The Washington Post, on May 2, 2013, reports that several polls show Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the leading Democratic candidate for president in 2016, well ahead of Vice President Joe Biden in second place.
Following are three reasons why this non-partisan voter believes Hillary should not run:
Age: Born October 26, 1947, Hillary Clinton (at age 69) would be the second oldest U.S. President inaugurated for their first term. Ronald Reagan is the oldest, also age 69, but was closer to his 70th birthday. If elected for two terms, Hillary would need to survive to age 77. That was not a typo, I intended the word “survive”.
Consider that of the 44 U.S. Presidents (including President Barack Obama) in history, only 14 have survived to age 78. Of those who did not make it, eight passed away between the ages of 69 and 77. Whether it is fair or not, age would be an issue for Hillary in 2016, much as it was for Senator John McCain in 2008.
Benghazi: I can see the television ads already, something along the lines of – voiceover “When U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was murdered, 9/11/2012, the Democrats said it was due to a spontaneous uprising. We now know it was a pre-planned assault that should have been prevented.” – .
I don’t know the truth about what happened in Benghazi, but I do recall (in October 2012) Hillary formally accepting responsibility. At the time I felt she was, metaphorically, taking a bullet for President Obama, in the midst of his re-election campaign. She may have helped him remain in office, but it would be difficult to distance herself from this in a 2016 bid for the White House.
Time for Change: I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, buying into his inspiring campaign of hope and change. Unfortunately, I became disheartened early on, when staffed his administration with people from that of former President Bill Clinton (Hillary’s husband). The idea of meaningful change was soon forgotten. As for hope, I was certainly looking forward to a more positive result than what has been delivered.
Hillary Clinton may have been the best candidate in 2008. However, in 2016, I am convinced that she will be too old, too tarnished, and too late.
The Democrats need to find another candidate, if they want my vote, and Joe Biden (even older than Hillary) is not it.
Harold Andrews has been registered non-partisan for more than 30 years. For U.S. President he has cast votes for Democrats, Republicans, and third-party candidates.