With the 2012 presidential election finally ended, it seems only fair to get a chance to either celebrate or cry over its results. However, we the people of the United States have been given no such chance, as the 2016 presidential election is already being speculated about and obsessed over, forcing us to move forward. While this is upsetting to many, including Stephen Colbert, predictions for the 2016 election are too tempting to ignore.
Politico reported that a poll shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be the favorite among Democrats in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. Republicans were divided among several candidates, with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee taking a slight lead with 15 percent of the vote in a 9-candidate field.
However, will Clinton run for president in 2016? Will she take the 58 percent of votes she is projected to get in the Iowa caucuses?
According to her recent interview with The New York Times, a future presidential campaign is not definite for Clinton. When asked about it, she responded, “Oh, I’ve ruled it out, but you know me. Everybody keeps asking me. So I keep ruling it out and being asked.” She also said, “I have no idea what I’m going to do next.” However, she did not respond with a “no” which would end the conversation.
If Clinton does decide to run for president again, she would be a well-prepared candidate: one who has lived in the White House, served in the Senate, and communicated with virtually every head of state. But for now, Clinton has her attention turned toward less ambitious goals.
“I am so looking forward to next year,” she said. “I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired. I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much energy on it.”
If Clinton chooses not to run, Biden is projected to take the lead in the Iowa caucuses with a less-commanding 40 percent of the vote. However, as aforementioned, Clinton never said “no” to the possibility of her presidential campaign.
For now, Clinton looms over the Democratic presidential field, and will likely continue to do so as we get closer to 2016 or until she definitively says "no."