Tahlequah Daily Press

August 22, 2013

Clinton, Warren favored among local Dems for 2016 presidential nomination

The final in a two-part series about the 2016 presidential nominees examines Democrats’ opinions on the subject.

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — tsnell@tahlequahdailypress.com

The next presidential election may be more than three years away, but potential candidates in both parties are already testing the political waters.

Former senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resigned her cabinet post in January, and it didn’t take long for the pundits to begin speculating about a potential 2016 run. Clinton lost the nomination in 2008 to President Barack Obama, and many believe she has a good chance at snagging the nomination in 2016.

According to a recent Rasmussen Reports poll, Clinton garnered 63 percent of likely Democratic voters. The closest contender in the poll is Vice President Joe Biden, with 12 percent support. Other prominent Democrats include New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Adair County resident and strong Democrat supporter Kathy Tibbits would like to see Clinton make another run.

“We’ve seen tremendous progress under Democrat presidents, and I say that as a fiscal conservative but dyed-in-the-wool Democrat,” said Tibbits.

“I think Bill Clinton, regardless of what one might think of his personal choices, has been a beloved leader who really understood and matched-up with the American people. If Hillary Clinton is nominated, she will face a lot of criticism for being a woman and aspiring to what has always been a man’s job. But I think she will have her hand on the pulse of the nation, not to mention having an astute former president to turn to, in continuing the Clinton legacy of economic success.”

Tibbits believes the nominee will need to have a strong background in economics and the global markets.

“We have been through a rough economic time, caused by spending policies we are still overcoming from the Bush years,” said Tibbits. “But it’s not all just due to fiscal spending, the global economy has shifted hugely. Hillary’s probably the best mind in the country to understand that and see ways to get global money flowing back to this country.”

Longtime Tahlequah Democrat Isabel Baker was a Hillary Clinton delegate at the 2008 Denver convention.

“I have known her many years and visited the governor’s mansion in Arkansas,” said Baker.

“She was always so smart and so gracious, totally caring for the people. I think this country is ready for a woman of her stature and kind spirit. I am Hillary all the way. My bumper sticker says, ‘I’m ready for Hillary.’”

The Daily Press asked its Facebook friends to weigh in on who they would like to see as the Democratic nominee. David Cornsilk, an independent, agreed with Tibbits on Clinton. Other choices included Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Biden, Cuomo and Villaraigosa.

“I will support Hillary,” said Cornsilk. “She has the experience, temperament and integrity to serve. That’s something Elizabeth Warren lacks. Biden is too old and his mind is shot.”

Local resident Steve Cypert prefers Clinton, too.

“Her vast list of international contacts and experience dealing with the vast right wing conspiracy against Democrats makes her the perfect candidate to smack down the ideologues,” said Cypert. “Plus, she has something called practical, common sense.”

Local resident Leon Briggs prefers a Warren/Clinton ticket.

“I’d like to see Elizabeth Warren run with Hillary as vice president,” said Briggs. “Warren is tenacious in protecting the rights of ordinary citizens.”

Jeremy Combs would also like to see Warren as the nominee.

“She’s the only one not interested in playing politics,” said Combs.

“Considering how just about all the GOP and most of the Dems have been playing politics keeps the upswing in the recovery at a steady crawl by toeing the party line. Warren is a big scare to them and is about fixing things for we, the people.”

What you said

The Daily Press polled its online readers, asking at this point, who they prefer for the Democratic nomination for President? Of 341 respondents, 164 voters, or 48 percent, said none of the choices offered, which included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Forty-two percent, or 144 respondents, indicated they prefer Clinton. Five percent, or 16 respondents, said they would opt for Warren, while 2 percent, or 8 voters, would choose Biden.  Another 2 percent, or seven voters, indicated they would choose Cuomo, and 1 percent, or 2 voters, would select Villaraigosa.