EMILY’s List Pushes for 'Madame POTUS’ Candidates Beyond Clinton

EMILY’s List hopes Hillary Clinton isn’t the only woman to run for president in 2016.

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Democratic Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar, right, visits with a fair-goer at her booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in Falcon Heights, Minn. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)
Democratic Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar, right, visits with a fair-goer at her booth at the Minnesota State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, in Falcon Heights, Minn. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

In recent polling, Hillary Clinton has emerged as the overwhelming frontrunner of the potential Democratic presidential field for 2016. But if the Democratic political action committee EMILY's List has its way, Clinton won't be the only woman voters will consider.

Stephanie Schriock, the PAC's president, tells Whispers that the campaign goes beyond just Clinton because, although she "inspired women across the country and across the globe to run for office," she is also joined by a "deep bench of incredible women leaders."

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Other frontrunners EMILY's List is considering include Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

This week, the PAC – which focuses on getting women into politics – launched a new campaign to place a woman in the White House, citing new research from Democratic polling firm Anzalone Liszt Grove Research showing voters in battleground states are more ready for a woman president than ever before.

The survey found 90 percent in battleground states would consider voting for a qualified female candidate from their own party in the next election, that 86 percent believe the country is now ready for a woman president, and that 72 percent believe it's likely a woman will be in the White House in 2016.

More than half of respondents said women elected to Congress this past cycle were making a positive difference, and that female politicians were superior to men at bipartisanship.

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This past cycle, the Senate swore in a historic 20 women, and, in April, President Obama hosted a dinner with them all to talk about how to forge better relations with both parties.

EMILY's List plans to reach out to the group's 2 million members with a video called "MPOTUS" and will target battleground state voters with online ads and with events in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

 

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