Hillary Clinton: U.S. presidential election, 2008

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Senator (D-N.Y.)
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Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic senator from New York, announced in November 2003 that she would form an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2008.[1] As of 2007, no woman had ever been nominated for president by a major party.

Clinton's established national image made her possible candidacy in 2008 a popular and controversial topic among media pundits, bloggers, and the public at large. For example, in July 2005 The Washington Monthly magazine ran two side-by-side articles, one saying that she could win the presidency,[2] and one thinking that she could not.[3] In June 2008, she ended her campaign and endorsed Barack Obama.

Campaign team and advisers

Obama's attack website - DesperateHillaryAttacks.com

The Clinton Foundation


Clinton, "who for months seemed on a turbulence-free course at the front of the presidential pack, has kicked into a new phase of more-aggressive campaigning designed to address emerging weaknesses and to engage her Democratic rivals more directly," Janet Hook reported November 22, 2007, in the Los Angeles Times.[4]

"New television ads take head-on the criticism that she cannot be trusted and is unelectable. She is directly and repeatedly attacking Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as too inexperienced for the White House" and has "sharpen[ed] distinctions with Obama on healthcare, challenging his claim to have a plan that would provide universal coverage," Hook wrote.[4]

"It is a more in-your-face posture than earlier in the campaign when, sitting atop a commanding lead in national polls, Clinton adopted an above-the-fray stance that focused more on attacking Republicans than on challenging fellow Democrats," Hook wrote.[4]

"Indeed, all of the candidates have sharpened their rhetoric as the balloting draws nearer. Obama, despite his signature promise to avoid negative campaigning, has with increasing intensity portrayed Clinton -- the former first lady and now U.S. senator from New York -- as a creature of a discredited Washington establishment. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina has accused her of defending a corrupt political system," Hook wrote.[4]

"But her rivals have become increasingly difficult to ignore as they try to portray her as too polarizing to win the general election and accuse her of changing or obfuscating her positions on issues such as trade and the Iraq war. Her latest TV ads take on the allegations that she is untrustworthy and unelectable," Hook wrote.[4]

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Ready to lead on Day One (i.e. experience)

On executive power (Unitary Executive Theory)

In an October 23, 2007, telephone interview with The Guardian (UK)'s Michael Tomasky,[5] Clinton said she "would launch a policy review as president with an eye towards giving up some of the executive powers accumulated" by President George W. Bush.

In the interview, Clinton "also accuses the Bush administration's broad brush approach to terrorism of making it harder to understand 'what it is we were up against', and expresses concerns about the attitude of the president's nominee for attorney general to interrogation and 'expansive' executive power."[5]

Clinton said that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney "both had taken actions 'beyond any power the Congress would have granted' and - even when congressional authorisation was possible - chosen not to pursue it 'as a matter of principle'.

"'The power grab undertaken by the Bush-Cheney administration has gone much further than any other president and has been sustained for longer,' she said. 'Other presidents, like Lincoln, have had to take on extraordinary powers but would later go to Congress for either ratification or rejection.'"[5]

"Clinton stated it was 'absolutely' conceivable that, as president, she would give up executive powers in the name of constitutional principle."[5]

On the issues: foreign policy

On the use of diplomacy

On the war in Iraq

Opposes confirmation of Mukasey

On October 30, 2007, Clinton joined[6] Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.),[7] Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and John Edwards "in unequivocally opposing Michael Mukasey's nomination as attorney general."[8]

On (or no) war in Iran

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Kyl-Lieberman vote

"Sen. Obama and Sen. Edwards, while intending to advance a progressive foreign policy vision, are unfortunately mainstreaming the fraudulent right-wing meme that the President can use resolutions without binding or legal authority as a justification or 'blank check' to invade other countries! (Not to mention, some of their eager supporters, who I am reasonably sure were helping debunk these kinds of claims when George Bush or his supporters were making them, are unfortunately busy trying to - wrongly - establish how Sen. Clinton's vote allows Bush to go to war. This is exactly the kind of stuff that George Bush and the neocons have been dying to hear)," eriposte wrote November 3, 2007, at The Left Coaster.[9]

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On nuclear weapons and Pakistan

Also see Barack Obama on the use of nuclear weapons.

On the issues: domestic policy


Political attacks

This article covers political attacks made against Hillary Clinton.


