Two prominent women at the helm of Democratic groups say it’s time for a woman president.
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gets ready to step down from the cabinet, she’s the clear front-runner for the job. However, Clinton has said over and over again that she wants to take time off and won’t run.
Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, and former Hillary Clinton campaign policy director, said she wouldn’t rule out a Clinton run.
“She will take time to reboot and she deserves it,” said Tanden on Jansing & Co., “I say I hope she changes her mind, she’d be a phenomenal President.”
Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock agrees, whether it’s Hillary Clinton or someone else, it’s time for a woman to lead.
“It is definitely time and I think this last election in November has been a mandate from the American people on women’s leadership. We have historic numbers of women serving in Congress, we’re going to keep on driving that at Emily’s List. We have a very, very deep bench of women who are coming up the pipeline who would be excellent candidates for the presidency, for vice-presidency, whether it’s 2016 or 2020, our time is coming. We’ve got great energy around the country to make it happen. “
There are 20 women total serving in the U.S. Senate in the 113th Congress, a record. Democrats have just one woman governor right now, Maggie Hassan, in New Hampshire. Republicans have several, including South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.
“I hope you’ll see women competing on both sides of the aisle,” Tanden said. ”But a woman candidate on the Republican side has a lot of work to do to change the face of the Republican party, that’s not the case on the Democratic side.”
Schriock mentioned current Cabinet Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius and Janet Napolitano, as well as Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Kirsten Gilliband, Amy Klobachar, as great future gubernatorial candidates.