Women and Faith Groups Believe in a President Hillary Clinton

Without encouragement, faith and women groups have rallied around the idea of a President Hillary Clinton

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Jacquelyn Martin / Reuters

Hillary Clinton is silhouetted by a stage light as she speaks at the University of the Western Cape about the U.S.-South Africa partnership, in Cape Town August 8, 2012.

The shadow campaign to elect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a major boost Thursday as Emily’s List, the group dedicated to boosting women candidates, launched a campaign to elect a female President in 2016.

While not explicitly backing Clinton’s potential candidacy yet, the group endorsed her in January 2007 just hours after she announced she was exploring a run for the White House and founder Ellen Malcolm served as campaign co-chair.

Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock said at a press conference that the group is “hopeful” Clinton runs. “I have to say there is one name that seems to be getting mentioned more than others,” she said. “We do not know if Hillary is going to run, but we are hopeful that she may.”

The announcement came hours after the release of a nationwide poll from Quinnipiac University showing Clinton with a massive 52-point lead over her closest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo garnered just 4%. No other candidate topped 1%.

By all accounts Clinton is still weighing whether to mount another run for the White House, but already key pieces are falling into place. Last month super-PAC Ready for Hillary launched its first events to build a grassroots army in waiting for her candidacy. The group, advised by former Clinton aides Harold Ickes and James Carville, commended the Emily’s List announcement just days after supporters rallied outside the Florida hotel where Clinton was delivering her second paid speech since leaving the Obama Administration. The group has racked up more than 138,000 Facebook Likes and nearly 59,000 Twitter followers, and is now beginning to fundraise.

Emily’s List has proved to be a potent fundraiser in recent years, raising more than $27 million for female candidates in the 2012 cycle. The #MPOTUS campaign includes digital ads and events in the early states of Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire.

Ready for Hillary is not the only group already organizing for a Clinton 2016 run. On April 7, Faith Voters for Hillary joined Twitter with the handle @Faith4Hillary. The first tweet? A quote from the former Secretary: “‘When you stumble, keep faith. When you’re knocked down, get right back up.’ – Hillary Clinton.” Now they have nearly 5700 followers, and the group has joined Facebook.

Rick Hendrix, 43, a Nashville music promoter who advised Clinton’s Faith Outreach Committee in her 2008 campaign, launched the Twitter feed that frequently tweets out quotes from Clinton about faith and ethics. Hendrix says it is an honor to start organizing people of faith for Clinton on social media. “We’ve found other networks for Hillary on Twitter and Facebook so we interface with them, retweeting and posting information from them that matters to faith voters for Hillary,” Hendrix says. “The power of the Internet, of social networking, still has to start with a good idea or cause or person. And, we have that in Hillary.”

Hendrix works closely — but informally — with democratic strategist Burns Strider, Clinton’s longtime faith adviser who organized her faith strategy in 2008. Strider also tweets and posts on the Faith Voters for Hillary accounts. “I love that guys down in Nashville took the initiative creating a place for faith voters supporting Hillary to band together showcasing their voices,” Strider says. “It’s about as viral and targeted as it gets. That will preach.”

59 comments
ohioborn30@yahoo.con
ohioborn30@yahoo.con

the democrats are noting but scandal ridden cheats. if she runs and wins it was fixed. and if we would have elected her in an "honest" election then we are truly the Dumbest most retarded. stupidest most screwed up nation ever to exist on Earth.

cogentvoice
cogentvoice

The 2:00 a.m. phone call a FAIL - Stand down and lie while Americans die

roknsteve
roknsteve

There's nothing like a swarm of mind-reading Tea-heads.  They must teach that on Faux News when they're not insulting Pres. Obama.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

She is still weighing whether to run? Baloney. Go back to the early part of the last decade and see how she said she would never run for president. She made that express pronouncement on multiple occasions and obviously she was lying through her teeth. At the very least, it was a broken promise.

Personally I think the time for a woman president is long overdue. There should have been one decades ago. And women are the majority of the population, they don't need anyone else's help to put a woman in the White House. So their whining about it like last time would be best done among themselves and to each other.

I think there is no question at all that women are far better suited to the presidency. Between the two genders, women listen much better and more carefully and analytically than men. Women are more deliberate and measured in their thought process. Women tend to engage in much less of the "us vs. them" type of thinking that men do, and probably are more of the mindset that everyone is in it together. Women are the calmer and more reasonable of the two genders, by this i mainly mean they are faaaar less violent than men as a whole. However, they are more swayed by emotion which is a negative.

A woman would be far, far less prone to do something like invade a foreign country just because its leader threatened to kill her daddy. I say "just" because while death threats are always inappropriate, and in some cases illegal (or maybe always, I really don't know the law on this as I do not need to), it still doesn't justify use of the military in that fashion.

