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    Poll: Clinton Remains Presidential Frontrunner

    FILE - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington, May 2014.
    FILE - Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Washington, May 2014.

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got some good news in the latest national poll looking at the 2016 race for president. The same survey, though, also shows that Republicans continue to have an advantage in this year’s midterm congressional elections.

    In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Clinton maintains an overwhelming lead against potential Democratic rivals. She is supported by 58 percent of those surveyed, followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 11 percent, and Vice President Joe Biden at nine percent.

    The poll comes as Clinton continues a tour promoting her book Hard Choices about her time as secretary of state. Clinton has said she will decide whether to run for president by early next year.

    Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, said, “Hillary Clinton has weathered what some would say are bad book sales, some questions about her tenure at the State Department, some questions about what she defines as wealth, and yet she sweeps the Democratic field in the 2016 race, so Hillary is still looking very good.”

    Republican field

    The poll also shows Clinton easily defeating several potential Republican presidential contenders, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

    There is no clear Republican frontrunner at the moment for the 2016 nomination in the Quinnipiac survey. Paul leads a crowded pack with 11 percent support, followed by Christie, Huckabee and Bush, all with 10 percent each.

    Malloy said no one Republican is surging at the moment, which is not unusual two years before a presidential election.

    “If you look at it right now, the numbers are 11 percent, 10 percent, eight percent. All of these people, the top seven of them, are all about in the same position. So there is just not a lot of momentum on the Republican side,” he said.

    Congress remains focused on this year’s midterm elections where all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are at stake along with 36 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Republicans control the House while Democrats have a majority in the Senate.

    Congressional maneuvers

    The Quinnipiac poll found voters would narrowly prefer Republican majorities in both chambers by a margin of 46 to 44 percent, according to Malloy.

    “Republicans have a slight advantage going into the congressional elections, but statistically not that big a number. In fact if you look at it, people are pretty disgusted with politics generally and certainly with the performance of the Congress. So right now it is kind of a toss-up,” he said.

    Most analysts predict that Republicans will hold their majority in the House and have an excellent chance of gaining the six seats they need in the Senate to wrest control away from Democrats.

    John Fortier, with the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, said, “Republicans have an advantage. It is a midterm election with a Democratic president. Usually those elections go to the out party. The president is not doing very well, and I would say on the Senate side there are really a lot of opportunities for Republicans to take seats, seats that are in very Republican areas that are up for grabs.”

    Obama’s approval ratings have been low of late. But Quinnipiac pollster Malloy said his survey does include a slight uptick in public optimism about the economy, and that could help Democrats in November.


    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: Mushtaq Dean
    July 19, 2014 11:08 AM
    Mushtaq Dean

    If polls are the criterion to measure someone’s popularity , and if polls are the true reflection of peoples’ choice for their president, then Hillary Clinton has no competitor to compete her.

    In the majority of polls, with an exception of a thinly few, she has made a stunning performance outdistancing both her own party’s candidates as well as the opponents. She defeated Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren as DEMS candidates and wretched Chris Christie and Jeb Bush as REPS candidates.

    The people are enlightened, far-sighted and prudent who are concentrating on Hillary Clinton expecting her to be the next president. They know the time ahead for USA is critical.

    Currently, USA is stuck knee-deep in a sludge of problems, domestic and international, the conditions would aggravate if no effective aid is reached to pull it out.

    Problems that are hanging include: Al-quada threat. Intervention in the Middle East is becoming more demanding. Afghanistan needs settlement to justify adventure, expenditure and loss of human lives.where USA has suffered numerous hardships, had a large number of families destroyed, spent huge money Relations with Russia, China, and Iran rigidly require more alertness, keeping in view the recent scuffle with Russia over ukarine.

    Believably, another report of Gallup would increase our interest and confidence in Hillary Clinton.

    (March 21, 2014)
    Gallup publishes its results under Clinton’s Top Selling Points in 2016 first female President: “People are overexcited that they would see the first female president in the national history. Others are happy with her being experienced, capable, qualified, and intelligent”



    by: David Deeds from: Woodbridge, VA
    July 09, 2014 8:57 AM
    Dear Mrs. Clinton, why didn't you not following America Laws and securing our borders while in office?
    I recommend a change to the American system of Government. First, let’s bring America and the Voters of America into the 21st century, all laws to be considered for a vote first must be posted on the a internet website to allow each vote carrying ID card holder to read, comment and vote on by all Americans before it is considered by any vote by any agency or any department at any level of Government.

    Our current system is so incredibly bankrupt and riddled with fraud, corruption and theft that it could not be salvaged as is in a million years, and is bound to fail based on math alone.
    The general idea is we have a failed system that is known by all, but the hard core specifics are unknown to me, and as such, I can only imagine what is going to have to be done to keep America safe and free.

    We need to audit each government agency and department which has never been done since forming our Government.

