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'Hillary Clinton should run for 2016 US presidency'

March 22, 2012 10:34 IST

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be the best Democratic Party candidate to run for presidency in 2016, a top US Senator has said.

"I think she would be incredibly well-poised to be our next Democratic president," Kirsten Gilliband, the New York Senator, told BuzzFeed, an internet site, in an interview.

Gillibrand had replaced Clinton as the New York Senator after the latter was appointed as the Secretary of State in the Obama administration.

Time and again Clinton has said that she would not run for presidency and would go into private life after her current stint as the secretary of state.

She has also said that she would not be occupying this post in the second term of the Obama administration.

In her interview, Gillibrand said that she would ask Clinton to run for presidency in 2016.

"I'm going to be one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016," Gillibrand told BuzzFeed, saying she "certainly hope(s)" Clinton will run for president.

Clinton, the former First Lady and the ex-Senator from New York, had unsuccessfully ran the Democratic Party presidential primary in 2008 elections, which she lost to her current boss, Barack Obama.

"I think she's extremely well prepared. I think her experience as secretary of state has not only elevated her stature and experience, but she's proven she's someone who can get things done and I think she'd be an outstanding candidate," Gillibrand said.

In the interview, Gillibrand described Clinton as her political role model.

"When she was the first lady, she went to China and she made her famous speech about women's rights where she said women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights.

"It really inspired me to get more active in Democratic politics," she said.

"I thought, if wanted to ever be on that stage with her, I'd have to get involved in politics," Gillibrand said.

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