Hillary's Potential Pitfalls in Seeking Presidency

Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 10:32 AM

By Courtney Coren

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While Hillary Clinton is considered the leading candidate in the 2016 presidential election, there are several potential pitfalls that she must address, Politico says. 

Clinton admitted recently that the last time she drove a car was in 1996, an acknowledgment that lead many to ask if the former secretary of state was too out of touch. A lot like former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, one of Clinton's greatest challenges will be proving that her public life hasn't kept her too insulated and cloistered and that she can relate to the life of the average American.

Politico writers John F. Harris and Maggie Haberman also say that she needs to slowly start distancing herself from President Barack Obama, who has record low approval ratings, and needs to start now. This is necessary so that she establishes her own identity and not one that is merely in Obama's shadows. If she waits too long, it will be seen as too politically expedient, Harris and Haberman write.

There is also a concern that she has no major accomplishments as either a senator, former presidential candidate or secretary of state.

"But 2014 is the time to start identifying herself with some large themes that lay the basis and the rational for a candidacy," Politico says.

In that vein, Clinton needs to articulate her accomplishments as secretary of state. While voters don't tend to decide to vote for or against a president based on foreign policy, Politico notes, the concern is that if she doesn't define her record at the State Department, others will do it for her.

The recently published diaries of close friend and confidant Diane Blair revealed that while Clinton has been in the public eye for over two decades, there are still surprises that may be revealed. The Clinton team will need to make sure they know what else is out there that could come up during a presidential campaign, Politico says.

If there are problems at former President Bill Clinton's Clinton Global Initiative, as some have alleged, they ought to be cleaned up, Politico writes, as voters will "pick up on a sense of drama and in-fighting."

Politico also recommends that Clinton learn how to navigate and use Twitter to her advantage, as some of her early tweets "at times seemed tone-deaf."

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