Hillary Rodham is obviously a very smart and capable lady. She would probably be a success in the presidency, although as JFK noted, each president faces different challenges and circumstances and so to compare them against each other is a bit of an "apples and oranges" scenario. She has the intelligence, experience, and temperament to be a good and possibly great President. I also admire her husband for being one of the few people who is able to speak eloquently about the problems of the world and tie it all together in a logical and cohesive fashion to show one area or subject overlaps into or affects another.

I do think, though, that the presidency isn't about nepotism, nor should it be. One of the things I really enjoyed about Obama's election and inauguration in 2009 was that it came only eight years after the 2000 election, which was about nepotism. Two men, born into wealth, privilege and powerful political families.....with the son of a former president taking the prize. Had the Founding Fathers been at the 2001 inauguration, they likely would have nodded in approval and said "of course, how else it would be?". So to have a black man with a funny name come out of nowhere and snatch the presidency from another beneficiary of nepotism, Hillary, was I think extremely healthy for this democracy and a real fulfillment of this country's promise. It has enabled tens of millions, including me, to no longer feel like a second or third class citizen, but more like someone who has every right in the world to be here. And that's awesome.

Libtards-UNITE
Libtards-UNITE

If Hilary becomes president, it is a sure sign it's the end of the world. 

fcs251
fcs251

The people that want Clinton are simply to stupid to know what her political philosophy is and what her real agenda for America is.Clinton is a far left wing radical Democrat that will stop at nothing to achieve power and control.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Mark Ohio down for Hillary. It wouldn't matter who the GOP ran against her here. Bill took Ohio and so iwould Hillary.

Paloma Savaengcharoen
Paloma Savaengcharoen

NOT when she said... "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE" ! I honestly don't think she cares about Americans, ONLY POWER & MONEY. The hell with her, pfft (SMH & rolls eyes)

reallife
reallife

They already have the slogan for her campaign:

"What difference does it make?"

Barbara Simpson
Barbara Simpson

Yes, we're going to hear about Benghazi and whomever they can pull out of the woodwork to reveal every irrelevant detail until November 2015. Meanwhile, all those years under Bush, as someone articulated nicely in The Huffington Post today... “3000 dead on 9/11. No questions asked by Republicans. 4 dead during Benghazi and Republicans cry impeachment and congressional investigations. 1836 dead during Katrina. No questions asked by Republicans. 4 dead during Benghazi and Republicans cry impeachment and congressional investigation. 4000 American service member dead on a corporate oil and money grab in Iraq, with the excuse that Saddam Hussein had WMD's. No questions asked by Republicans. 4 dead in Benghazi and Republicans want investigations and impeachment. Under the Bush administration in 2002, there was an attack on the U.S. consulate in Pakistan that resulted in 10 deaths. In 2004 there was and attack on the U.S. Embassy in Uzbekistan that resulted in 2 deaths. In 2004 there was an attack on the us Consulate in Saudi Arabia that resulted in 8 deaths. In 2006 there was an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Syria that resulted in 1 death. In 2008 there was an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen that resulted in 10 deaths. Where was the Republican outrage when all these Atrocities occurred?

Jesús Eduardo
Jesús Eduardo

Reptilians... Reptilians everywhere. Remember, they are Rothschild puppets! All of them. Why do you think Barack Hussein Obama is tied distantly to Bush and Cheney? They've been raised since the cradle to occupy those positions. Look it up. It's a fact as real as the way old royalties picked their heirs and heiresses back almost one thousand years ago.

Sherry Roche
Sherry Roche

Not THIS woman and MY faith group. No way. This woman is anti-American in principle and practice. She represents everything I detest. I have not and will not forget about her cover-ups for Bill. R.I.P. Vince Foster. She is a shredder of evidence and master manipulator. I wanna vomit when I think about Benghazi. Criminal!!!

Celia Runkle
Celia Runkle

The only blood on her hands comes from ignorant people who watch Fox lies. The Benghazi continuing coverage is to try to take her down before she starts...12 Embassy attacks under George Bush? Remember, Nope, i bet you don't because no credible news source is like Fox and did not run with it 24 hours a day.

Joseph Gillen
Joseph Gillen

Starting to act like Hamlets wife...Melting under the Guilt strain.

Josue M Gutierrez
Josue M Gutierrez

shes got blood on her hands for the benghazi debacle. shell be exposed, but people will still be stupid enough to vote for her.

David Sivertsen-Neale
David Sivertsen-Neale

There are plenty of great candidates one generation younger. Time to pass the torch, no matter what party.

Bruce Davis
Bruce Davis

Hillary is a serpent. She is complicit, anti gun, an elitist and a liar perhaps only second to the Usurper in chief.

