Hillary-Michelle in 2016? Mixed Response to Clinton-Obama Dream Ticket

Image: Hillary-Michelle in 2016? Mixed Response to Clinton-Obama Dream Ticket First lady Michelle Obama (L) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a 2012 presentation.

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 09:09 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Rumors are swirling about a Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama "dream" ticket in 2016, dividing Americans and drawing a mixed response on Twitter.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week put Clinton ahead of all three possible Republican presidential contenders — Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. The recently retired secretary of state and former first lady would handily beat all three in the 2016 presidential election, the poll found.

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"Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages," said Peter Brown, the polling institute's assistant director. "She obviously is by far the best known, and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people."

Michelle Obama fans are pushing for her to join the ballot as well.

William J. O’Reilly, an iReporter for CNN, says she could have a shot, not only as Clinton's running mate, but as a potential presidential candidate herself.

"While Michelle Obama is received as not only a fashion icon and also presidential arm candy — as was Jackie Kennedy — there is a difference," O'Reilly said in a recent video editorial. "Michelle Obama, with her bearing, with her intelligence, with her degrees from Princeton and from Harvard Law School – added to that, Hillary Clinton’s precedent in seeking and gaining political office – mark my words, Michelle Obama will run for president."

Bumper stickers touting "2016-Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama" are popping up online, and Cafe Press said sales of the stickers have increased 60 percent from December to March.

Twitter responses were a mixed bag, with some totally supporting the idea of a Clinton-Obama 2016 all-female ticket.

Others weren’t so excited.

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