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Is Hillary Clinton a candidate of the past or of the future?
February 28th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

Is Hillary Clinton a candidate of the past or of the future?

CNN is combing through 3,546 pages of documents released Friday by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

They open a window into inner Clinton White House operations, and cover topics including the office of former first lady Hillary Clinton, now considered the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, if she decides to run. Full story.

With the 1990s Clinton-era constantly being brought up, as well as Clinton possibly becoming a leader of our country, we want you to weigh in: Is Hillary Clinton a candidate of the past or of the future?

Vote by tweeting Past or Future using #Crossfire or comment on our Facebook post. View results below or through our Poptip results page.

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  1. Reggie53

    Hillary Clinton is a politician of the past. She has been around Washington way too long. We need a new and younger face around but please not another Obama. We do not need his kind of politics.

    March 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  2. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    At this point what difference does it make !!!

    Americans are still DEAD in Benghazi
    Clinton failed in her duty.......
    The cover up continues.......

    NO Mrs. Clinton we will NOT forget

    March 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  3. Hawkeye07

    Neither. She is the wife of a philandering redneck. She is a past "Secretary" of state who's premier accomplishment was logging extreme hours of airtime on a continuous vacation around the world. She is an incompetent political hack who failed to protect the lives of our diplomatic mission in Benghazi. She does not have the qualifications to be a municipal court clerk in central Florida.

    March 4, 2014 at 10:35 am | Reply
  4. dave

    Hillary is OLD politics, at best.

    March 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  5. DRJJ

    Thank you for your service! However, we shouldn't favor a career politician with a checked past, that's already risen to the level of incompetence, with an unethical husband, for President.

    March 3, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Agreed – But unfortunately most of our politicians from both parties are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

      They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

      March 3, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  6. bobo

    Where have all the Clinton's gone?.... long time passing, where have all the Clinton's gone?, long time ago.....

    March 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  7. pjoe

    Past or future? Who cares. Find us a better candidate ... or we will have to settle for Hillary.

    March 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      That's sad.

      March 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • hkirwin

      You can settle if you like. I would rather not vote then to "settle" on incompetence.

      March 4, 2014 at 8:00 am | Reply
  8. jfk

    she needs a facelift first. Maybe she can get together with Pelosi"s doctor.

    March 3, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  9. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts shaking in their boots. They are terrified of Hillary.

    March 3, 2014 at 6:09 am | Reply
    • jeepn72

      Sorry, was so irritated at your comment, I must have hit enter in the frenzy of my typing to send an incomplete post... Anyway, the only thing we are afraid of concerning Hillary Clinton is the uninformed voters who dont pay attention to the news and dont realize she is RESPONSIBLE

      March 4, 2014 at 2:09 am | Reply
    • jeepn72

      Sorry, was so irritated at your comment, I must have hit enter in the frenzy of my typing to send an incomplete post... Anyway, the only thing we are afraid of concerning Hillary Clinton is the uninformed voters who don't pay attention to the news and don't realize she is RESPONSIBLE for the deaths of the americans in Libya. Your propaganda news will make that evil witch sound like she is a true american but the reality is, is that she is a true COMMUNIST and a MURDERER!

      March 4, 2014 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • hkirwin

      What is even funnier or sad is that they actually believe this.

      March 4, 2014 at 8:01 am | Reply
    • Reggie53

      We are not terrified over Hillary but we have had enough of you democrats. We need someone who is not a democrat and who is nothing like Obama.

      March 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • robert petty

      We should all be scared regardless of your party affiliation.
      She is old news,and has so much baggage! Her time has
      come,and gone.

      March 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  10. George T Hibs

    This old hag's time has past. The Clinton machine still thinks they can bully their way to the WH. Do you want Hillary going toe to toe with the likes of Putin and China as well? She accomplished almost nothing as Sec. of State so what makes anyone think she can succeed as president? She would be better served staying under Bill's desk keeping him satisfied so he does not stray!

    March 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  11. TBONE

    To me with her husband and his buddies prodding her into running, its really about him getting back into the White House and establishing a dynasty and for both Bill and Hillary to have things set up so their daughter Chelsea can have a shot at it. To me she definitely represents the past. I hope enough people have common sense to not vote her in. A woman's time in the White House will come, but I just do not think Clinton is that woman. I rather see some unknown one with credentials get a shot at it, rather than a establishment figure. Besides her age is creeping up on her and last time I remember with her leaving Secretary of State post last year, she was in some rough rough shape health wise. She be as old as Reagan by the time she got running. Thanks but no thanks. We need someone unknown and fresh and younger. Clintons time has come and gone. Time to let the 1990s remain in history no need to dig it back up.

    March 2, 2014 at 12:06 am | Reply
  12. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    It depends how you look at it. For the last 100 years the country has gone down the path of bigger government and more and more debt. Hillary is in that mode. So you could say she is a canidiate of the past.

    March 1, 2014 at 9:24 am | Reply
  13. pc93

    Vince Foster committed SUICIDE in the WHITE HOUSE. Hillary immediately ordered body DUMPED off premises
    http://tekgnosis.typepad.com/tekgnosis/2014/03/vince-foster-committed-suicide-in-the-white-house-hillary-ordered-body-dumped-off-premises.html

    March 1, 2014 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • kurt

      And George Bush ordered the 9/11 attacks.

      Oh... wait... that's a stupid conspiracy theory too.

      March 1, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply
      • amandaa

        Were you too young to remember 9/11. America was attacked, thousands died. Bush along with Congress (he needed a 2/3 majority) voted to go in.

