Hillary garnering plenty of attention in lookahead to 2016 election

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: July 12, 2013 at 8:42 am •  Published: July 12, 2013

Meantime GOP groups are working against her. Among them is a group called Stop Hillary PAC, which is raising money, and Republican strategist Karl Rove’s American Crossroads. During the general election, “The idea that we’re at the end of her generation and that it’s time for another to step forward is certainly going to be compelling,” Rove told the Times. But he said the GOP needs to be careful with the topic of age.

The Times noted that Clinton’s “maturity” could wind up being a plus. “American voters have a tendency to elect presidents with the traits that their predecessors lacked,” the newspaper said, “and if Mr. Obama’s term ends on a sour note, the electorate may look fondly upon a candidate with deep experience.”

The current slate of potential Republican candidates includes mostly men in their 40s and 50s who will look to appeal to younger voters, a demographic Obama dominated in 2008 and 2012. If Hillary Clinton winds up being the opponent, they’d be well advised to remind voters — of all ages — of her take on what led to the deaths of our ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, while she was running the State Department: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” she told Congress months later.

This remark will never grow old.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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