Hillary Clinton may well be the most "known" politician in the world.
She and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been on the national stage for more than two decades -- traveling from Arkansas to the White House to the Senate to the 2008 campaign trail and finally to the State Department. During that time, every look and utterance from Hillary has been examined, then examined again, then analyzed, then overanalyzed.
"I think it's horse[hockey]. I think The Washington Post is acting like some kind of an Internet blog or something instead of doing real reporting."
That's Burns Strider, a veteran of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign and now part of a Clinton-aligned rapid response group called Correct The Record, responding to a WaPo story on the connection between scandal-plagued businessman Jeffrey Thompson and longtime Clinton confidante Minyon Moore. Turns out that despite Strider's assertions, there was nothing factually incorrect in the story. (Sidenote: What the heck is wrong with an "Internet blog"?)
Update 3:07 p.m.: Breaking news -- As our own Matea Gold and Rosalind S. Helderman report, court documents show Thompson "depicted Moore as playing a far more intimate role in the off-the-books campaign than was previously known — securing the money and helping guide the strategy by feeding internal campaign documents and receiving messages about the media coverage."
Hillary Clinton hasn't decided whether or not to run for president in 2016 -- and won't for a few months (at least). But, as Politico's Maggie Haberman detailed in a terrific story Monday, there is already a massive shadow campaign being constructed for Clinton if she does decide to get into the race. From super PACs with differentiated tasks -- some raising money from big donors, others focused on grassroots name-gathering -- to several circles of advisers all plotting various aspects of the campaign, Clinton 2016 is happening.
Being a Clinton sure beats being a Bush these days. At least according to the polls.
Nearly five years after George W. Bush left office, half the public still blames the former president for the nation’s economic woes, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released this week. The survey comes as Republicans have continued to keep the 43rd president at arm’s length.
John Podesta’s decision this week to join the White House staff will not only elevate the importance of climate change within the Obama administration, but it could have much broader implications for the president’s environmental policies.
Podesta played a critical role in shaping Bill Clinton’s environmental record while serving as White House chief of staff between 1998 and 2000, pushing for the designation of several national monuments as well as a national roadless rule that preserved tens of millions of acres of national forest. Since leaving the White House and founding the liberal think tank in Center for American Progress in 2003, Podesta has made climate change one of his top priorities for the past decade.
Note: We originally published this item on June 27. In light of Nelson Mandela's death, we have updated this item and are reposting it now.
There's the lasting image of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton looking out of the jail cell where Mandela spent years. Or the ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. And many more.
It’s 788 days until the calendar turns to 2016, but that didn’t stop New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) from endorsing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s unannounced candidacy in the next presidential election on Saturday night in Iowa.
“Run, Hillary, Run,” Schumer said during his keynote address at an Iowa Democratic Party event. “If you run, you’ll win, and we’ll all win.”
CBS’s David Letterman tried to squeeze some new information out of Bill Clinton Monday about whether former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016.
The former president wouldn’t bite.
“If she is running to your knowledge, blink twice,” Letterman told Clinton.
“I blinked once!” said Clinton with a smile.
“You know that if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you,” Clinton later added. “But I honestly don’t know, Chelsea doesn’t know, and Hillary doesn’t know.”
Letterman joked, “Well, you could finish her book.”
On Sunday in Iowa -- 2016 alarm bells! -- Vice President Biden said two things that piqued our interest.
The first was on gay marriage. “I could not remain silent any more,” Biden said. “It’s the civil rights (issue) of our day.”
The second was on Iraq. “[President Obama] and I said the exact same thing, coincidentally: End to the war in Iraq,” Biden said of he and the then-Illinois Senator in 2007. “And we did.”
If you haven’t read the Washington Post story published Wednesday about an alleged link between a D.C. businessman at the center of a corruption probe and a secret effort to boost Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign for president, you should. It’s the kind of story with the potential to reverberate in city, state and national politics.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) appeared Monday on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” where he said Congress should back President Obama’s call for military action against the Syrian government.
“I think the Congress of the United States should make sure America stands tall at this moment,” Emanuel said.
“This is not an easy choice,” he added.
