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Hillary Clinton Announces 2016 Candidacy

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it official today, announcing that she's going to be running for President. The announcement surprised no one considering it was already announced that she would have something big to say today, but it does finally end the speculation as to when she was going to make her candidacy official.

    As of right now Secretary Clinton seems like a unstoppable train, but that does worry me a bit. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again--it would be a bad thing for the Democrats if no seriously challenger steps in and at makes her fight to win the nomination. If she comes out on top then I will support her with everything I have, but I surely hope that at least one formidable challenger steps up and makes her earn it.

    Does anyone else agree that she should have to earn the nomination instead of being handed it or is her nomination such a slam dunk that it would be stupid for anyone to try to knock her down?
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it official today, announcing that she's going to be running for President. The announcement surprised no one considering it was already announced that she would have something big to say today, but it does finally end the speculation as to when she was going to make her candidacy official.

    As of right now Secretary Clinton seems like a unstoppable train, but that does worry me a bit. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again--it would be a bad thing for the Democrats if no seriously challenger steps in and at makes her fight to win the nomination. If she comes out on top then I will support her with everything I have, but I surely hope that at least one formidable challenger steps up and makes her earn it.

    Does anyone else agree that she should have to earn the nomination instead of being handed it or is her nomination such a slam dunk that it would be stupid for anyone to try to knock her down?
    Yes, there should be challengers. I have stated here and elsewhere that I am not a fan of Hillary. That being said if she wins the nomination I will vote for her because I will not split the vote nor will I vote for any of the current pile of bleep that is today's Republican Party.
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    I will not vote for her although I would have if she stood her ground in 07 and not let the party bosses dictate her campaign, but she didn't and I ended voting for no one as President.
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    So, by your convoluted, self centered way of thinking not voting for Hillary will make this a better country even if it means a Republican gets elected because of faulty thinking on your part (and those that think as you do)?

    Sad, very sad thinking on your part! Time to start thinking realistically.
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    pr Wrote: So, by your convoluted, self centered way of thinking not voting for Hillary will make this a better country even if it means a Republican gets elected because of faulty thinking on your part (and those that think as you do)?

    Sad, very sad thinking on your part! Time to start thinking realistically.
    P.R I'm amazed that you did not find out yet that J.C. is a Republican in Democratic sheeps clothes, who uses this site just to show how he is; he supports all the things Democrats are against. So no wonder he does not vote for Hillary. Anyway I agree with Lonely that she still has to prove to be fit for the job; she's way too arrogant and sits on a high horse, that may be her downfall. Others may have a better chance because the attacks of the GOP will be mostly concentrated on her, so others can use that to their advantage.
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    johnnycee Wrote: I will not vote for her although I would have if she stood her ground in 07 and not let the party bosses dictate her campaign, but she didn't and I ended voting for no one as President.
    ah, so what has changed? you would have voted for her but the candidate listened to her strategists, not surprising since they all do, and she didn't win the nomination. so if she was acceptable then why not now?
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    Dutch Wrote:
    pr Wrote: So, by your convoluted, self centered way of thinking not voting for Hillary will make this a better country even if it means a Republican gets elected because of faulty thinking on your part (and those that think as you do)?

