AirTalk for April 23, 2014

Is Hillary Clinton's 2016 silence hurting other female candidates?

Hillary Clinton Addresses Recycling Industries Trade Conference In Las Vegas

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clinton is continuing on a speaking tour this week with the stop at the recycling industry trade conference.

She's been notoriously mum on the biggest political question of the year but is Hillary Clinton's refusal to announce her 2016 candidacy for president hurting other women's chances?

Women have made major gains in American politics - from Governors mansions to plum committee chairs- but the Oval Office has still proved elusive. Clinton may be womens’ best chance of running the country but she still hasn't taken the plunge and announced that she's running. Her silence may be blocking a number of high profile Democratic women who would have a shot at either the presidency or the vice presidency in 2016.

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire have all been tossed out as possible names on the ticket. But if Hillary Clinton takes the presidential nomination it would make it less likely that another women would be tapped for VP.

Is there any chance that Clinton would choose a female running mate? If Clinton isn't going to run in 2016, should she step aside now so another woman candidate can have the spotlight? Might an all-female presidential ticket be the fresh change that Americans are looking for?


Lara Brown, associate professor in the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, and the author of "Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants." (2010)

Jennifer Pihlaja, partner in the political media-consulting firm McKenna Pihlaja and former political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


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