Hillary Clinton opened her remarks at the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry by talking about the imminent arrival of her daughter’s first child and her possible presidential campaign. It was hard to tell which was more pregnant.
Is the former Secretary of State planning a run for the 2016 presidential election? Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton made speeches in The Hawkeye State over the weekend to rally Democrats to vote in the upcoming November elections, reports CNBC's John Harwood.
Many issues will come into play in the 2016 election, but among the most important is whether the next president and the Congress that will convene in January 2017 can break through the partisan polarization that has turned Washington into a gridlocked island.
The Iowa State Fair is over, but the circus is coming to town. On Sept. 14, Hillary and Bill Clinton will attend the 37th annual Harkin Steak Fry, the famous Iowa political event named after Sen. Tom Harkin. A mess of journalists will rush after the couple, looking for signs of a presidential campaign and drawing conclusions on the nearest barn wall. (It is fitting that the event takes place on a hot air balloon field.) But there will also be thousands of normal human beings in that Indianola field, extending their phones like periscopes to capture one or both of the Clintons as they pledge allegiance before a vast flag or pretend to cook steak on a grill that’s almost as large.
From the ashes of one election come the sparks for the next. And, while I’m not wishing away 2014, I do think we’ll be spending more time than usual dissecting these midterm results. Specifically, we’ll be looking at the challenges awaiting the GOP going into 2016.
Is there really a new Rick Perry? Is the Candidate Oops of 2011 and 2012, whose rise and fall is the stuff of political lore, a thing of the past? You might think so because of everything that has happened this summer. But is he really ready to run for president again?
But Labor Day is nigh, and voters are facing an array of pretty interesting choices this fall. In two states, rising Republican stars who were busy building national profiles in anticipation of 2016 have suddenly been forced to refocus.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.