Whatever your opinion of her may be, there is no doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a significant figure in American history. From Monica Lewinsky to The Whitewater Affair to her failed presidential campaign to Benghazi, Clinton has always been in the news for something. Most recently she has been all over the headlines for her latest memoir, Hard Choices, in which she discusses her run as Secretary of State. Since the release of her new book, which she said she thought about calling “The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 Countries and It’s Still All About My Hair,” Clinton has been all over the place doing interviews, from a heated one with Diane Sawyer to a (surprisingly) amicable interview with Greta Van Susteren and Bret Baier on Fox News. Yet, with every interview, the question of whether Hillary will run for president still has not been answered.
According to a recent poll done by NBC and The Wall Street Journal, 38% of registered voters said that they would probably or most definitely vote for Clinton, while 37% said that they would definitely oppose her. There is no doubt that she has a significant amount of experience in politics, but has she been involved for too long? Is it time for her to sit back, relax, and enjoy the new grandchild she has on the way? Even though she claims not to know, Clinton did drop a hint recently on CNN’s Town Hall when she said that there have been a lot of grandfathers who have managed to run for president and win. But is America ready for Hillary Clinton to be the first female president of the United States? Through her interviews over the past few days, she has made her stances on many key issues clear.
On the subject of Iraq and the recent crisis unfolding there due to the militant group ISIS, Hillary Clinton said, “I am not prepared to say that we go in with Iran right now until we have a better idea of what we’re getting ourselves into.” She stated that unless conditions are met by Prime Minister Maliki, the United States should not put any American soldiers at risk. She also acknowledged the fact that President Obama ordered 257 American troops to Iraq for security purposes.
On the subject of Benghazi, Ms. Clinton stated that the American government is “doing the best we can.” She discussed the fact that there are still questions regarding the attack that even she does not know the answer to and made sure to acknowledge the fact that several investigations have gone on or are still going on with regards to the situation. She stated that she hopes the United States will learn more, now that we have Ahmed Abu-Khatallah in custody. During her interview with Greta Van Susteren and Bret Baier, Clinton recommended that Fox News viewers read the unclassified version of the Accountability Review Board on Benghazi. She also said that she takes responsibility for being at the head of the State Department at the time of the attack and that she feels very deeply and personally about the losses incurred by the United States.
When asked about deportation on the CNN Town Hall, Clinton remarked that she will always fight for comprehensive immigration reform and that a path to citizenship needs to be paved for those who come into the United States and contribute to the country. She did, however, make it clear that she believes that children who make the dangerous trip to America without their parents should not just be allowed to stay in the United States without a guardian and should be reunited with a responsible family member in their homeland as soon as possible.
On the issue of gun control, Clinton made it clear that she believes that there should be a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. She stated, “We cannot let a minority of people—and that’s what it is, it is a minority of people—hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people.” She went on to make it clear that many responsible gun owners are in favor of some form of gun control. In the CNN Town Hall, Clinton also stated that she believes more research must be done on marijuana before it becomes legalized.
So, should Ms. Clinton run for president in 2016, we already know a lot of her stances on important issues. She is very popular amongst women, with 51% of registered voters having a positive opinion of her. But only one in ten Republicans view her in a positive light. Some argue that Hillary Clinton has too much baggage—a “sketchy” past—and that she should not run for the presidency. Is America ready for a female president? Hillary Clinton thinks so, and with the changing tides in the American government, it does not seem like a far-fetched idea. But is Clinton ready to be the first female president of the United States? We will have to stay tuned.
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