Written by Jennifer Oldham, in Broomfield, Colorado
Judith Nelson would like Hillary Clinton to hurry up and get on with it.
“I want to see a woman president in my lifetime,” said Nelson, 70, a retired high school counselor and registered Democrat who lives in Denver. “I think she has the best chance.”
Nelson was part of the crowd that gave the former secretary of state a warm welcome at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, yesterday.
Asked whether she would run for president in 2016, Clinton declined to answer.
She spoke instead about the “hard choices” she made in four years as the nation’s chief diplomat. That also happens to be the title of her book on the subject, due out on June 10.
Those decisions included whether to accept President Barack Obama’s invitation to become secretary of state; to stand by her vision for the job which included championing the rights of women and girls around the globe and the “third hard choice of how do we want to live together.”
“We have big decisions ahead of us about our resolve and our resilience,” she said. “I believe we are at a tremendous historical point. Please join me in making some hard choices for America.”
Colorado is the only one of nine swing states polled by Quinnipiac University in which the former first lady isn’t the favored 2016 presidential candidate, says Tim Malloy, the poll’s assistant director.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky led Clinton by 48-43 percent in a poll released April 24. The telephone survey of 1,298 registered voters in Colorado was conducted April 15-21 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
“Coloradans tend to be more independent,” Malloy said. “There’s a big Tea Party group in Colorado and Paul’s attractive in many ways other candidates aren’t to Coloradans.”
Democrats, Republicans and independents each comprise about a third of the state’s registered voters.