Strategist: Jeb-Hillary Would Be 'Great Race to Watch'

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 12:36 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Voters would likely find a presidential matchup in 2016 between former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a "great race to watch," said Mark McKinnon, former adviser to President George W. Bush.

McKinnon said the first reaction of people he talked to about the possibility was, "Oh, my God. Not again. We don't need another dynastic succession in American politics." After thinking about it, he said their reaction changed to, "You know what? That would actually be a great race to watch."

McKinnon predicted the race would be "high road, incredibly substantive," by "well-qualified candidates" with debates that would be "fantastic."

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Since both Bush and Clinton are experienced in politics, he said each had shed much of their partisan leanings.

"I think it'd be kind of post-partisan, ironically," McKinnon told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. Clinton has "been through it all. She's seen the heat of it. And I think she's evolved past it, as has Jeb Bush."

McKinnon is cofounder of No Labels, an organization of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents that seeks solutions to gridlock in Washington.

Bush could follow the lead of his brother, former President George W. Bush, and stress immigration and education reform, McKinnon said, adding that could attract "conservative Democrats and independents" to the GOP.

Among a crowded field of GOP candidates, McKinnon suggested the primary process would be difficult for Bush. He said he would have to "show leadership like he's been doing."

"It's going to be painful. It's going to be bloody. And, it's going to be miserable in those early primaries," McKinnon said.

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton, suggested Hillary Clinton had a "very, very good chance" of winning the presidency in 2016. However, he envisioned a difficult road to the White House.

"The next two and a half years are going to be tough, because she's got to manage the longest front-runnerhood status in history," Reich told "Morning Joe" on Monday.

While Reich said there were "always political dynasties in America," he saw no concern in a run by Clinton.



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