Hillary Clinton will run for president on the Democratic ticket and win as many as 45 states in 2016, says Brent Budowsky, a noted columnist for The Hill.
"If she does run, and the odds are at least 75 or 80 percent that she does, she'll win a big victory, 45, 42, 43, 46, 38 [states]" Budowsky told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
Budowsky says Democrats will have a big problem during the 2014 midterm elections, but as far as Clinton is concerned, 2016 is hers for the taking.
"Republicans have a big problem in 2016. Republicans face a demographic disaster and they face a candidate who's stronger than the crowd that they've got right now," he said Monday.
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He also said Republicans should ditch the Benghazi attack as a way to discredit Clinton, who was secretary of state when four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, died at the hands of terrorists.
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner announced the creation of a select committee to investigate the attacks and what the GOP says is a cover-up of the facts behind it by the White House.
"Things could change tomorrow [for Clinton], but it won't be the Benghazi hearings, I'll tell you that much. That's not going to change a thing," Budowsky said.
"She's already accepted responsibility, admitted that mistakes were made, admitted that she was one of the people that made the mistakes.
"The grand total of effect that it's had in the polls after Republicans beating on this since Sept. 11 2012, on her presidential prospects is zero, and that's not going to change."
Budowsky said the GOP's best bet is to come up with an agenda that promotes its vision of the nation's future.
"[They should] run against Hillary as champions of the future, not to run against Hillary as champions of Benghazi, the old kind of attacks that didn't hurt the Clintons . . . in the 1990s," he said.
"The Republicans have an absence of candidates and an absence of issues at the presidential level. I would run against her if I was a Republican by advocating a future.
"What I would not be doing is relitigating Benghazi, which has not touched her a penny, a point or an inch in the almost two years the Republicans have been doing this."
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