Carville: Pressure for ‘prohibitive front-runner’ Hillary 2016 presidential run ‘unimaginable’
On MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” on Tuesday, long-time pundit and former Bill Clinton campaign adviser James Carville made a pitch for a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016, arguing there is a groundswell of support for the former first lady.
Fill-in host Luke Russert asked Carville how much pressure would be on Hillary Clinton to make a show in the next presidential election cycle. Carville said the pressure will be “unimaginable” and that Democrats all over the country are excited by the prospect of the former first lady taking the plunge.
“I think it’ll be unimaginable,” Carville said. “I mean, if — I just go around the country and if there’s a Democrat that does not want her to run, I have not met them. Now she is her own person and seems perfectly willing to resist that kind of pressure, but in terms of encouragement, I don’t think there’s ever been anybody that is a prohibitive front-runner for a party’s nomination as former Secretary of State Clinton is right now. You can feel it out there wherever I go and whenever people talk to me, it’s the same thing.”
Carville all but ruled out being part of a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, but said he would be out raising money for her if she should run.
“I would certainly would do better going around trying to help raise money and you know doing surrogate events for her. But I’ll be a bite long in the tooth by 2016. You want to know the truth, I’ll be 72. So, it’s probably time to get some of these young people and if you look at the way these campaigns have changed, you know … it’s kind of passed me by, but I’d certainly be out there, you know, seniors for Hillary.”