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Pat Buchanan: Hillary's Nomination Far From Sure Thing

Monday, 27 Jan 2014 07:01 PM

Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic nomination for president, but her campaign could be sideswiped by a younger, more aggressive challenger, says conservative political commentator and author Pat Buchanan.

"As of now, her decision would be to run, but I see her as very, very vulnerable, especially in the Democratic primaries," Buchanan told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"If you had a young, liberal, aggressive fellow or woman who challenged her and said, 'Look, it's time to turn over a new page here, the Clintons and the Bushes have been leading this country for all of this time since the end of the Cold War, even during the Cold War, and what have they really accomplished, and is it not time to move on?'''

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Buchanan said he sees a potential repeat of Clinton's failed campaign to get the Democratic nod in 2008, when she lost to Barack Obama.

"If you realize that Hillary, back in 2008, that was her time and she got beat by a younger guy who really came on with a new and different message. Hillary's more vulnerable than people think," Buchanan said.

Buchanan, who was a senior adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan and once hosted CNN's "Crossfire," was not surprised the former secretary of state addressed the Benghazi attack in Libya in 2012, calling it her "biggest regret."

"She's obviously going to have to address that debacle in Benghazi, which is clearly her responsibility when she was at the top," Buchanan said.

"It's going to be a very serious problem in 2016 if she runs . . . By 2016, given the problems we've got in Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan . . . what exactly is American foreign policy, what do we intend to do in the world?

"That's going to be an enormously big issue, and I'm not sure that her sort of gallivanting around the world as a certain sort of a political rock star achieved much of anything."

Buchanan is not impressed with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's statement that illegal immigrants have earned the right to obtain citizenship.

"Citizenship in the United States used to be an enormously highly regarded thing. I remember back in the '60s, when they made Winston Churchill an honorary citizen. [I wrote] an editorial saying, OK, this is fine, we did it for the Marquis de Lafayette, but the citizenship of the United States is such a precious thing," Buchanan said.

"To suggest that someone automatically has a right to citizenship because he broke our laws, broke into our country, and is breaking the law by working illegally and colluding with businessmen who are breaking the laws thereby has earned citizenship in the United States? That is to demean the idea of an American citizen."

Buchanan says Obama should be somewhat conciliatory in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

"He should say, 'Look, can we not at least agree on some help for those who have come here, the kids who have been brought here illegally through no fault of their own? Can we not at least raise the minimum wage to some degree? Can we not avoid default on our debts through this and that?" Buchanan said.

"[And he should say,] 'Why can we not work together and at least move partway on all of these, and I'll reach my hand out to you, but if I don't get some reciprocity, I'm going to have to do what I can for the causes I believe in.' And I would use that tone of voice if I were the president of the United States, rather than get up there and say, listen, I've had enough with your act."

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