[quote]The ex-secretary of state admitted to New York magazine that she’s wrestling with another White House bid, but close friends told the magazine that she's already made up her mind. And that means longtime aide Huma Abedin would have to choose between her career and husband Anthony Weiner.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2013
Hillary Clinton has decided to run for president in 2016, close friends say — and that would force long-time aide Huma Abedin into making a tough decision of her own, between her career and her disgraced husband, Anthony Weiner.
Several Clinton confidants tell New York magazine that that the former secretary of state will jump into the 2016 presidential race.
“She’s going to run for president. It’s a foregone conclusion,” one unnamed longtime friend told the magazine in its widely reaching cover story, “Hillary, In Between.”
“In her mind, she’s running for it, and she’s also convinced herself she hasn’t made up her mind,” the friend added.
Another “close confidant” called a Clinton 2016 presidential run “inexorable.”
“She’s running, but she doesn’t know it yet,” the person said. “It’s just like a force of history.”
Speaking for herself — for the first time since stepping down from the U.S. Department of State in February — Clinton confesses that she is, in fact, wrestling with the decision.
“I will just continue to weigh what the factors are that would influence me making a decision one way or the other,” she said.
If Hillary does, in fact, run, it could force Abedin to make a tough choice between her career and her husband, whose online peccadillos could awaken memories of former President Bill Clinton’s well-known infidelities.
“Huma has a choice to make,” a close associate told New York. “Does she go with Anthony, or does she go with Hillary?”
Nevertheless, if Clinton were to plunge into the 2016 race, she would be the instant frontrunner, according to the latest polls, including a CNN survey last week reporting that 65% of Democratic voters would support Clinton in a primary.
She would face a tougher race in the general election, but would still be the favorite. A series of polls released in July showed Clinton beating both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in hypothetical matchups.
After 20 years in the public eye — including stints as first lady, New York’s junior senator and Secretary of State — Clinton remains a Democratic icon.
And if she’s not running, she’s certainly doing a bad job of it. Clinton has events lined up throughout the fall that will keep her in the spotlight, including an appearance at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a speech at a Minneapolis synagogue and an event involving a Mexican-American initiative in California.
For the most part, though, she said she spends her time enjoying “ordinary, everyday pleasures” with her high-powered hubby — a marked change of pace for Clinton.
So for now, she’s “not in any hurry” to make a decision about 2016. “I think it’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon,” she said.
“This election is more than three years away, and I just don’t think it’s good for the country,” she added.