He also discussed what it was like to be White House chief of staff -- and even did his best impression of former president Bill Clinton.
In Washington, lawmakers and Obama administration officials are in the midst of an intense debate over the question of whether the United States should launch a military strike against Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons.
But outside the nation’s capital, some of the highest-profile figures in both parties are wading in lightly, dancing around the issue or avoiding it altogether. Just look at some of the leading potential 2016 presidential candidates who don’t belong to Congress or the Obama administration.
Here at the The Fix, we love a good nickname. And lucky for us, politics is chock-full of them.
Over the years, politicians all across the country have come to be known by nicknames that speak volumes about their personality, style, background or demeanor. And in some cases, the nickname all but displaces a pol’s birth name.
The “Secretary of Explaining Stuff” has just been deployed for assignment. Again.
Facing key implementation deadlines for a health-care law that has been received poorly by the public and is the subject of unwavering criticism from Republicans, President Obama is trying to right the ship by turning to the Democratic Party’s best messenger: Bill Clinton.
As Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs a second presidential run, there are certain steps she needs to take along the way to a decision. She took a couple of them in San Francisco Monday afternoon in a speech about voting rights.
Clinton can afford to keep a low public profile more than the other potential 2016ers. But she simply can't be a non-factor on the big issues of the day. If she were to do that, she'd face criticism that she was absent from the political debate for a couple of years, assuming she makes an announcement after the 2014 midterms.
Talk of Hillary Clinton running for president is everywhere. The actual Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is much harder to find. That gap between chatter about a Clinton presidential candidacy and action toward such a candidacy creates a bit of a vacuum. And everyone knows politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.
Here's a political reality: The fights you pick are as important as the way you contest them. To wit: The war the Republican National Committee has opened up against CNN and NBC.
In going hard after the networks for developing programming about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the RNC has picked a three-pronged fight against Clinton (and the idea of her running for president), CNN and NBC.
President Obama told NBC's Jay Leno Tuesday that when he recently had lunch with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, "she had that post-administration glow."
It was only the latest in a long history of comments Obama has made about Clinton -- and vice versa -- some flattering, and some, well, not so nice.
Chelsea Clinton reiterated in an interview with CNN that aired Monday that she is open to running for political office in the future -- under the right circumstances.
"Not now," Clinton stressed, adding: "I'm grateful to live in a city and a state and a country where I really believe in my elected officials, and their ethos and their competencies. Someday, if either of those weren't true and I thought I could make more of a difference in the public sector, or if I didn't like how my city or state or country were being run, I'd have to ask and answer that question."
It's easy to overanalyze What It All Means -- given that Obama and Clinton are not only the two most famous politicians in the country but also have, well, a past. Once rivals for the top office, they became allies of a sort with Clinton serving as Obama's top diplomat.
Former president William Jefferson Clinton will return to Washington on Wednesday, for a celebration of his environmental legacy as the federal government renames the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in his honor.
While several former presidents have federal buildings named after them--including Lyndon B. Johnson, George H. W. Bush and Theodore Roosevelt--it's always worth examining whether the politician in question deserves such an accolade. In the case of Clinton, it's clear he's a natural fit for EPA. Love it or hate it, he enacted some of the most sweeping environmental protections in U.S. history.
There's the lasting image of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton looking out of the jail cell where Mandela spent 17 years. Or the ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. And many more.
Over the years, the human rights icon, who is currently in critical condition with a lung infection, has met regularly U.S. presidents. Below we look back at some of the most memorable visits:
Hillary Clinton continues to get heavily positive reviews for her work as secretary of state in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, even after renewed Republican allegations of an Obama administration related to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya last fall.
If the Benghazi controversy has taken any toll at all on Clinton, it's been a small one. Sixty-two percent of all Americans say they approved of the way Clinton handled her job at the state department; just 28 percent disapprove. That's a six percentage point dip from a December Post-ABC poll just before she left the administration. The drop in approval is concentrated among conservatives (down nine points), but she has also slid from 77 to 69 percent among moderates.
Republicans made significant progress in bringing the Benghazi debate to the political forefront last week. And there is a growing sense that the issue could soon be laid at Hillary Clinton's doorstep.
