Hillary Clinton is Pretty Much Running for President, But It May Be A Year 'Til She Says So
Our fave contender for the 2016 presidential election shouldn't come as a shock. She's most Dems' fave contender, as it turns out. But despite her super-obvious intentions to enter the race, Hillary Clinton may wait a year to announce a presidential run, she told Diane Sawyer of ABC in an interview about her new book, Hard Choices. But, uh, like we said. Hillary Clinton's gonna run for president. Reasonably, Clinton feels like she can announce her candidacy whenever she feels like it.
Meanwhile, as The Washington Post pointed out on Sunday, Clinton's doing a whole lot of things that make her seem like a sure candidate: Writing a book (remember Romney's 2010 No Apology? Yeah, us neither). Going on speaking tours. That whole super-PAC, Ready for Hillary, that's already jumpstarting her campaign.
Still, Clinton's gonna do this whole campaigning thing on her terms, she told Sawyer. "I'm going to decide when it feels right for me to decide," she said. When Sawyer asked if that would be by the end of 2014, Clinton laid out a pretty set timeline.
Well, you know, certainly not before then. I just want to kind of get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the mid-term elections in the fall and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses about what I will and will not be thinking about as I make the decision. I will be on the way to making a decision by the end of the year, yes.
Translation: "I just want to kind of keep campaigning quietly through this year, travel around the country, make sure people are really into this whole thing ... and then announce it."
Seems like most people are already into it. In a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday, 69 percent of Democrats polled said they'd cast their votes for Clinton. Everybody's favorite veep, Joe Biden, snagged just 12 percent.
Hillary, FYI, we're just that into you.