If you haven’t already read elsewhere, Hillary Clinton received a pretty awesome gift from the Obama administration as a retirement present from her former position as Secretary of State.
Clinton still had around $250,000 in debt left over from the 2008 presidential campaign (where she was beat by Barack Obama in the primaries) from what had been a debt over 20 million. However, fundraisers found around 120 donors that hadn’t contributed the maximum primary donation amount of money during 2008 (for campaign finance legal issues) or given the maximum for general elections during the 2012 cycle. Furthermore, they had to be able to afford it, and they (obviously) had to like Clinton.
Not only did they succeed in obtaining enough money to make sure that the debt is entirely paid, but they also managed to get her an extra $205,000. Talk about an awesome severance package!
The internet has been ruminating for a while about a possible 2016 presidential run from Hillary Clinton, and liberals would certainly love it — after all, she’s the most-liked politician in America, and notable Republicans have admitted that they don’t see how she could be beaten.
Yet…the real authority on whether she will run or not is herself, and she has repeatedly said she won’t — even as recently as December 12, while appearing with Barbara Walters on ABC.
Then again, didn’t President Dwight D. Eisenhower say the same thing? And when it came down to it, he was either forced to run through public demand (unlikely) or he acted like he wouldn’t to make the public view him that much more favorably (more likely, and a brilliant move of politicking on his part). Ike wasn’t thought to be much of a politician, but he proved that wrong in the end.
So, will she run? Is she planning it already, but saying she won’t? Will public demand force her into it? We’ll just have to wait, see and speculate.