Hillary Clinton v. Condoleezza Rice in 2016?

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?

 

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