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Members of NH's all-female congressional delegation say they'd like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.

Half of New Hampshire's all-female congressional delegation said Friday they'd like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, U.S. Reps.-Elect Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter and Gov.-Elect Maggie Hassan all appeared Friday at an event for "New Hampshire's First in the Nation Women" at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester. New Hampshire is the first state to have an all-female congressional delegation.

Near the end of the program, all of the panelists were asked when they expect to see a woman president of the United States, and if they might be that person.

"Maybe 2016, if Hillary runs," said Shaheen.

Shea-Porter quickly echoed that sentiment, saying "Run, Hillary, run!"

Meanwhile, Ayotte, the only Republican of the bunch, downplayed talk that she might one day run for president, saying it's more likely her 8-year-old daughter will be the one to run.

She first mentioned the possibility of running for president while telling a story early in the program about how her daughter Kate told her that she doesn't want her mom to run for president.

Why? Because Ayotte's daughter wants to be the first woman president. Ayotte said she told her daughter not to worry, saying, "That's not going to happen. No chance."

But Ayotte said she "absolutely" thinks we'll have a woman president. "I hope it will certainly be in our lifetime."

Ayotte, Shaheen, Kuster, Shea-Porter and Hassan touched on many issues during the panel discussion hosted by the Greater Manchester chamber, including their key priorities.

Both Ayotte and Shaheen said the top priority is addressing the country's $16 trillion debt.

"It's time for us to do a big fiscal deal in Washington that really drives down the trajectory of our debt," said Ayotte.

"We need to come up with a deal that keeps us from automatic spending cuts," added Shaheen.

The five panelists also spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on the importance of having the country's first all-female congressional delegation.

"I think it is significant," Shaheen said. "How exciting that New Hampshire is leading the way.

"Hopefully," she added, "we'll get to a point where it's no longer significant."

"The good thing about having firsts is it won't be the last," Ayotte said. "Young women coming up know that anything is possible, anything they set their mind to they can do."

"Pink is the new power color in New Hampshire," added Kuster.

But Shaheen also stressed that more women need to run for office, at all levels of government.

"We're going to get more women elected to office when more run for office..." she said. "Tell them to run, because that's how we're going to get a woman president."

