In an interview with ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer,Â former Secretary of State and First Lady, Hillary Clinton, said that she wouldÂ not make an announcement regarding a 2016 presidential bid before the end ofÂ the year. She said that she would wait until after the midterm elections afterÂ she has had some time to weigh the pros and cons of running.
â€śYou know, Iâ€™m going to decide when it feels right for me toÂ decide,â€ť said Clinton.
â€śPeople can choose whatever they choose to do on whateverÂ timetable they decide. I just donâ€™t think thatâ€™s a real concern,â€ť continuedÂ Clinton.
Sawyer asked Clinton if she thought that her own party wasÂ â€śfrozenâ€ť in anticipation of an announcement regarding her presidential bid.
The WashingtonÂ Examiner reports, â€śClintonâ€™s status as the frontrunner to be the 2016Â Democratic presidential nominee is underlined by a Washington Post-ABC NewsÂ poll highlighted on the show. Most of the respondents- 59 percent- approved ofÂ Clintonâ€™s job as secretary of state, and 69 percent of Democrats andÂ Democratic-leaning independents said they would vote for Clinton if theÂ Democratic presidential primary were held today. That gives Clinton an enormousÂ lead over Vice President Joe Biden, who came in second in that poll with 12Â percent.â€ť
Should Clinton decide to run for president in 2016, it wouldÂ be all but certain that she would receive her partyâ€™s nomination.
The only two factors that would weigh heavily against a ClintonÂ presidential run is her tenuous health status and her mishandling of the 2012Â terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Half of respondents in the Washington Post-ABC pollÂ disapprove of how Clinton handled the Sept 11th attacks on theÂ Benghazi consulate. The whole Benghazi scandal is unfolding as time goes on,Â and Clinton very well may become caught upÂ in a public relations nightmare as more information comesÂ out of research conducted by a House special committee.
Even with these two things hanging over Clintonâ€™s head, sheÂ is still in a strong position come 2016.
She would easily sweep her partyâ€™s nomination and has a distinctÂ advantage over any candidate the Republican Party could possibly run againstÂ her. While Clinton said that she would not make a decision about running beforeÂ the end of the year, the relative ease at which she would get elected should sheÂ decide to run must prove to be alluring to the former Secretary of State.