“HRC” Authors on the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

February 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Jonathan Allen, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, and Amie Parnes, Senior White House correspondent for The Hill, join MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman to discuss their new book, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton.” [\videocaption]

The Presidential election is more than two years away, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a leading contender for the Democratic nomination.

But back in 2008, Hillary Clinton’s political career seemed to have come to a close when she lost the Democratic presidential primary to newcomer and U.S. Senator Barack Obama. In the six years since that loss, Clinton has worked her way back into the spotlight.

In a new book, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” authors Jonathan Allen, White House reporter for Bloomberg News, and Amie Parnes, Senior White House Correspondent for The Hill, chronicle Clinton’s political career from the 2008 primary defeat to present-day.

“Her popularity rating was down, she lost the primary, and we’d seen her over the course of her time at the State Department rise back up in the American public opinion,” Allen told MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman. “We’d seen her as sort of a strong leader within the administration and we thought that really that was the way to really tell the story, that of a political comeback.”

While writing the book, Allen said he was surprised by “the number of Republicans who talked about how much they respect [Clinton] and like her personally, even though they disagree with her politically. I think we were very surprised at the sort of genuine admiration for her, if not affection for her, from people who dealt with her on a regular basis on Capitol Hill.”

As for a 2016 presidential run?

“The way we look at this is, it’s more a matter of whether she stops than whether she starts,” Allen said. “She’s already started a long time ago.”

New York and New Jersey politics are also a part of Clinton’s strategic planning. Parnes says the Bridgegate scandal that is damaging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s standing in the polls may be helping Clinton even without any comment from her team.

“They were very quiet, I think maybe quietly they were chuckling and going ‘Oh, this will be alright for us,'” Parnes said. “But yeah, I think it does benefit her ultimately.”