is in way over his head right now. For Harry Reid to encourage Obama to run right away because he did not like Hillary and for Reid to have run a behind the scenes operation to support for Obama according to the new book Game Change was extremely irresponsible. Harry Reid should have known better that Obama was not ready to just walk right in and be able to seriously deal with Rush Limbaugh and FOX News!
Without open help from the media and behind the scenes help from Harry Reid, Hillary would more than likely have beaten Obama in a fair primary race in 2008. I think that Hillary would win a fair primary race in 2012 when people see that the 2008 "I told you so's" came true!
Why not? Hillary Clinton brings a lot to the table. She gets the job done. President Obama is great, but getting Hillary to run would allow for much more needed discussions in this country.... plus I'm sure you guys at CNN would love the stories, while another network who shall not be named needs something else to spin.
San Antonio, TX
Jack I'm 63 and that was the first time ever watching the state of the union.
He will get nothing done cause the republicans will not let him do anything. The republicans sure now how to scare people don't they? Yes I would vote for Hillary and hope she will run. I would like to now how many mother inlaws lived in the white house?
I don't think Hillary should mount a primary challenge (although I *did* vote for her).
But Obama should understand that the folks who brought him to the dance are uninspired, unimpressed, and disappointed.
A primary challenge might light a fire in his belly.
Hillary should switch parties and run with Palin as VP.
Of course!!!! She should have been the prez to begin with... We wasted a whole year with the empty suit... We all know Hillary would get the job done....
Wow Jack have you finally seen the light ? You used to bash Hillary Clinton. I am a Independent and I much rather have Hillary Clinton than Obama. Obama is not listening to us the Independents that put him
in office (I was always for Hillary) . Anyway we the Independents have
spoken , which is why Scott Brown won Massachusetts . Not because we are for the Republicans but because we are tired of the Far Right and Far Left. We do not want one party rule and we want the politicians to listen to us instead of special interest.
I hope Hillary Clinton runs , she will listen to the Independents.
Hillary should wait until 2016 to run for President....
I could run as a Democrat and win against the Republicans. They do not have a viable candidate right now, nor is there one on the horizon.
The democrats need to get their heads together later this year or early next year and decide who should be their candidate if Obama does not run again. Otherwise, they will splinter their party even more. Even though Obama picked Clinton for his Sec of State, I don't think it is an amicable relationship. They had too many harsh comments for each other in the campaign to all of a sudden be buddy – buddy. That's not lost on the public.
The White House is theirs to loose, and I suspect they will!
The deal was already made between Hillary and Obama when she wasn't appointed VP but instead Secretary of State. Hillary will run in 2012 and President Obama will not.
Her sticker is still on my car, so all I have to do is change the year. It will save money, give me a job, and help the economy by employing ME for a day.
Hillary is too loyal to Challenge a sitting President of her party, but if Obama does step aside I suspect things will change. If Obama does step aside I would hope he asked her to run. And maybe this time around you idiots in the media, yourself included Jack, will not be so sexist in your unwarranted attacks on a woman who has proven she's tough enough to handle diplomacy and could easily run the country.
Jack, certainly! It would be interesting watching the Democratic Party implode. If Democrats are bailing now, I wonder what they'll call it in 12.
I am Canadian and live in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Love US politics and watching CNN. I think she should run for President of the United States only if President Obama decides not to. I think she is an asset to Obama because of her vast knowledge and experience.
After one year seen BO in WH I belive now in what Hillary said before: Shame on You, Barak Obama! Nobody, but banks, like him now.
Wow ,Jack have you finally seen the light ? You used to bash Hillary Clinton. I am a Independent and I much rather have Hillary Clinton than Obama. Obama is not listening to us the Independents that put him
in office (I was always for Hillary) . Anyway we the Independents have
spoken , which is why Scott Brown won Massachusetts . Not because we are for the Republicans but because we are tired of the Far Right and Far Left. We do not want one party rule and we want the politicians to listen to us instead of special interest.
I hope Hillary Clinton runs , she will listen to the Independents.
Let her run. Just don't vote for her. Don't vote Obama. Don't vote for the Republican candidate. Voting for Hillary, Obama, or the republican candidate is a vote for the same old corruption. With the current administration & congress we have seen corruption hit a new high. Voting for the same people & party leads to the same result.
No Jack,I don't believe Hillary should run again period. We need some new blood. I believe every citizen should change their party affiliation to Independent. It would send a strong message to the Redebtocans and the Taxocrats!