Polling & public perception

In a December 2005 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, 41% of Democrats preferred her for the 2008 presidential nomination. [1]

In a poll conducted by the same organizations in May 2005, when general voters were asked the likelihood of voting for Senator Clinton for president, 29% of respondents were very likely, 24% were somewhat likely, 7% were not very likely, and 39% were not at all likely. In June 2003, in a similar poll, the numbers had been 21% very likely, 21% somewhat likely, 12% not very likely, and 44% not at all likely. In May 2005, 55% of respondents held a favorable view of Senator Clinton, while 39% held an unfavorable view of her [2]. These findings were similar to the June 2003 poll that found 53% reacted favorably toward her and 41% unfavorably, with the undecided/no opinion bloc representing only 6% of those polled.

In January 2006, the moderate-liberal magazine The New Republic attempted to debunk the "myth" that Senator Clinton's popularity in traditionally Republican upstate New York was unprecedented, arguing both that the region was not as conservative as was often assumed in the national media and that her approval ratings there were comparable to those of other prominent Democrats. The article challenged the assumption that Sen. Clinton's appeal in upstate New York would be the harbinger of her ability to attract support from moderates and conservatives nationwide, setting off a debate throughout the blogosphere as to her presidential prospects. [3]

In February 2006, TheWhiteHouseProject.org[4] named Hillary Rodham Clinton one of its "8 in '08", a group of eight female politicians who could possibly run and/or be elected president in 2008.

In March 2006, high-voltage actress Sharon Stone cast doubt on Clinton's presidential chances, saying "Hillary still has sexual power, and I don't think people will accept that. It's too threatening." [5]

Polling results


Primary elections




New Hampshire

South Carolina

From the campaign trail


Media (including debate information)


News releases

Also see HillaryClinton.com "Endorsements" for recent updates.

By members of Congress

Main article: U.S. presidential election, 2008/Congressional endorsements

By members of the Congressional Black Caucus

Other endorsements



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Campaign finance

Announces formation of presidential exploratory committee

On January 20, 2007, Clinton announced that she would establish an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2008. The announcement came on her website, which featured a headline stating, "I'm in." At the time of her announcement, several other prominent Democrats, including Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). had already announced intentions to explore a 2008 bid. [23]

Contact information


Email: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/help/contact/

Official websites

Unofficial websites


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "Maybe, says Hillary Clinton to 2008 presidency," China Daily, November 27, 2003.
  2. Carl M. Cannon, Why Not Hillary? She can win the White House," Washington Monthly, July/August 2005.
  3. Amy Sullivan, "Hillary in 2008? Not so fast," Washington Monthly, July/August 2005.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Janet Hook, "In a strategy shift, Clinton begins counterpunching," Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Michael Tomasky, "Clinton vows review of executive power," The Guardian (UK), October 23, 2007. Also read full interview.
  6. Greg Sargent, "Hillary: I Will Oppose Mukasey Confirmation Over Torture Comments," TPM Election Central, October 30, 2007.
  7. "Obama: 'I Cannot Support' Mukasey," TPMmuckraker, October 29, 2007.
  8. Paul Kiel, "Clinton Opposes Mukasey," TPMmuckraker, October 30, 2007.
  9. eriposte, "How Hillary Clinton Single-Handedly Declared War on Iran - Part 2," The Left Coaster, November 3, 2007.
  10. Steve Kornacki, "New School President Endorses Old Foe Hillary Clinton," The New York Observer, November 19, 2007.
  11. Howard Fineman, "The Clinton family machine. Union ties one example of couple's joint effort to return to White House," MSNBC, October 23, 2007.
  12. "Hillary Clinton's Statement On The AFT's Endorsement," HillaryClinton.com, October 3, 2007.
  13. "Hillary, Huckabee Win Machinists Dual Endorsement," BreitBart.com, August 30, 2007.
  14. "International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Endorses Clinton," HillaryClinton.com, September 24, 2007.
  15. "National Association of Letter Carriers Endorses Clinton," HillaryClinton.com, September 12, 2007.
  16. "Transportation Communications Union Endorses Clinton," HillaryClinton.com, September 6, 2007.
  17. "United Transportation Union Endorses Clinton," HillaryClinton.com, August 28, 2007.

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