    Second we need a nationwide flat tax system of about 5.75 percent, this will more than support our way of life and fix many money issues America is faced with, but for the scandals like the IRS or the VA broken system, well they are broken beyond repair and no amount of correction can fix it. The funds saved in these two departments alone can feed the American poor for the next 100 years.

    by: Frank from: US
    July 08, 2014 11:17 PM
    And... my tax money paid for this partisan dribble endorsement?

    by: Demi Eructation from: USA
    July 08, 2014 10:05 PM
    Hillary Clinton is a lying Wench. Polls, of course, are funny things. They often do not reflect reality. But Clinton’s early lead, despite her not having declared her intention to run, may show mass delusional thinking on the part of voters. It is not clear what they see exactly in Clinton beyond the fact that she is a woman. Due the establishment’s insistence on gender and race specifics over policy and philosophical substance, and the corporate media’s non-stop mirroring of smoke screen political correctness, we can expect this sort of strict PCism to rule in 2016. Democrats love to excoriate their political opponents with the charge of racism. On the day Clinton announces, the charge of sexism will be heard in response to her detractors.

    Rand Paul seems to be on the right track. Probably the only way to effectively defeat Clinton is to resurrect her past sins, most notably Whitewater, the scandal few remember.

    Whitewater, above and beyond the Mona Lewinsky affair, reveals the intensely sleazy character of the Clintons. Whitewater was a fraudulent real estate deal cooked up by Hillary and associate Jim McDougal when Hillary worked for the Rose Law firm. Both McDougal and fellow Rose Law firm partner Vince Foster turned up dead. Foster, who was Deputy White House Counsel during the first few months of the first Clinton administration, was a material witness for Ken Starr, the independent counsel conducting the Whitewater criminal investigation.

    There are other Clinton “gates,” including Travelgate, Filegate, and Chinagate. For more on these gates, see Larry Klayman’s “Proof Hillary isn’t fit to be president.”

    Then there is Hillary Clinton’s performance during the Benghazi hearings when she yelled at members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the murder of her subordinate, Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, was not worth investigating. Prior to this, many observers accused her of faking a concussion to avoid testifying about the Benghazi attack.

    Clinton’s behavior at the hearing and especially her involvement in Whitewater and other gates are all fair game. Her potential contenders during the presidential race should certainly take advantage of numerous scandals, most conveniently swept under the rug back in the 1990s.

    But they shouldn’t stop there. Republicans should not hesitate to also crank up the wayback machine and scrutinize Hillary behavior during the original gate, Watergate. Clinton’s former boss, Democrat Jerry Zeifman who was a counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings, fired her for unethical behavior as a staffer on the committee. He felt so strongly about Clinton’s character, he refused to give her a letter of recommendation.

    Why did Zeifman fire the 27-year old staffer? “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman told journalist Daniel Calabrese. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

    All of this damning information should be more than enough to scuttle any Clinton presidential bid – that is if Republicans stick to their guns. Of course, the Democrat friendly corporate media will do its best to sabotage the effort. Establishment Republicans may also cry foul despite the fact, so far, few of their candidates are up to the task of taking on the Iron Maiden.

    by: TheTruth from: San Jose, CA
    July 08, 2014 8:53 PM
    Adapting a quote from the Cohen bros.
    She is like King Midas' idiot sister: Everyhting she touches turns to crap.
    God help us all.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 2:58 AM
    Well, her husband said it best "I smoked it, but I didn't inhale!" Hillary will be a great prezzie, at least every 3 weeks of each month. Just playing ladies.............good grief!

    by: Forest Phlegm from: USA
    July 08, 2014 8:14 PM
    The Global Elite plan to swap out Clinton with “populist” Elizabeth Warren who, like Clinton, follows the neocon line on foreign policy. It is of paramount importance the elite keep the wars going as they pretend to institute economic reforms. So long as the Federal Reserve is allowed to exist, there will be no significant economic reform regardless of what figurehead occupies the Oval Office and despite the best wishes of naive liberals and progressives.

    With an ascendent economic populism that rejects the dominance of large financial institutions, wealthy individuals, and powerful industries that have too much sway in Washington, DC, the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency has many asking whether or not the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State has what it takes to challenge the status quo which allows Wall Street to rule supreme in the nation’s seats of power.

    In a frontpage article exploring the question in the New York Times on Tuesday, the newspaper suggests that Wall Street sees Hillary Clinton as “a solution” to the populist trend—a person who can neutralize other members of the Democratic Party, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, calling for more aggressive economic reforms and who have tapped into the nation’s populist sentiment.

    As the Times reports:


    Few political families are closer to Wall Street than the Clintons. Their family foundation has raised millions from financiers and the foundations of big banks, and recently held its annual briefing for donors in the auditorium of Goldman Sachs’s headquarters in Manhattan. Major financial firms are stocked with Clinton alumni.

    And the Clintons often interact with the titans of finance on the Manhattan charity circuit and during their vacations in the Hamptons. Last month, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton sat at a table with Hamilton E. James, president of the Blackstone Group, and mingled with the billionaire David H. Koch at a benefit for the Wildlife Conservation Society.





