Hillary Clinton Decision Time

Hillary Clinton
Many on the U.S. political scene think that it is time for Hillary Rodham Clinton to make a decision. Democrats as well as Republicans are anxious to know if Hillary will run in the 2016 presidential election. Right now, it looks like she might run, she seems like she is getting her campaign engine tuned up, but she has not confirmed either way.

Hillary seems to be making all the preliminary moves that presidential hopefuls generally make. She has visited Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that most candidates feel it prudent to win over early in the process. Hillary’s been travelling the country promoting her new book, Hard Choices, and she is making it a point to connect with the Millennials, the group that may have put President Obama over the top.

In a recent interview with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Clinton was quizzed about saying that she and former President Clinton were, “Dead broke,” when they left the White House. She told Stewart that, it was “An artful choice of words” and proceeded to direct the conversation away from her personal finances and towards her support for younger Americans. While a recent Reason-Rupe poll shows that 39 percent of Millennials say they would vote for Hillary, for president, this group may feel like other supporting groups that it is time for Hillary Clinton to make a decision.

For many, Hillary is the supreme example of outspoken professionalism. She has worked tirelessly to promote social justice from a very young age. Many people may not know that Hillary grew up in a divided household. Her father was a loyal Republican while her mother secretly held Democratic views.

Hillary started her political career early. She was a political science major in her undergrad years. While at Wellesly, she served as the leader of the Young Republicans Club but the turbulence of the 1960s opened her eyes to social inequalities of the day. By the end of the 1960s, young Hillary had relinquished her Republican roots and stepped firmly into the Democratic camp.

Before she married former President Bill Clinton, Hillary distinguished herself at Yale Law School working tirelessly in pursuit of social justice. She has experienced a lot of firsts. She was the first “First Lady” to hold a post-graduate degree and to have her own professional career.

In January of 2001, when she won the New York state Senate race, she became the first wife of a former president to be elected to national office. After narrowly losing the Democratic Nomination to President Obama in 2008, she agreed to become the nation’s 67th Secretary of State, making her the first former first lady to serve as a presidential cabinet appointee.

While Hillary’s handling of marital infidelity and allegations of financial misconduct have earned her a lot of respect in certain circles, there are some who do not see her in such a marvelous light. It will be interesting, should she decide to place her hat in the 2016 presidential ring, to see how her detractors will receive her decision. With the potential of winning the female vote and the votes of Millennials, this country just might witness another first for Hillary.

Hillary Rodham Clinton could, in fact, become the first female president of the United States. She has indicated that she needs time, possible until the end of the year to make a decision. While the time frame might not seem too far off, politicians on both sides of the house are likely glad that decision time for Hillary Clinton is drawing near.

By Constance Spruill

Sources:

Forbes

NBC News

Washington Post

PBS

LA Times

Reason-Rupe Survey

Huffington Post 

Slate

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