Newt Gingrich: If Hillary Clinton Runs in 2016, Republicans ‘Incapable of Competing’

In a recent interview Newt Gingrich suggested that if Hillary Clinton runs in 2016, the GOP is “incapable of competing at that level.”

The former presidential candidate told reporters that “the Republican party of today is incapable of competing” with a presidential run by Hillary Clinton in 2006. Photo: Don Irvine/Flickr

Though it’s about four years until the next US presidential election, but the Republican party is already thinking of what may happen if Hillary Clinton will run for president, judging by the comments of Newt Gingrich.

As The Guardian reports, the politician suggested that many of his GOP colleagues must be harbouring, but are too timid to mention: If Clinton decides to stand in 2016, they are toast.

“If the competitor in 16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl,” Gingrich told Meet the Press on NBC. “And the Republican party is incapable of competing at that level.”

The Republican, who knows everything about the Bill Clinton administration, went on, adding that the party in its current guise would be ill-equipped to take them on.

“We didn’t blow it because of Mitt Romney,” he told NBC. “We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to think through what the average American needs for a better future.”

Gingrich even went further, explaining his point of view: “First of all, she’s very formidable as a person,” he said.

“She’s a very competent person. She’s married to the most popular Democrat in the country; they both think [it] would be good for her to be president. It makes it virtually impossible to stop her for the nomination.”

In addition to having Bill Clinton’s support, Hillary would be also backed by the re-elected Barack Obama, who will still be a “relatively popular president,” Gingrich added. “Trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl.”

It should be mentioned that a recent poll conducted by The Washington Post showed that 57 percent of Americans would support Hillary Clinton if she decides on running for president.

Among all women, 66 percent agreed to support Clinton as a candidate for president in 2016; it is 75 percent of people of 50 and 54 percent among those aged 50 and up. Forty-nine percent of men back a Clinton bid, regardless of what side of 50 they are on.

The publication also found out that Clinton is more popular among independent women than men (68 vs. 52 percent), and among GOP women than men ((35 vs. 13 percent).

However, support for a Clinton candidacy is high among both Democratic men and women (80 and 84 percent, respectively).

The poll also showed that 23 percent of Republicans would support a run in 2016 while 73 percent would stay against it.

82 percent of Democrats revealed that they would back her candidacy, with most saying they would do so “strongly.” A majority of independents, 59 percent, also support another Clinton run.

The reported support may be easily explained by the popularity Hillary Clinton has earned in past years, as 66 percent of the nation express favorable views of the Secretary of State — the most doing so in more than 20 years of polling.

Fully 68 percent approve of the way Hillary is handling her current job, as top diplomat.

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