As you’re reading this article, you are probably thinking that you and I already know that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to run for president in the upcoming election in 2016.
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, former President Bill Clinton, her husband, was given two baby t-shirts for their granddaughter. The first question DeGeneres asked him was if he could only pick one shirt what would it be? One shirt said, “My grandma’s running for President in 2016.” The other said, “My grandma’s a stay-at-home granny.” While the former president said if he picked the one about Hillary running for president, “it would be best for the country;” there was a “however” in his sentence structure to enable him to spin the question in a joking way. He added, “however, if I did that [picking the shirt], Hillary would start taking me up to total strangers saying, ‘have you met my First Husband.'”
He went on to tell the audience if he picked the other shirt, both he and she would be happy. Ultimately, DeGeneres gave him both shirts and he said, “the decision isn’t his to make.”
The question before us today isn’t whether or not she will run, but when she will announce. If she announces now, which is still deemed as an early time to announce, it will allow her to create a narrative about who Hillary Rodham Clinton is and why she deserves to hold the highest occupation in the land.
The narrative in my mind would probably inform the American people that she has been in the business of politics for more than 20 years. During that time, she has served in a variety of diplomatic positions such as First Lady, Federal Senator of New York and most recently as the United States Secretary of State — just to name a few.
Secondly, by announcing early, she could begin to start strategically fundraising. This means she could raise the appropriate funds that it takes to keep a presidential campaign afloat. In the New York Times in early February, it was reported that the Koch Brothers have budgeted $889,000,000 for the 2016 election cycle alone. The Koch Brothers are very conservative, so Clinton and the Democrats will not be seeing any of that money.
Despite whomever Clinton runs against in the general election, she is going to need money because the conservative right Republican base isn’t going down without a fight.
Some more pros to Clinton running — for those of us who think Bill Clinton did an awesome job (aside from the Monica Lewinsky scandal) and that President Barack Obama is doing a great job with HRC — include the hope that we’re going to see an equally successful presidency. Not to mention the United States of America will have elected its first female president just a short time after electing its first African-American president.
HRC would also have big endorsements from people like Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D) and many other prominent influential leaders.
It has been rumored that we could hear an announcement for her bid for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in June. But as the old saying goes, the “world may never know” when Hillary Rodham Clinton will officially announce her bid for the presidency.