Hillary Clinton for president in 2016?

8:10 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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By Jim Acosta

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) - Washington is already buzzing with talk of the 2016 presidential election, and while some potential candidates are doing little to hide their intentions, one big political star is playing hide and seek.

It could be hers for the taking, at least that's what a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds. A health 57 percent of Americans would support a Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016.

And while men are somewhat lukewarm about the prospect, women are fired up with 66 percent saying a run Hillary run. Despite her many denials that she's in it to win in, supporters are still showering the secretary of state with praise as she found last weekend at a conference on U.S.-Israeli issues, including a tribute video.

"I am somewhat overwhelmed, but I am obviously thinking I should sit down. I prepared some remarks for tonight. But then I thought maybe we could just watch that video a few more times," said Clinton.

Until she decides her future, it's widely believed she freezes a potential Democratic field that could include Vice President Joe Biden.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen has her prediction.

"I think she's going to run for President. But I think we're wasting our time speculating about it in the sense that she marches to her own drummer. She's not going to be rushed," said Rosen.

[Reporter]: "Have you talked to her at all about this? Do you know if she has talked about this with political advisors about this?"

"Well I have talked to her about it and I've been shut down," said Rosen.

But Clinton would have company. Former GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Florida Senator Marco Rubio already appear to be hitting on themes that seemed to distance themselves from Mitt Romney's toxic comments on people who receive government assistance.

Republican strategists say their candidacies could help hit the GOP reset button and give Hillary Clinton a serious challenge.

[Reporter]: "Does she scare Republicans?"

"I think she energizes Republicans. What we're seeing now are some very positive numbers for Hilary Clinton. Now, let's remember she's been out of the political fray for four years. Now when she becomes a politician again, if she goes into the political fray, into that ring, the gloves are off and the bell is ringing," said Republican strategist Ana Navarro.

Clinton plans to step down as U.S. Secretary of State next year.


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