But as the GOP confronts targeting Clinton, they also risk over-playing their hand.
Bringing Clinton into the conversation is all too tempting. She's a lightning rod for the conservative base and she's the biggest obstacle to the GOP's effort to reclaim the White House in 2016 -- not to mention the fact that she led the State Department the day of the attacks -- so of course Republican are going to focus on her
America Rising, the new GOP opposition research group launched by Mitt Romney's campaign manager and top RNC strategists, is out with a two-minute video featuring highlights from Wednesday's House hearing on Benghazi.
The video pretty well sums up the portions of the Benghazi whistleblower testimony that will be used in the days and weeks ahead as Republicans continue to build their case against the administration and -- more specifically -- former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who is featured prominently in the video.
The video is book-ended with Clinton's testimony earlier this year, during which she says "I take responsibility" for what happened in Benghazi.
Give it a watch:
Political comebacks are all the rage right now.
Once mired in the depths of scandal, Mark Sanford has a good shot of returning to elected office in South Carolina. And former congressman Anthony Weiner, who's career came crashing down dramatically after lewd photos surfaced on Twitter, is openly considering running for mayor of New York City.
Bill Clinton has sent his first tweet, with a little help from Stephen Colbert.
The Comedy Central host devoted his entire Monday night show to an interview he taped with the former president over the weekend at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting. The former president told Colbert he uses the social networking site Facebook but doesn't use Twitter.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were all warm and fuzzy Sunday night during an interview aired on "60 Minutes."
But as we've noted before, it wasn't always that way.
On "60 Minutes," Obama dismissed the tension between the two in 2008 as more of a staff-level thing. But while it's true that the staff didn't get along (and some of the clips below show that), there was no shortage of tense moments between the candidates as well.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is quickly establishing himself as the conservative option in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.
Paul's statement at Wednesday's Senate hearing on Libya that he would have fired Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be replayed over and over on cable news in the hours to come. But it's hardly the first time he's put himself in the middle of a controversy — and chosen about the most conservative posture possible.
Secretary Clinton's long-awaited testimony about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, began Wednesday morning in an appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The two-and-a-half hour session wasn't short on drama. Below we take a look at four memorable moments from the proceedings. Clinton is set to testify on the House side later this afternoon and we'll be updating this post with more later in the day. Stay tuned.
Hillary Clinton is dealing with some significant health issues, but on the political side, she continues to ride high.
A new Gallup poll again hands the secretary of state the title of the "most admired woman" in the world, with 21 percent selecting her. First lady Michelle Obama comes in a distant second at 5 percent, followed by Oprah Winfrey at 4 percent.
Bill Clinton earned the nickname the "Comeback Kid" for his second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary in 1992 and reinforced that label after both an arduous 1994 midterm election and a scandal involving an affair during his presidency.
But he's got some competition for that label from his wife.
For all the guff Republicans get about being an increasingly regional party, it's Democrats whose potential 2016 presidential field lacks geographical diversity.
Almost all of the (very) early frontrunners for the Democratic nomination four years from now hail from the East Coast -- or more specifically, from the Mid-Atlantic north.
The three-month-old controversy over the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, has laser-focused on Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador and the most likely pick to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
And right now, Rice needs Clinton on her side.
Unfortunately for her, Clinton has about every reason to stay away from the situation.
Bill Clinton’s face doesn’t appear on Mount Rushmore, and he doesn’t have a monument bearing his name in Washington, D.C. That much we know.
But judging by the reaction to the former president these days, it seems some are ready to mention him in the same breath as some of those bronze and stone statues.
Former president Bill Clinton is speaking out against a new ad from Mitt Romney’s campaign that accuses President Obama of rolling back Clinton’s welfare reforms.
“Gov. Romney released an ad today alleging that the Obama administration had weakened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. That is not true,” Clinton said in a statement from his office at the Clinton Foundation released late Tuesday night.
Bill Clinton is once again inserting himself into a presidential election, and just as with his wife four years ago, his performance as a surrogate for President Obama has been both dazzling and damning — all within a few days.
