The Last Word | November 13, 2012
>>> i have made it clear that, you know, i will certainly stay on until the president nominates someone and that transition can occur, but i think after 20 years, and it will be 20 years, of being on the high-wire of american politics and all of the challenges that come with that, it would be probably a good idea to just find out how tired i am. everyone always says that when they leave these jobs.
>> in the earliest ever presidential candidacy endorsement by an american newspaper, today buffalo news endorsed hillary clinton for president in 2016 . the 139-year-old newspaper doesn't have to know who the republican nominee is going to be. they don't have to know who the other democratic candidates for president will be. the buffalo news knows enough. they want the woman they endorsed twice already in her senate campaigns in new york to become president of the united states in 2017 . it is not as if the buffalo news doesn't know who the other likely candidates are, especially on the democratic side. the buffalo news has always had a sharp political team delivering its coverage of presidential politics . they know well at the buffalo news that the hugely popular governor of new york , andrew cuomo , who they endorsed in his gubernatorial campaign is laying the ground work to run in 2016 . they know in 2016 , elizabeth warren will have been in the senate the same time barack obama was in the senate before he ran for president. they saw a massachusetts governor , patrick and the editors of the buffalo news know about all those people, potential candidacies, and they've made their choice. hillary in 2016 . joining me now, jonathan allen , senior washington correspondent for politico, co-author of an upcoming book on hillary clinton 's rise and her potential 2016 presidential bid. jonathan, what else does hillary clinton need? she has the buffalo news endorsement. what's she waiting for?
>> lawrence, you know new york politics better than i do. that's an upstate newspaper endorsing her, certainly in a democratic area. that's the area she had to win when she ran for senate. she needs a lot of other things. first and foremost, i would say nothing she has done or people around her have done have disqualified her over the past four years in secretary of state role. you have seen arise in her popularity. that's the beginning of a drum beat you'll hear in the next two years as she thinks about this, makes a decision. that's a lot of people that want her to run. you know politicians as well as anybody. they've got a little bit of an ego, a sense of duty, they believe in public service and it can be very hard to say no when there are a lot of people asking you to run. that said, not at all clear she has made a decision yet, and certainly she doesn't have to for at least another couple years.
>> i know a lot of people in washington have never read buffalo news or held it in their hands which i have done many times in buffalo , including visiting them for editorial board meetings and such. they are a serious newspaper, most important newspaper north of new york city in the state, and hillary clinton knows that this is early and obviously they're having fun at the buffalo news, but they mean it, and she also knows that all of the people in the party calling for her to run mean it. she heard that call once before when she was first lady, and charlie rangel and others said run for senate. we haven't seen her turn down that call in the past.
>> speaks to her
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