Hillary Clinton Gears Up For 2016 Bid

The stage is already being set for Clinton to run in 2016.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is slowly gearing up for a run for the presidency in 2016, based on information released Wednesday.

A new poll conducted by ABC News and Langer Research touts an unusually high approval rating among Democrats and even Republicans for her work as Secretary of State.

An overall majority of 57-percent want to see her succeed President Obama after his second term ends in 2016.

 

The poll, which can be viewed in full here, does not match her up against other potential candidates from either party. It merely asked respondents what they felt about her as a future president. But the spin of the ABC News article reporting on the poll makes it seem as if Clinton is more like than another Democrat or Republican.

Langer Research founder and president Gary Langer has close professional ties to ABC News, having worked as director of polling at the company for a decade before forming the company. He created survey standards and operating procedures for the media outlet and continues to author the blog “The Numbers” for them.

Media influence: former Clinton administration member George Stephanopolous now co-hosts one of the biggest news programs in America.

It is widely known ABC News has close ties to the Clintons. George Stephanopoulos, who currently co-hosts the network’s morning news program Good Morning America, was communications director for the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton; he then went on to become White House Communications Director and then Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy before departing in December 1996.

With such close ties between an “impartial” political polling group, a major American media outlet, and a powerful presidential administration, it is not hard to see that Wednesday’s poll was produced to find where Hillary Clinton’s chances are for a 2016 bid – and to promote the results if they come out positive.

Wednesday’s poll comes a day after New Yorker Magazine reported Clinton will definitely run for president in 2016. At the Saban Forum last week, Clinton was introduced with a glowing video that “was like an international endorsement four years in advance of the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary,” editor David Remick wrote.

Included in the video were several prominent Israeli political leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who stopped just short of endorsing a Clinton presidential run.

“As someone who knows a thing or two about political comebacks, I can tell you that I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Hillary Clinton,” PM Netanyahu said.

The annual forum is sponsored by the D.C.-based think tank the Brookings Institution through its Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and networks government officials with Mideast-focused thinkers.

Clinton laughed off the video at the time, joking about the many hairstyles she is seen sporting in the eight-minute film.

Ellen DeGeneres already endorses

A third report promoting a Hillary 2016 run came from the left-leaning Huffington Poston Wednesday, which detailed a number of celebrities who are backing the idea. The list includes actor Dustin Hoffman, singer Elton John, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Hillary Clinton is expected to step down from her position as Secretary of State next year. Clinton ran against then-candidate Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary, and developed an extremely strong following before losing to Obama. She has denied any intentions to run for president.

Several Republicans have already been touted in the media as possible candidates in 2016, including former Florida congressman Allen West,  Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

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