Clinton, as he repeatedly displayed during his time as president and in his current life as a prominent Democratic surrogate, has the ability to be do what basically nobody else can on the stump: take complex issues and frame them in simple ways that sway persuadable voters to his side.
But, as he also repeatedly displayed during his time in the White House, Clinton also can veer badly off message — as he has done by inexplicably stepping on Obama’s core message twice in the last few days.
Those close to Hillary Clinton are starting to openly speculate that the secretary of state will run for president again in 2016.
The growing crew of speculators now includes three big ones: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell and former president Bill Clinton himself.
The question is whether this amounts to wishful thinking on behalf of Hillary backers still unsatisfied by (or bitter about) 2008, or an indication that she is actually considering another run for president.
Bill Clinton sticks another fork in Obama’s Bain strategy, says Romney had ‘sterling’ business career
The shelf life of President Obama’s Bain Capital strategy appears to be rapidly shrinking.
Less than two weeks after Newark Mayor Cory Booker caused the Obama campaign plenty of heartburn by calling on it to “stop attacking private equity,” the biggest name in Democratic politics (outside of Obama) has lodged his own torpedo.
Bill Clinton, in an appearance on CNN last night, said that Mitt Romney has a “sterling business career” and that the campaign shouldn’t be about what kind of work Romney did.
“I don’t think we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work; this is good work,” Clinton said, adding: “There’s no question that, in terms of getting up, going to the office, and basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who’s been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”
A top Obama campaign adviser is taking sides in a member-versus-member primary in New Jersey, with senior adviser David Axelrod set to campaign for Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), according to a national Democratic aide.
Rothman faces Rep. Bill Pascrell in a North Jersey district that was merged by redistricting. Details of Axelrod’s visit weren’t immediately known.
Bill Clinton is the best surrogate in the country.
When it comes to primaries, especially, the man just wins.
On Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Clinton’s endorsement helped guide Rep. Mark Critz and attorney general candidate Kathleen Kane both to come-from-behind victories in their respective primaries.
Earlier this month, his endorsement carried businessman John Delaney to an unlikely victory in a congressional primary over a Maryland state legislative leader who had the backing of Gov. Martin O’Malley and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). And it wasn’t close.
Think back two years, and Clinton had a major impact in two big-time Democratic Senate primaries, helping Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) win renomination and nearly helping Andrew Romanoff upset Sen. Michael Bennet — against the wishes of the White House, we might add.
In almost every case, Clinton’s candidate exceeded expectations significantly, which heavily suggests that the president can still move votes.
Hillary Clinton is at the height of her popularity — two decades into her life as a national political figure.
In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, Clinton’s favorable rating stands at 65 percent, the highest mark that the former first lady and current Secretary of State has ever reached in the long history of that poll. Just 27 percent of respondents viewed Clinton unfavorably in the Post-ABC poll.
Call it loyalty or call it payback: The 2008 Democratic presidential primary lives on in Bill Clinton’s 2012 endorsements.
Clinton has now endorsed in at least six Democratic primaries this year, according to our count. In all six of them, the candidate he’s backing supported or was tied to his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary four years ago, and their opponents supported President Obama in that race.
Allies of Clinton note that he makes no apologies about being loyal to those who have been loyal to him and his family. And, they add, he is the only member of the Clinton family free to dabble in politics — his wife is Secretary of State while his daughter works for NBC — which keeps him very busy in the endorsement game.
Drawing any conclusions beyond that — particularly regarding any sort of payback — is absolutely misguided, they argue.
Still, it’s an interesting trend. A quick rundown of where Clinton has chosen to play in the primary season is below.
On Wednesday night, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to talk about the various threats that face the United States across the globe .. and whether she is going to replace Vice President Joe Biden on the national ticket in 2012.
Here’s the exchange:
BLITZER: “If the president of the United States says, ‘Madame Secretary I need you on the ticket this year in order to beat Romney,’ are you ready to run as his vice presidential running mate?”
CLINTON: “That is not going to happen. That’s like saying if the Olympic Committee called you up and said, ‘Are you ready to run the marathon would you accept.’ Well, it is not going to happen.”