Obama has put Hillary in a tough spot to run in 2012. As Secretary of State, how can she be critical of an adminstration she had a role in shaping? (Without again risking being perceived as personally ambitious)
If she bails early to hit the trail, the comparison will be made to Palin's departure from Alaskan politics. Only this time, I don't think there's any chance Hillary will end up on Fox News any time soon.
She shouldn't and she won't. President Obama gave her a job, and even shortlisted her for VP, even though he didn't have to. Furthermore, the Obama administration is chock full of Clintonistas: Rahm Emmanuel, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, etc. If she were to turn against him, she might as well change her name to "Ungrateful Backstabbing Traitor."
Let's give Hillary a little credit here, she's a pretty smart person. Why make such a self-destructive gamble in 2012, when she can afford to wait until 2016? Plus, she and Obama occupy the same Left-of-Center space on the political spectrum. If a primary challenge comes, it will be from the Ultra-Left, and Hillary is not one of them. The Ultra-Left would follow Dean, Feingold or Kucinich instead... Of course, I'm almost certain those three are smart enough to wait for 2016 as well.
In the end, this is nothing more than a lot of pointless rabble-rousing by people who want to sell magazines. It has nothing to do with reality.
I don't think she would even consider it.
The politics today are dog eat dog, no honor or integrity, sewer
tactics, parties having self serving goals that have nothing to do
with representing the American people, becoming a disgrace for
to and for our country.
Who in the world would want to take part in that.
If Hillary ran against President Obama, it would easily divide the democrats once again. Causing the democrats to bicker longer than necessary, allowing the republican party to sweep the white house. This is coming from a Hillary supported, I DO NOT WANT HER TO RUN!
Yes, I would definitely think she should. The republican does not have a strong candidate. Most people voting for Obama now realized it was just all rhetoric. I believe those same people would now look at Hillary Clinton with a different view. She has always been the Women for the job.
I have been saying for months that we need a draft Hillary movement.
Obama has betrayed us on so many of his promises. Also he keeps sucking up to the nefarious Senator Lieberman, the red dog Democrats and Republicans who want nothing but to destroy him. Hasn't he heard of a simple majority? The Republicans used it to give obscene tax breaks to the rich. Let them fillibuster against things the country needs and wants and show thier true colors to all.
I think we have had enough of Bushes and the Clintons or anyone connect to them. Four yrs of first Bush, Sr, eight yrs of Clinton, eight years of Bush and now Obama! I would not vote for her.
Absolutely, Obama is an empty suit. He couldn't get anything done with a super majority in the House and the Senate. He lacks leadership. Hillary should step in before the Democratic Party collapses.
No Hillary should not.
She is very good as Secretary of State. Let her do her job.
Obama got us out of the worst part of the recession.
Yet last year all the talking heads were insisting that it was going to take until the end of 2011 or 2012 before we would even of had it this good.
It is only a matter of time before the jobs and and economy really begin to shine.
So what is wrong with everybody?
We live in a fast food society and expect everything Right Now.
But if you want the best tasting meal that is worth while, you need to prepare it carefully and right.
So America Remember that "Patience is a Virtue that we Americans must learn and develope in ourselves."
I think hillary should run again for president but it's a shame bill clinton can't run again because the country was in in a heck of a lot better economic shape while he served regardless of his indiscretions.
What is this country crazy. Nooooooooooooooo
Hillary lost me forever when she said "Lobbyists are Americans too" in a 2008 debate. Never would I ever vote for someone who would say that. Maybe she should aim for the Supreme Court and hang out with her corporate buddies there.
Jack, you sound like a trouble maker–asking aquestion like that. I will still vote for President Obama.
I wish Hillary would run again, but I don't think she will challenge him, unless he screws up big time. Hillary was my 1st choice, and she still is my choice. She made me wan't to join in the electoral process. Hillary was and is inspirational to me, and many others that I know. It broke my heart when she didn't get the nomination. She is always in my prayers. I hope that one day she will be the POTUS. I Hope she's happy.
No need for Hillary to run in 2012... Looking at the issues,,, situation will correct themselves by then,, and Obama,, will win,, by a landslide lf he decide, to run again...
No -–She will never win against Obama. I think she should stay where she is.Obama great job....
Dear jack I think it's time for America to take the president from under the microscope. People seem to have the fly on the wall mentallity. A pre-occupation with what can they criticise him with today. Where is the encouragement for a young new President. I find the republican's behavior disrespectful, with their pidepiper mentallity. None of us are perfect, but the republicans think they are and think they have all the answers. American people can see that they are deliberately trying to get even with the democrats.
