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Column: Vote Hillary Rodham Clinton For President In 2016

This story was written by Matthew Shutler, Michigan Daily

Contrary to the prevailing attitude of the country, there is morethan one influential Democrat walking under our spacious sky. Dont getme wrong, I supported President-elect Obama as much as any 17 year old couldwithout actually being able to vote for him, and he was certainlydeserving of his partys nomination and last nights win. But truth betold, I was always more of a Hillary Clinton guy. I dont know if itwas her pantsuits or her policies, but sometime during her campaign shewon me over. So now that Obama has been elected to lead our countryinto the future, its important to remember everything that Clinton hasaccomplished.

Clinton fought valiantly throughout the Democratic primaries and put18 million cracks in the glass ceiling that has stopped many womenfrom even running. For this reason, she is among the most influentialcandidates in history. She has received wide praise for her efforts Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said it best: Sen. Clinton hasadvanced the cause of women in government and her candidacy has been avery positive tonic for the country and had a very wholesome effect onthe political process.

After months of fighting and debating, Clinton bowed out of the raceas the woman with the largest number of supporters in our countryshistory, not to mention the second highest of any Democrat after thenominee himself. This shows the promise and determination Clintonpossesses and the millions upon millions of hopes that were placed onher shoulders. It would be a shame if she didnt give these peopleanother fight.

Unfortunately, the strong and commanding voice for our nation saysthe chances of another run for the White House are slim. Probablyclose to zero, Clinton said when asked about running for presidentagain. She also gave a similar answer to whether she would want to benominated to the Supreme Court, saying: I have no interest in doingthat. However, let me point out that close to zero does not meanzero. I can only hope that Clinton gives the matter furtherconsideration.

While her White House aspirations seemed to have cooled, heraspirations to help the country are still red hot. I'm not seeking anyother position than to be the best senator from New York that I canbe, Clinton said on Fox and Friends.

Nevertheless, while I must respect her decision, I would like toexpress my hopes that the future will bring about another change inthis New York senator. Her courage, voice and character are completelyunique and what I feel our country will need in the future. Sheexemplifies the spirit of our country: never giving up and fighting forwhat you believe in.

Furthermore, all Clinton supporters, whether men or women, young orold, working class or not, should continue to back her. Under the newleadership of Obama, Clinton will have the opportunity to help ourcountry in more far-reaching and long-lasting ways. By standing behindPresident Obama as he takes office, Clinton supporters are in turnstanding behind the beliefs that were fundamental to her campaign. Withthe theatrics of this political year finally coming to an end, we allmust do what we believe is right for the country. And with her positionas a New York senator she was re-elected in 2006 Hillary Clintonsays she looks forward to working in Congress with an Obamaadministration.

A senator now and, hopefully its a small hope, but it stillexists a president in the future. I can live with that. Is it timefor Hillary to hang up her now infamous pantsuits? I certainly dontthink so. In any case, I would like to be the one to jumpstart her nextcampaign.

Vote Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2016.

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