The 2024 White House race is days away from unofficially kicking off and there’s a big Democratic name positioned to leap back into the fray should Joe Biden step aside.
Don’t forget Hillary Clinton.
As much as she’s reviled by Republicans and some Democrats who feel she has too much baggage, Clinton could easily lap a field devoid of other big Democratic names.
A lot of voters, especially women, still see the former Secretary of State as a hero who got shafted by Donald Trump in 2016.
After staying out of the spotlight, Clinton jumped into the midterm election this week – appearing in a rally for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and making herself available for TV interviews.
Clinton accused Republicans of wanting “to turn back the clock on abortion” and “women’s rights in general.”
It was familiar turf for the former first lady, who served as U.S. senator from New York and just turned 75 years old – a spring chicken compared to Biden.
Clinton also got in trouble — no surprise — for a comment that harkened back to her “deplorables” gaffe, suggesting that voters weren’t informed enough to elect Democrats.
And weeks before, Clinton also was subjected to ridicule for claiming that “right-wing extremists” were planning to “literally steal” the 2024 election.
“The right-wing controlled Supreme Court may be posed to rule on giving state legislatures, yes, you heard me correctly, state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections,” she said. “Just think, if that happens, the 2024 presidential election could be decided not by the popular vote or the anachronistic Electoral College but by state legislatures, many of them Republican-controlled.”
Hillary Clinton may seem like a gaffe-prone, outdated blast from the past but compared to other potential Democratic candidates she is a seasoned and battle-tested contender.
She has been more outspoken and combative lately, not holding her punches. And she could immediately raise tons of campaign money for what will be a historically expensive campaign.
Most importantly, Clinton doesn’t have ties to the current Democratic administration and can’t be blamed for its failures.
Pete Buttigieg? Sorry, but the Transportation Secretary is too closely linked to the unpopular Biden and will be hurt by the gas and supply chain crisis.
Clinton’s strongest rival could be California Gov. Gavin Newsom, but he lacks any foreign policy credentials and has personal baggage. Newsom recently joined in the criticism of his own party for their midterm strategy.
“We’re getting crushed on narrative,” Newsom said. We’re going to have to do better in terms of getting on the offense and stop being on the damn defense.”
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