U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) say Hillary Clinton is the top favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
The two made the comments at a City Club of Chicago breakfast appearance Monday, as the two were in town to press for the passage of the Senate immigration reform bill.
“I think (Clinton) would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016 and I don’t like to venture, predict, but I think it’s very likely that, she is certainly, has to be viewed as the favorite to be on the Democratic ticket,” McCain said.
Durbin chimed in, saying Clinton is the “odds-on favorite to be the Democratic nominee and, I think, to be elected president if she makes that decision.”
Clinton was also in Chicago Monday speaking at the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Vanguard Luncheon. Emanuel echoed Durbin and McCain's sentiments.
“I do believe that, if Hillary runs, she’s not only the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. She’s the frontrunner for being president,” Emanuel said.