Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 19, 2013
By now you’ve probably heard that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named the “Most Fascinating Person” of 2013 by ABC anchor Barbara Walters. Missing from the list, however, were any Republican newsmakers from 2013.
It’s not that there weren’t any Republicans Walters and the rest of the crew at ABC could have chosen from. Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul all made their mark on the political landscape this past year, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (a 2012 list finalist) and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. Cruz, whose 21-hour marathon speech made him a household name, was selected earlier this month as one of TIME magazine’s 2013 “Person of the Year” finalists. And that’s just for starters.
Clinton, who has made the list four times and was chosen as the inaugural Person of the Year in 1993 and again in 2003, was likely chosen because of her rumored presidential ambition for 2016. It’s partly fitting considering Walters plans on retiring next year, thus making Clinton the first and last “fascinating” person chosen.
“It’s such a difficult decision, and it’s one that I’m not going to rush into,” Clinton told Walters in reference to 2016, adding that her decision will likely come “sometime next year.”
Clinton also said that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, “wants me to do what I think is right” but doesn’t have any names picked out for himself should he be sworn in as the nation’s 45th leader. “I have no idea. First mate. I don’t know,” she said with a laugh.
In winning her third title, Clinton beat out singer Miley Cyrus, “Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Royal Baby, the Robertsons of “Duck Dynasty” fame, celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and Pope Francis.