Is a Hillary-Michelle dream ticket coming together in 2016?
Though Hillary Clinton has denied reports that she wants to run for president in 2016 and Michelle Obama has never mentioned any intentions to keep living in the White House, Democrats are buzzing about the thought of an all-woman Hillary-Michelle ticket for the next election cycle.
“All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden, but that would truly be a dream team for America,” former Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney told the Washington Examiner. “Both women are proven effective leaders who’ve raise children, so dealing with Congress would be a snap!”
After the election of Barack Obama opened up the White House to candidates outside the norm of older white men, some have grown excited at shattering the glass ceiling with a Hillary-Michelle White House in 2016.
Polling evidence would seem to suggest that a Hillary-Michelle ticket would be very popular with voters. A recent poll from Quinnipiac University showed that the former New York Senator and Secretary of State Clinton would defeat any Republican challengers in 2016.
Hillary Clinton even finished ahead of GOP star Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor who saw his popularity rise after his response to Superstorm Sandy.
“Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages,” said the polling institute’s assistant director Peter Brown. “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 is popular in her own right, earning high marks from polls in the past. Her ability to focus on voter-friendly initiatives like combating childhood obesity has also allowed her to build a good reputation with potential voters in 2016.
The Hillary-Michelle ticket in 2016 has gained some real traction. Bumper stickers that read “2016-Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama,” and “Hillary-Michelle 2016 First First Lady Ticket For President” are growing in popularity, and Cafe Press said sales of the Hillary-Michelle bumper sticker increased in sales by 60 percent in the past few months.
Still, not everyone is on board for the all-woman ticket. Political insiders noted that Joe Biden will still be a force should he enter the Democratic primaries, and has a built-in fundraising arm from the last eight years in office.
Others aren’t taking the talk of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama running for the presidency too seriously.
“Hillary and Michelle are both very popular and accomplished, but this smacks of too much celebrity and is a tad too dynastic for American voters,” said pollster John Zogby about a Hillary-Michelle run in 2016. “An interesting reality show, yes. A ticket, no.”