    Sad, very sad thinking on your part! Time to start thinking realistically.
    P.R I'm amazed that you did not find out yet that J.C. is a Republican in Democratic sheeps clothes, who uses this site just to show how he is; he supports all the things Democrats are against. So no wonder he does not vote for Hillary. Anyway I agree with Lonely that she still has to prove to be fit for the job; she's way too arrogant and sits on a high horse, that may be her downfall. Others may have a better chance because the attacks of the GOP will be mostly concentrated on her, so others can use that to their advantage.
    Myopic thinking on your part, Just because I won't vote for Hillary does not mean I won't vote for a change in the Legislature, The President is just the figurehead ,the Congress controls/ governs the government or at least they are suppose to, this where the true power of government lies. Realistically the party should advance another candidate in the primaries rather than anointing one ,so the party members can have at least semblance of a choice,
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    lonely bird Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: I will not vote for her although I would have if she stood her ground in 07 and not let the party bosses dictate her campaign, but she didn't and I ended voting for no one as President.
    ah, so what has changed? you would have voted for her but the candidate listened to her strategists, not surprising since they all do, and she didn't win the nomination. so if she was acceptable then why not now?
    Because I believed in her platform then, I do not believe her now.
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    johnnycee Wrote:
    lonely bird Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: I will not vote for her although I would have if she stood her ground in 07 and not let the party bosses dictate her campaign, but she didn't and I ended voting for no one as President.
    ah, so what has changed? you would have voted for her but the candidate listened to her strategists, not surprising since they all do, and she didn't win the nomination. so if she was acceptable then why not now?
    Because I believed in her platform then, I do not believe her now.
    since she just declared what is her platform now as opposed to 2008?
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    Marco Rubio has thrown his hat into the ring; more and more GOP candidates; why not more Dem's candidates? I don't hope it is just Hillary; if Biden runs that would be a joke; he's not suited at all, Mr sleepy head. What about Warren?
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    johnnycee Wrote: Because I believed in her platform then, I do not believe her now.
    Who do you believe in? What Republican contender could possibly be better for our country?
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    lonely bird Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote:
    lonely bird Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: I will not vote for her although I would have if she stood her ground in 07 and not let the party bosses dictate her campaign, but she didn't and I ended voting for no one as President.
    ah, so what has changed? you would have voted for her but the candidate listened to her strategists, not surprising since they all do, and she didn't win the nomination. so if she was acceptable then why not now?
    Because I believed in her platform then, I do not believe her now.
    since she just declared what is her platform now as opposed to 2008?
    Paying better attention to the candidates when they speak would be a better way to find out what her platform is, as you are asking so you could criticize me and not gauge her platform.
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    The day that HRC announced it was no surprise at all. She took off in a van and probably a few staffers..... secret service were in another car. She is said to have crossed PA and the news showed "Her" stopping at "Chipotle" for lunch in Ohio. I questioned how completely staged this stop was. Entered alone ? The rest of the crew is not hungry ? Mexican food ? It just seemed like a perfect (NOT) private moment. Of course the media had the restaurant footage minutes later. The democratic party is in sad shape. We don't have a next 10 up mentality. Even if we got more to run, they're not known and they're not accomplished. Inspirational ? Don't bet your last dollar on it.
    The (r) party still have another 6 - 10 who will announce that they are running. Not that I'm fans of them but they are sure not shy.
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    TJ Wrote: The day that HRC announced it was no surprise at all. She took off in a van and probably a few staffers..... secret service were in another car. She is said to have crossed PA and the news showed "Her" stopping at "Chipotle" for lunch. I questioned how completely staged this stop was. Entered alone ? The rest of the crew is not hungry ? Mexican food ? It just seemed like a perfect (NOT) private moment. Of course the media had the restaurant footage minutes later. The democratic party is in sad shape. We don't have a next 10 up mentality. Even if we got more to run, they're not known and they're not accomplished. Inspirational ? Don't bet your last dollar on it.
    The (r) party still have another 6 - 10 who will announce that they are running.
    Trust me--I am by no means a huge fan of Secretary Clinton, but she is light years better than any possible Republican contender. I would love to see someone challenge her, but no one seems willing to bite the bait just yet. She is a formidable candidate and she will likely be the Democratic nominee.

    I do find myself agreeing with much of her opinions outside of national security. She is a little too hawkish for my taste, but any Republican would be ten times more hawkish. Her entire platform can just be to remind America what happened the last time we had a Republican President and the mess it put us in as a country. I can see more wars on the credit card, a tax code that only benefits the wealthy, and a huge step backward for women and civil rights. I'm not ready to give those gains up just because she's not my favorite candidate.

    The Republican Party is batshit crazy. Seriously--they are absolutely nuts. Can you imagine what would happen to our economy if we elected another one who slashed taxes for his rich buddies while also slashing the social contract we have for the poorest among us to pay for them? And I'm sure they would find more than one war to commit our soldiers to again. We tried that enough in the early 2000's. How did that work out for us?

    So Secretary Clinton may not be my first choice, but I would vote for her over any Republican who wants to start wars for sport and wage war on women, gays, and the poor.
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    johnnycee Wrote: Paying better attention to the candidates when they speak would be a better way to find out what her platform is, as you are asking so you could criticize me and not gauge her platform.
    Then tell us what platform you want. If you are paying so much attention to the candidates and keeping your "independent" mind open then which Republican do you like the most so far? Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? Or are you clamoring for some Bush days again? Things worked out so well for our country the last time we gave that family a chance, huh? What can possibly go wrong if we elected another one?