With eye on 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton spreads theme of women breaking barriers
August 11, 2013
By Philip Rucker, Washington Post – Hillary Rodham Clinton took to a Toronto stage in June before about 5,000 supporters, many of them women and many looking for a hint that she might run for president in 2016 — and she gave them one.“Hypothetically speaking, I really do hope that we have a woman president in my lifetime,” Clinton said coyly, making an implicit nod to the history she might make herself. “Our country,” she added, “has to take that leap of faith.”VideoThe Republican National Committee is threatening to ban CNN and NBC from hosting any Republican primary debates unless the networks cancel plans to make a documentary and miniseries about Hillary Rodham Clinton. On Background host Nia-Malika Henderson argues that this could be a good thing for Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential run.More from PostPoliticsWhy ‘holding my nose’ is a problem for Mitch McConnellSean Sullivan AUG 9The political match made in heaven was a political headache Thursday.Anthony Weiner vs. a British reporterAaron Blake AUG 9The mayoral candidate feigns a British accent and jokes that he feels like hes in a Monty Python sketch.What’s the situation with federal furlough appeals?Lisa Rein AUG 9A Q&A with the chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, which has received 26,000 furlough appeals.The Fixs top 10 Senate races of 2014Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake AUG 9From No. 10 to No. 1, we look at the seats most likely to change control this cycle.Read moreUnlike during her 2008 presidential campaign, when she waited until her concession speech to fully embrace the historic nature of her candidacy, Clinton these days talks freely about women breaking barriers. She has woven a theme of women’s empowerment throughout almost all of her public remarks in the seven months since she stepped down as secretary of state.Clinton’s advisers said that there is no political agenda behind her recent remarks and that she has made no decision to launch a campaign. They said the comments are simply a natural continuation of her lifelong focus on advocating for women.“If you look at her career from her early days in law school through today, there’s one thing that’s clear, which is this is an incredibly important issue to her and has been over time,” said Jennifer Klein, a longtime Clinton aide.