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Hillary Clinton v. Condoleezza Rice in 2016?

by Lindsay Ferrier on February 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Condoleezza Rice

There's no doubt that Hillary Clinton is a popular figure among Democratic women. Her approval rating is even higher than the president's.

But I also noticed something interesting when Condoleezza Rice spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer--

Hillary ClintonMy Facebook newsfeed lit up with emotional accolades from my Republican and independent friends, who were enamored by Rice's speech and her poise. 

This leads me to believe that 2016 could give us an awesome and historic presidential candidate match-up: Hillary Clinton vs. Condoleezza Rice.

And I'm not the only one hoping it'll happen.

A recently-released Fox News poll asked the question, "Would this person make a good president?"

The top two picks were... you guessed it: Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton!

55% of respondents thought Mrs. Clinton would make a good president, while 43% believed Condoleezza Rice would make a good president.

There was also speculation that both women would run for president in 2012, but obviously, that didn't pan out. Ms. Rice has shown no signs yet of preparing for a presidential run in 2016, but Hillary Clinton's new website has led to a lot of speculation as to whether it's the first step i an upcoming presidential campaign. The website certainly LOOKS presidential.

I would personally love to see a woman as president, whether she's a Democrat or a Republican. I think that women handle things differently from men, and believe we might see more creative solutions and compromise on Capitol Hill than we have over the last few decades.

One thing I've learned, though, is that the most obvious presidential candidates often choose not to run, leading to situations like we had with the Republican presidential candidates in 2012. The pandemonium and divisiveness that ensued as a result of a half-dozen candidates refusing to drop out of the race ultimately weakened the Republican ticket, in my opinion. The GOP is going to need a strong candidate that they can all unite behind if the party's going to have any chance in 2016. If Hillary does decide to run, her popularity ensures that she's going to be a tough candidate to beat.

Still, I'm keeping my finger crossed about a Clinton-Rice match-up in 2016 -- How about you?

 

Images via Robert Huffstutter, Marc Nozell/Flickr

Filed Under: hillary clinton, 2016 election, condoleezza rice

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  • amiec...
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    amiecanflie

    February 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Now there's an election I would love to vote in. 


  • tbruc...
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    tbrucemom

    February 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I admire Dr. Rice very much and would love to see her run and would vote for her.  I'm not sure if she could beat Hillary. Not because she's not equally and in my opinion more qualified, but because I don't know if each party would nominate a woman candidate and therefore the Republicans would need an "anti" Hillary, translation a man. 


  • Melan...
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    MelanieJK

    February 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Gosh,   things are going so well with men in charge do we really want to rock the boat?     lol

    I doubt that we'd see many real uniquely female differences with the first women because they're part of and have evolved in the male defined system.     We really need to increase the numbers in the ranks to see the real impact.    

    I'd like to see someone who has spent more time outside of politics (especially DC politics!)  run than these two women.    There's a lot of women who start small businesses and are very successful at it.      We should try to find some of those women who have moved into local and state politics.    There's plenty of people with DC experience that they tap into as needed.     


  • lulou
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    lulou

    February 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I am curious on the casting director of Homeland becase they get such good political dopplegangers, Walden/Biden and the guy who looks just like Boehner.


  • Pinkmani
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    Pinkmani

    February 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Oh, really? That would be an interesting election! Although, I really think Suze Orman would be able to fix our money issues. 

    I remember when I was a little girl and I said that I would be the president. Then I look at the before and after pictures of all our past previous, and realized that I didn't want to deal with all those wrinkles, gray hairs, and criticism. 


  • Jane...
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    Jane Dewyer Bedford

    February 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM
    Then 55% of the people are wrong:o)
  • Morgan
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    Morgan

    February 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM
    Condoleezza Rice is probably one of the smartest people in American politics of the last decade. She's intellectual, she's experienced in government and in foreign affairs, she's charming. Where people accused Romney of lacking courage and the other Republicans of lacking brains, nobody's ever accused Condi of lacking either.
  • DebaLa
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    DebaLa

    February 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I'll take that ticket! Win-win-win. All. I'm looking for the right candidate to represent ME, a woman, for a GD change.


  • PonyC...
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    PonyChaser

    February 19, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I love the idea of Condoleeza Rice, and I truly don't think she'll run. I'm sick to death of Hillary and I'm absolutely sure she will.

    I'm even sicker of the concept of "we need a ________ President". Obama is the result of that. "We need a Black Man to be President." Not "we need the best man for the job".And we ended up with the least qualified man on any ticket in the history of this country.

    I fear that the first woman elected to the office will be there because she has breasts and ovaries, not because she is qualified to be in that position. We need our populace to start really interviewing the candidates for that job, to start really vetting them, instead of looking at their skin or reproductive organs. Once that happens, we'll start getting some decent leadership.


  • DebaLa
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    DebaLa

    February 20, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Pony, of all the men out there and all the women out there — with all qualifications being equal — you wouldn't want a woman to represent you? 

    Also, arguments of 'I don't care if the postman or the dog catcher [blah blah] is the best man for the job' are stale. True representation should include that of over 1/2 the populace. Gender cannot be ignored out of hand. It's time to evolve our thinking.


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