Kirsten Gillibrand: I’ll ask Hillary Clinton to run again

at 03:03 PM ET, 03/21/2012

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) plans to ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president again.

“I'm going to be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016,” the woman who replaced Clinton in the Senate told BuzzFeed. "I think she would be incredibly well-poised to be our next Democratic president.”

In this Feb. 24, 2011 photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is interviewed by The Associated Press, in New York. (Mary Altaffer - AP)
The Secretary of State was something of a mentor to Gillibrand, and the two are close. (Gillibrand has also worked for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, another oft-mentioned name in the 2016 sweepstakes.) Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has also been urging Clinton to consider a bid.

But Clinton has repeatedly said that she does not want to run for president or serve in elected office in any capacity again.

“Whenever asked, the Secretary has been crystal clear about what she will and won't be doing after her tenure here at State ends,” said Clinton spokesman Phillippe Reines.

By urging her to run, Gillibrand looks magnanimous and deflects speculation about her own 2016 plans. (Make sure to vote in our “Sweet 2016” bracket; Gillibrand is a #6 seed on the Democratic side.)

That’s not to say that Clinton wouldn’t be hugely popular if she did run. She would be — and would likely start the race as the frontunner.

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