Alfredo Vinci
Alfredo Vinci

Please no more Clinton BS..We need new blood

curt3rd
curt3rd

After her screw up with Benghazi, she should never hold office again.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@fcs251 As opposed to the clown combo platter of Perry, Palin, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Santorum and Bachmann?

notsacredh
notsacredh

Hillary is a moderate. The Tea Baggers have just moved so far to the right that they wouldn't recognize a moderate if they saw one. You folks are the walking dead. You just aren't able to realize it yet. You've all but handed us the Supreme Court to us on a silver platter because you've become so extremist that the American people have rejected your agenda and want no part of it. Enjoy your obscurity. You've earned it.

roknsteve
roknsteve

So you just rolled your eyes when Bush allowed 9/11 and 50 embassy attacks?  What a waste.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

Very good and accurate, excellent points raised. The Republicans really are such two faced hypocrites, especially that despicable Lindsay Graham pretending Benghazi is some huge attack on Americans. He doesn't much care that the u.s. has been meddling in other nations affairs for decades and has killed a lot of people on foreign soil, sometimes, many times, without cause, but this Benghazi thing has the hypocrite up in arms. Disgusting.

Libtards-UNITE
Libtards-UNITE

@Barbara Simpson All of the Bush era tragedies?  You couldn't hear the GOP or anyone else back then over the Democrats crying for impeachment and congressional investigations.  Guess you don't remember that do you Barbara hypocrite Simpson?

roknsteve
roknsteve

Don't you mean your hate group?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@curt3rd Stop the lies Curt. If Bush, Rice and Cheney could hold officer after 9/11, and they did, with the GOP apologists screaming down as unpatriotic anyone who questioned them, Hillary should be able shoot up a day school and still hold office.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Libtards-UNITE Yes all the tragedy. Like the fact that we invaded a country that never attacked us and ignored the warnings that a 9/11 attack is coming. But then again a guy who posts as Libtards-Unite can't really be expected to know what actually happens outside the Right Wing bubble chamber.

curt3rd
curt3rd

I think its horrible how you liberals think its no big deal that 4 Americans were murdered during a terrorist attack and the President and his administration lied about it being  the result of a  YouTube video for 2 weeks for political gain.  Oh yeah,  the people responsible for it still walking free.  Eh, no big deal

curt3rd
curt3rd

Also, what did I lie about?

curt3rd
curt3rd

So your arguement is "but he did it first" 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Libtards-UNITE @mantisdragon91 In my experience people who run around calling others idiots, didn't fare particularly well in the genetic IQ lottery. Nothing about your posts makes me believe otherwise.

curt3rd
curt3rd

Im sorry.  I guess its okay with you that our current President lied about it being a spontaneous attack caused by a youtube video for over 2 weeks for political gain.   I must be crazy that something like that would bother me.

Peace...

curt3rd
curt3rd

Yeah, the difference is Bush didnt blame it on a spontaneous attack cause by a YouTube video for 2 weeks for political gain.

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

@curt3rd 

***curt3rd*** You Said: "I think its horrible how you liberals think its no big deal that 4 Americans were murdered during a terrorist attack, etc... etc..."

WTF?!!?!? Holy *over-generalization* Curt3rd!!! That's the kind of right-wing *fringe* rhetoric that continues a lot of the hostilities in this country.

I 'know' that not all republicans think on the fringe and fanatically over-generalize like you.

Regards,

Peace...

bobcn
bobcn

@curt3rd

There is a difference between the attack in Benghazi (which killed 4 Americans) and the 12 embassy attacks that occurred under Bush (which killed 53 Americans).  The gopers don't demagogue those attacks.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

@curt3rd Your argument reminds me of the previous administration ignoring intelligence memos "bin Laden determined to strike..." and the lies that were told in the ensuing years.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@curt3rdThe GOP figures keep saying that it was obvious that there was no demonstration at the Benghazi consulate against the so-called “film,” the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that attacked the Prophet Muhammad. But in fact Libyan security officials repeatedly told wire services on September 12 that there was such a demonstration, and that the attack issued from those quarters. An American resident in Benghazi at that time  confirms that there were such demonstrations that day. The secular-minded revolutionary militia that guarded the US consulate for the Libyan government kept the demonstrations far enough away from the consulate gates that they would not have shown up in security videos.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

That Hillary did anything wrong regarding Benghazi.

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

@curt3rd 

Your attempt to accuse @mantisdragon91  with a version of an "Argumentum Tu Quoque" fallacy, is in my opinion, incorrect.

There have been *many* attacks on US embassies and atrocities during the Bush/Cheney/Rice years.

It just seems that the fringe political right is making attempting to use Benghazi as a political football.

Let's stop the political baloney.

Regards,

Peace...

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@curt3rd No my argument is that despite the best efforts of the Right Wing to create something out of nothing Benghazi is a non starter and attempting to blame Hillary for it just shows how scared of her running in 2016 the GOP really is.