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Clinton running for president

Written By: - Date published: 11:04 am, April 13th, 2015 - 38 comments
Categories: elections, us politics - Tags: , ,

As expected, Hillary Clinton has announced:

I’m running for president

Hillary Clinton announced on Sunday that she was running for president of the United States, promising to be a champion of middle-class Americans if she made it to the White House as the country’s first female commander in chief.

“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I’m going to be that champion,” the former secretary of state and first lady said in a video posted to her website, as she warned “the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top” despite an economic recovery.

Speaking to camera at the end of a three-minute clip featuring personal stories from Americans of different ages, ethnicities and sexualities, Clinton pledged to ensure people could “get ahead and stay ahead” rather than “just get by”.

On the Republican side Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have announced, and various other names are in the mix (another Bush anyone?).

Must confess I am totally unenthused by American politics and the prospect of next year’s presidential election.

38 comments on “Clinton running for president ”

  1. Ron 1

    What a pity I was hoping that Warren might have thrown hat in ring. Clinton is 67 and Warren is 65 so its unlikely that Warren would consider running at 69 after Clinton’s first term. Maybe Warren can do more good in Senate but I would have preferred her to Clinton. Hell the way things are going I would almost prefer Jeb Bush to Clinton. He does have some attributes that would set him apart from George W.

    • Lanthanide 1.1

      It’s very unusual for a party to have another challenger for president after the first term of office; even then it would likely be the deputy who would run.

      Also Warren might have the appropriate policies / outlook, but if she’s not electable by the public there’s no point in her running.

      Clinton could easily give Warren an influential position in her cabinet, as well.

    • swordfish 1.2

      When George first became Governor of Texas and Jeb Governor of Florida, the conventional wisdom was that Jeb was both (1) the more capable, but also (2) the more right-wing of the two. Their careers as Govs tended to bare this out. George only morphed from “compassionate conservative” into fully-fledged Neo-Conservative under Cheney’s tutelage after 9/11.

      Both Bush and Clinton will be horrendous. As Glenn Greenwald put it recently, the real possibility of a Hillary vs Jeb contest sets up another epic battle between two dynasties, one of which “exploited its vast wealth to obtain political power, while the other exploited its political power to obtain vast wealth.” A reference, amongst other things, to widespread claims of a notorious back door between the Clinton White House and big investment banks and money funds.

    • Reagan was 69 when he won his first term.

  2. TheContrarian 2

    Looks like it might be another Bush/Clinton match-up. I expect Clinton to win the presidency however. The Bush name is pretty much muck now and the rest of the Republican field don’t have a fucking chance in hell.

  3. Bill 3

    Cliffs. Front runners. Fast followers. If only. 😉

  4. infused 4

    Can’t be any worse than Obama… or can it?

    • Lanthanide 4.1

      Doesn’t really matter if she would be worse or better than Obama, because she’s not running against Obama.

      Will she be better or worse than the Republican candidate? Better, without even knowing who that candidate is.

    • hoom 4.2

      The terrifying thing is that none of the candidates show any signs of being better than Obama so by definition whoever it is will be worse somehow.

  5. Capn Insano 5

    I couldn’t see myself supporting a GOP candidate, especially given how many of them are fucking nutcases in one way or another, usually by being fundamentalist corrupt WASPs.
    They really need to get their house in order regarding corporate money in politics there, it’s rife.

  6. ianmac 6

    Clinton being 67 and aiming for the top job and Winston being just 3 years older but getting kicked because of his age. The Kiwi way.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      Winston has appeared confused in Parliament on a few occasions, although not so much recently. He is also rumoured (known?) to have rather unhealthy habits, such as boozing and smoking.

      • Ron 6.1.1

        Winston is going to Washington. He would love it and National would solve a problem with NZF. Only problem would be how do you keep NZF in line if The Boss is away in Washington. maybe Winston could keep his seat and still serve, siller things have been done in past.

      • ianmac 6.1.2

        “Winston has appeared confused….”
        I think Winston being a good off the cuff speaker is learning that as he ages those spontaneous words that used to spring to his mind and voice, get sluggish and so he hesitates. (I know the feeling and these days I actually have to work out what I am going to say before I start. What a shift!)

        • Lanthanide 6.1.2.1

          That’s probably true.

          But I don’t think Clinton has the same problem, hence why just comparing their ages as you have and then saying that NZ is treating Winston unfairly compared to how the US treats Clinton, isn’t useful.

      • TheContrarian 6.1.3

        His habits are fairly well known.

  7. Jones 7

    Noise… it makes no difference these days who is elected President. And the speculation on the radio last night… “will she/won’t she/it’s expected any minute now”… nauseating.

  8. Sirenia 8

    Watch out for every sexist or ageist insult to be tossed her way.

  9. Penny Bright 9

    If Hillary Clinton is campaigning to be the ‘champion of everyday Americans’ – when will she state her opposition to FAST TRACK – that will allow the President to sign the pro-corporate TPPA without the prior scrutiny of Congress?

    Penny Bright

  10. dukeofurl 10

    One thing I dont get, for years there was all the rukus about where Obama was born ( it was Honolulu) but the nut jobs were trying to prove he was born outside the US and that way he wouldnt be eligible to be president as he wasnt a ‘natural born american”

    Then along comes Senator Ted Cruz , who was born outside the US ( Calgary) to a US mother and a Cuban father .

    He seems to be eligible to be president, yet his circumstances would be exactly the same if Obama was born outside US. ( His mother was american and father Kenyan)

  11. Phil 11

    On the other side of the fence, at this stage I’d call it a three-horse race between Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination. Any of those three could go toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton and make for a very close race.

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