During a recent interview, former Bill Clinton aide Mike McCurry expressed doubt regarding the common assumption that Hillary Clinton will seek the presidency in 2016. His comments came the same week as Republican strategist Karl Rove’s suggestion that the former first lady has not been forthcoming about an injury she received in 2012.
“I’d like to say I’m the only person left … in Washington who’d be willing to take some bet that she might not run,” McCurry said.
He concluded that she is “doing terrific work” with the nonprofit Clinton Foundation and might decide to forego the difficult process of mounting a campaign.
“We all know what running for president is like,” he continued, describing the need to interact with “a lot of sometimes less-than-interesting local political people.”
McCurry insinuated that Clinton might not be up for such an ordeal at her age, especially “when she could be doing all this great stuff on a global stage.”
He also suggested the arrival of her first grandchild could be a deciding factor.
Remaining faithful to the Clinton camp, however, McCurry asserted Clinton would be “unbeatable” as a presidential nominee and “would do the job very well.”
He said personal criticisms would take a backseat to her supposed qualifications as a candidate. Of course, considering he served as White House press secretary during Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, McCurry admitted the scandal would likely have an impact on a Hillary candidacy.
“You can’t put oral sex and Oval Office in the same sentence without getting the attention of a young person,” he concluded.
On the other hand, he suggested many people who might otherwise be turned off by another Clinton returning to the White House are not old enough to even remember the first Clinton administration.
Far from a definitive assertion, McCurry’s insights are nonetheless noteworthy given his position of prominence alongside Bill Clinton. Combined with Rove’s recent allegations, this week seems to have offered among the clearest evidence that a presidential bid heretofore considered imminent might not be a guarantee after all.
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