Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her presidency (after making us wait long enough, jeez), conservatives against Hillary 2016 have been making the rounds sure to share their opinions about the possibility of her being president of the United States. The conservative response to Clinton's presidential campaign announcement seems to show that politicians are feeling a little threatened, likely because Clinton is so widely favored not only to score the Democratic nomination, but also to possibly take the presidency with ease.
Before Clinton had even announced that she was running, Republicans such as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Mitt Romney (who's not even running for president) took the chance to give their opinions on Clinton's campaign. It's to be expected, of course. 2016 is already shaping up to be a tough race with criticisms lobbed often. In fact, Paul's campaign so far seems to be focused on anti-Hillary propaganda — he's got merchandise about her for sale on his website. But politicians have taken to outlets other than their own campaigns and websites to comment on Clinton's campaign. There have been tweets, media interviews, and even anti-Hillary advertisements already surfacing. Here's a look at some of the Republican responses to Clinton's campaign both before and after she even announced.
Bush also went the Twitter route after Clinton's announcement, writing "we must do better than Hillary," including a link to the Right to Rise PAC with a pledge to "Stop Hillary."
Paul's ad claims that Clinton represents "the worst of the Washington machine."
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Romney talked about his opinions on Clinton's candidacy, stating that foreign policy is going to be an issue that "dogs her throughout the campaign." He said:
You've seen in polls and in discussions across the country a feeling that Hillary Clinton is just not trustworthy. This whole story about her having erased all of her e-mails even though they were subject to recall and review by Congress, I think that's made people remember that with the Clinton's it's always something.
And I think also the fact that she's been there a long time. She's a creature of Washington. How many years did she say, 18 years she hasn't driven a car. She's been driven by Secret Service and other securities. I mean, she's been there a long time. I think people want to see change, want to see something new and Hillary Clinton is just not that person.
Huckabee, who as of yet is not running for president but says he'll make a decision this spring, appeared on ABC News, referring to — like Paul does — the Clinton "machinery."
And you know the Clintons very well. They play to win, and anyone who thinks that she’s going to get into this halfheartedly, well, they’ve never encountered the will, the spirit, the heart and the determination of the Clinton political machinery.
Rubio went simple once Clinton announced her presidency, simply tweeting "Ready for Monday," alluding to his imminent announcement of his own presidential run while playing off the "Ready for Hillary" tagline.
After criticizing Clinton in a speech at the NRA leadership forum, Cruz also tried to capitalize on Clinton's announcement to bolster his own campaign, tweeting a video in which he said Clinton "represents the failed policies of the past."