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    Hillary Clinton Leads Potential 2016 Presidential Pack

    Public opinion polls show that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee in 2016, should she decide to run.

    There is no clear front-runner among potential candidates for the Republican Party nomination, suggesting a wide open primary battle in two years’ time.

    Clinton has been a fixture on the national political scene for more than 20 years, as first lady, U.S. senator, presidential candidate and secretary of state.

    She is expected to decide on a presidential run later this year, and, if she runs, would be a formidable candidate.

    "What is quite amazing in the Democratic Party, the president’s party, is that there is basically one candidate way ahead of the field and that is Hillary Clinton,” said political analyst Stephen Hess.

    If she does run, Clinton can expect questions from rivals about her handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

    She recently called the Benghazi attack her biggest regret, though last year she fended off political attacks on her handling of the incident.

    “The fact is we had four dead Americans," she said. "Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk who decided they would go kill Americans? What difference at this point does it make?  It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from every happening again. senator.”

    As a presidential candidate, Clinton could face a challenge from Vice President Joe Biden, who is a distant second in the latest polls.

    Clinton’s status as the clear front-runner has pros and cons, according to Hess.

    “If you are way out there, everybody is shooting at you, gunning at your back, not only other possible candidates but certainly the media," he said. "So she is in a very exposed position. On the other hand, [she is in] a very good position in that she is raising a lot of money.”

    Clinton may have to distance herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama.

    “She will look for a number of areas where she has differences with the current president, her president, and themes that she addresses that convey a sense that she will be a candidate to bring change,” said analyst Stuart Rothenberg.

    Republicans have no clear front-runner at the moment, but possible contenders include New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who remains embattled in scandal over a traffic jam orchestrated by his aides.

    A Christie stumble could open the way for others including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

    One of the most intriguing 2016 matchups would pit Hillary Clinton against Jeb Bush, says Hess.

    “Everyone around the world would have fun with that because they are not familiar with many of the names, as they shouldn’t be, of American politicians," he said. "But those are two names that they know very, very well, Bush and Clinton.”

    The official nominating process will not begin for two more years, but many of those interested in running in 2016 are expected to make a decision by the end of this year.

    Jim Malone

    Jim Malone has served as VOA’s National correspondent covering U.S. elections and politics since 1995. Prior to that he was a VOA congressional correspondent and served as VOA’s East Africa Correspondent from 1986 to 1990. Jim began his VOA career with the English to Africa Service in 1983.

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    by: bgg from: United States
    February 09, 2014 5:21 PM
    We do not elect Presidents just to have a novelty President.

    Hillary Clinton has her ambition to be President but never has has had an ambition to serve this country.

    And each time Hillary Clinton gets a bit of power she reveals herself to be a corrupt, power-mad individual that says whatever is popular at the time for political gain, while she breaks laws and carefully navigates around them when exposed and betrays this country with her actions.
    As Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton again followed her traits and bad character to again break laws and use her honed skills as a lawyer to avoid prosecution to avoid justice.
    That is a pattern we see repeated again and again whenever Hillary Clinton becomes involved in anything from business to government. These things occur because she has a criminal mentality approach to all situations.
    A mentality that laws are written to be broken and that her reasons for breaking them are good reasons just because they are hers.
    That also is a mentality shared by our current President.
    And so it is no wonder that both Obama and Clinton broke the laws of the United States when they illegally used American money to arm groups that opposed whatever Mid-East regimes they wanted to topple.
    And as Politicians breaking the law their only concern during the Benghazi attack was to cover up their crimes and to do nothing to bring attention to them. And so they abandoned the Americans who were put in harm's way because they were working for them in their illegal activities.
    Those Americans worked for the criminal Politicians Brack Obama and Hillary Clinton and when attacked they were sacrificed to protect the futures of the Politicians they served.

    From Hillary Clinton's past we can see her future in anything she does as she brings her mentality and approach that she is above the law to the table of whatever venture or job she participates in.

    That is why with each pursuit in her life scandal follows. Because that mentality is always there. She is always looking for ways around laws and when her activities come to light she then does what she does best; avoiding prosecution.

    That is Hillary Clinton. Self serving. Lawyer. Criminal. Politician.

    And so with any position comes a desire to serve herself, breaking of the law when it's in her way, then scandal, followed by using her skills as a lawyer to avoid prosecution.

    Hillary Clinton's greatest achievement in life was to prove sometimes, crime does pay.

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    February 08, 2014 7:09 AM
    Here comes USA with the first right choice in nearly a decade. We know that if Hilary had been given the mandate, the US would have been saved some of the troubles she has been through of recent. Benghazi or no Benghazi, a mistake was made and the best will USA do is move beyond the mistake and go forward. Mrs. Clinton proved her bravery by accepting the wrong of another in order to save the White House an embarrassment, and that should commend her instead. It's important this article proves the current president may be unpopular, and those areas he has been shielded by the press Mrs. Clinton will surely fix. Concerning a showdown between her and Bush, ideally both seem to have same perspective of USA and what it should be to the world, so there is no trouble if any of them wins. But surely Hilary Clinton will be it, because she must have a broader experience with the offices she has held to decide what really is good and profitable to USA and world at large.

    by: Kathy from: Chicopee ma
    February 08, 2014 1:24 AM
    I always said Hillary Clinton will be president one day!!!!!!!

    by: Abdulrahman Gjibo from: Nederland
    February 07, 2014 8:37 PM
    It is well time for awoman president.
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    by: John from: USA
    March 07, 2014 8:00 PM
    Here we go! We had to vote for Obama cause he was black (at least half black) and now we have to vote for Hillary cause she is a woman. If not we are racists and women hating chauvinistic pigs!

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