A recent fundraising letter from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is seeking re-election this year in New York, does not mention the state, but it slips eight references to "America" or "Americans" into two pages.
The letter points to a fact of life in the world of New York's junior senator, who many think may be a contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination: The national stage is there, and she is making use of it.
In recent weeks, the wife of former President Bill Clinton has begun a series of national policy addresses. The economy was the topic in Chicago in April, and it was energy during a speech in Washington in May. The focus was on privacy in a Friday address to the American Constitution Society in Washington. Read more.
Sen. Clinton is taking her politics to the national stage — What do YOU think?
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Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
"Just say 'NO' to the former first lady." — Morgan
"I think she could do a better job than Bush. She's got my vote." — Ken (Asheville, NC)
"I think it would be a great thing if she ran for president — that way, the Republican leadership stays in office and doesn't turn our country into some socialist state." — Rob
"I think of two seperate sound bites of Hillary Clinton. In the first, she is putting on a Chicago Cubs hat as she gushes, 'I grew up as a Cubbies fan and will always be one.' On that occasion, she was campaigning for Bill. In the second, she is putting on a New York Yankees hat as she gushes, 'I have long been a Yankees fan! How can you not like the Yankees?' On this occasion, she was running for the Senate in New York." — Tom
"Disaster." — Bella
"Whether it's party or gender, I think it's time for a change. I would vote for her." — Ralph (Joplin, MO)
"Senator Clinton is the ultimate carpetbagger, with no redeeming integrity or principles. She serves only to further her own political ambitions at the cost of everything else. Clinton would be the worst possible thing that could happen to this country." — Van
"I feel that the country is ready for a female president, however, I would never vote for Hillary Clinton. As a matter of fact, even though I have never actively campaigned for a candidate, if she ran, there would be signs all over my lawn for the other person. Hillary and Bill are only interested in promoting themselves. Her current moderate stance on issues is a charade." — Frank (Concord. CA)
"I don't think that Sen. Hillary Clinton is even close to being capable of running our country. She lacks experience, doesn't know what she's talking about half the time, and is contradictory in her statements about the war in Iraq, as well as other subjects. There are other women holding executive positions in corporations that ought to consider being president in lieu of Hillary." — D.M. (California)
"I think Hillary Clinton would be a formidable candidate. We need a no-nonsense, serious leader in the White House. After eight long years of the Bush administration we need a serious change. A female president with the experience and commitment that Hillary has would be a good thing for our country. However, I don't think the U.S. is ready or willing to elect a woman president right now regardless of who it was. I personally would vote for her in a heartbeat." — Annie (Boca Raton, FL)
"It would be a terrible tragedy if any media propelled momentum took Hillary to the White House. She is playing every card that she can to reach that goal, except experience, judgment, and real intelligence — none of which she has." — John (Montrose, AL)
"I believe Hillary will be an outstanding president if she decides to run. She is extremely intelligent and articulate and has a grasp of the issues to the day. This is a substantial improvement over the incompetent person who currently occupies the presidential office." — Kim
"It is obvious Hillary is a very intelligent woman. I believe there is a hidden agenda behind her liberal ideas. It is frightening to think that Americans are so easily persuaded, and to think, would she have backbone to stand against terrorist or countries like Korea that may be a threat to our sovereignty?" — June
"Hillary is just as qualified as many, and more qualified than some." — D.B.
