Hillary Rodham Clinton is still considering a 2016 White House bid, while also weighing a number of other decisions. She made that statement at a recent meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University in Tempe, Arizona. The former first lady and former secretary of state took the stage with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea.
Clinton has previously indicated she might run for president in 2016. She is still claiming to be undecided with more than two years to go before the election. The former first lady also said on Saturday she was “obviously thinking about all kinds of decisions.”
New ideas might be the key to winning over young voters wondering whether to go Democrat or Republican. A recent USA Today/Pew survey revealed a potential challenge for Clinton the candidate. The poll revealed that, among young Americans, 49 percent think Clinton has new ideas, 40 percent said she does not and 11 percent had no opinion.
Using support of Obamacare might not be a good move with young people either. According to that same USA Today/Pew survey only four-in-10 young voters approve of Obamacare.
Age could become an issue for Clinton if she runs. At 69, she is older than some likely Republican opponents. Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in their 50s during the 2016 a election. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Scott Walker, and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will all be 40-somethings.
Another result might be good news. The age difference between Clinton and the Millenials, those born in the early 1908s to the 2000s, could be exploited by Republican candidates. However, only one-third of adults under 30 believe she is in her 60s.
A female University of California, Berkeley student asked Clinton who else could represent women in American politics if Clinton were not the president. Clinton said she appreciated that thought but still had to decide.
When pressed by host Jimmy Kimmel, Clinton repeated that she had some decisions to make. She noted that she is “very much concerned about the direction of our country.” She also mentioned a need to bring people together and empower young people.
Clinton has spoken at many public events since stepping down as secretary of state in February 2013. Her stops have included some appearances on the 2013 campaign trail. That speaking tour could be the foundation for a pre-campaign organization. From there, Clinton could assemble a team, speak to key issues, and set up the actual presidential run.
The former first lady leads all other potential 2016 Democratic candidates, polls have shown.
No candidate from either major party has definitely said whether they will run for president in 2016.
Climate change also came up at the forum. Clinton said that young people understand the threat and hoped to see a mass movement for political change. She said that young people are more committed to doing something about climate change, as a priority and not some “ancillary issue” but one that is central to people around the world.
Hillary Rodham Clinton might not be running for president in 2016 but she is still considering a White House bid, based on her statements to the audience.
By Chester Davis