Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Hillary's many fans
Who wants Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president?

New poll numbers suggest many in her own party hope she gets the nod. In the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, the New York senator has the support of 50 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents. That's more than twice as much as her closest rival, Barack Obama.

But some Republicans also hope she gets the nomination. How come? She and her husband are both polarizing figures. Some analysts believe the pair could give Republicans more than enough ammunition for attack during the campaign, paving the way for the GOP to have the edge on Election Day.

While many of you commented on yesterday's blog that the Republicans don't stand a chance in '08, do you think they could claim the White House if Hillary Clinton is indeed the opponent?

Let us know.

-- By Gabe Falcon, "360" Writer
Posted By CNN: 3:14 PM ET
  34 Comments
Even though Hillary is quite polarizing I don't see that the Republicans have a shot at all unless Hillary screws up royally! Unless this country is still trying to live in the dark ages and won't elect a woman as president. That would be the only way imo that the Reps. could win.

Cynthia, Covington, Ga.
Posted By Cindy : 3:22 PM ET
Democratic nominee for president? It appears to me the main stream media has already "elected" president hillary
Posted By Anonymous : 3:23 PM ET
In my opinion, Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential nominee would give Republicans their best chance for victory. Not only is she polarizing, she comes across as stubborn and unlikeable.

My hope is that Al Gore decides to run or a previously unknown Democrat suddenly appears on the scene, as unlikely as that scenario might be.
Posted By Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA : 3:28 PM ET
Hillary will be the next president if she picks Obama for vice president. Let's hope Obama will accept. Then we will all be voting just to make politics interesting, just to make history!
Posted By E.Muwonge, CA : 3:34 PM ET
I would just say, *never* underestimate the ability of the Democratic party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Sure, it could happen with Clinton, it could happen with any of them.
Posted By Anonymous : 3:34 PM ET
I would want anyone BUT Hillary Clinton to be President. I can not vote as I am not American but the President of the US has direct relations with the leadership in Canada as our closest neighbor
so I follow your politics closely. I hope, plead, pray and everything else I can do....no President Hillary Clinton. Just my opinion :)
Posted By Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada : 3:35 PM ET
Despite the many faults of the Clinton's - I do think Hillary Clinton has a chance at the White House - if not on her own merit - on that of her very dynamic husband - who many would have liked to see remain closer to the the limelight after his second term. While I do not like Hillary as a person - she appears to be staying firm on her platform and taking the buffeting of the Republicans in stride. It's nice to have a potential who is not wallowing in petty little arguements of no concern to the populace.
Posted By Anonymous : 3:37 PM ET
Gabe,

How sad! The Rep's are hoping for "more than enough" ammunition for an attack? Are they afraid to allow voters time to think about who and what they are, so decide to smear the opposition, even in their own party? Men just seem to make a war of everything!

It must be that they cannot accept the possibility of a female in the whitehouse because they surely wouldn't get into Bill's background, considering the baggage this group carries.

Woman was created to be a helpmate to man and I do believe the "men" currently running the world, could use all the help we can give them!

Are there not more women than men, still? What do men know about women's issues? Sounds like we might need Hillary after all.

Maggie
Posted By Maggie, GVMO : 5:42 PM ET
hillary will be the nominee for the big D and she will be what secures the white house for the big R and that factions nominee, Rudy G. thats how i see it.
Posted By shawn b., from beavertown, pa : 5:50 PM ET
Hi Gabe,
I don't know how to answer that question. It seems as if Hillary is a polarizing force in politics. On the other hand, the President has helped create an environment of some voters not wanting any Republican in office. It would be interesting if Hillary were the Democratic nominee and Rudy were the Republican nominee. If the conservative base nominates a third party candidate, in theory it will pull voters away from the Republican party. On the other hand, Hillary may be enough of a polarizing force to bring people back just to beat her.
Posted By Pamina, New Rochelle, NY : 5:58 PM ET
Republican..democratic..everyone has their ideas..let's go for someone with honesty,integrity and the ability to see the truth in every situation..Anderson for President!
Posted By Anonymous : 6:09 PM ET
I think the Republicans could if the American people are ignorant enough to listen to all the old and meaningless accusations. The American people need to let the Repulicans know no one cares what happened years ago. Hopefully they will look at what she has done recently. I think having her as president would be great. I think Bill Clinton would be a big asset for her. I think John Edwards would make a good vice president.
Posted By Anonymous : 6:19 PM ET
I think that people are so frustrated with the Bush Administration that even Sen. Clinton can win. I havn't picked a candidate yet, so I'm trying to keep an open mind. We still have a long way to go!
Posted By Kathy Chicago,Il : 6:29 PM ET
Gabe:

Sure the Republicans can win!

