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Hillary Clinton And The 2016 Question

The plans of Hillary Clinton. She’s very visible. Is she running for the Presidency, 2016? We’ll look at the for and against around Hillary Clinton.

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. (AP)

Former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. (AP)

Barbara Bush thinks America should have had enough of political dynasties.  And maybe she’s right.  But people still talk about Jeb Bush in 2016.  And they certainly talk a lot about Hillary Clinton.  Lately, Hillary Clinton is all over.  High-profile and talking a lot, about everything except whether or not she’ll run for the presidency.  She’s got the résumé, the battle scars, the gravitas, the supporters.  She’s got Bill and Benghazi.  On Election Day, she’d be 69, the same age as Ronald Reagan when he first took the White House.  This hour On Point:  Hillary Clinton and the 2016 question.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Charles Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report. Columnist for The National Journal. (@cookpolitical)

Alex Seitz-Wald, national political reporter for The National Journal. (@aseitzwald)

Amie Parnes, senior White House correspondent for The Hill. Co-author of “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.” (@amieparnes)

From Tom’s Reading List

POLITICO: Hillary Clinton’s delay: Freeing the field or human shield? — “The claim has hardened into accepted fact among many Democratic operatives: Hillary Clinton is freezing the Democratic 2016 field as she waits until possibly late this year to decide on another presidential run. It’s virtually impossible for anyone other than Clinton to raise money or build a campaign infrastructure, the thinking goes, with Clinton hovering overhead.

Washington Post: How Hillary Clinton can correct the biggest mistake she made in 2008 — “The question is whether Clinton has learned the lesson of that first, unsuccessful campaign.  Whether she — and the team she has built/is building/will build — understand that her gender, far from being a negative, is actually the strong argument in her favor in the eyes of voters. ”

The Hill: Hillary’s Hit Lit — “Almost six years later most Clinton aides can still rattle off the names of traitors and the favors that had been done for them, then provide details of just how each of the guilty had gone on to betray the Clintons—as if it all had happened just a few hours before. The data project ensured that the acts of the sinners and saints would never be forgotten.”

Read An Excerpt From “H.R.C.” by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

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