        March 4, 2014 at 6:50 am |
    • Bea

      RW nonsense.

      March 2, 2014 at 1:43 am | Reply
      • dave

        LW blind bias.

        March 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm |
  14. ProtectAmericanJobs

    The problem in trying to elect good leaders for The United States of America has nothing to do with the color or gender of our politicians. It's our politician's, from both parties, lack of honesty and the lack of willingness to do right by the US citizens that they're elected by and should be representing.

    Before Hillary Clinton runs for president, Americans need to remember that it was her "husband" that got us into bed with China in the first place. – How's that been working out for the American people and the Real American Economy?

    And what about that whole White-Water/Vince Foster deal?

    I don't trust the Clintons at all.

    It was the "Clinton Machine" that kicked the ball over to China, which got the Real American Economy rolling down the hill.

    Nixon restored normal diplomatic relations between the US and China, but Clinton is the one who opened up the trade floodgates with China. And both Bill and Hillary were actively involved during their visit to China.

    Under Clinton jobs to China, Under Bush I & II influx of illegals/cheap labor into the US and jobs to Mexico/NAFTA – Bush started it and it was signed into effect by Clinton. I loved President Reagan at that time, because he brought pride and respect back to our country after those embarrassingly weak Carter years, but unfortunately his shortsighted economic policy sent us down the wrong path. Reaganonomics was a huge mistake. Jeez and the wizards on Wall Street wonder why the American people aren't putting as much money into savings and their 401k plans anymore. Maybe it's because the shortsighted economic policies, from the 1980's to the present, have come back to bite the hands that feed them. I guess the thought of changing from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy of smoke and mirrors is working out just great? – Not!

    But even now President Obama is pushing a new disastrous, job-killing, "free trade" agreement on the United States under the misleading guise of increasing export opportunities. The president is asking for fast track trade authority that would give him unchallenged authority to do whatever he wants, in most cases to satisfy his campaign contributors instead of the American people. His track record proves he cannot be trusted with this kind of power. Congress must vote to deny the president fast track authority and they must refuse to pass the TPP!

    The president claims this agreement will be a good thing.

    In fact, the scarce details emerging from negotiations point in the opposite direction. Hundreds of corporate advisers are at the table looking for handouts for their particular industries, while average Americans are largely left in the dark. The results will surely be disastrous.

    If they try sneaking another disastrous trade agreement, like this TPP deal, through they're true Traitors to the American people. And I'll bet both parties will be involved. Funny, they can work together to line their own pockets, but not to put protections in place to help the American citizens that they are supposed to represent.

    The Trans Pacific Partnership must be stopped before it buries us for good.

    The WTO and NAFTA have done enough damage already, but if this goes into effect, Americans are really screwed.

    Let's face it – Both parties have sold out the American People! – Neither party really controls our country.

    If Ross Perot had been elected president in 1992, the American people and the real American economy would have been much better off today! I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

    If more Americans would have listened to Perot back in 1992, we wouldn't be in this mess right now.

    February 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 25 years, but the American economy was kept going by middle class American consumers tapping into the equity on their homes, that enabled them to continue to buy the cheap outsourced products until they were completely tapped out, out of good jobs and or out of work.

      On the US Department of Commerce's US Census Bureau website there's a graphic showing how our trade imbalance has gotten progressively worse over the entire period from 1989 to the present and how it's really accelerated at an increasingly greater rate each year since 1999.

      We can thank "our leaders" from both sides and the WTO for that.

      See for yourself: www(dot)census(dot)gov(slash)foreign-trade(slash)balance(slash)c0004(dot)html

      Check it out and figure it out for yourself.

      If these "free trade" agreements were so good us, why did our trade deficit keep getting larger and larger during this span of time.

      Increasingly way more money going out of our country every year versus coming in every year.

      It's not rocket science.

      Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.

      Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      Countries like Germany, Canada, Japan and other countries like them are more or less on a level playing field with us. But countries like China, India, Mexico and others like them are not even close. But you don't see China, India or Mexico with anything even close to our EPA, DEP, OSHA, etc................

      Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China's GDP.

      Trade with countries like China, India and Mexico is pretty much a One-Way-Street.

      February 28, 2014 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      Our politician's talk is cheap and meaningless!

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      This is the only way that Americans are going to be able to "Get a Raise" and sustain it. The more jobs and businesses that we bring back to tax-paying Americans citizens, the healthier our real economy will be and the more likely it will be for the American people to keep up and possibly even start to move forward again.

      Unfortunately most of our politicians are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral social issues like gay marriage and abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they'd always lose sight of the bigger picture. If Ross Perot had been elected president in 1992, the American people and the real American economy would have been much better off today! I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?

      All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

      But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)

      Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.

      The American people need American leaders who will start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.

      Aren't there at least a handful of these powerful puppet-masters that are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and loyalty to America and their fellow Americans to start trying to turn this trend around?

      If there aren't any, we're screwed.

      The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

      The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the potential of a prosperous or even decent future.

      It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down domestic prices and wages.

      It has all happened way too fast – Our government leaders should have put measures in place to make it slower, so that it wouldn't devastate our country, which has no chance when competing with other countries that don't play by the same rules or have pay scales that are even remotely close.

      That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

      Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

      If more people would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, America wouldn't be in this mess.

      Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.

      The American people will need good jobs with health-care benefits in order to be able to pay for the services of those educated doctors, lawyers, college professors, etc. – It can't all be chiefs and no Indians. There is an equally important place for both of them in America.

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.
      The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules.

      The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

      They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

      February 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  15. countingdown

    Hillary will be a short term candidate, so what difference does it make now!

    February 28, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Reply

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