Hillary Says She's Open to Consideration of 2008 Run

In outlining her legislative agenda today, Hillary Clinton said she's open to thoughts about a 2008 presidential run.

"I will look at the possibilities, but I ... haven't really had the time to talk to people about it," Clinton told a breakfast gathering hosted by the Association for a Better New York. "It's been a busy election season that worked out well, so I will think about it. I'm open to thoughts."

She also re-affirmed her centrist position.

"We are ready to roll up our sleeves and work with our Republican counterparts. Our country works best when we govern from the vital, dynamic center," she said.

Taking a look back at when she went public with her decision to run for the Senate in 2000: June, 1999: She announced her exploratory committee would form in July.

November 11, 1999 (Adam Nagourney, New York Times, available on Lexis.com),

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that she had cleared her schedule of most first lady obligations after Jan. 1 so she could spend the "majority of my time" campaigning for the Senate next year. Her new house now officially in hand, Mrs. Clinton said she would establish herself as a New York resident as soon as possible.

"I intend to be a registered voter and taxpaying citizen of New York -- just as soon as I can," Mrs. Clinton said. "We'll start doing whatever we have to do to make that happen."

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    Hillary (none / 0) (#1)
    by HeadScratcher on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 02:29:26 PM EST
    Does anybody believe her? Of course she has decided to run. Of course she has talked with others about this. How could she not?

    Don't you just love politics?

    Real shocker (none / 0) (#2)
    by dab on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 02:44:36 PM EST
    Have to agree with Headscratcher.  I am guessing her comments that she has not thought about it sounded about as sincere as her election night comments about how she "just loves democracy . . ."

    No surprise she has adopted the middle either, as she has a penchant for adopting whatever position is expedient.  

    What bad news for Democrats!  If 40% of voters have already made up their minds not to ever vote for Hillary, how can we expect her to win an election?  (Although I vote almost always for vote for Democrats, I doubt I would vote for her unless necessary to prevent the carnage that would result from the election of some opponent such as Brownback or Frist).   The Republican machine has been touting Hillary as a candidate since at least 2004 (e.g., "The Democrats don't really want Kerry to win, because they are waiting for Hillary in 2008...") and for good reason, I fear.

    I hope Dems will be smart in the primary process, like in this past election, and support candidates who are electable!

    40% "never" is not so bad. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Gabriel Malor on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 03:00:18 PM EST
    Clinton won his first term with only 43% of the popular vote. Hilary is in no danger, yet. And as we all know, it's every voters prerogative to change their mind. Some of these "never, never" voters will find themselves holding their noses and doing it anyway if they decide they hate the Republican candidate worse.

    Here Here, (none / 0) (#4)
    by Slado on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 03:00:52 PM EST
    Democrats would be smart to run Obama or a southern governor like Bredesen in TN.   These southern democrats have learned, like Bill Clinton before, how to goveren from the center and be liberal when they can.  

    Clinton has so many strikes against her;  She's a Senator, a women and now a New Yorker.   If that wasn't enough she's freaking Hilliary and you can talk about not winning the black vote or the soccer mom vote but when you loose the white male vote 90% to 10% it's hard to win elections.

    Frankly as a republican she'd probably wouldn't be bad if she governs like she has since she's been a Senator.  Hell we'd probably get Social Security reform and a real immigration bill with her in office.

    Hilliary 2008!


    Please don't run Hillary (none / 0) (#5)
    by MinorRipper on Mon Nov 13, 2006 at 04:55:59 PM EST
    In my humble opinion, Hillary as our nominee is the only way the Dems can lose the election in 2008.  I say Al Gore is the best candidate--after all he won the general election in 2000 and, unlike Hillary, has been right from day one regarding Iraq...


    no Duh (none / 0) (#6)
    by ltgesq on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 08:29:49 AM EST
    Of course she is going to run.   And lose.   We have had enough of the fence riding politicions.   What did hillary introduce this year?  an anti flag burning amendment.

    I'll never vote for her.  why not Al gore?  He was right on the Iraq war.  If hillary was willing to admit a mistake in supporting that crazy war, i might consider it.   Why not the current governor of montana? Sweitzer?   Hillary will lose the general just because she is from New york.   Her husband's blurrign of the lines between democrat and republican, and his insistence in china's most favored nation status, and nafta killed the democratic party as the party that cares about the working man (or woman).   Notice how many economic populists won this time?