For your main question, I don't feel Hillary could take the heat. Loud voices isn't necessary the best leader, eventhough I love her. I don't feel President Oama could ever do any thing right in the republicans eyes. Damn if he does Damn if he dosn't.
Funny, Obama says it's time to "start anew", but during the campaigns he insisted he was "ready on Day 1". I voted for Hillary in the primaries because I felt she was truly "ready on Day 1", looks like my vote has been vindicated.
Forgot to mention.
With the media becoming less and less accountable every day,
sensationalizing instead of reporting news, no hesitation in
headlining and showing their bias, it is going to be a hard road
for any Democrat.
As a life-long conservative and GOP-leaning voter, I never thought I would be wishing for the day that the Clintons return to the White House. After seeing the way the current administration says one thing (such as getting rid of special interests) while often doing the exact opposite (inviting union bosses into private negotiations and giving them sweetheart deals), it would be nice to have leadership that will at least do what they say they are going to do even if I disagree with what they want to do.
No way! So far, I see absolutely no evidence of any space between them; she has been a very good and loyal Secretary of State.
But, on the other hand, if Pres. Obama decides–in 2011 or so–that he's had enough of this nonsense of herding cats, you couldn't blame her if she ran. Could you?
Democrats Stop taking shots at your president. The left wing of the party has sought to undermind every Democratic president since LBJ.
Governing requires hard choices. You have to compromise. Lincoln did. So did FDR aand JFK. Read history. We have been there before.
As long as the left says "my way or the high way" it will be difficult
for the Democrats to get re-elected.
For myself, I voted for the president this last election, and I know that I will not be supporting his personal bid for reelection. The countless issues he used to bolster his approval ratings during the primaries, have all proven he is willing to lie to the American people for a vote. I would support a Hillary Clinton run again, sometimes you need to step aside for the sake of the country, and in this case, I think we dropped the ball electing Barack Obama as the nations president. I think he is a good politician, and that is why he won, however if we want to elect someone to deal with our real situations, I have the most faith in Hillary Clinton, lets hope she will reconsider her statement that she would not run for president again.
If the quote in the article is correct: "Clinton says considering the demands of the job, eight years would be very challenging." is becoming President a step down?
Can you all see how Osama blames everything on "The previous administration"? Well, Clinton had clear sailing because of his "Previous administration" while he and his underlings scouted around for some women they could overwhelm with their "power". Ha ! He was a joke then, and now he's a drunken joke. He can't even finish a thought he started two minutes ago. What kind of influence did he give to our children of the time he "served his nation"?!
Would make a great news day huh!
Obama’s presidency will be similar to Carter’s. Clinton will probably run seeing an opportunity which will split the ticket, and America will switch back to a Republican who is also an Insider (a term used by Carter to describe the Good Ol’ Boys). Following this election, the country will go deeper into debt. Although both Obama and the next Republican candidate will say that they will balance the budget just to get elected. Fact of the matter is that since JFK left office, it wasn’t until Clinton was president and Gingrich was the speaker of a Republican majority in the house and senate that America started paying of its massive debt. Unfortunately the days of JFK are gone and the Contract with America was a fluke in the system. What America needs is simple. No more Insiders in its federal government. We need everyday Americans in our Federal government just the way it was founded.
Slip Joe "I can't believe he said that" Biden into the Defense Secretary slot and put Hillery as VP for the second term. I think she could provide a boost to the campaign and who knows, if McCain can run at 75, she can run at 69 for the top job in 2016.
You must not have been able to come up with a Sarah Palin question and come up with this.
I hope Hillary does run in 2012. At least she has the experience a president needs to run the country. Obama has no clue how to do that and has really made a mess of things so far by depending on others who don't know what they're doing. All Obama does is look for excuses like blaming the previous administration for all that is wrong. PLEASE!!!! Take responsibility for your actions!!! You can only keep this charade up for so long. I voted for Hillary in the primary last time, and she'll get my vote if she runs again. Anybody could get my vote, except Obama. What a disappointment he has been.
No. President Obama is going to go into his 2014 year in better shape than he is right now. ANYONE who took that office a year ago was going to make some mistakes. It was a pretty lousy deal to walk into. If he doesn't get re-elected and you elect some "litmus test" Republican, it will get you exactly what you deserve...
It would does not surprise me that she may be contemplating this. After all she is a coniving and a power hungry politician. This would be great for any Republican who wants to run in 2012...how about Palin vs Clinton..beauty and the beast.
