Waiting For Hillary Not Such a Smart Strategy, New Poll Suggests

Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Associated Press

Hillary Clinton is hunkering down. But while she is playing it coy on 2016, Republican Senators Ted Cruz (TX) and Rand Paul (KY) are in full-fledged campaign mode, and a new poll shows they’re gaining ground on Mrs. Clinton in key states.

“In head-to-head matchups, every Republican candidate effectively ties her in Colorado and almost all Republicans effectively tie her in Iowa,” the Quinnipiac poll finds.

Sen. Paul is doing especially well. The survey shows him leading Clinton 44-41 in Colorado and effectively tied in Iowa. But Clinton seems to be losing support against the entire GOP field.

“Ominous for Hillary Clinton is the broad scope of the movement today compared to her showing in Quinnipiac University’s mid-February survey. It isn’t just one or two Republicans who are stepping up; it’s virtually the entire GOP field that is running better against her,” says Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “That’s why it is difficult to see Secretary Clinton’s slippage as anything other than a further toll on her image from the furor over her e-mail.”

Hillary Clinton has barely been seen in the month since her United Nations news conference, where she faced questions about the private email system she used as Secretary of State.

The strategy of trying to wait out a scandal apparently isn’t paying off, though.

So far, Clinton hasn’t been challenged in the Democrat party. But that may be changing.

Progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says it’s not clear where Mrs. Clinton stands on a range of issues.

“I’ll tell you where I stand on all of the key issues. It’s up to others to say whether they stand there as well or if they stand in some different place,” she said on CBS. “I’ll tell you where I stand on minimum wage; I’ll tell you where I stand on equal pay for equal work … I’d like to see her address all of these issues.”

Sounds as if she’s not quite “Ready for Hillary” either. Watch the whole interview: