Bill Press says it’s “Time for Hillary to fish or cut bait” with regard to a 2004 presidential run. This is rather odd, since she has been very adamant that she’s not running.

True, Sen. Clinton has repeatedly and adamantly denied any attention to seek the presidency in 2004. When elected, she made a vow to the people of New York to serve at least one full term in the Senate. She told reporters again this week: “I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I’m very happy being senator from New York.” Asked if her supporters might convince her to change her mind, she emphatically replied: “No.”

The problem is, every time Hillary says no, former president Bill says: “Well, maybe.” He stunned a New York audience on Sept. 7 by stating that the Democratic Party only had two real stars, Wesley Clark and Hillary Clinton.

One week later, when asked by former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta if, despite all her denials, his wife might still decide to run for president in 2004, Clinton coyly responded: “That’s her decision to make, and she alone will make it.” Stirring the pot even more, he told supporters he was sure the voters of New York would understand and forgive her if she broke her pledge to complete one full six-year term in the Senate. No wonder there’s so much speculation about Hillary’s plans.

Press also says:

If Sen. Clinton wants to run for president, fine. You go, girl! She’d make a great candidate and a great president. I’d be the first to support her.

So, she’d make a great president and yet she can’t be taken at her word and/or is a puppet for her husband? Hmm.

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  1. Paul says:

    I was just informed by NPR that W. Clark would a great “stalking horse” for Hillary.

    I also stopped my wife from donating to NPR this week. After five years she has finally agreed it’s hopelessly biased.

  2. Laura in DC says:

    I believe her when she says she is not running. She usually dances around questions, but this she has answered unequivocally and done so multiple times. I don’t think she is going to run and I wish the press would accept that and start paying attention to the candidates who are running rather than people like Senator Clinton and Al Gore who are not running.