The Left Wants Another Clinton, But Is the GOP Ready for a Third Bush?
Familiar names are floating back into the political arena these days, with Hillary Clinton rumored to be getting ready for a Democratic presidential run, and Jeb Bush confirming that he’ll decide on whether or not to run by years end, according to The Washington Post. Still, the real question lies in whether or not their constituents are behind a run from a second Clinton and a third Bush.
Hillary seems to have a strong, growing base of supporters among Democrats, and the Super PAC “Ready for Hillary” made $4 million over the course a 12 months, including donations from Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow), Sharon Elghanayan Corzine, and John and Marcia Goldman, all of whom gave the maximum donation amount of $25,000, according to USA Today. On top of that, Mrs. Clinton’s poll numbers are looking quite good, with a Pew Research poll showing high majorities describing her as tough, honest, and not hard to like.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents reported that if she were to run, there was some chance or a good chance that she’d get their vote, compared to 38 percent who said there was no chance, and three percent who were unsure. Among Democrats alone, 70 percent said there was a good chance they’d vote for her, and 17 percent said some chance, leaving only 12 percent saying they would not.
As of February, Gallup polling reports noted that she managed to keep her favorability ratings high, up at 59 percent favorable, despite a somewhat rough time with the handling of the attack in Benghazi — something she’s since called her “biggest regret” during her four years as secretary of state — according to The New York Times. Among those polled, it was the biggest negative on her record, and others have listed her health and age as possible detractors for her chances.