Remember it is not over until the fat lady sings!
Posted By Renee Bradenton, FL : 6:53 PM ET
Whether Hilary gets the nomination or not, the Republicans won't stand a chance of winning the election. The only reason the Republicans are nodding for Hilary is due to her polarizing figure. But if people were to vote for her, they should know better not to put their eggs in the wrong pan again, last name Clinton anyone?
Posted By Lily - Phoenix, AZ : 7:02 PM ET
It's still early and up for grabs. I think Hillary can be a polarizing force that pushes the Republican Party to come together. I think others in and out of the party might vote against her simply because they don' t like what she's done on her own as a senator and candidate.

Personally, I'm praying she doesn't win. I fear for our freedom as citizens and as a nation if she goes into office. I can think of no greater disaster internationally than having her speak for us as a nation (unless of course you want to look at Obama). I can think of no greater disaster to the free market, states rights, and individual freedoms domestically than having her as our president.

I am a Republican woman. I would love for a woman to be our leader someday. Hillary is just not the woman we need getting us out of Iraq, healing the damages caused over the last 8 years, or setting policies forth for our citizens. I hope enough people are smart enough to see that and keep her out of office. If not, this woman will be looking for another nation to call home until the Clinton train leaves the White House.
Posted By TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 7:18 PM ET
No, I think just the opposite. Unless Sen. Clinton makes a huge blunder, the Republicans would not win the White House if she were the Democratic nominee. She is a leader and has a clear vision for the country. Her husband, being a successful ex-President, will be an asset to her as he can be her adviser and ambassador to the world. So in my opinion, we get two for the price of one if she were elected. And if more people see it this way, the Republicans have a lot to be concerned about.

Thanks for taking our feedback,
Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Lilibeth, Edmonds, Washington : 7:24 PM ET
Gabe,

I like Hillary Clinton but was hesitant to support her at first because I thought the U.S. might not be ready for a female president and because of her connection to President Clinton.

But, the more I've observed the candidates, the more I've come to the conclusion that Hillary is a natural born leader. She's smart, capable and tough. I think she's destined to be our next president.
Posted By Kay Temple, TX : 7:59 PM ET
Yes.

Yes, indeed, I do.

As a professional woman (four scholarship/grant recipient from M.I.T. in architecture -- 80's.),

I have had more trouble from the predatory behaviour of the 'Bill Clinton's' in this world and the besotted acolyte wives who keep (their "power") and themselves in place.



(I had a good dad, and have been blessed with good men -- I can say that.)


I am also mixed culturally, born in Europe and raised in a Thai village.

Thai was my first language.

When Ms. Clinton talks about, "... it takes a Village", I truly don't know what the hell she's talking about.
Posted By KatchProFILMS Portland, OR : 8:04 PM ET
Gabe,
Can the GOP claim the White House if Hillary Clinton is the opponent?
NO!
The time has come for a woman to be president and the time has come for peace.
To give Hillary a chance would be giving peace a chance.
She has my vote.
Posted By Betty Ann Taylor, Nacogdoches,TX : 8:40 PM ET
For me, it's not about the party, it's who I think will do the best for our country - who has the best ideas with causal theory to back them up, and who we can count on to keep their promises.

Although I do think if Clinton is the Democratic nominee, that will be the best chance for the Republicans. But that is just the impression I get from my community, it could be completely different for the rest of the country.
Posted By Kaitlin, Bethlehem, PA : 8:49 PM ET
I think that Hillary Clinton will be one of the top runners that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for her. Is to soon for me to make that decision is very important decision to make. This election is going to be very interesting and important one in 2008.

Keep waiting for the Republicans to quit bickering and get their act together.

