Clinton for President is the early Democrats call for 2016
President Hillary Clinton has a certain ring to it according to polling and commentators looking to 2016.
With Barack Obama safely re-elected as US president, and Mitt Romney successfully eliminated from the forefront of US politics, firm favourites for the Democratic nomination are already emerging.
US vice-president Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren are among the possible nominees for the 2016 race, and all are showing some level of support from their party.
There is, however, one contender who has already captured the support of the public – and commentators agree she is the best person for the job.
Hillary Clinton, who is currently preparing to step down as US Secretary of State, is emerging as the clear front-runner for the nomination.
This has been backed up by extremely early polls – such as the one conducted by Public Policy Polling, which was reported by Politico – and political strategists across America, including The Huffington Post’s Matthew Dowd.
“[Clinton] would be the odds-on favourite to win the nomination if she chooses to run.
“I have come to believe that only a woman president can begin to bridge all the divides that exist in this country.”
“I like what [Clinton] believes in. I think she’s extraordinarily able and energetic for that matter in pushing those beliefs.
“I don’t see how you could have anybody better qualified.”
There is also speculation that Clinton’s husband Bill has been giving her an early plug for the nomination, with commentators focusing on his speech at a recent Democratic convention in Charlottesville, North Carolina.
While the speech was made to offer support for Obama’s re-election bid, Clinton also used it to remind the crowd of his wife’s numerous political achievements, writes The Huffington Post’s Beth Fouhy.
“The subtext was clear: The Clintons remain a force to be reckoned with in the Democratic Party.”
Clinton herself, however, is denying the speculation, and continues to insist that she has no plans to run.
All her supporters have to go on right now is her refusal to categorically state that she will not run if elected, as reported by The New York Times’ Gail Collins.
In the speculation-heavy world of US politics, Collins writes, this sort of assertion is the only thing likely to put the rumours to rest.
Clinton is instead focusing on her plans for next year, which involve a well-deserved break after her Secretary of State duties wrap up.
“I am so looking forward to next year. I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax.
“It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years.”