Good Try, Jimmy Kimmel: Hillary Still Won’t Confirm Running
For those looking ahead to presidential elections in 2016 and eagerly awaiting an answer to the Hillary Clinton “will she or won’t she” question, it seems you’ll have to wait a little longer. At the very least, we know it’s a possibility based on her most recent statement in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, her husband, and her daughter — during a student conference for Clinton Global Initiative University on Saturday. “Mrs. Clinton, if you don’t represent women in politics in America as future president, who will?” asked one young woman at the conference, to the cheers of fellow students.
“I appreciate the sentiment,” said Mrs. Clinton, thanking her for the question. “Look, I am very much concerned about the direction of our country. And it’s not just who runs for office but what they do when they get there,” she said, going on to try for a sidestep to the issue. “She wants an answer!” interrupted Kimmel. “I’m obviously thinking about all kinds of decisions,” she said, the closest she came to an answer, finally ducking away from the question by jokingly hinting about a grandchild to her daughter, and telling Kimmel that, “I’ve been waiting for more than an hour now for Matt Damon to come out.”
Officially, Clinton has said that she’s considering the possibility, and will make her decision later this year, but conjecture on the issue runs the gambit. Some are next to certain she’ll run, while others say her age, and health concerns will prevent her from showing up for elections.
Some have suggested Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) might be another possible female Democratic candidate. “I personally have Clinton fatigue, noting that it was a Clinton team that has been running Obama’s economics. A Clinton administration seems like a continuation of the same team,” said Lawrence Mishel, the president of the labor-backed Economic Policy, to The Washington Post.
Economic policy isn’t the only item that could be a mark in the negative column for Mrs. Clinton, according to a Pew Research poll. While the poll shows that 67 percent of Americans approved of her work as Secretary of State overall, her time there has been marred by the incident at Benghazi, with 15 percent saying that it is the most negative item in her career, averaged out of 28 percent of Republicans who say so and 8 percent of Democrats.
“We can believe that she hasn’t ‘decided’ to ‘run’ because there is almost nothing that a decision would change for her,” wrote David Von Drehle with Time Magazine. “It would be like Jennifer Aniston deciding to get her picture in a supermarket tabloid or Warren Buffet deciding to be quotable. All outward behaviors remain the same,” he said. “Clinton has not decided whether to run for President because to do so would only slow her down. Indecision serves her well by preserving flexibility in her schedule … and by allowing the Republican opposition to take shape and draw fire,” he noted.
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