Jennifer - Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 9:39 PM ET
Hi Gabe,
I'm undecided and quite frankly I'm not thrilled by any of the candidates, Hillary included.
I will say this, whoever wins the election will have my support, whether I voted for them or not.
I'm fed up to the gills with Americans hating each other. Enough of the sore losers on both sides.
Posted By Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 10:02 PM ET
Wait, are you saying we still have a choice in the matter? I thought I heard somewhere that Clinton was inevitable. Don't get my hopes up, or I'll start thinking this is still a democracy! ;)
Posted By Amy Y : 10:05 PM ET
I think that Hillary Clinton will be one of the top runners that doesn't mean I'm going to vote for her. Is to soon for me to make that decision is very important decision to make. This election is going to be very interesting and important one in 08.

Keep waiting for the Republicans to quit bickering and get their act together.

Jennifer - Anderson, South Carolina.
Posted By bluediamond (Jennifer) : 10:11 PM ET
I don't think a Republican candidate will win the White House in '08, regardless of who becomes the Democratic nominee, Sen. Clinton included. Even if the Republicans try to distance themselves from Pres. Bush, most voters will link them to the Iraq war, which, as we all know, has been very unpopular for a long time.

Thanks,

Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Lilibeth, Edmonds, Washington : 10:27 PM ET
As a Canadian who keeps informed of the politics in America, what would be wrong with Hilary Clinton as President? As a black female I have to say I have a good feeling about Barack Obama but America is not ready to elect a black President. I say the Democratic representative will be Hilary Clinton or John Edwards and the best Vice President would be Barack Obama! Wouldn't that be history in the making and it's about time! It is the 21st century! I'm all about making history, let's wake up. Too bad I can't vote in America, I am Canadian! I believe it's a Democrats turn to be President too!

Maureen T. in Ontario, Canada
Posted By Maureen T. in Ontario, Canada : 10:35 PM ET
People might be fed up with the bush administration, but it will have no correlation with the new administration that will be coming into office, if a Republican is elected. I'm partial to Rudy, I must say... i like the guy. As far as HIllary, I feel there is something missing with her that i can't point out right now, but I just couldn't trust her with my country. She's from Arkansas, ran as a senator from NY(hasn't lived there, suppose to represent the people that she knows). That just speaks out to me, but there is still something now that makes me distrust her, that sorta gut feeling. Plus haven't seen her on SNL :-P (the funny sides are always a heart warming feeling, go Rudy)
Posted By Justin : 11:22 PM ET
Are Vladimar Putin and Al Gore related ?
Posted By Anonymous : 1:03 AM ET
Hillary in the White House? I think I'll give up my citizenship and leave the country! God help us!
Posted By Ann Jacksonville FL : 2:42 PM ET
As I reside in Northern Ontario, Canada, I feel priviliged to be able to comment.

As on outsider, I have noticed how strong your economy was during Mr. Clinton's presidency. Now it doesn't appear to look so promising.

Perhaps Mrs. Clinton would be a good choice. Never mind that she is a woman and if she chooses a colored person as running mate. That should not ever be an issue. The issue is can they strengthen the economy and enrich your lives.

But please do not forget Homeland Security. 9/11 broke my heart as I watched in horror on the television set. I pray to God that will never ever happen again.
Posted By Uwe Warkholdt, Northern Ontario, Canada : 2:38 PM ET
Being involved with the evangelical Christian movement, and knowing how that demographic lays low and then turns out en masse to exert its will, I guarantee you this country will not elect a female president. It is as if the Democrats are living in lala-land, HANDING the right wing Republicans another term. They're just in denial about the forces at work in this country.
Posted By Anonymous : 12:42 PM ET
Anderson is in So. Calif this morning. Compare So. Calif. to New Orleans. People are helping each other, maintaining order in shelters, not rape, murder, and the proverbal "The Store is Open." When ordered to evacuate, they evacuated. Looking at New Orleans today, the killing persists along with other lawlessness. If the State Dept. is finished with Black Water in Iraq; send them to New Orleans under contract to clean up the rape, murder, hi-jacking there. The most apparent difference in New Orleans, So. Calif., and the Mississippi coast is race. In two order was maintained, and people evacuated, and returned in an organized fashion.
Posted By Anonymous : 2:00 PM ET
What is the cause of all these fire storms every year. Is some one careless as to burn or throw down a cigerette or what. This is horrible. I hope that every one will stay in a safe place till it is over.
Posted By Anonymous : 6:33 PM ET
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