Clinton still deciding on 2016 presidential run
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Those hoping for any clarity on whether Hillary Clinton wants to run for president in 2016 will have to keep their fingers crossed a little bit longer.
She’s still deciding on when to decide.
In an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, the former Secretary of State hedged on any timeline for when she would publicly reveal if she will run for the Oval Office, saying she probably will not make an announcement before the end of the year.
“I’m going to decide when it feels right for me to decide,” Clinton told Sawyer.
Questioned by Sawyer on just when she will make that decision, the presumed frontrunner — if she runs for the Democratic nomination — described her process in the muddiest possible terms.
“I will be on my way to making a decision by the end of the year,” Clinton said.
“But probably not announced until next year?” Sawyer pressed.
“I’m not positive about that,” Clinton replied. “But I think you know the way I make decisions is that’s probably likely.”
Not surprising, Clinton holds a commanding lead over all would-be challengers in the 2016 Democratic primary field. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday of registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents shows her outpacing the pack, with 69 percent favoring Clinton for the party’s nomination over seven other hypothetical contenders.
Vice President Joe Biden lags in second, getting 12 percent support, while progressive darling Elizabeth Warren garnered 7 percent in the poll.
The veritable chasm between Clinton and other potential candidates would seem to freeze the field in place. But, while Clinton may be the only game in town right now, Democratic voters want to avoid a prolonged coronation.
In that same ABC News survey, 58 percent said they want other non-Clinton options to choose from in voting for a nominee.
Clinton herself said that other people contemplating presidential bids should not wait on her to make up their minds.
“People can do whatever they choose to do on whatever timetable they decide,” she said.