Hillary Clinton began her 2008 presidential campaign with high ratings, only to
see those ratings decline and eventually lost the Democratic nomination
and the presidency to
Hillary Clinton began her 2016 presidential campaign also with high ratings, and
is again seeing those ratings decline despite most of the other
Democratic presidential hopefuls having withheld their candidacies.
On paper, Hillary Clinton is a stronger presidential candidate in 2016 than she was in 2008, when she ran as the U.S. Senator
from New York. Now, the former First Lady is running as the former U.S.
Secretary of State and has added foreign policy experience to her resume (see
Hillary Clinton Profile).
On social issues, 2016 is also a friendlier campaigning ground for Hillary
Clinton than 2008. Universal healthcare and homosexual marriage are now laws of
and Hillary Clinton still has her loyal army of feminist supporters, many of
whom feel that she was robbed of her coronation in 2008.
Hillary Clinton is older today and will be 69 years old if she were to become
president so lingering questions about her age do remain. But Ronald Reagan was
also 69 years old when he became president a generation ago when life expectancy
was lower than it is today.
Hillary Clinton's declining ratings is due in part to voter fatigue
exasperation with the political establishment, the same sentiment that also
affect Jeb Bush. But most of the current decline in Hillary
Clinton's ratings is attributable to the critical mass of scandals,
misrepresentations, cover ups and lies that are associated with her, including
her formerly secret private email server, as well as her husband, the
nearly-impeached former president.