    Clinton has been looked on with suspicion by progressives following high-paid speaking engagements with Goldman Sachs and other powerful Wall Street institutions since leaving her post at the State Department. And last month, Clinton put her weight behind the powerful biotech industry by speaking at their national conference, not only endorsing their business model but offering political advice on how to overcome public opposition to the use of genetically-modified seeds and industrial-scale, chemical-based agriculture.

    Also this week, comments made by Clinton suggest her political strategy, if elected, would follow her husband’s well-worn tactic of “triangulation,” tacking to the political right as a way to curry favor with Republican and corporate interests, but doing so in a way that ameliorates the objections of progressives and liberals. Bill Clinton was famous for doing this when he passed “welfare reform” legislation and deregulated the financial industry in the nineties, both of which, according to many experts and analysts, say paved the way for the current economic crisis the country is now suffering.
    In Response

    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 2:59 AM
    Wow Wood Spit! 100 words or less please!

    by: Anonymous
    July 08, 2014 8:02 PM
    To 'borrow' from the Cohen brothers' Llewyn Davis: She is like Midas' idiot brother: Everything she touches has turned to crap. God help us all.

    by: Penny Dryburp from: UK
    July 08, 2014 7:53 PM
    “Historically, the Democratic Party has been the party of war in the United States, having actively maneuvered to involve the U.S. in the First World War, Second World War, Korea, and Vietnam in spite of considerable popular support for isolationism or nonintervention, particularly among Republicans,” writes Philip Giraldi, a former CIA military intelligence officer. “That continues to be the case in spite of the White House’s unfortunate adoption of the neoconservative formula for world domination, which is derived from the neocons’ Trotskyite and Straussian roots rather than from any genuine, conservative Republican tradition.”

    The New Republic, an establishment Democrat centerpiece, is selling Elizabeth Warren as Hillary Clinton’s worst nightmare. Liberals praise to the heavens Warren’s anti-Wall Street and populist cred while ignoring her stance on war and dogged maintenance of the national security state.

    “We need to continue our aggressive efforts against Al Qaeda, and we need to continue to support the efforts of our intelligence, law enforcement, homeland security, and military professionals,” Warren states on the foreign policy section of her Senate campaign web page.

    She touts the neocon line on Iran, insisting it represents a mortal danger to the United States and continues, despite facts to the contrary, a pursuit of nuclear weapons.

    “The same progressives who refused to vet Barack Obama’s views on foreign policy when he ran for president in 2008, and who now feel betrayed that he is not the liberal savior they imagined him to be, are repeating their mistake with Warren,” warns liberal Max Blumenthal. “With AIPAC leading the push for war at the height of an election campaign, there is no better time to demand accountability from candidates like Warren. Who does she serve? The liberal grassroots forces that made her into a populist hero or the lobby seeking to drag the US into a dubious, potentially catastrophic war? It is far better for progressives to grill her on her foreign policy positions before the campaign is over than after the next war begins.”

    Will Get Fooled Again!

    Democrats will once agin rush under the big establishment tent if Warren is selected. And once again they will be betrayed.

    Elizabeth Warren is, like Hillary Clinton, a fixture of the war party and the elite. The difference is Warren’s emphasis on social and economic issues – issues invariably addressed with socialist palliatives that rarely result in substantive change – while she supports the forever war on terror and “humanitarian” interventions of conquest and domination run by the banksters and elitists she claims to oppose.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 3:04 AM
    Ho Hummmmmmm......what? OK, the Republican president free the slaves, the Democratic president gave them rights, 100 years later. They are all a joke! Go to the boothes, close your eyes, and pull the handle. It's all the same anymore!

    by: Shirley A Mitchem from: Ohio
    July 08, 2014 6:23 PM
    This white senior educated female votes every election/mid term election.......I vote on FACTS.... I don't care about your skin color or your religion.or family! What i do care about is a person that cares about the common Americans, and willing to fight for us.....as Pres. Obama has done..........YOUR NO CHRISTIAN WHEN YOU KEEP ATTACKING AND TRYING TO DESTROY ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. I will vote for Mrs. Clinton! I hope she picks Mrs. E. Warren as VP.... Republicans destroyed our country when republicans controlled House! Senate! W.H., and the Purse Strings from Jan 20 2001 to Jan 20 2007........
    In Response

    by: Doris Loadphart from: USA
    July 08, 2014 9:43 PM
    Hillary covered up Benghazi, and refuses to admit to the FACT that the CIA funds Al Qaeda!!!!

    You'd best WAKE UP, you FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by: donald p from: gainesville fl
    July 08, 2014 3:45 PM
    What Poll? No one is going to vote for this lying hag.
    In Response

    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    July 09, 2014 3:44 AM
    Whoa! Hold on a minute! I know lying hags who would be offended be being compared to Hillary. Good grief man, have you no compassion for lying hags? Asked a couple of dogs if I could compare hillary to their poo, but they growled at me! So that would be a 'NO!' What happened to that cigar that Billy was hiding? The one he sweetened with that special flavoring? Hillary, you bad girl! You smoked it! I knew it!
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