I am a Republican, and I would definitely vote Hillary if she were to run in 2012. After last night's State of the Union address, it is obvious that President Obama has no interest in moving towards the middle of the political spectrum and instead plans on forging ahead with his radical liberal agenda, against the will of the people. Hillary is a much better politician than the President and if her husband's shift to the middle after 1994 is any indication of how she would govern, it would be a great thing for our wounded Nation.
NO Jack, she should not challenge him in 2012. It would give what is left of the Republican Party the needed ammo to finish off what is left of the Democratic Party.
No, Let Hillary be a Mother & Grandmother when the times comes. Her plate has been too full already, and given the media annialation of President Obama, who is doing a good job, I would not want that for her as it would be inevitable given all the negative press and comments from the haters.
She should Run for Prez , like bush stole it from Algore , obama did it from Clinton , he didnot win any of the big states in primaries except caucuses.
Yes. If she so desires, she should run. There should be no restriction and most importantly no obstruction from the Dem. party . It's time for each party to loosen it's grip and for back room politics to give way to voters' will.
Short of that voters turn towards voting as independents moving away from both parties.
No way. She's a self-proclaimed Wilson/Alinsky socialist, she has proclaimed illegal aliens to be law-abiding citizens, and her mental state when she catches her husband with hos is none of our business.
If President Obama doesn't get healthcare reform through and Wall Street straightened out then yes she should challenge him. America cannot afford another President who can't control the idiots in Congress and is afraid to take on the big battles that are necessary for our country to recover.
I have an idea. why dont we concern ourselves with the present situation we are in. I have not heard a politition just tell us the unabated truth in my short 30 years. i just want to be proud of my country is that to much to ask
No, I believe people are wanting to see Sarah Palin run against President Obama.................................
We have a great President and if he would decide not to run, then Hillary would do a good job too.
We sure don't want a sniveling Republican to get in office, it would be disasterious to say the least. We have had enough of those cry babies.
Absolutly she should! Jack if we could have a redo right now Hillary would win in a landslide. Obama is a good guy and a great speaker but how many speeches is he going to give before we see any action. Hillary knew how the health care companies and republicans are, she battled them before and wouldn't let them do that all over again, if she was our president we would have universal health care right now. Enough is Enough, Hillary was right, it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush.
Hillary or Barry Soetero??? What a choice. That is like choosing between death by hanging and death by firing squad.
Given the fact Hillary has not had a chance to show what she can do to make a difference since Obama tries to hog all of the media attention about everything, I absolutely think she would be a great opponent for him in 2012.
I think she should run. She would have been a much better president in the first place.
If she does, It will shatter any possibility of her getting the Democratic nomination in 2016. If she really wants to run for president, she should wait until 2016 when President Obama has one foot out the back door.
Heck yes she should, she was the better choice in 2008 and she is the better choice now. She has over 40 years of public service experience and she has experience in the White House. She knows how to get things done and she knows how to work across party lines and work together to solve issues. I voted for her in 2008 in the primaries and wrote her in in the general election and would most definitely vote for her again! Our country will always need Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As much as I dislike the Clintons, I have to say she is the one person on his team who has been impressive (except for the "easy" button fiasco with the Russians). I think she was also his ONLY nominee who did not have a problem with tax evasion.
Based on Obama's performance in world affairs, I would say Hillary's campaign ad that asked "who do you want taking that call at 2 a.m? was spot on. Obama is too much of a light weight.
Absolutely not. She should concentrate on being a great Secretary of State. I was a supporter of then Senator Clinton in the primaries. I thought it was a brilliant move by President Obama to appoint her to the State Department. She can make a great and lasting contribution to her country serving this Administration. After that, I bet she would like to have some time to enjoy herself. I am tired of all the naysayers who are counting out President Obama after a year in office. His predecessor had eight years to screw things up so don't expect miracles in a year.
I hope not. No matter who loses, there will be false accusations of racism and sexism flying around.
Yes, definitely. I supported her in her last campaign and would support her again. I only voted for Obama because I felt I had no other choice once Hillary was no longer a factor.
Ridiculous. They make a great team and Hillary is smart not to consider this because she would lose support from both Clinton and Obama fans. The fact that this is even a topic of disussion is ridiculous for a president in office for one year working to pull the country out of The Great Recession.
This has been easy to figure out for some time. Joe Biden will not be on the dem ticket next time because there would be no successor for 2016 (too old and proven he can't win the top job). Hillary will be the VP candidate for Obama in the next election. They will win in 2012 and she will run for president in 2016. As far as I'm concerned, it's a great idea!
Cafferty – the cliff – you've gone over it. Seriously, the idea of a Clinton primary challenge is absolutely insane. Take a step back, take a deep breath – you're normally better than this.