"Hillary Clinton is an astute business women. She has the ability to repair the negative image other leaders and people around the world feel about the U.S., and that seems paramount at this juncture." — Chris (Atlanta, GA)
”Hillary is no different than any other politician. Both parties work every angle, and I believe they are in it only for personal recognition and will do whatever is necessary to get elected. Hillary will be our next president." — Ron (Oro Valley, AZ)
"I believe that the enemies of the U.S. and the foreign governments at odds with our interests abroad will be ecstatic over Hillary's move to the national political stage. As a father, I am terrified of what she might do to appease foreign countries and how she will affect this great nation in which my daughter will grow up." — David
"I think Hillary will be a great president. She is smart, well spoken, personable, and a visionary. I also admire her for being one of the very few Democrats who support the war in Iraq. I believe Hillary will also have the backbone to continue our war on terror. She will certainly get my vote." — Mel
"I'd rather see her on the ticket as vice president with John Edwards for president. After eight years in the White House as V.P., then maybe then she could win the popular vote as president. Right now, too many men would vote against her because she is a woman." — Pam (Florida)
"I am not opposed to a female president. In fact, I think we are more than ready for one. However, I do not think that the first female president should be Hillary Clinton, as she will taint the office for future female presidents and make it even harder for another one to be elected." — Keith
"Hillary Clinton can't seem to take one firm stand on any issue. Is she sure what party she's going to represent? I couldn't voice a yes or no until I know what her stand is." — Della
"I think a woman president would bring something positive to the White House. However, I do not believe Sen. Clinton is the person to do that." — Sig
"I think that Sen. Clinton is doing what she has planned to do all along. If anyone thought she would be happy to just be a senator, then they were seriously out of step with what this woman has done during her entire career. Remember the great campaign statement, 'You get two for one!'" — L. (Rolla, MO)
"God help this country if Hillary and Bill get into the White House again. Hillary Clinton will do for us what Evita did for Argentina." — Linda
"Hillary's speaking out? It is about time. She has brains, and it is time that people stand up and notice. She can bring a great deal to this country. It will be a welcome change, after the president that we have had to tolerate for these last two terms." — Martha
"The only thing that poses more of a threat to America than Al Qaeda, North Korea, Iran, and Bill Richardson is Hillary Clinton." — Dave (Albuquerque, NM)
"Hillary has been rather transparent in regard to her ambition, but very obscure about her beliefs. She plays the opportunist when it comes to politics and the truth. I believe intimidation is her strongest suit. She demonstrates no compunction in eliminating opposition, which is why she's never pressed for answers." — Paul (Chicago, IL)
"The thought of a female president has some appeal to it, although Hilary is not experienced or honest enough for the job. If she would come out and actually state her intentions, it would help her tremendously." — Scott
"I like the idea of Senator Clinton jumping into the race for the White House. I believe it's time for the U.S. to be led by a female president. A new perspective from the top seat will only help the U.S. The current administration looks at global events with a parallax view." — John (Sturgis, SD)
"Hillary should just come forward with her true intentions. She is campaigning like a presidential hopeful, but claiming that she intends to remain a senator. I believe she is truly incapable of holding a firm stand on any issue, even her own future." — Cullom (Albuquerque, NM)
"I think it’s a free country and Hillary has a right to run for president if she wants. However, I would never vote for her." — Gary (Fairborn, OH)
"The thought of Hillary as President is really scary. I don't feel she has a shred of veracity. I don't even believe her stance on the war on terror, although I wish I could. She has no credibility with me." — Sharon (Milford, MA)
"If you disliked Bill, you won't have to think but once about Senator Clinton taking the White House in 2008. She leans so far to the left she will fall off her chair. This act she is playing trying to move to the center is so ridiculous. I ask you, does a leopard ever change its spots? She would be the worst thing to ever happen to the U.S." — Lorraine (Texas)
"I'll take her before Kerry any day of the week." — Dennis
"I don’t think it’s her time just yet. After another four years of seasoning as Senator Clinton, then maybe. I’d rather Gore this time around." — Stan
"I think that Hillary's attempt to make the jump from a New York senator to president is like Evel Knievel trying to jump the Snake River. They will both have the same results." — Jack (Arlington, TX)
"You got to be kidding! I would join the Hollywood elite and leave America! A woman who tolerates what her husband put her through is not fit to be a leader." — Jesse (San Antonio, TX)
"I would absolutely never vote for Hillary Clinton for anything." — Kim
"She can do for this country what she has done for New York." — Morgan