F. R. December 07, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Is this your opinion or Wikipedia's?" Under investigation" is not an indictment anymore than the current President's actions concerning the events in Libya are. They are also "under investigation".
Watts December 07, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Except that Obama's actions regarding Libya are not under investigation.
Jan Schmidt December 08, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Rude is rude, sexism is sexism... They are different. I appreciate that you hold women in high regard, you had good parents Hill.
Seamus Carty December 08, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I am going to go out on a limb here and say Jack is single. As in unmarried, unattached... Anyone who uses these words in reference to a woman is destined to be alone. What a classless individual.
Seamus Carty December 08, 2012 at 12:38 PM
She has more relevant experience than Obama had in 2004...
Seamus Carty December 08, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Invisible in the Senate? She votes less with her party than Shaheen. 90% for Ayotte vs. 96% for Shaheen. Shaheen justs asks Harry Reid how to vote... http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/senate/members/
Proud Conservative December 08, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The difference is that Obama IS a Chicago politician, exemplifying the absolute worst characteristics of that corrupt group.
Proud Conservative December 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I agree that Ayotte is not presidential material. But you ask "what has she done to justify being the chief executive"? More than Obama ever did before he ran in 2008, that's for sure.
Proud Conservative December 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Gee Jack.......such an intelligent comment. You must have worked long and hard to come up with such a remarkable piece of prose. And they say school dropouts aren't too bright!!!
Bob Samson December 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Hideous Hillary. She still as yet has accomplished anything. Benghazi blunder is not an accomplishment
Watts December 09, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I am sure that the Secretary of State goes to bed each night, envying the accomplishments of Bob Sampson. As somebody who has participated on Patch sites in numerous parts of the country, I have to say that New Hampshire really provides the most uniquely goofy set of conservative posters. From News Fish, to Proud Conservative to Joe to Bob Sampson; do you all realize how infinitely entertaining the ridiculousness of your posts can be?
Lisa Whittemore December 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
If President Obama is being held responsible by the Republicans for an attack on an US embassy more than 5,000 miles from our shores --- whom do they hold accountable for the attack on September 11th, in our New York City?
Proud Conservative December 09, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sure Hillary will probably try again in 2016. And the women who operate on emotions rather than reason will probably support her just as the blacks supported Obama. But it won't be enough for her to win the presidency. By the time 2016 rolls around, reality will have hit home and people will be so angry with the democrats that neither Hillary or any other democrat will stand a chance.
Ray Guarino December 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
"And the woman who operate on emotions rather than reason". And of course men are devoid of emotion, in reagrads to politics, attatching a flag or a confederate flag, to the back of a pickup and driving around town for all to see is based on logic and reason. Thank you Mr. Spock.
F. R. December 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Do you really want to try and create a corollary with Benghazi attack and 9/11? I don't think anyone in the administration at the time suggested that 9/11 was a "spontaneous" event.
Watts December 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
"And the women who operate on emotions rather than reason..." I am sure that the women reading this really appreciate this gender based stereotyping. Besides her own undeniable abilities, Hillary comes with one of the biggest inherent benefits that nobody else in this nation can bring and that is Bill Clinton. Year after year, poll after poll has asked the "what if" question by placing Bill Clinton as a candidate and he always polls overwhelmingly better than any actual running candidate. Now we all know that is not going to happen, but using Hillary as an example of how she redefined the role of first lady into being far more involved in policy than any first lady before her, such would logically be the expectation that Bill could play a similar role as First Man. And arguably, Bill Clinton's high visibility and blitz campaigning on behalf of Obama played a huge role in the success of Obama basically sweeping the projected swing states. The question should more be; who of the Republican field would dare to campaign against Hillary, who would appear to be a shoe in candidate should she run? Chris Christie has the general popularity to do so, but certainly not many other Republicans come to mind who would stand a chance.
ForThePeople December 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I had no idea that women with emotions were considered a demographic. I learn something new from conservative jerks every day.
Hardy Har Har Har December 09, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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Proud Conservative December 09, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Watts - Hillary is not Bill. And if you vote for Hillary because Bill tags along, you're a political ignoramus. It's tough to fathom what's behind such failed reasoning.
Proud Conservative December 09, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Latest poll shows 66% of women would like to see Hillary as president. Among those under 50, 75% would like to see her in there. Women favoring a woman candidate just like the blacks favored a black candidate in the last two elections. Votes based on emotions rather than reason.
ForThePeople December 09, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Maybe it's because the conservatives have been anti-women lately? Everything from going after birth control, calling them sluts on national radio, going after abortion, yelling hysterically from the bully pulpit about the role of women in society, not knowing what to say about the Lilly Ledbetter legislation, and "binders full of women." Take a good long look at yourself in the mirror. Look at what you wrote about women. You have no clue, you are boorish, and otherwise ignorant. Not coincidentally, this is the same as your party. That's why women favor Democrats.
Watts December 10, 2012 at 06:50 AM
@PC So your answer is that you can't think of a single Republican that would stand a chance against a Hillary presidential run.
Watts December 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM
And as is the norm for anything that New Fish posts, if you watch the video, it has nothing at all to do with the sentence that he/she provides as the introduction.
Watts December 10, 2012 at 07:03 AM
And again, News Fish displaying his/her intelectual laziness by not watching the video to see if it has anything at all to do with the caption. Nowhere in there does Hillary say this at all. Fishy, are you embarrassed at all with the complete lack of truth to every single post that you make?
Atlant December 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I'm not sure if Hillary Clinton would be my choice for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. All the reasons why she and Barrack Obama were at the bottom of my list in 2008 (too corporate, too far right, not willing to aggressively pursue the malfeasance of the Bush Administration, too willing to compromise with Republicans, etc.) will still be true in 2016. *HOWEVER*... If Hillary Clinton emerge as the Democratic nominee, rest assured that I will *WORK MY TAIL OFF* to get her elected! As will millions of Democrats, men and women, across this great nation of ours!
Ray Guarino December 10, 2012 at 02:17 PM
And now this breaking news, (from way back 2008) Hillary Clinton endorses Barack Obama for president, tells supporters to vote for Obama in 2008 as Obama wins the Democratic primary. President Barack Obama appoints Hillary Clinton Secretary of State. (Just wanted to clue you in on the state of the relationship between the Clintons and President Obama, because you seem confused. With a name like "Newsflash", one would think that you are up on current events).
Super Fun Size December 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
As goes Edith Childs, so goes the nation........
Super Fun Size December 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Opinion letters from the past, very relevant.
Watts December 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
RE: my post above from 3:44 pm on Sunday, December 9, 2012 Even though my post was from Sunday, I swear that I had not seen nor heard about Gingrich comments on Meet The Press, but it appears as if Newt and I finally agree on something...that the Republicans don't stand a chance if Hillary runs in 2016: http://washingtonexaminer.com/gingrich-republican-party-incapable-of-competing-with-hillary-clintion-in-2016/article/2515510#.UMaJLpPjkYo “If (the Republicans') competitor in ‘16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular president Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl,” Gingrich said. “And the Republican Party today is incapable of competing at that level.”
Watts December 20, 2012 at 08:09 AM
The difference from what?


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