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Hillary vs. Jeb: Clinton-Bush Reprise in 2016?

Thursday, 08 Nov 2012 09:35 AM

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Just two days after this year’s presidential election was decided, speculation already has begun that Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will face off in 2016.

That would mark Round 2 or Round 3 of the Bush-Clinton bout, depending on how you define it. Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush in the election of 1992, and George W. Bush defeated Clinton’s vice president, Al Gore, in the 2000 election.

Hillary Clinton lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries and now serves as his secretary of State. She has pledged to step down in January.

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, acted as Mitt Romney’s most powerful surrogate in the state toward the end of the 2012 race. Bush has expressed regret that timing issues have kept him from running for the Oval Office.

Both Clinton and Bush are viewed with great respect by leaders of their respective parties. If Clinton decides to run, her strong political position may deter other Democratic hopefuls from entering the race.

Bush would undoubtedly face strong opposition in the GOP. But his record as governor, strong ties to the Hispanic community, and access to major sources of money would stand him in good stead, Politico reports.

“We love our brands — they offer certainty in a world spinning apart,” renowned Republican strategist Alex Castellanos told Politico. “The political equivalent of a brand is the dynasty, the Bushes or Clintons. And even if Coke produces New Coke, or Ford, an Edsel, now and then, we remain loyal.”



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